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One of the wildest areas in the Lake Maggiore region is the Onsernone Valley, where the slopes are so steep that the rivers tumble in waterfalls. Long isolated, surrounded by dense forests, the villages here have preserved from their hard-working past a rebellious spirit that has fascinated and attracted many artists and writers. Among the peasant constructions in Russo, Casa Döbeli alone sums up the whole history of this valley. Designed to accommodate and dry straw intended for craft work, it offers its full height in the sun which generously illuminates the vast spaces that compose it. The renovation it has benefited from has preserved and magnified its great simplicity. Nothing will be missing here for those who want to get caught up in the magic of this valley.
The historic house is located in a small mountain village in Ticino and stood empty for many years. In order to save it from decay and to secure a meaningful future for it, the regional authorities handed over the monument to the foundation Ferien im Baudenkmal in 2009. Restoration work began one year later. Today up to six people can experience Ticino building culture in it.
The Casa Döbeli is a Ticino town house from the 17th/18th century. The stone house, which is typical of the valleys of Lake Maggiore, has three rooms on each of two floors, which are connected to each other on the outside of the house by a portico. Beautiful built-in cupboards, the vault in the staircase and other details give the house a simple elegance and a Mediterranean character. During the restoration, great importance was attached to preserving the historical building fabric. Next to the main house there are the ruins of an even older extension of Casa Döbeli, which today serves as a romantic ruined garden with a sitting area.
The Osernone valley, where the small mountain village of Russo is located, was once a very poor region. The inhabitants earned their money with some agriculture and the production of straw products such as hats, bags and baskets, which they sold as far away as nearby Milan. The former inhabitants of Casa Döbeli used to dry the straw on the long arcades facing the sun, from which they woven the products. In the 1960s, a Swiss-German philosopher named Mr. Döbeli lived in the monument after which the house was named.
During their visit, guests of Casa Döbeli experience 300 years of Ticino architectural history. On arrival, they are guided through the house by the guest advisor and learn more about the history and architectural features of the monument. Creaking floorboards, bright rooms, sunny covered arcades, from which you have a wonderful view of the surrounding wooded mountain world, make a stay at Casa Döbeli an unforgettable experience. The apartment is furnished with Swiss designer furniture and objects from regional manufacturers. The minimalist furnishings allow the architecture to take centre stage. All amenities are provided. The guest advisor is available to the holiday guests for questions during their stay.
The Osernone Valley is still a very remote and mysterious valley. Its few inhabitants are visited, especially in the summer and autumn months, by hikers and tourists who want to spend a few quiet days in the untouched nature. On the well-trodden and winding mule tracks you can explore the pretty little mountain villages with their rustic houses. In the nearby mill the famous Farina Bona is produced today, just like a hundred years ago. The corn flour from which the regional corn speciality called polenta is made. Stüssihofstatt
1250 € - 1450 € per week
On the first floor are the dining room with fireplace, the kitchen and the living room. On the second floor, three bedrooms have been fitted out. In the two upper floors, the rooms are directly connected inside and outside by a pergola.