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Main image: The hotel’s panoramic view across the landscape Right: Casa Selva in summer (top) Casa Selva in winter (middle) Snowshoe hiking with a view across Trin and Flims/Laax (below) Bottom: Table in Casa Selva’s dining room
The forest hotel In the midst of a light pine and spruce forest in Trin lies Hotel Casa Selva. Not your usual inn, tenant couple Regina and Rene Spack put special emphasis on a personal, familial and child-friendly ambience, as well as on cosiness, sustainability and an exceptionally fresh cuisine. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF I PHOTOS: RENE SPACK
“Our guests aren’t only guests but friends. We do everything for them and we love doing what we do,“ Rene Spack says. Casa Selva is located amidst the beautiful Flims Grosswald, which is one of Graubuenden’s largest and continuous forests. Thus, the hotel poses as the perfect backdrop for relaxation and enjoying nature. Only a few metres away from the hotel, the well-traced and 1.2-kilometre long ‘Fitness Parcours‘ can be found. With its various ferns and forest clearings, it will give the impression of an enchanted forest. Due to its central position, only five minutes by car from Flims and 20 minutes from canton capital Chur, Case Selva is a perfect starting point for trips to Graubuenden’s uplands or the Rhine gorge. In close proximity to the hotel, the impressive gorge is hundreds of metres deep, with bizarre rock formations that invite for exceptional hiking trips
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With its familial ambience, the house and its six single rooms and eight double rooms, as well as one holiday apartment, can be described as‘homes away from home‘. A visual highlight is that the rooms were individually equipped and furnished by artists. The property and balconies are oriented towards the south so that the hotel is flooded with light. Because Casa Selva lies slightly elevated, guests can expect a breath-taking view across the surrounding landscape. Another highlight is the lounge where guests can relax at a Swedish stove or play the piano. After cold days outside, one can even warm up in the hotel’s own sauna. “We try to promote the careful handling of nature. Thus, we use durable and natural materials and put emphasis on environment-friendly events and trips for our
guests,“ Rene Spack notes. The food is therefore solely made with regional, seasonal, organic, animal-friendly and fresh products which were produced by small, local businesses. Rene Spack says: “When possible, we buy our products directly from the farmer or manufacturer so that we personally know the producers.“ Each day sees a new, fresh and seasonal three-course menu so that food waste can be prevented. The fact that guests eat together at two large tables contributes to the hotel’s familial ambience. email@example.com www.casaselvatrin.ch
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