A natural paradise . . .
At the heart of Ticino, Switzerland
Welcome to Refugio Nel Bosco, a treasured rental of three wood houses in the middle of the forest. All set up for you to enjoy and experience nature in all its beauty. Our story is one of change and preservation, tranquillity and recreation, where you are invited to step into this journey of sensations, scents, colours and mindfulness
Escape to the tranquillity of Nature!
Choose between two newly built loft type of Chalets
La Romantic is a modern 1-bedroom hideaway for two. (More only on request!) This comfortable chalet with many amenities is located in the midst of the Malcantone forest. The terrace offers beautiful treetop views with a glimpse of Lake Maggiore. The private driveway is down a slightly bumpy dirt road through the forest.
Various hiking trails and biker routes are just behind the house.
The facilities include a spacious parking lot right behind the house. A modern kitchen with large
refrigerator/freezer, a wood stove an outdoor grill, a modern bathroom with shower and underfloor heating. In the basement there is a washing machine with plenty of storage space, as well as a washbasin (for bikes and dirty hiking boots, etc.), WiFi /WLAN and 4G phone reception.
Rifugio Nel Bosco encourages guests to explore life within their own boundaries, proposing an
intuitive mix of science and human awareness to create a serene space to stimulate body and mind. Our wellness philosophy seeks to awakenall the senses with a variety of face and body treatments given by our visiting practitioners.
Don't hesitate to ask us for more information and/or book an appointment for you.
Face & Body
Body & Mind
Rifugio Nel Bosco will give you access to our delicious treasures, completely natural grown free running happy chickens and their Happy-Eggs, as well as our honey, made by our Buckfast Bees from the very area of the forest you see around you. Wake up in the morning and get your freshly laid eggs from the chicken house, taste our honey for your breakfast or for "aperitivo" (appetiser), in the evening, with some goat cheese homemade by the nearby farmer and a glass of wine while enjoying seeing the tree-top panoramic view with a glimpse of Lago Maggiore. Listen to the chanting birds, observe the squirrels jumping from tree to tree right in front of you while sipping on your wine on the terrace. Smell the jasmine, thoughtfully planted right below you to enhance all of your senses. Different types of herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage and others are also planted around the house. Give your mind and body the serene peace and wellness nature and our little treasures are destined to provide.
Rifugio Nel Bosco offers several outdoor activities. The region is a real paradise for mountain biking enthusiasts with more than 35 trails of which 13 are in Sessa. You can also choose to start your biking tour on the shores of Lake Lugano or Lago Maggiore at 200 to 300 metres above sea level and work your way up. If you like swimming there are also several opportunities in the area. Discover Lugano Lake and hop on board a Stand-Up-Paddle or go rowing or kayaking. It's only a 20 minute walk through the forest to enjoy Lake Astano (Laghetto di Astano) where you can sunbath and swim or even go fishing. Walk the forest and find natural swimming pools and cascades throughout the area of Malcantone. The natural environment of the forest gives you also the possibility to practice outdoor exercise, such as yoga, running and meditation. If you are an animal lover, here at Rifugio Nel Bosco, you will be able to sight wild animals like deers, boars (cinghiale) or foxes among others, especially at the end of summer & autumn.
Horseback riding is also available in the area. You could even harvest your own Uva Americana grapes in the nearby vineyard of the owner.
Enjoy our treasures or pick up your own chestnuts "castagne" from beneath the trees to eat them later at the fire. If you are interested in culture, Malcantone will offer you also plenty of opportunities for you to discover old villages. Cities like Lugano or Locarno, famous for it's film festival, are not far from us. Visit all kinds of Museums, and even an old abandoned gold mine nearby are well worthwhile visiting. Choose your activity and enjoy everything that nature, the area and Rifugio Nel Bosco has to offer you.