Agriturismo Casa Essenia opened its doors to guests in 2001 following the renovation of an old farm building, until then used as a barn and a shelter for animals, which first became the owners′ home and then a place for guests to stay. The farmhouse is located in the province of Trento, at Borgo Chiese Valle del Chiese, 5 km from Lake Idro and 20 km from Lake Ledro, surrounded by Alpine greenery. There are double rooms available with either a shared or a private bathroom - an ideal place for those who love being outdoors and the simple things in life, for those who enjoy the company of others, and also for those who just want to take a break and regenerate their psycho-physical energy in a healthy environment.
A place that reflects the local area and its history
The building was renovated by the owners, Maria Grazia and Fabio, who also lent a helping hand, using mainly natural materials including wood, clay, lime, and wood fibre insulation and, where possible, local pebbles and sand for the cement plasterwork. The basic idea was to keep the actual spaces as much as possible as they once were by respecting the original purpose of the building, and without using modern chemical paints and plaster. This is because we consider the house to be a living entity that breathes not only air but also physical energy, an inspiring place for our guests to benefit from both physically and mentally.
The farmhouse has two double/twin bedrooms with a bathroom on the mezzanine floor, a triple room with a balcony and a private bathroom along the corridor, and a quadruple room with a balcony and a private bathroom along the corridor on the second floor. We delight in offering our guests a wholesome breakfast not only non-savoury with homemade bread, jam and pastries, yoghurt and at least two types of cereals with fresh and dried fruit, and fruit juice, but also savoury with speck (cured smoked ham) and various types of cheese. The food is mainly our own or sourced locally.
The restaurant area is available for dining and can host local food and wine tasting events, depending on the season. The food we use in our dishes mainly comes from the farm itself or from organic produce. Dinner is served around one single table shared by both guests and our family in a convivial atmosphere, preferably booked in advance.
Our farmhouse accommodation has an attractive lounge which we call the energy centre of the house, where breakfast is served and people can get together later on for dinner. Part of the lounge is reserved for holistic activities for groups practicing residential seminars of yoga, dance therapy, meditation or study, and for those who may also decide to stay overnight and eat there.
Bicycle and electric bike hire
Area for groups
Refreshment point during the summer
"The best closed door is the one that can be left open"
[ ZEN proverb ]
Casa Essenia is an ideal place for families, groups and all those who enjoy the small pleasures of life in a warm and welcoming environment, appreciative of the nature and everything else that surrounds us. We like to socialise with our guests and give useful first-hand advice and information on local trekking and mountain bike trails in the Valle del Chiese and Valle di Ledro valleys, and the Adamello Brenta nature reserve. The local area offers many possibilities for exhilarating outdoor experiences, such as tandem paragliding flights, canyoning in the nearby Palvico river and kite surfing, but also places where you can do via ferrata and rock climbing assisted by professional and experienced Alpine guides. For families there are many day excursions of varying difficulty with visits to charming wood cabins in the surrounding mountains, bike rides on both cycle paths and dirt tracks, and the nearby mountain lakes in summer to cool off in.