Schlosshotel Chastè – Tarasp, Engadine, Switzerland
A Pure Swiss Country Hideaway
Hidden in one of eastern Switzerland’s most beautiful and least trammeled corners, this Swiss country inn is a place where old traditions flourish, and hospitality is reflected in the heartfelt greeting “Allegra!” (from the ancient Romansch language still spoken in these parts).
Run by the Pazeller family since 1480 and just a short drive from the Austrian border, this lovely sgraffito-covered (scratched stucco) farmhouse commands the center of a tiny hamlet named for the fantasylike feudal castle that looms on a nearby hilltop.
The area boasts countless hiking paths and high mountain trails through enchanted woodlands, alpine meadows carpeted with wildflowers, old villages (nearby Guarda is uncontestably one of the country’s most photogenic).
Switzerland’s only national park, Parc Naziunal Svizzer, is just 13 miles away, a pristine sanctuary of 65 square miles with sixteen hiking circuits. The best finish to a vacation-perfect day in these bracing elements would be your return to Chastè, a rural retreat of cosmopolitan luxury highlighted by the presence of host and chef Rudy Pazeller. His talents shine in the kitchen’s small but sophisticated menu and throughout the inn’s impeccable guest rooms.