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Shelter

History and description


""The complex of the mountain refuge consists of a main house dating back to around 1600, which included a large barn, an outbuilding used to prepare butter and cheese, and, in the surrounding area, another small house at Campei di Mezzo, at the moment completely ruined.

Together with Campei di Cima, it was part of a well organized and self-sufficient mountain estate (""malga"") system that allowed the small local community to survive and support itself. Historically, we know that it originally belonged to the Andreoli family, which originated from Armo, a small town in Valvestino."

"The Andreoli were herdsmen who settled in the 16th century on Mount Gargnano, in the hamlet of Santa Maria di Navazzo, which was the initial base for their many activities. They were cattle breeders at first, who then sold products from their dairy farm and, with the profits obtained, bought pastures and woods in the area

Originally, the Andreoli set up their own mountain estate (""malga"") at Campei di Cima, and here they built a small chapel in 1602 dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve. Every year on August 5, a feast is organized in honor of the Madonna and a mass is celebrated. The small village has recently been restored by the Gruppo Alpini di Salò, which is also in charge of managing it. Campei di Fondo is a reflection of the history of the entire valley.

Its owners used to own the whole valley, and their workers lived in this farmhouse all year round. This is the main feature of a ""malga"" estate, since a mountain cabin is normally used only during the summer.
Down in the valley, rye, potatoes and barley were cultivated, native fruit and chestnuts were harvested, cattle were raised from which to obtain milk, and goats were also raised in marginal areas. From the milk, it was possible to obtain butter and cheese, which was partly consumed and partly sold. Next to the main house there was the stable, and not far from it was an outbuilding used for processing milk, which we plan to turn into a museum. Since its purchase by the ERSAF - the Regional Agency for Agricultural and Forestry Services - in the '70s, the estate was virtually abandoned, except for occasional use by summer camps, while the pastures were exploited by the last of the Toscolano livestock breeders. The farmhouse was repeatedly subjected to modifications and expanded in the '80s. . ." .

Where it is

The Campei di Fondo refuge is located in the heart of the Alto Garda Park, about 14 kilometers from Lake Garda and Toscolano-Maderno, and 20 kilometers from Idro, in the area called "Terra tra i due laghi" ("Land between the two lakes"). It is found in the Valle di Campiglio, at an altitude of 780 meters, at the entrance to the "wilderness" area of the Park, which is its most unspoiled and pristine part, the center and fulcrum of its repopulation by fauna and flora. The mountain cabin consists of an ancient seventeenth-century structure that we are currently fully renovating. 3 rooms for 8 persons are currently available for our guests

The facilities


bed and shared bathroom, and two rooms that can be used as common areas, with a fantastic fireplace, which will serve as dining rooms and reading and relaxation rooms

"The house provides accommodations for riders and horses, holidaymakers, families with children, mountain bikers, bird watchers, small groups of friends or sports or ecological associations: anyone looking for a place away from chaos and traffic, featuring simplicity and harmony with nature, can find a base here for organized trekking trips over several days, for daily walks, or simply to enjoy the quiet and the joy of doing nothing. The rooms are simple and well maintained, with a wonderful view of the mountains and the surrounding meadows.

We have:
one double room with French bed (suitable for a couple or a single person), one double room with the possibility of a third extra bed, and one double room (with separate beds) with the possibility of a third extra bed.

Our intent is to revive this old farmhouse, which was once fully self-sufficient and is still today a crucial part of a past that is beckoning us more and more to rediscover a lifestyle that would allow us to truly experience the environment in a non-intrusive way, and in harmony with ourselves."

Reservations and information


The contact point for further information is the Scuderia Castello.
We offer the possibility to create packages including stays at the Scuderia.
At the mountain refuge, we offer continuous service from May and October, and services on request for other periods.
Our mountain refuge is equipped to accommodate guests' horses in a stable equipped with fixed stalls; otherwise, there is also the possibility of letting them run free in the enclosed fields around the house. It is possible to book horseback rides departing from the Scuderia Castello, or bring your own horse and request the guide service, which will provide you with an equestrian tourism professional

"The house provides accommodations for riders and horses, holidaymakers, families with children, mountain bikers, bird watchers, small groups of friends or sports or ecological associations: anyone looking for a place away from chaos and traffic, featuring simplicity and harmony with nature, can find a base here for organized trekking trips over several days, for daily walks, or simply to enjoy the quiet and the joy of doing nothing. The rooms are simple and well maintained, with a wonderful view of the mountains and the surrounding meadows.

We have:
one double room with French bed (suitable for a couple or a single person), one double room with the possibility of a third extra bed, and one double room (with separate beds) with the possibility of a third extra bed.

Our intent is to revive this old farmhouse, which was once fully self-sufficient and is still today a crucial part of a past that is beckoning us more and more to rediscover a lifestyle that would allow us to truly experience the environment in a non-intrusive way, and in harmony with ourselves.
We believe that holidays are valuable for everyone, something that can allow us to enjoy nature and the land in an intelligent way, and that it is possible to offer green and smart holidays. We aim to become a center for studies aimed at gaining better knowledge of the territory, both from an archaeological and a naturalistic point of view. Our strategic and favorable position makes it possible to use the Campei Refuge an excellent stopover point, both for horse trekking - as this is an area of passage between Lake Garda and Valsabbia - and for excursions on foot in the surroundings. The project features full energetic self-sufficiency, and therefore particular care is given to every aspect that concerns respect for the land and eco-compatibility with the environment.
The house is served by a mini aqueduct that collects water from a nearby stream.
Thanks to its constant flow rate and to the height differential, it was possible to install a micro-turbine that supplies sufficient electricity for all our needs. The unused energy is collected and used for heating household water, making it easier to reach the required temperature. Heating is provided by means of fireplaces and stoves fed with timber from wood residue.

By choice, there are no TVs at our establishment. In some areas, it is possible to communicate via mobile phone."

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