‘LO CERVIN’, BEARING THE NAME GIVEN TO THE MATTERHORN IN THESE PARTS, WAS FOUNDED ON THE VISION AND PERSEVERANCE OF OUR GREAT-GRANDPARENTS ‘SANTE’ AND CRISTINA.
It was a pioneering enterprise: to build one of the very first hotels established in the highest valley of Ayas. But a family of craftsmen put their shoulders to the wheel, with 13 children to help; and that’s the way things have been for every generation since.
In the early days, guests came only in the summertime: noble families who would come for entire months, preceded by great piles of packing cases; or alpinists seeking adventure among the perennial snows of the high country. That was the best part of a century ago. Today we host visitors from all round the world, the year round. Once or twice only have we given the interiors a makeover, preserving the best of our heritage while keeping step with the expected comforts of the times. On the outside, however, we have tried to preserve every inch of this venerable wood-and-stone edifice as an expression of our fidelity to the family mission: to welcome with open arms all those who come here to discover, and fall in love with, the valley we call our home.
The hotel is made from stones sourced on the slope opposite the hotel.
The plan was to transport them by sledge however that winter there was no snow, so transporting the stones this way was impossible. So building was delayed by a year.
One year later finally the snow arrived and the sledge was able to do her job and trasport the stones down the hill and over the river. After all ot the hard work she “the sledge” was retired and now rests on the back wall.
Go and sea her. She has great stories to tell.