From the outside, Landgasthof Sternen looks like many another. A former farmhouse, dating from the 18thC. it became a restaurant a century ago and has the decorative paintwork and colourful shutters that we expect of Swiss country inns. Only 25 km away from Bent, it is a favourite destination of diplomats who want to show their guests a typical rural pub. No wonder the visitors book boasts signatures such as HRH Prince Philip and President Jimmy Carter.
The Stettler family have been hosts at the Sternen for two generations but have been hotel-keepers for 125 years. One of their specialities is the local ham, cured in Grandfather's chimney and highly-rated by our inspector. I dont know what he puts on the fire, but the delicious flavour will stay with me for a long time. Hearty appetites are appreciated and catered for, with guests on half-board offered double helpings. Afterwards, calories may be worked off in the Kegelbahnen (bowling alleys) Overall, the look is traditional and rather simple, though there is a hand-painted ceiling in the panelled dining-room. Upstairs, bedrooms have peas-ant-style wardrobes and small bathrooms.