Katrin and Dirk, two former advertising professionals, were actually only looking for a large house for their ever-growing art collection. They found what they were looking for at just over 1,000 meters. But they found the old "Rohrerhof" in the middle of a picturesque mountain backdrop to be too beautiful to keep only for themselves. In 2008 the courtyard became the art lodge and the art collectors became enthusiastic hosts.
Each room in the carefully renovated farm is an original creation that combines old beams, found wooden cladding, fresh colors, found objects, design classics and works of art to create an individual living community. The outdoor area is also artistically designed: new sculptures can always be discovered on the approximately 70,000-square-meter pasture belonging to the farm. Or simply admire the panoramic view.
A small sauna is now housed in the former carpenter's shed, the inner courtyard is adorned with a biopool with mountain water quality, and in addition to the old saw there are four small "wood-workers huts", which are conveniently implemented in an ecological manner and reduced to the essentials.
The former farm is located in the middle of the Nockberge Biosphere Park; a valuable natural and cultural landscape in which centuries-old traditions are cultivated and protected. Hikers can start right outside the front door of the farm and find countless animal and plant species here. The over a thousand Carinthian lakes, most of which are of drinking water quality, are of course also worth a visit. There are also various architectural highlights in the area, such as the Günther Domenig Steinhaus on Ossiacher See.
The combination of art, nature and tranquility make the art-lodge a place with a very special atmosphere, where you can let your mind wander and draw inspiration. A creative kitchen with the best from all over the world and a small but fine wellness offer ensures physical well-being.
ArchitectureThe dignified aged homestead has hardly changed from the outside in recent decades. The old structure has been retained and the facade has been carefully renovated. The barn was gutted and statically necessary additional beams were taken from another old barn, which the owners of the art-lodge bought and had dismantled. In the oldest part of the courtyard, the so-called "Troadtkastn", ie grain house, which dates from 1745, all sorts of art can now be seen and on the upper floor a kind of library is set up. Cozy rooms were created in the old Stadl (the barn), just like in the main house, in which guest rooms were first built in the 1950s, at that time with a wood stove and a shower by the stream. A small sauna is now housed in the former carpenter's shed, and the inner courtyard is adorned with a biopool with water of mountain water quality. The biopool in the courtyard blends harmoniously into the homestead. The four new "Holzknechthütten";, which will be ready for occupancy from summer 2017, will be manufactured in an ecological way according to the cradle-to-cradle principle. With point foundations and green roofs, they only intervene minimally in the landscape. The interiors of the art-lodge were designed in different colors, which contrast and harmonize with the old fixtures and wood tones. All rooms have been recently renovated or redesigned from time to time - visitors never get bored. Each room is unique: an original creation that combines old entablature, found wooden cladding, fresh colors, found objects, design classics and works of art into an individual flat share. The four log farm huts, which are located on the green area behind the existing hotel building, are small, environmentally friendly houses with a larch wood terrace. The interior fittings meet high ecological standards and consist of 100 percent recyclable materials. With their natural wooden facades and green roofs, the micro-houses blend harmoniously into the landscape. The construction on point foundations ensures minimal intervention in the ground and that the building can be dismantled at any time.
FoodThe kitchen of the art-lodge is a delicious, creative mix from different countries. Nevertheless, the ingredients come from regional agriculture wherever possible. Hardly any product is transported more than 200 kilometers. For example, the fruit for the juices that are produced in Millstatt comes from local farmers, the game is shot on the mountain and - if the weather permits - there are salads from our own garden. Sea salt, olives and olive oil come from Piran, which is only 2.5 hours away, and the popular house wine comes from nearby Friuli. Since 2009 there has also been a large selection of vegan dishes, but only those that "naturally" do not contain any animal products - veggie sausages and planters with dubious ingredients are not on the plate in art-lodge and when soy products are used , they come from Austrian organic agriculture.
At art-lodge, employees are just as "part of the family" as guests. The work is characterized by openness and tolerance. For the owners, this means that every woman and every man is treated equally, regardless of origin, skin color, gender, religion or sexual orientation. If you share this attitude, the art-lodge is the right place for you. The owners of art-lodge cooperate with the local diakonia, with the Magdas project of the Austrian Caritas and are in the selection process of refugeeswork.at.
EnvironmentSustainability plays a major role for the owners and they try to live up to this claim in order to create the most authentic offer possible without complicated certifications. Ecology plays a role here, but also sincerity and friendliness in dealing with guests as well as with employees. The art-lodge is heated with solar heat and pellets. The pellets are waste products from wood production and come from the nearby Feistritz. The electricity comes entirely from hydropower. The organic pool has certified mountain lake quality and is ecologically clean. Pool heating was deliberately avoided. If you want to use the sauna, you can simply reserve it - this way, unnecessary energy consumption is avoided. Garbage is of course separated. Much of the old furniture that the owners found in the old homestead has been recycled and recycled; even old toboggan sleds were distributed in the rooms as pieces of furniture and decorative items. Local materials were also processed, so the marble processed in the restaurant comes directly from the neighboring Krastal, a sick tree was made into stools, and the terrace was made from local larch wood. The meadows of the sculpture park are "cared for" by Carinthian glasses sheep, sheep from an old, endangered breed of domestic animals. Parts of the pastures are grazed by Galloway cattle from the neighbors, which are not so heavy and therefore more suitable for mountain meadows than the "Fleckvieh" that is now also common in the mountains. All animals are kept ecologically in an open stable.
Well-BeingIn the wellness offer, the art-lodge is based on the principle of small but fine. The construction of an indoor swimming pool with chemical clarification was dispensed with for ecological reasons. The biopool in the sunny courtyard, fed with spring water from the mountain and with the tested bathing quality of a Carinthian mountain lake, provides refreshment in summer. A small sauna was installed in the former carpenter's shed. The individual massages that masseuse Daniela offers are a very personal experience - in your own room with a panoramic view! Whether Lomi Lomi, back and foot reflex massage, lymphatic drainage or intuitive back massage, she finds the right grip for an all-round well-being experience.
Hotel der Zukunft Sterne Award 2016
Culture Award 2015
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The art lodge can be reached by car in around 3.5 hours from Munich (326 km), in just under 4 hours from Vienna (378 km) and from Zurich (638 km) it takes around 6.5 hours. From the airport in Klagenfurt it only takes about 40 minutes.
Villach can be reached every two hours by train or flixbus from Munich or the Adriatic. From there, the new shuttle will take you straight to the art lodge from 2017. There is an airport shuttle from Ljubljana Airport or Klagenfurt. If you want to eat somewhere else, to the Afritzer or Ossichaer See or the Gerlitzen, just take the GO-MOBIL®. The GO (tickets) can be bought directly in the art lodge. The GO-MOBIL® operates in the area of Afritz am See, the Gerlitzen Alpe and the Ossiacher See (community area Treffen), from there there is also a connection to the post buses.
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