Actually, Katrin and Dirk, two former advertising professionals, were just looking for a big house for their constantly growing art collection. They found what they were looking for at just over 1,000 meters. But they found the old "Rohrerhof" in the midst of a picturesque mountain backdrop to be too beautiful to just keep it to themselves. In 2008 the courtyard became the art-lodge and the art collectors became enthusiastic hosts.
Every room in the carefully renovated farm is an original creation that combines old beams, found wood paneling, fresh colors, found objects, design classics and works of art to create an individual living community. The outdoor area is also artistically designed: you can always discover new sculptures on the approximately 70,000 square meter Alm that belongs to the farm. Or just admire the panoramic view.
A small sauna is now housed in the former carpenter's shed, the inner courtyard is adorned with a bio pool with mountain water quality and next to the old saw there are four small "woodcutter's huts", which comfortably implement the reduction to the essentials using ecological construction.
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 maintained and protected. Hikers can start right outside the front door of the farm and track down countless animal and plant species here. The more than a thousand Carinthian lakes, most of which are of drinking water quality, are of course worth a visit. There are also various architectural highlights to discover in the area, such as the Günther Domenig stone house on Lake Ossiach.
The combination of art, nature and tranquility make the art-lodge a place with a very special atmosphere, where you can relax and draw inspiration. A creative kitchen with the best from all over the world and a small but fine wellness offer ensure physical well-being.
We also presented the Art Lodge on our blog under "Five places to hike" and "Tiny House Concept: Five places to get to know each other". You can find the hosts' favourite recipe to try in the kitchen whispers.
ArchitectureThe farmstead, which has aged gracefully, has hardly changed from the outside in the last few decades. The old structure was retained and the facade was carefully renovated. The barn was gutted and statically necessary additional beams were taken from another old barn, which the owners of the art-lodge had bought and dismantled. In the oldest part of the courtyard, the so-called "Troadtkastn", ie grain house, which dates back to 1745, all kinds of art can now be seen and a kind of library is set up on the upper floor. In the old barn (the barn), cozy rooms have been created, just like in the main building, where guest rooms were first built in the 1950s, back then with a wood-burning stove and a shower by the stream. A small sauna is now housed in the former carpenter's shed, and the courtyard is adorned with a bio pool with water of mountain water quality. The biopool in the inner courtyard fits harmoniously into the homestead. The four new "lumberjack huts", which will be ready for occupancy from summer 2017, will be built in an ecological construction 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 recently been renovated or redesigned from time to time - visitors never get bored. Each room is unique: an original creation that combines old beams, found wood paneling, fresh colors, found objects, design classics and works of art in an individual living community. The four lumberjack huts, which can be found on the green space behind the existing hotel building, are small, environmentally friendly houses with a larch terrace. The interior construction meets high ecological standards and consists of 100 percent recyclable materials. With their natural wooden facades and green roofs, the micro-houses fit harmoniously into the landscape. The construction on point foundations ensures minimal interference with the ground and ensures that the building can be dismantled at any time.
FoodThe art-lodge's kitchen is a delicious, creative mix from different countries. Nevertheless, the ingredients come from regional agriculture whenever 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 vegetable schnitzel with dubious ingredients are not served in the art-lodge and when soy products are used , they come from Austrian organic agriculture.
At the art-lodge, employees are just as "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. Art-lodge is the right place for anyone who supports this attitude. The owners of the art-lodge cooperate with the local diakonia, with the Magdas project of the Austrian Caritas and are in the refugeeswork.at selection process.
EnvironmentSustainability plays an important role for the owners and they try to live up to this claim in order to create an offer that is as authentic as possible without complicated certification. Ecology plays a role, but also the 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 nearby Feistritz. The electricity comes entirely from hydropower. The bio pool has certified mountain lake quality and is cleaned ecologically. Pool heating was deliberately avoided. If you want to use the sauna, you can simply make a note - this avoids unnecessary energy consumption. Rubbish is of course separated. Much of the old furniture that the owners found in the old homestead has been recycled and recycled; even old toboggans were distributed in the rooms as furniture and decorative items. Local materials were also used, the marble used 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 "tended" by Carinthian spectacle sheep, sheep from an old breed of domestic animals that is threatened with extinction. Parts of the pastures are grazed by the neighbor's Galloway cattle, which are not so heavy and therefore better suited for mountain meadows than the "Simmental cattle", which is now common in the mountains. All animals are kept ecologically in open stalls.
Well-BeingWhen it comes to wellness offers, the art-lodge relies on the principle of small but fine. An indoor swimming pool with chemical treatment was not built for reasons of ecology. The biopool in the sunny inner 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 offered by masseuse Daniela are a very personal experience - in your own room with a panoramic view! Whether Lomi Lomi, back and foot reflex massage, lymph drainage or intuitive back massage, she finds the right handle for an all-round feel-good experience.
Der vielfach prämierte, zu einem Hotel umgebaute ehemalige Bauernhof, dessen einzigartige Unterkünfte vor Kunst nur so strotzen, erhielt außerdem eine von Wolfgang Flad gestaltete Stube und Bar, außen prangt ein Werk der Viennale-Teilnehmerin Andrea Faciu, und im 150-m2-Loft, einer alten Scheune, genießt man frühe Arbeiten von David Ostrowski.
Dass die »Art Lodge« dann doch mehr geworden ist als ein ausgedachter Werbertraum, liegt an der Liebenswürdigkeit der beiden und am Charme, mit dem sie den Hof umgestaltet haben – zu einem Ort der Künste und der gewollten Brüche: eine lila Holzbank unterm Zirbelbalkon, der Eames Chair neben dem Kachelofen, ein Werk von Thomas Ruff im knarzenden Treppenaufgang. Unten in der gemütlichen Stube liegen die neuesten Ausgaben von Lettre, AD und 032c aus.
Die Unterkunft hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Die beiden waren sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Der Nachhaltigkeitsaspekt war überwiegend zu finden (Shampoospender anstatt Flaschen, regionales Frühstück etc) jedoch gab es dann z.B. Butter einzeln verpackt.. Aber im Großen und Ganzen für Hotellerie bestimmt schon ganz weit vorne mit eigenen Solarzellen + Holzpellets. Außerdem kann man dank des Kärntens GoMobils auch ohne Auto anreisen.
Die Art Lodge hält, was sie verspricht. Und zwar in jeglicher Hinsicht. Es war ein sehr erholsamer und ruhiger Urlaub. Das Tiny House war mit allem ausgestattet, was man benötigt. Das frische Bergquellwasser aus dem Wasserhahn war sehr lecker, der Biopool einwandfrei und das Frühstück auf Regionalität bedacht mit tollen veganen Aufschnitten und Alternativen zu Rührei. Gerne reisen wir wieder zu einem Urlaub in die Art Lodge.
Unter den schönsten 100 Hotels in Europa 2019 / 2014
Hotel der Zukunft Sterne Award 2016
Culture Award 2015
The art-lodge can be reached by car in about 3.5 hours from Munich (326 km), in just under 4 hours from Vienna (378 km) and from Zurich (638 km) it takes about 6.5 hours. It only takes about 40 minutes to drive from Klagenfurt airport.
You can get to Villach every 2 hours by train or flixbus from Munich or the Adriatic Sea. From there, the new shuttle will take you directly to the art-lodge from 2017. There is an airport shuttle from Ljubljana Airport or Klagenfurt. Anyone who would like to go out to eat somewhere else, to the Afritzer or Ossichaer See or the Gerlitzen, simply takes the GO-MOBIL®. The GO (tickets) can be bought directly at the art-lodge. The GO-MOBIL® runs in the area of Afritz am See, the Gerlitzen Alpe and the Ossiacher See (municipality area Treffen), from there there is also a connection to the post bus.
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