From Gut Hornegg, guests have a wonderful view of the sky, old park trees, the vineyard or the ponds in the valley. The great sight continues inside the old castle: walls up to 1.5 meters thick, beautiful old wooden windows, magnificent stone and wooden floors. Each of the rooms has its own character and has been furnished with old furniture that was used earlier in the manor. New ones were added, so that a place with a patina was created. The apartments exude a special atmosphere, as the signs of use of the centuries are visible, but in a charming way.
Hornegg Castle was founded around 1200 by the Horneck family of knights. Around 1550 the old knight's castle was converted into a Renaissance castle by their descendants, the Saurauers. For over 150 years, Hornegg served as the summer residence of the monks of the Augustinian Canon monastery in Stainz. Fish farming also goes back to this period. The last great innovator of Hornegg was Daniel von Lapp, the railway pioneer from Germany. He expanded Hornegg into a well-known model estate and gave the castle its current appearance.
The castle was first mentioned in a document around 1230. In 2017, the renovation of the first holiday apartment in the castle began under the direction of the host Marie-Theres Holler, who is a carpenter, farmer and architect. There are now three apartments that she and her family rent out. Marie-Theres' brother likes to guide the guests through the organically operated fish farm, and if time allows, it is sometimes possible to book a meal with her sister.
The vision of the siblings is to be able to preserve the house and the magnificent manor and to breathe life back into the rooms. They want to show how little it is possible to create a great atmosphere. Marie-Theres would like to make her place of birth attractive to guests and show how thoughtfully she runs Gut Hornegg.
ArchitectureWe always tried to use only natural materials such as bricks, clay and lime. No plastic was deliberately built in, which was not always easy, but thanks to a lot of research, alternatives were found. For example, the windows are not painted but have only been treated with linseed oil. The renovation took place in cooperation with local craftsmen.
Only employees from the region are employed at Gut Hornegg. Every day the hosts eat together with their employees and they also do gymnastics together once a week - both at the expense of the company, of course. In addition, a housing project for women in life crises is supported: The residents of the project take one week of free vacation at Gut Hornegg once a year.
EnvironmentThe house is heated with its own wood, in the form of a so-called component storage heater, which is particularly energy-saving. The entire furniture has been put together from upcycling projects. Ecological agents made from linseed oil and soft soap are used for cleaning. Thanks to the in-house sewage treatment plant, all of the wastewater from the property is cleaned through biological degradation processes. In this way the own source of drinking water was created on site. The estate is a certified organic farm. It is also a member of the Austrian Historic House Association. The issues of environmental protection and sustainability have been preoccupying the hosts for their entire business life, which is why they are very happy when discussions arise with their guests.
Well-BeingA small “wellness house” with a sauna is located on the roof of the former estate nursery, which is also on the premises. Guests can look forward to swimming in the hotel.
Das knapp achthundert Jahre alte, einst Salzburger Augustiner-Chorherren gehörende Gut Hornegg mit seinem verwitterten, verwunschenen, geradewegs aus einem Brüder-Grimm-Märchen herbeigezauberten Renaissance-Schlösschen liegt inmitten einer Waldlandschaft, in der sich Teiche voller Karpfen, Zander, Hechte, Rotaugen, Schleien und Welse wie glitzernde Schatztruhen verstecken. So sauber sei das Wasser, sagt Jörg Holler, dass sein Sohn Heinrich noch nicht einmal die Karpfen vor dem Schlachten auswässern müsse, um ihnen ihren modrigen Hautgout auszutreiben.
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From Graz you drive about 30 minutes to Gut Hornegg (30 km). From Vienna it is just under 2.5 hours (218 km), from Munich a good 4.5 hours (412 km), from Passau it is a good 3 hours (306 km) and from Salzburg it also takes a good 3 hours the trip (303 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
The nearest train stations are in Preding-Wieselsdorf and Hengsberg. Guests can be picked up from there.
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