Schnals, South Tyrol, Italy

Enjoy peace, switch off and experience nature - as is well known, you can do that particularly well in South Tyrol. The Josephus in Val Senales is therefore the ideal accommodation for lovers of the region. The detached house from 1912 has been lovingly renovated and exclusively furnished. Since January 2013, four holiday apartments have been available there.

The lifestyle of the hosts Doris Wolf and Alexander Rainer is reflected in the design of the house: puristic, with clear lines and local materials that were processed by local craftsmen.

The apartments in the Josephus are all kept in the same style. An attempt was made to preserve the charm of the old while at the same time adapting the living comfort to modern standards. Some of the original furnishings in the traditionally paneled parlors are more than 100 years old. The bathrooms and kitchens have been redesigned and present themselves puristically, without superfluous frills. Earthy, natural tones ensure a cozy atmosphere.

The Josephus offers everything for a pleasant and relaxing holiday. There is plenty of space and retreat options. There is also the option to rent the entire house.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Apartmentfrom130 €


ArchitectureThe house impresses with its unique construction, which fits perfectly into the environment. For the renovation work, regional and local craftsmen were deliberately used. When selecting the materials, the hosts attached great importance to regionality and naturalness. Stone, larch and pine wood, sand plaster as well as wool and loden were used. The sheep and their wool in particular have a long tradition in Val Senales and reflect the bond with nature and the region.

EnvironmentThe Josephus uses a heat pump with trench collectors and a photovoltaic system to generate energy. In addition, the hosts attach great importance to waste separation and use alternative cleaning agents to protect the environment. They also focus on sustainability when it comes to water consumption. They deliberately avoided furnishings that use a lot of water, such as bathtubs or a swimming pool. There are also flush buttons that save water.

Well-BeingIn the house there is the possibility to use a Finnish sauna and an infrared cabin. Here you can relax in pleasant warmth and leave everyday stress behind. The property also offers a variety of massage treatments such as singing bowl massages. Yoga courses can also be booked.


  • Detached house from 1912 with four exclusive holiday apartments
  • Traditionally paneled parlors with some of the original furnishings in the apartments
  • Located in the Ötztal Alps, near the Schnalstal Glacier in South Tyrol
  • Organic mountain farm with horses and sheep on site
  • Depending on the season, the in-house cottage garden will surprise you with tasty herbs
  • Various massage treatments, such as singing bowl massages and yoga courses can be booked
  • Sauna with a view of the beautiful Val Senales
  • Variety of leisure activities in the area: very extensive hiking area, cycle paths, high ropes course, climbing garden, glacier cable car, skiing, winter hiking, cross-country skiing, etc.

Apartments4 apartmentsOwn cooking facilitiesChildren welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessno PoolPets allowed


  • 3 apartments, each with 2 bedrooms for up to 4 people
  • Attic apartment for up to 2 people
  • All apartments with a modern, well-equipped kitchen
  • The two apartments on the ground floor and 1st floor with their own balcony
  • Finnish sauna, infrared cabin and relaxation room in the house
  • Approx. 70 m2 terrace with sun loungers and barbecue
  • Parking spaces and heated ski room
  • Can also be booked as a whole (up to 14 people)


Der Ort heißt wirklich so: Unser Frau im Schnalstal. Hier hat sich ein Fuhrmann 1912 eine Landhausvilla wie in Meran gebaut - Mondänes am Bach. 2013 hat sie Designer Walter Thaler in vier Apartmentwohnungen umgewandelt für Doris Wolf, die die "Josephus Lodge" führt. Der Charme: alte Mauern, Möbel, Granit in den Bädern, Loden an den Fenstern. Aus der Sauna sieht man das Gletschergebiet Schnalstal - perfekt für Skitouren (zur Ötzi-Fundstelle, Tisenjoch, Saldurscharte) und Langläufer (Höhenloipe auf 3050 Metern).

Viola Keeve, manager-magazin.de, August 2023
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Apartmentfrom130 €

Location + Directions

By car

From Bolzano it takes just under an hour to Schnals (59 km). It takes about 2.5 hours from Innsbruck (180 km), from Munich about 4.5 hours (336 km) and from Zurich it is also just under 4.5 hours (279 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The nearest train station is in Naturns. From there there is a bus connection to Schnalstal. The bus stop is 200 m from the house (stop: Guflgand). The journey takes about 43 minutes.