No roads, completely secluded location, pure nature - that's what awaits guests at the Menihof in South Tyrol. The farm offers a breathtaking panorama with a 180° view of the Dolomites and the proximity of a quiet forest. And yet: in just 30 minutes by car you are in the pretty old town of Bozen.
The farmstead is over 100 years old. Up until the 1970s, three siblings managed the farm as self-sufficient. After that it stood empty and was uninhabited until a stonemason bought it in 1999 and began to expand a holiday apartment in the former Stadl. In 2016, the current owners Stefanie and Markus came across the farm, renovated it and set up three holiday apartments. For a long time they wanted to combine their activities related to yoga, hiking and biking with guest accommodation and the desire to live in nature and have found the perfect place for it in the farm. The farm is completely self-sufficient in energy and there are a few animals that look forward to being petted - the dog Lassie, three tomcats, two donkeys and 15 Krainer Stein sheep.
The apartments are simple and modern in design, with a touch of rural nostalgia. The apartments are cozy, they all have a separate entrance and their own terrace or balcony. The ground floor apartment "SALTUS" has something niche and looks like a small, cozy nest. The middle apartment "AVIA" is spacious and very bright and the attic apartment "SALTUS" has typical attic flair, but is still very spacious.
|Single room||from170 €|
ArchitectureThe house is a solid wood construction. The wood was cut at the right time of the moon in our own forest and partly processed on site. Many wooden surfaces in the house are untreated. Walls that had to be concreted (sloping against the ground) are plastered with clay. The architecture is simple, linear and the house blends into the environment. Since the Stadl already existed, the hosts had to adapt to the circumstances. However, they have retained as much structure as possible. The windows and the roof were replaced. In the holiday apartments, too, they have used almost exclusively natural materials such as wood and stone. In addition, only local craftsmen (all from the village) and local materials where possible were used. The outside area has hardly changed. There is a large vegetable field with organic vegetables (also for the guests). The playground was designed according to the motto "less is more" - there are two swings, a sandpit, two gym bars and a trampoline. Otherwise, the forest is the biggest playground. The architects of the courtyard were Trojer and Vonmetz and the interior design, the apartments and the courtyard cafe were designed by Studio Claudia Unterhauser.
FoodFor the farm café and the mini farm shop, the hosts try as often as possible to process and offer vegetables, honey or eggs from their own production and cultivation - otherwise the farm shop only sells products from the South Tyrolean region.
EnvironmentThe farm is completely energy self-sufficient. Electricity is only generated by the photovoltaic system. In an emergency, there is a diesel unit that recharges the batteries within an hour should it ever run out. For this reason, there are no additional electrical appliances in the kitchen of the holiday apartments. The water comes from the hotel's own spring and is of good quality. However, it still goes through several filters to guarantee the best possible quality. During dry periods, the hosts are dependent on the guests helping to save water. The waste water goes into a septic tank, which is pumped out every year. Nevertheless, attempts are made to use gentle cleaning agents and waste separation is also a top priority at the farm. There is even an introduction on arrival. In addition, guests are also asked not to take rubbish with them on their hikes or to not throw handkerchiefs into the forest. Because of the change of linen, the hosts only accept guests from three days (low season) and five days (high season). Host Markus is always happy to tell guests more about the energy supply on the farm.
Well-BeingUpon request, the hosts can organize a professional masseuse. When the temperature is hot, she massages you in a secluded, quiet, shady spot or in the holiday apartments. Stefanie also offers a yoga class 1-2 times a week - depending on demand and weather conditions, since yoga can only be practiced outside on a yoga platform. Markus offers guided hikes and bike tours.
|Single room||from170 €|
It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Bozen to the Menihof (21 km). It takes just under 3.5 hours from Venice (286 km), from Milan just under 4 hours (296 km), from Innsbruck it takes around 2 hours (142 km), from Zurich around 5 hours (316 km) and from Munich it just under 4 hours (297 km). The exact address can be found on the website. Due to the isolated location and only irregular buses, it is advisable to have your own car.
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