When many people think of log homes, they probably think of the homes of the first settlers in the vast expanses of newfound America. Accordingly, it is fitting that the two Summit Lodges are named after national parks on the American continent. But of course wooden houses in Tyrol are also the most original type of construction and have been for a long time.
And since the Summit Lodges were to be built in the village of Pfunds in 2018 and the location is a climate alliance community, it was clear that only traditional Tyrolean log houses would come into question as the building style for the new holiday homes. Because these houses have an incomparably low ecological footprint.
But of course the two log houses Yosemite and Yellowstone can't be compared to the rough wooden huts of the past either visually or in terms of comfort. The two houses leave nothing to be desired, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a large kitchen and a cozy sofa corner by the stove, as well as their own sauna. There are large balconies on each floor from which you can enjoy the wonderful view of the mountains and the village church tower.
With the Summit Lodges, the hosts have created a retreat based on the slow tourism principle, from which their guests can immerse themselves in the nature and culture of the region in both winter and summer.
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ArchitectureThe Summit Lodges are traditional Tyrolean log houses. In this style of construction, only whole logs are joined together with natural wood connections. The great thing about it is the impressive ecological balance, because the energy and resource consumption during construction is extremely low. Since wood insulates better than any other building material, hardly any additional insulating material is required and where it is, Tyrolean sheep's wool was used at the Summit Lodges. This means that no waste at all would be left over when the building was dismantled. In addition, wood creates a particularly pleasant living environment. It regulates temperature and humidity and naturally filters the air you breathe. To further save heating energy, the lodges are equipped with large triple-glazed windows and face south.
EnvironmentThe town of Pfunds is a climate alliance community. Accordingly, the residents have made it their mission to set a good example and live particularly sustainably. The Summit Lodges are heated with an air source heat pump and a wood stove using wood from local sustainable forests. All lighting in the houses and on the property consists of energy-saving LED lamps. Of course there is a recycling system, biological detergents and water saving filters in all taps. The garden is irrigated with water from the stream and is stocked with regional plants and a bee hotel.
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From Innsbruck you drive a good hour to Pfunds (101 km). It takes just under 3 hours (202 km) from Munich, just under 3 hours (249 km) from Zurich, just under 4 hours (318 km) from Stuttgart and around 3 hours (284 km) from Salzburg. The exact address can be found on the website.
The nearest train station is in Landeck. From there a bus runs to Pfunds. The bus stop is about 1 minute walk from the lodges. In summer, the bus can be used free of charge with the SommerCard. In winter, a ski bus runs to the 3 ski areas in the vicinity.
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