Our luxury chalet in Hinterthal, Austria was built in 2007 and the house is available to rent for memorable winter ski and summer activity holidays.
The house has been built to the highest standards, combining traditional craft with modern luxury: underfloor heating; large open log fires; oak floors; hand-built fitted furniture; walls of local stone; and bathrooms of stylish slate.
Built on two main floors with large living rooms on both levels, 5 bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms and over 325m² of internal living space, the house can accommodate large groups but affords privacy to both parents and their children!
In 2018 we are adding a storey above the front half of the house to add a study/library, separate twin bedroom and bathroom.
Furnishings also combine traditional antiques with modern features: warm rugs, deep sofas and heating controls and internet access in each room.
Ground Level Features
Upper Level Features
Outside: the ground floor on the lake (west) side of the house has a terrace, part-covered by the balcony above and part-decked with wood to provide a sun-bathing and swimming platform over the lake; there is a luxury whirlpool hot tub for 6 adults with multiple jets to ease muscles you forgot existed after a day on the mountains, it is at it's best as the setting sun casts its pinks and oranges on the high peaks before the colours of the hot-tub's lights take over the display - of course we do have a few plastic tumblers for that special glass of chapmpagne in the tub!
Sauna: we built our sauna especially large from old pine so that all the family can enjoy its rustic charm at the same time, its heater is very clever - you can switch it to either damp heat (Sanarium) or dry heat (Sauna) and you can set it to start automatically so it's ready when you return from the mountains; outside the Sauna is a changing area, a double shower in black slate and a WC and the floor is made of a "river" of stone pebbles which run from the sauna to the lake or hot tub outside.
Ground floor living room: this is another large living room which is designed for relaxation, a place to escape to if you want to avoid the tall stories being told upstairs around the kitchen bar!; a carved oak wooden ceiling, a log fire in the corner and luxury rocking loungers which can be wheeled outdoors in summer make this the perfect environment to switch off, listen to the hi-fi system or your own headphones, read your book or have a snooze after a hot sauna and cold shower; the other half of the room is home to another deep sofa for watching the large-screen TV, the DVD and the surround-sound system.
Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5: each of these bedrooms is a generously sized double, each has hand-built wardrobes, hand-built beds and gorgeous Mulberry textile curtains; Bedrooms 4 and 5 have luxury ensuite bathrooms including shower, bath, heated towel rail and WC; Bedroom 3 has doors opening to the terrace and the lake and a bed which slides together or apart to create a double or a twin.
Laundry room: last but by no means least, this room houses the technical equipment to make the house function, but also has all you need if all this relaxing luxury starts to give you withdrawal symptoms from house-work - a large, family washing machine, a utility sink, ironing board etc...
Click the link to see floor plans....
Outside: the house is approached via a private road and has parking for two cars at the front as well as an underground car park space 50 metres away.
Entrance hall: one front entrance from the upper/road level leads to a large porch with boot warmer rack, ski store, antique and built-in benches: watch the mountains as you put on the boots to conquer them!
Hallway: the other front entrance opens to a wide hall with natural stone floor and stairs leading down to the ground floor; to the left is a "Stuberl", a traditionally Austrian table and corner bench which is a lovely place to sit and play games after dinner.
The hallway has a lovely antique chest for gloves, hats and goggles.
Bedroom 1: the Master bedroom has a double bed and windows to the south and west with spectacular views over the lake; we like to have our morning tea with the curtains open, watching the skiers across the lake - but perhaps you are up early enough to be on the slopes yourself. A walk-through dressing area with built-in wardrobes leads to a luxury bathroom with large bath (also with views up to the peaks), double sink and double shower, all tiled in black slate.
Bedroom 2: this is designed in traditional Austrian style with children in mind; it has hand-built bunk-beds which sleep four and a staircase to an upper gallery with a sloping ceiling (max height six feet) where there is a super king sized double bed.
Upper floor living room: this is wide, open and very light with a high vaulted wooden ceiling and enormous picture windows which open onto a balcony (3 metres deep for summer dining), overlooking the lake and ski slopes. The living room is approx 8 x 8 metres so there is plenty of space for dining, kitchen and seating areas. There is a long antique french dining table as well as a breakfast bar with stools; a fully-equipped kitchen with black granite work-surfaces, espresso machine, steam and electric ovens, glass hob and double sink; driftwood lights surround the deep Italian sofas which are positioned around the stone-faced open log fire for apres-ski drinks; or sit and admire the view across the lake while listening to the network stored music on the hi-fi system. Or, for the musically gifted, have a live performance around the grand piano (use by prearrangement for experienced players!)
New for 2018 - first floor extension. The new rooms above the front of the existing upper floor will have a new twin bedroom which will replace the gallery bed above the bunk bedroom, a study/library with desk, bookshelves and computer, and a luxry bathroom with oversize shower area. These rooms will all have superb views to the high peaks to the East and North of the village.
Read below for much more detail on the house including links to floorplans...
The whirpool hot tub invitingly set to 40 degrees