N° 061 | Something out of a fairytale
The lodge is a 500-year-old farmhouse and barn located at an altitude of 1,200 meters near the Villander Alm. This is such a unique story of the current owner, Thomas Erlacher. He bought the property 15 years ago and lived here for 10 years with no electricity or heating. He wanted to take time to get to know the farm as it had remained for many years before making any changes. Because of this approach, something truly special has been created!
During the first Covid lockdown, he began renovating the historic building and created the lodge as it is today. It combines a traditional farmhouse with modern architectural features to create a luxury stay for guests seeking peace, nature, and an exclusive break.
Erlacher collaborated with Rudi Perathoner (from RP Architecture) an architect with whom he had previously worked, and the project took around two years. Most of the yard didn’t have a basement and the roof had to be completely insulated to make the farmhouse liveable. However, the structure of the building remained completely untouched, not only because it is listed but also to preserve its unique atmosphere. For the additions, old materials such as wood and stone were used wherever possible while the low door frames, steep staircase, and small bedrooms were retained.
They truly offer a personal experience to the guests. The lodge is operated by three very close friends; Claudia (the manager), Tom (the owner/founder), and Matthias (the guide) and they do a lot of activities with the guests — they know the area so well, that a very special experience is guaranteed. It’s a place where you can really relax, with your own sauna and amazing views of the Dolomites. The barn’s steep, thatched, half-hipped roof is also a rarity as one of only five surviving roofs of this type in South Tyrol. Many guests comment that the property is “magical” and “something out of a fairytale”.
The lodge is also an adventurous place, a place full of history and stories. Anyone who visits and looks behind the centuries-old facade will find an interior that has been curated down to the smallest details, complimented by the epic views from the windows.
The 180 square meters lodge features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, traditional South Tyrolean stube with rustic farm stove, a fully equipped kitchen under barrel vaults, a unique rock cellar, a library with a selection of international books, a smoked oak Finnish sauna, a relaxation lounge with hay bed and wellness shower, garage, ski room, boot dryer, laundry room, and a private helipad.
Outside, the farm's own Land Rover Defender is waiting to drive you through the South Tyrolean mountains. Or further up into the mountains with the Alpine Guide. Want to see the world from above? High-altitude air makes you hungry. It's good that the water for the homemade pasta is boiling on the wood stove in the kitchen, the champagne is already waiting at a perfectly tempered temperature in the wood-paneled farmhouse parlour. There is also a sauna. Sounds like an adventure, the way you like it?
The Villanderer Alm is not only the second-largest mountain pasture in South Tyrol, but it also lies exactly at the geographical center of the region. From spring to autumn, the lush green alpine meadows stretch as far as your eye can see.
Excursion with Personal Mountain Guide
E-bike / Vespa rental
Mountain climbing equipment
Ski mountaineering tour
Snowshoeing—even igloo building
Special: this is such a special, magical place to be. There is nothing like it!
Rural life: Due to its deeply rural location, many mountain traditions and customs can be experienced on-site, including hay bathing, butter churning, and Muas-making at the farm
Back to Nature in Luxury: Immersed in nature, surrounded by history, and in complete luxury.
The Activities: who doesn't want to build their own igloo?
Bolzano Regional Airport, 40 km.
Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport | 104 km.
Verona Valerio Catullo Airport | 181 km.
Venice Marco Polo Airport | 300 km.
Milan Malpensa Airport and Milan Linate Airport | 350 km and 300 km.
The staff can organize helicopter transfers and land directly at the lodge.
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Option 1 : Rental | Min. stay 3 nights | Price from € 2.700 per day for 6 people
Option 2: Fully catered lodge | Min. stay 3 nights | Price from € 6.900 per day for 6 people
Included in the price:
Spring water throughout the lodge
Finnish sauna made of local pine wood for 8 people
Hay storage to relax
Preparation of relaxation areas indoors and outdoors
Daily heated wood stove in the farmhouse (in winter)
Fully equipped kitchen from De Manincor
Sofa landscape, library with international books, flat TV
Bluetooth-compatible audio system for music streaming
Toiletries bag Zilla, bathrobe and house slippers, sauna towels
Dyson hair dryer
Exclusive plastic-free natural cosmetics from Just
Daily change of bed linen and towels on request
Daily house cleaning
Washing machine and dryer
Car parking spaces in the garage
Lockable depot for hiking, biking, and ski equipment
Full Catered Fields Alpine Lodge
Gourmet breakfast with regional products prepared by our breakfast lady
Dinner is prepared by your own chef (menus are selected by the chef)
Afternoon tea and/or coffee with homemade cake
Honesty Bar (with local wines, spirits, soft drinks)
Personal mountain guide, hiking guide, ski guide, yoga trainer
Transfer with Land Rover Defender, Pinzgauer, or snowmobile to all starting points
Rental of climbing equipment and snowshoes
Plus all the above-mentioned included services
Tourist Tax: €3 per person, per day
Children & Extra beds: Children of all ages are welcome
No security deposit required
Dogs are welcome!
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