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N° 061 | Something out of a fairytale

users 6 bed 3 bath 2

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 Space 

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.


The Surroundings

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.

Extra Services

Excursion with Personal Mountain Guide

Concierge service

E-bike / Vespa rental 

Mountain climbing equipment

Culinary experience 

Ski mountaineering tour 

Rock climbing 





Snowshoeing—even igloo building


Plinius Loves

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?


Nearest Airport 

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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Prices & availability


After the booking request is received we will confirm the availability and total price with the owner. You will then receive a confirmation and the total amount of your booking by email. A deposit of 30% of the reservation sum is requested upon confirmation (within 48 hours). The remainder must be paid no later than 60 days before the start of your stay. When booking within 60 days, the total reservation sum must be paid immediately. In case of cancellation more than 60 days before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned*. In case of cancellation within 60 days, no refund will take place. *Applies to most properties, but not all. We therefore recommend cancellation insurance.

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Prices 2023 | Price transparency: Plinius is completely transparent about the prices, we do not charge a booking fee or add any additional charges. 

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: 

Welcome aperitif

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

Free Wi-Fi

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

Private concierge

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


Additional costs:

Tourist Tax: €3 per person, per day 


Extra Information: 

Children & Extra beds: Children of all ages are welcome

No security deposit required

Dogs are welcome!



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Bath Bath
Fireplace Fireplace
Parking Parking
Personal care products Personal care products
Sauna Sauna
Swimmingpool Swimmingpool
Washing machine Washing machine
Wifi Wifi
Wine cellar Wine cellar

Eco sustainability

Appliances Class A Appliances Class A
Car-free access Car-free access
Eco activities Eco activities
Eco-friendly Eco-friendly
Recycling Recycling
Regional food Regional food
Towel change request Towel change request

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