Those who are looking for a new sanctuary, should really take a look at the Weyerhof in the middle of the Austrian Alps. The roots of this mansion date back to 1130 and it has just been renovated with a great deal of effort, flair and love for authenticity by the next generation.
The wonderful Weyerhof is located south of the Kitzbüheler ski-slopes, not too far away from the more prominent town of Zell am See. Those who visit here in winter, practically have got two skiing regions on the doorstep: Firstly, just five minutes by car is the Wildkogel Arena, with 75 Piste kilometres and secondly the whole areal of the Kitzbüheler Ski-region with 57 ski lifts and 185 Piste kilometres. Access is granted via the G9 Panorama train, which leaves from the town of Hollersbach, just 10 minutes away by car.
However, the Weyerhof is not one of these alpine sports hotels, but the opposite – a historically evolved bolthole, which fits perfectly into the Pretty Hotels family.
The foundations of this property reach back as far as the year 1130. It’s been run as an alehouse since the year 1664 and served as a noble residence for the Bishops of Chiemsee. Nowadays, the Meilinger family are running the place in the 7th generation. It also has a stone tower and a private apartment, which was a barn conversion. Junior boss Franz Meilinger took over the place a few years ago and decided to start careful renovation work, supported by his wife Lilo, as well as sister Elisabeth and her husband Christopher (who is originally from from New Jersey!).
If you are lucky enough to be given a guided tour through the freshly created rooms, then you realise very quickly: somebody very cautiously considered the roots of the house and its vicinity and when it came to the floors, windows and furniture, spared neither expense nor took any half-measures. Everything is in harmony with the buildings structure, so much so that you couldn’t be blamed for donning jogging pants and thick socks and just sitting and admiring the room all day. The clever thing about it is, that the whole “new” renovation was carried out by the owners sister, Elisabeth Meilinger. Many of the details such as lamps made of wooden relics were actually crafted after being found in their own barns. Silver deer antlers or purple pseudo-design-elements can certainly not be found in this building.
Today, there are a total of 15 guest rooms ranging from 20 – 57 square metres.
The kitchen is the beating heart of the property. Lots of external guests come to the comfortable parlour lunchtime or dinner time, especially to try the creations of Franz Meilinger and his partner, famous chef Andreas Stotter (who has previously worked at the renown “Steirereck” in Vienna) . The restaurant also reflects the top quality of the place. There are some of the finest specialities, but made with regional ingredients. The farm’s home-made bread as well as other specialities are still being made following grannies recipes, which is another reason to be generous with the brownie points here.
Are very welcome. The family themselves have small children, who, in the summer months have their own playground in the garden. The best rooms to occupy with kids can be recommended by your hosts and a few of them even have connecting doors.
People with good taste and a week to spend in the mountains in autumn, winter or spring, in wonderful surroundings providing the best food and Pinzgauer congeniality. Weyerhof is also extremely popular as a wedding location.
The property lies in a valley next to a main road. Those whose rooms facing the road can hear a few cars driving past when they go to bed. However, the areal is very large, so that you can hardly hear the road when sitting on the terrace..
In Bramberg you can find the longest sled run in the world, suitable for kids (and adults) and in winter it’s an additional evening highlight.
Double rooms can be had from 65 euros per person and night (including breakfast).
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