Stadl in Altenbach
WHERE AM I HEADING?
On the very southern edge of Austria, within yodelling distance of the Slovenian border, Stadl in Altenbach is an inventive architectural hybrid perched on a hillside with wide-reaching views. It’s one of a handful of houses in the area belonging to the PuresLEBEN collection.
WHAT WILL I FIND THERE?
An original wood-and-stone farmhouse built out in modern Alpine style (lots of glass, lots of clean lines) into a supremely comfortable hideaway for two. A chunky, white-plastered oven, freestanding bath, large picture windows, and a wide wooden deck with a lap pool and plunge-pool are among the attractive features around the house. A separate sauna on the terrace allows guests to practise the Finnish ritual of alternating between hot and cold in an Austrian Alpine setting.
The house overlooks a region known as Steirische Toskana (Styrian Tuscany) for its mix of vineyards and rolling hills. Styria is also well known in Austria for its pumpkin-seed oil, which is bound to feature on local restaurant menus. (from £220; puresleben.at)