Stadl in Al­tenbach

STYRIA, AUS­TRIA

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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.

WHAT’S OUT­SIDE?

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)

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