With fabulous views across the Rhein Valley, Mesmerhaus in Bildstein is a lovingly restored contemporary guesthouse of modern, luxury apartment suites housed in a heritage 150 year-old build that was once home to the owner’s great grandfather.
In poetic prose, the façade fosters the traditional art of Vorarlberg - decked in spruce-rounded shingles, ornate white casement windows, pitched gables and those gorgeous shutters painted in mandatory grassy greens conjure the rural idyll of Austria.
Inside, however, cool interiors shift style gear and cleverly frame the painterly views with clean, unfussy, considered design.
Pristine white, charcoal grey and pockets of cardinal red nurture the elementary textures of spruce, oak planking, blackened steel and thick felts. The effect is alpine purism - complemented by precise architectural detailing; full-length doorways, wood-burning stoves, lacquered finishes, designer mood lighting and commissioned carpentry.
Mesmerhaus, once the sexton’s home, is today, a wonderful style chameleon of ornate exteriors and simplistic elegant interiors. The effect is of refined originality, a heritage house reduced to its essence through a calming language of decorative stillness.
High above the Rhein Valley, Mesmerhaus sits proud in the Austrian Vorarlberg village of Bildstein opposite the 17th Century Baroque church of Wallfahrtskirche Maria Bildstein.
The raised plateau affords stunning views down towards nearby Bodensee - Lake Constance (home to the famous Bregenz Festival), and the natural beauty of the Bregenz forests stretching into the Swiss Alps a yonder, this is perfect nature-eye-candy-hikers territory.
Apart from being a perfect hub from which to explore the fabulously singular modern wooden architecture of Vorarlberg, you can set off to explore the cultural city of Bregenz (20 mins. drive) or venture off further afield for day-trip excursions to Zurich, Munich and Milan.
Three spacious luxury apartments offer a variety of sleeping options and views of the surrounding landscapes and accommodation can be with booked individually or booked as a whole house.
Apartments at Mesmerhaus some complete with high-spec kitchens so you can prepare your relaxed foodie agenda as you please with everything you need to self-cater at hand. Of course, you can order your basket of fresh bakery, juices, cheeses and jams for breakfast and equally pop into the former barn turned little foodie kiosk, which stocks local produce and the cupboard essentials.
After your leisurely, exactly as-you-like-it-morning-coffee, plan to hit one of the countless restaurants in Bildstein and surrounds – this is, after all, the garden of Austria and the palettes stretch from rustic hearty farm-to table pot dishes, to the gourmet – not forgetting to stock up your fridge with some excellent Austrian wines.
When genuine hospitality collides with architecture you simply create magic – meet your hosts, hostess extraordinaire, Evi Haller and architect husband Jürgen Haller. Together, this perceptive duo were able to restore this family heirloom with such passion, charisma and love. “when you have such a house, there are many options open to you, this is how we would want to stay and experience the region”.
Evi is a natural host and bursts with knowledge of the surrounding homelands from cultural highlights, to finding the architectural gems of Vorarlberg, or sharing her intel on where the best beauty spots can be found on the hiking routes, to making those insider table reservations.
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