An architectural smörgåsbord of modern design and history, the boutique hotels Weisses Kreuz and sibling Mansion zum Löwen span the centuries being at home at the heart of the ancient village Burgeis (Burgusio). With parts dating back to 13th Century and a family tree of pedlars on this spot back to 1871 – no wonder then, that sweet heritage anchors within these renovated walls.
Timbers of every ilk sweep through the three distinctive faces of the Weisses Kreuz Hotel with the oldest wing being in the Mansion zum Löwen. Walnut, Birch and smoked Oak host the thick bucolic walls and capture the dna of former farmhouse barns, resplendent Renaissance home to the Bishop and lodgings for the merchant traders heading along the Romanesque Via Claudia Augusta.
The trio of interiors within each building speaks of their provenance: contemporary design flourishes permeating the aged heritage quarters, modern crisp accents fuse a palette of traditional materials and layered textiles usher smooth, subtle accents of easy luxury. Peeled back history slips seamlessly into the era of 21st Century with confidence. Free standing bathtubs underneath twisted rafters or soak against walls dating back to the 13th Century. Spoilt for choice connoisseurs of interior design will face the quandary – just which house will be your ‘home” in South Tyrol.
Three generations of ‘home’ reside at both the Mansion zum Löwen & Weisses Kreuz, and although these hotels narrate the many modern faces of luxury, their design style is as distinctive as the very DNA.
Youthful direction reigns in the kitchen under the creative talents of chef Marc Bernhart and like the rest of the hotel, tradition is forged with modernity. The scents, flavours and tastes of South Tyrol and the bountiful Venosta Valley take centre stage alongside worldly accents that take authentic dishes far across the waters.
Dining at the Hotel Weisses Kreuz follows a simple, natural foodie philosophy: uncomplicated in nature and a joy to eat from the traditional Knödel to tasty Atlantic prawns teased in far eastern spices. Your palette will not bore here.
The Mansion zum Löwen is home to a delicatessen and café stocking everything from cured Speck, sausages, breads to Schnapps – perfect for a light bite, the perfect stuff for the mountain picnic or a slab of cake as the afternoon nibble.
An elemental spa, chillax and wellness hub cast in local Sarner Porphyry quartz rock, timbers and aged farmhouse charisma husstle together creating an ambience of wellbeing overlooking mountain vistas.
Alpine Rose, Arnica and Edelweiss rally around natural skincare products of Dr. Joseph and Piroche Cosmetics in an extensive spa menu of massages, treatments and touches of Alpine healing are on offer. A fabulous outdoor heated swimming pool and sauna facilities including a sensory spruce dry sauna invigorate your stay here.
When your family tree took up home here back in 1871, it is a wonderfully envious position to find yourself today as the generation that have reformed this house into a fabulous hotel of style. Once Pedlars, family Theiner, have been an essential part of village life and as the owners of the Weisses Kreuz Hotel and not forgetting the refurbishment of neighbour, Mansion zum Löwen, the family will continue their legacy of playing host.
Energy, tenacity, a passion for hospitality and a clever eye for style. Mara Theiner and partner Marc are at the helm supported by Mara’s grandmother Maria, father Thomas, mother Marlene, uncle Joachim and aunts Beate and Justa.
Situated in the heartlands of stunning Venosta Valley (Vinschgau), Hotel Weisses Kreuz & Mansion zum Löwen are located in the centre of Burgeis (Burgusio) just north of neighbouring South Tyrol villages; Mals (Malles) and Glurns (Glorenza).
Burgeis (Burgusio) has been cast, as indeed scarred, by history and time, where princes, Bishops, monks, traders and peasants have left their mark – etched in history Burgeis (Burgusio) captures the essence of Alto Adige.
With the great outdoors of South Tyrol on your doorstep – summer treks include Via Claudia Augusta, the Marienberg Abbey that overlooks the Fürstenburg Castle perched at 1,350 metres, the Medieval splendour in nearby Glurns, or hike around the Ortler mountains including the stunning views up to the “King Ortler” at 4000 metres. In the winter months, Burgeis (Burgusio) is a bijou ski, sledging and snow walking destination that affords pure Alpine eye-candy views in every direction, chocolate-box villages, great pistes with the sunny aspect of 18km Watles just a 10-minute drive away. Not forgetting, the Ski Arena Venosta Valley which includes 5 ski areas, with 36 lifts and 150 kilometres of slopes.
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