This 300-year-old farmhouse is located in the Bavarian Forest in a natural landscape on the green belt of Europe. Ingrid Haidl-Madl has fulfilled her dream of living and working in one place by rebuilding her parents’ house . The 300-year-old building houses not only the family’s apartment, but also a small interior shop and three individually designed apartments. They show a successful balancing act between traditional and modern elements and radiate a sense of harmony and tranquility through their reduced design.
The apartment “Nest” is a 34 -square-meter refuge on two levels with a bedroom that is fully lined with untreated spruce. In the apartment “Hermann Lenz” the restored original bedroom furniture recalls the writer who stayed in the former farmhouse on his walking tours through the Bavarian Forest. The apartment “Alte Liebe“ shows original features such as parts of the old masonry, a tiled stove and an old dipterous box-type window. Modern accents are set by unual window elements made of mirrored glas, a communicative kitchen unit or a table that is integrated into the windowsill.
Ingrid Haidl-Madl doesn’t just takes care of breakfast, she bakes tasty cakes and sometimes cooks for her guests – as does her son, a trained organic chef. The “Kuchl” is available to all guests for culinary experiences. The “blue room” can also be shared, for eating, celebrations or as a “in-house cinema”.
The house is surrounded by 6 hectares of protected natural landscape (with more than 400 distinct species of flora and fauna) with a large flowering orchard and fruit garden.
What to do
Guided tours through the Bohemian Forest, walks from the farm on marked hiking trails, tours to the adjacent Sumava National Park, bathing lakes and natural swimming pools, bicycle tours (8 bicycles are available at the farm, e-bike rental in the village).
In the winter: Cross-country skiing (the village loop leads to a 300+ km cross-country ski area), skiing in the nearby ski resorts, guided snowshoe hikes, skating on the world circuit in Finsterau.
Museums and cultural excursions, e.g. a nostalgic journey with a diesel train through the Moldau Valley to Krumau (CZ), day trips by bus to Prague or to the City of Three-Rivers in Passau.
Why we like this house
A paradise for stressed urban people: An old farm – traditional and modern at once – complete with cordial care from the hostess and beautiful natural surroundings.
Details of the property
Region/Town: DE – Germany, Bavaria, Haidmühle, Bischofsreut
Scenery: Among woods and meadows in the hills of the Bavarian Forest
Architecture: Old & new
Design: Bernd Vordermeier, Passau
Published: Architektouren 2014
Awards: Architektouren 2014