Hofgut Hafnerleiten is a remarkable retreat in the spa and golfing region of Bad Birnbach in the hilly Lower Bavarian countryside. For couples, nature lovers and fans of interesting architecture, whether for holidays or meetings in an extraordinary atmosphere – Hofgut Hafnerleiten is not your typical HOTEL.
The tree house, water house, lake house, boat house, terrace house, garden house, meadow house, multi-level house and the cosy pool suite each invite couples to take a little time out. In addition to the themed buildings (Themenhäuser), which are designed for shorter stays, guests who would like to spend more time at the Hofgut can also find suitable accommodation in the shape of three longhouses (Rottaler Langhäuser). These offer more space and have a fully equipped kitchen. And you won’t find it hard to relax: in addition to the bedroom there is a sleeping bunk for lounging around on. Each house has a bathtub – either next to the fireplace or under the roof, with views of a starry sky. And the large window niches provide the perfect spot for daydreaming with views of a forest clearing, meadows, or across a lake.
Every morning a breakfast basket is delivered, and in the evening everyone gathers for Mediterranean fare around the family table in the main building. The apartments are complemented by five relaxation cubes. These cubic structures, which are loosely distributed in the landscape, are used for massages, beauty treatments, saunas, meditation and as relaxation rooms.
Hofgut Hafnerleiten has twice been awarded the BDA prize for successful architectural conversions in the “building for the community” category. The Artouro architecture prize also honoured the Hofgut twice: in November 2011 (nominated) and 2013 (winner), followed by another BDA prize nomination in 2016.
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What to do
At the Hofgut: spa treatments, earthen sauna, Finnish sauna, cooking and barista courses. Also hiking and horseback riding, yoga retreats, and the Hofgut is located within Europe's largest golf & spa region.
Sharing his passion for cooking with others is a labour of love for owner and professional cook Erwin Rückerl. Having completed his classical chef training, he discovered Mediterranean cuisine in Sardinia and went on to establish Lower Bavaria’s first cookery school amidst the unspoiled natural landscape of the Hafnerleiten estate. Together with his wife, Anja Horn–Rückerl, and her background in the hotel sector, he has been extending the property since 2001 through the addition of themed huts and holiday houses.
Details of the property
Region/Town: DE – Germany, Bavaria, Bad Birnbach
Name: Hofgut Hafnerleiten
Scenery: Hilly landscape with woods and fields, Europe's largest golf & spa region
Accommodation: House, Hotel
Completed: Themed buildings 07/2005, Relaxarion Cubes 12/2011, Longhouses 12/2013
Awards: EVA 2014 „Green Electromagnetics Quallity Label, BDA Bavaria Award 2006, artouro 2011 (nomination, award for tourism architecture in Bavaria), artouro 2013, Longhouses: Nominated for the BDA award Bavaria 2016, Architektouren 2014, best architects 2015