Hofgut Hafnerleiten

If you are looking for a place to wind down, you will find it here. In the midst of the Lower Bavarian picture postcard landscape in the region of Bad Birnbach, the Hofgut Hafnerleiten (Hafnerleiten Estate) offers a retreat in harmony with nature that combines the elements in a down-to-earth and architecturally subtle way. Right in the middle of nowhere, you find award-winning architecture inspired by the scattered hay barns of the region. Ten themed houses, perfect for couples’ getaways, blend into the landscape and its history and yet are skilfully out of the ordinary. What they all have in common is lots of wood, light and ample comfort; their location and design are individually coordinated. The Baumhaus (Tree House) or the Haus am Wald (Forest House) for example, offer rejuvenating and uplifting experiences. Those who prefer to dangle their feet in the water can drift through their holidays in the Wasser- or Bootshaus (Water House or Boathouse) And the Gartenhaus (Garden House) or the Wiesenhaus (Meadow House) which is also barrier-free, provide grounded moments full of new energy. All the houses have large terraces with outdoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves for those cosy moments. Four of the themed houses also have their own sauna.

The three Rottal Valley longhouses with their weather-beaten black exterior and 80 sqm offer plenty of space for longer stays, from the fully equipped kitchen and an additional bunk for reading or switching off, to the bathtub by the fireplace or under the roof with a view of the starry sky. Large window niches provide additional surprising views over the forest clearing from the Haus am Wald (Forest House), over the open fields from the Haus am Feld (Meadow House) or over the water from the Haus am See (Lake House).

Personal service is a priority for the Hofgut. In the morning, the team brings a delicious breakfast right to your door. In the evening, guests meet for an aperitif in the courtyard and collect their starters and desserts. The main course is then delivered to the cottage or to the garden – whichever you prefer. It could hardly be more relaxed. Except perhaps in one of the five relaxation cubes, which offer options for sauna, meditation, rest or massages. In short: ultimate well-being and the rediscovery of slowness.

Read more about Rottaler Langhäuser in our UA HomeStory.

What to do

At the Hofgut: wellness treatments, earth sauna, Finnish sauna, as well as cooking and barista courses, beer tastings; the Hofgut is located in Europe’s largest golf & thermal spa region; hiking, horse riding and yoga retreats.

Why we like this house

Award-winning architecture, a variety of wellness options and fine Mediterranean food make for a wonderful combination.

This house is great for

Couples, nature lovers and fans of remarkable architecture, whether for a holiday, a meeting or a celebration in an exceptional atmosphere.


E-charging station

Owner picture


Erwin Rückerl, the host and a professional chef is passionate about sharing his love of cooking with others. After his traditional training as a chef, he discovered Mediterranean cuisine in Sardinia and started the first cooking school in Lower Bavaria at the Hofgut Hafnerleiten in the middle of unspoilt natural landscape. Together with his wife, hotelier Anja Horn-Rückerl, he expanded the Hofgut from 2001 to include outstanding holiday homes and to become a popular place to celebrate.


Region/Town DE – Germany, Bavaria, Bad Birnbach
Name Hofgut Hafnerleiten
Scenery Hilly landscape with woods and fields, Europe's largest golf & spa region
Number of guests Per house 1-2 or 1 -3 people
Completed Themed buildings 07/2005, Relaxarion Cubes 12/2011, Longhouses 12/2013
Design Themed buildings: studio lot, Longhouses: formatelf / Stefan Hanninger, Landscape architect Wolfgang Wagenhäuser
Published AHGZ März 2022, ELLE Traveller May 2020, Süddeutsche Zeitung, schoener-wohnen.de 6/2017, HÄUSER, Wohnrevue CH, Vogue, Raum und Wohnen, more: www.hofgut.info/ueber-uns/presse.html
Special Features Meadow house is barrier free
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
Architecture Modern
Accomodation Hotel, House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), Barrier-free, Garden, Golf, Hiking, Lake/river, Meeting, Pet-friendly, Pool, Restaurant, Sauna, Spa, EV-charging station, No car needed

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  1. Hier heisst es bei uns “einmal Hofgut immer wieder Hofgut!” – es war unser erster Besuch und wir sind hin – und weg! Genuss pur – klare Architektur und doch völlig zum wohlfühlen – Zeit für RUHE steht auf dem Hofschild und es trifft den Nagel auf den Kopf – URLAUB zum erholen und zur inneren RUHE kommen. Ein harmonisch und herzliches Team und völlig herzliche Inhaber – ein genialer Service! Wir kommen wieder ….
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  2. Es waren tolle entspannte Tage mit viel Genuss & voller Herzlichkeit. Wir suchten Ruhe und Pause vom Alltag und haben Genuss, Erholung & Zufriedenheit gefunden! Einzigartige Architektur in klarem Design und doch Atmosphäre zum wohlfühlen und abschalten. Ein tolles harmonisches Team und völlig entspannte Inhaber! Wir kommen gerne wieder!
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  3. Was für eine wunderbare Idee. Ich war nun schon zweimal im Haus am Wald und es war Erholung pur. Perfekte Tage in Ruhe und Frieden, lange Spaziergänge und viel Zeit zum Träumen. Ich werde auf jeden Fall wiederkommen.
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  4. … herz haben alle, herz hat alles hier – nicht nur der wunderbare cappuccino zur begrüssung! aufwachen bei vogelgezwitscher, aus dem frühstückskörbchen brötchenduft, zwei riesige terrassen, ein drehbarer kamin, eine badewanne mit blick zu den sternen, eine luxuriöse hundehütte – das haus am wald. entschleunigung pur! tausend dank. wir kommen wieder …
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