La Marmote Albergo Diffuso in the Carnic Alps in north-eastern Italy is a hotel with 22 apartments, which are scattered throughout the little town of Paluzza. Guests can not only take advantage of the fully equipped kitchens in the apartments, but also book meals and eat out in the various restaurants in town and the surrounding villages. One of these apartments is Da Velio located in Faas at the Monte Techia. The house in its archetypal form reflects the architecture of the old neighboring building with a stone basement, a wooden upper floor and a tin roof. At the heart of the building is the living room with a huge glass front, which protrudes like a box out of the building and frames the mountain scenery like a picture. In the basement there is a sleeping area for up to three persons with access to the garden.
The energy self-sufficient house offers modern comfort, but with certain restrictions: on sunny days electricity is provided by solar panels, heating is via two wood burning stoves in the upper and lower floor, the treated rainwater is used as wash water, the drinking water comes from a well on the site. In summer you can get to the holiday home easily by car, however, in winter the house can only be reached on snowshoes or touring skis. The house is therefore only rented from the period Easter to October. However, on request use of the house the winter season is possible. In these months the sleeping area is moved from the basement to the mezzanine above the kitchen.
What to do
Hiking in the alpine area of Carnia Carinthia
Why we like this house
A meditative retreat in the mountains. The box-like picture windows creates a visual experience of the nature inside the house.
Details of the property
Region/Town: IT – Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Paluzza
Name: La Marmote
Scenery: secluded, with views of the surrounding mountain peaks
Number of guests: two to three people
Design: Mentil Federico
Published: Luxury Living / Die Presse, 4/2017 (Austria)