The Mesmerhaus is part of the historic ensemble of houses grouped around the Baroque era pilgrimage church in the village of Bildstein. In an extensive renovation, the owner Evi Haller revitalized the 150-year old house of her great-grandfather. The exterior of this heritage-listed building has remained virtually unchanged, with typical green shutters, original replica box-type windows and a bright shingle facade. However, the moment you enter the house you leave the historic flair behind. Inside you’ll find three apartments with reduced, linear interior designs – modern living is on the agenda. The Ludovika penthouse’s 180 square meters offer space and comfort as well as a wonderful view of Lake Constance. The apartment extends over two floors and has loft-like character in the open space under the roof loft. The 50 square meter Franz-Josef apartment is situated on the first floor with south-west facing panoramic views of the mountains and the village of Bildstein, all the way to Lake Constance. The small Maria apartment makes clever use of its 30 square meters and is a cosy nest with a view of the church.
What to do
Bildstein is an insider tip for all those who seek peace and relaxation. There are many hiking trails off the beaten path. There are several excellent restaurants nearby.
Your host Jürgen Haller offers guided tours highlighting the beautiful architectural of Vorarlberg.
Evi Haller began her renovations of the Mesmerhaus in 2010. This task required not only a feel for combing the old and the new, but a considerable amount of technical expertise – both qualities which are available in abundance within the family. Her great-grandfather Franz Josef Böhler established his carpentry workshop on the ground floor of the Mesmerhaus in 1900 - now a family business based in Wolfurt which specialises in windows and lifting and sliding doors. Her husband, Jürgen, is a passionate building project planner and site manager who made a crucial contribution to the success of the renovation. Working together, this young family followed the guiding principle of bringing the historic character of the outside into harmony with the modern lifestyle of the interior.