The Mesmerhaus is part of the historic ensemble of houses grouped around the Baroque era pilgrimage church in the village of Bildstein between Bregenz Forest und Lake Constance. Mesmerhaus’s owner, Evi Haller, revived the house of her great-grandfather – now over 150 years old – and together with her husband Jürgen, himself a passionate construction manager, extensively restored it. Their guiding principle throughout this process was to let the historical flair of the building’s exterior inform its new modern interiors.
The exterior of this heritage-listed building has remained virtually unchanged, with typical green shutters, original replica box-type windows and a 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 sqm 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 sqm 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 sqm and is a cosy nest with a view of the church.
More details in our UA HomeStory.
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. If you would like to explore the surrounding area, the cultural city of Bregenz on Lake Constance and the garden city of Dornbirn in the Rhine Valley are both within easy reach. Heading east, you will find the gently rolling hills of the Bregenz Forest, which boasts its own culinary and architectural highlights. Your host Jürgen Haller offers guided tours highlighting the beautiful architectural of Vorarlberg.
Why we like this house
Everything you need for a perfect getaway: fantastic apartments in a beautiful location - and Evi Haller’s wonderful hospitality.
This house is great for
Depending on which apartment you choose, the Mesmerhaus is suitable for single travelers, couples and families. A place for architecture lovers, pleasure seekers and anyone looking to relax and unwind.
|Region||AT – Austria, Vorarlberg, Bildstein|
|Scenery||scattered settlement on a plateau overlooking Lake Constance|
|Number of guests||3 apartments for 2-4 people|
|Design||Christian Lenz, Schwarzach; Jürgen Haller, Mellau (interior design)|
|Published||Schönste Zeit (April 2022), visit press page|
|Awards||Recognition Award Tourismus-Innovationen 2015 – Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH|
|Architecture||Historical, Listed building - old, Modern, Old & new|
|Criteria||1-4 (house/apartment), Apartments combinable, Family, Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Mountains|
|Same Partner||Tempel 74|
|Same Architect||Tempel 74|
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