The Mesmerhaus is part of the historic ensemble of houses grouped around the Baroque era pilgrimage church in the village of Bildstein. 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 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.
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. Cities like Zurich, Munich and Milan can also be visited on day trips.
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.
As Mesmerhaus’s host, the most important thing for me - next to the architecture - is that we create a friendly, personable atmosphere for our guests. We want our visitors feel welcomed and at home here, and to experience a real connection the region. Our guests can find information about the area’s many cultural, scenic and culinary highlights in their own personal travel guide, which we curate according to their preferences and interests. In fact, we strive to create the perfect individual holiday package: a beautiful house in a unique location, fantastic hospitality and a tailor-made guide book for each guest.
Details of the property
Region/Town: AT – Austria, Vorarlberg, Bildstein
Scenery: Scattered settlement on a plateau overlooking Lake Constance
Number of guests: Penthouse Ludovika: up to 4 people, Franz-Josef: 2 people (+ 2 children) Maria: 2 people
Architecture: Old & new, Listed building - old, Modern, Historical
Published: visit press page
Awards: Anerkennungspreis Tourismus-Innovationen 2015 – Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH
1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), Apartment, AT – Austria, Energy efficiency, Family, Garden, Hiking, Historical, Lake/river, Listed building - old, Modern, Mountains, Old & new, Sustainable materials, Vorarlberg