This farmstead in the Bavarian Forest has been family-owned for seven generations. Built around a four-sided courtyard, the ensemble dating back to 1840 includes a farmhouse, stable, outbuildings and a heritage listed bakery – all of which have been restored and adapted to the needs of the latest generation. Old elements of the buildings have been preserved where possible, while their rural style has been combined with sleek, modern architecture. The main farmhouse now houses two guest apartments in addition to the owners’ own apartment, their parents’ apartment, and the farmstead office. A stairwell between the farmhouse and stable interconnects these various levels, demonstrating that the old farm has very much arrived in the modern era.
The two 40 square metre guest apartments each consist of one room divided into different areas thanks to a centrally positioned timber compartment (which contains the bathroom). The style is refined and minimalistic, creating a modern ambience while emphasising the fabric of the original building. The ground floor apartment offers a fireplace and a kitchenette, the suite has (from July 2019) a small compact kitchen. Equipped with sleeping sofas, separable double beds as well as an extra bed, all your needs will be met: business travellers or short-term guests can choose the studio, for longer stays the apartment is ideal. Booked together both apartments can accommodate groups of up to 9 people.
What to do
The Bavarian Forest National Park with animal parks and a canopy pathway, numerous hiking trails, cross-country trails, snowshoe hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, pearl and gold panning, museums such as the open air museum in Finsterau and trips to the Czech Republic.
Why we like this house
We like the interplay of old and new and the flexible use of the apartments.
Authentic, relaxed, open-minded: Verena Windorfer-Bogner and Reinhold Windorfer are two young hosts with a keen sense for modern architecture and design. After many years in the big city, they returned to the Bavarian Forest in 2015 and have since then embraced the combination of family tradition and contemporary, sustainable living -- without sacrificing comfort and design. Their guests appreciate the open yet unobtrusive atmosphere in Moosham 13, which offers plenty of space for communal life but also offers places to retreat to and relax.
Details of the property
Region/Town: DE – Germany, Bavaria, Grafenau
Name: Moosham 13
Scenery: In a small Bavarian village
Accommodation: B&B, House, Apartment
Number of guests: Per apartment 2 - 4 people, rented together up to 9 people
Architecture: Old & new
Design: Studio für Architektur Bernd Vordermeier, Ortenburg
Published: Almliebe Magazin Frühjahr 2019, Thomas Drexel: TOP 50 Umbauten - Sanieren, modernisieren, erweitern. May 2018, Dwell Magazine. A Home in the Modern World. May/June print edition 2018, Magazine "Servus in Stadt und Land" 11/2018
Awards: Nomination artouro 2019, Baukulturpreis Ilzer Land 2017