The Niedermairhof in the Puster Valley of South Tyrol was an old farmhouse that had been converted into an inn many years ago. Now, following a fifteen year hiatus, it has reopened its doors as a bed and breakfast. This historic building, the foundations of which date to the 14th century, has been renovated with great attention to detail. The house has been almost completely gutted within the upper floors. The collar beam roof truss, the façade, windows and the porch have all been restored or reconstructed. A modern annex and new windows in the attic rooms are proof that the house has very much arrived in the 21st century. The combination of old and modern is also evident in the eight individually designed suites. Here antique furniture is combined with contemporary design. Historic murals are featured, old roof beams are used as room dividers, and the historic tiled stoves have been converted into radiators. Each room is decorated with a different theme and has its own personal touch, for example a large aquarium built into the room divider between the bathroom and living area in the “Weiher-Zimmer” (pond-room), a table made of rock in the “Alm-Suite Coldeboi”, and floral elements in the meadow rooms “In der Kehr”.
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What to do
The town of Brunico can be reached on foot, hiking, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, ice climbing, biathlon center in Antholz, the South Tyrol Museum of Ethnography in Dietenheim, Bruneck Castle with the Messner Mountain Museum.
Why we like this house
Historic architecture and antique furniture meet contemporary design and creative details.
Kathrin Mair and Helmuth Mayr are a cheerful and enthusiastic couple who have decided to go down a new road and Kathrin now lovingly prepares her very special homemade breakfast for her guests. With great admiration for the achievements of previous generations and an appreciation of architectural details, art and nature, the young couple is proud to be breathing new life into the traditional Niedermairhof.
Details of the property
Region/Town: IT – Italy, South Tyrol, Bruneck
Scenery: located on the outskirts, with views of the mountains
Number of guests: 8 rooms for up to 3 guests per room
Architecture: Old & new
Design: Andreas Vallazza
Published: DIE ZEIT Reisen-Spezial 43/2019, ORF2 08/19, HomeStory 3/17: The Niedermairhof – A journey through time, SZ-Magazin No. 31/2016