In an area facing the peaks of the Dolomites and the Eisack Valley, known for its fruit-growing, wine production and chestnut cultivation, an old farmhouse built in the 11th century at an altitude of 1,200 m has been renovated and expanded in recent years to become a luxury lodge where one can relax and discover local traditions. Called the Felder Alpin Lodge, its final phase of transformation from a place of residence to a hospitality structure has been curated by Perathoner Architects. The firm rethought and redesigned this corner of Villandro keeping in mind a constant interaction and dialogue between history and modernity, traditions – spanning food, wine, craftsmanship and beyond – and refined hospitality services. The typical features of the region have inspired the architects and designers involved in the project, such as the colors of the chestnut trees and the vineyards in the surroundings of Bressanone. These choices warm the interior environments largely realized in wood with the collaboration of Erlacher, a local company specializing in custom-made interior solutions for the contract sector in addition to single customized furnishings. In this way, the alpine character was retained and renewed thanks to a color palette and materials that are found in almost all of the chalet’s 180 sq. m.
The atmosphere spans the wellness area, bedrooms, living room and reading room, which is also lit up with color thanks to numerous colorful cushions from Marrakech.
The farmhouse was originally composed of a principal residence with a barn next to it. The ground floor, which originally housed warehouses, has now been turned into a spa with a pool, a Finnish smoked oak sauna, a relaxation area with hay beds and a wellness shower. Heading upstairs to the next floor and the attic, guests encounter three bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen in a barrel-vaulted room, a traditional South Tyrolean stube with a rustic heater, a library with international titles and a stone wine cellar.
The Felder Alpin Lodge makes it possible to relive the history of the farmhouse, which is a perfect architectural example of a typical, local farm. Some parts of the house are centuries old and still endure today, such as the traditional thatched roof of the nearby barn, one of only six examples still standing in all of South Tyrol.
Entering the lodge, whether for vacation or an event, also means encountering refined hospitality – the structure offers private concierge service –, breathing in the scent of typical dishes and desserts prepared in the kitchen, and appreciating the fusion between more subdued past and colorful, present art, local crafts and essential design.
Stepping outside the lodge, on the other hand, means continuing the experience and immersing oneself even further in the symbiosis between nature, sports, culture, and food and wine.