The Home Summary
Wurda is a secluded mountain chalet in the eastern end of the Lesachtal valley, near the Tyrol / Carinthia border. The property is at approx. 1100m asl on the southern side of the Lienz Dolomites, towering over 300m above the valley floor, it sleeps 6 to 8. A peaceful forest surrounds the property with spectacular mountain views of the Carnic Alps maximized from large balconies and a Sundeck. Built in the 1800’s the property retains its rustic charm and relative isolation.
The area is listed as one of outstanding natural beauty within the trails of the Lienz Dolomites and Carnic Alps, it is about 1hr drive to the famous Hohe Tauern national park. Access to the walking trails of the Lienz Dolomites are on the doorstep, white water rafting in the Lesachtal valley or the Drau or Gail valleys, walking and skiing in the Carnic Alps or high mountain adventures in the Hauhe Tauern. The defensive positions of the 1st world war (WW1) are accessible on the other side of the valley along a network of mountain huts.
Some key facts regarding the location.
8km from the Ski resort of Obertillach in the East Tyrol-
11km From the medieval town of Kotschach-Mauthen (15 mins drive)
30km from the Nassfeld ski area and pass, a respectable ski and mountain biking area
30km from Lienz, the Closest city (35 to 40 mins drive) and the Hohe Tauern National Park
50km as the crow flies from Großglockner (approx. 50 mins drive)
6km as the crow flies from the Italian border and the Hohe Warte mountain
Approx 20km by road from the Italian border via the Plockenpass
Activities in the area
White water rafting
Canoeing / kayaking
Paragliding / gliding
History trails (1st world war WW1 and Napoleonic forts)
Driving / Riding many switchback roads and mountain passes within a days drive
Local castles and sites of Austrian culture including the roman ruins near Lienz
The home of Porsche is 1 hrs drive away at Gmund
Cortina D’ampezzo at the heart of the Italian Dolomites is approx. 1hr 45 mins drive.
Cross country skiing
The property is a log cabin constructed originally in 1838. The style is very much rustic and whilst it has been partly refurbished and updated over the years it retains many of its original features including wardrobes, furniture, fixings and flooring. The original wood tools used to cut the beams that make the property are mounted on the walls in one of the bedrooms and some of the original yokes used to transport materials to the property are also hung on the walls.
The property is semi-self sufficient (eco home) with only electricity being provided from external sources. All of the properties water needs are fulfilled by a local spring running out of the Lienz Dolomites and all of its heating being generated from a combination of traditional tiled wood burners (Kackleoffens) and a woodburning stove powering a closed cycle central heating system. The kitchen contains an electric oven and stoves for instant heat in case the wood burner is not being used (Summer months).
Detailed Description of Rooms
Approaching this rustic 3 bedroom 2-bathroom, 220 square meter home located at over 1100m above sea level in the beautiful Lesachtal Valley, Carinthia is a feast for the eyes. Within the property grounds you’ll find a beautiful hand crafted porch with bench tucked into the shade at the right side of the house next to a babbling brook at the base of a small ravine. As we walk in the front door, we enter a long hallway with pine wood flooring that leads to a traditional wooden staircase up the left side of the entrance hallway. To the right of the hallway is a rustic pine clad kitchen / dining room with windows overlooking the Carnic Alps and the Italian Border. A doorway from the kitchen exits onto the large south facing Balcony / sun deck, letting in gorgeous mountain sun making outdoor dining extra enjoyable!
The Kitchen is well stocked with pots pans, cutlery, croquery, coffee machine, toaster, kettle (electric and stove) and various other utensils may be found in the antique dresser. There is a wood fired stove and also an electric oven and hobs for instant heat. Whilst fully functional, the kitchen is basic and old fashioned but caters for all the functionality of cooking. There is no microwave. The kitchen table has traditional bench seats and comfortably seats 6 people.
Reverting back to the entrance hall we reach another doorway just past the chimney heart of the building. This door leads into a cosy lounge with traditional wood fired tiled log burner and the main TV (28in) of the building with free to air digital connection. You can choose to watch the fire burning, the Mountain views or the Television. Another door from the living room leads back to the kitchen.
Back into the entrance hall and we climb the staircase to the 1st floor which has 2 double bedrooms a, storage wardrobe / entrance room and a pine clad bathroom with shower and toilet. The bedroooms both feature the same mountain scenery, wardrobe and chest storage space, sitting chairs and bed linen storage cupboards. One bedroom also has the tooling used to make the house hung onto the pine clad wall as antique decoration. Outside, a balcony extends full length along 2 walls of the building.
As we walk up the stairs from the landing to the 2nd floor we approach a large family room and the final bedroom measuring over 53m squared. Perfect for lazy afternoons and quiet evenings, being on the top floor the views from the smallest balcony of the house are the best. A large tiled wood burning (Kackleoffen) helps keep the warmth in the winter months to the top floor and the en suite bathroom on the floor completes its functionality. Two single beds are in the room as well as the antique cot.
The back of the home overlooks the ruins of the old stables and the main access track leading back to the tarmacked road at the Alpenhof-Strenge Hotel. The land to the front, a steeply sloping meadow is owner by a dairy farmer living down in St.Jakob.
A selection of old board games, books (german and English), sun deck with sun loungers and single car port.
Satellite TV with a selection of German and Austrian channels.
WiFi is available at the nearby Alpenhof when dining. By late 2014 it should be available in the house.
A local restaurant may be found at the end of the driveway (Alpenhof-Strenge) less than 2km away that serves hearty mountain food, drinks and local knowledge.
The nearest shop is around 2km away in leising
The nearest supermarkets, DIY stores and other shops are in Kotschach
The flowering mountain meadows are within a few km’s walk up the mountain.
The hiking trails of the Lienz Dolomites are on the doorstep for summer hikes and winter snowshoeing.
In winter, the small family ski areas of Obertillach and Kotsatchare both within 10km with the much larger FIS endorsed Nassfeld ski area around a 40 min drive down the valley towards Hermagor.
Pay as you go energy pricing
As an eco-home, we encourage minimal use of energy where possible. This is achieved through non-profit energy pricing. The cost of your energy during your stay will be directly paid by you to the property caretaker when you check out. The pricing for this is as follows
PLEASE MESSAGE ME FOR UP TO DATE PRICINGS
XXX EUR per kw
Other pricing includes the Carinthian state tax for tourists in the Lesachtal:
1.3 EUR per person per night
Cleaning at end of stay (for guests with dogs)
Per bed per week for linen change (more frequent changes possible on request)
Getting there and away
Access requires driving along a single lane gravel track for approximately 1km from a tarmac road. The tarmac road is in places single lane and contains several switchbacks. In the summer months this is achievable in a city car (I have done it comfortably in a fiat 500), but in winter a decent 4X4 will be required. If in doubt please email an enquiry and specific information about the track may be provided.
The nearest Airports are:
Lienz- 45 mins but small
Innsbruck- 1hr 45 mins
Treviso- 2hrs 15 mins (in winter large deviations may be required if the plockenpass is closed)
Venice- 3 hrs 15 mins
Ljubljana- 2hrs 30 mins
Munich- 3hrs 30 mins (always clear due to the felbertauernstraBe
Villach has a major train station with connections to Ljubljana, Salzburg, Munich and Venice. The local train line then comes up as far as Kotschach-Mauthen, which is a short (11km) taxi ride from Podlanig, the nearest village to the property.
Own car is recommended to facilitate easy access to the house and the local area.