The Bear's Den
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Chalet | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Bear's Den is a large barn attached to an elegant 400 year old farmhouse built in traditional Carinthian style. The interiors are luxurious with huge sumptuous sofas. This is a magical winter wonderland during ski season (10 mins drive to International resort Nassfeld www.nassfeld.at) or the perfect outdoor sporting playground in summer, with mountain bike and hiking trails, horse riding, rafting and golf on the doorstep. We enjoy proper sunny summers (25-28 degrees) with Italian climate (just 4 km to border), and frosty white Winters.
The property boasts a beautiful garden with outstanding views of the mountains. Accommodation can be on a self-catering basis, or with just breakfast or fully catered if required.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Klagenfurt 100 km, Nearest railway: Hermagor 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details outdoors|
Lovely sunken water-garden terrace with secluded sitting area and mountain views. BBQ and picnic rucksacks available on request.
- Garden shared during school holiday periods
- Welcome pack available on request
- English-speaking representative available
- Guide available for ski-guiding, or in summer hiking or biking or climbing tours
- Horse riding can be arranged
- Ski locker room available in winter.
- Covered car park
The Austrian Alps region
Year-round paradise for nature and sport lovers.
Winter: downhill ski-ing in the international resort of Nassfeld, cross-country skiing from the door, ice-skating on the outdoor village rink (ice-hockey) or on nearby natural lakes Preseggersee (10 mins) or Weissensee (40 mins).
Summer: marked hiking and mountain biking trails, white-water rafting, horse-riding, summer luge and flying fox with climbing/ rope activities in Nassfeld (8 mins). Swimming in natural lakes. Climbing and paragliding.
40 minutes from Italian border, 2 hours to Venice. 2.5 hours from Salzburg. Shopping in Villach (40 mins).
Traditional Austrian farming community where fields are still ploughed by horses, where wild flowers still grow in the meadows, where church and cow bells still ring louder than the traffic. Lots of village festivals and cultural events throughout the year. Drop into the tiny tourist office in Kirchbach (mornings only) for info and bookings. In Kirchbach, you will also find a post-office, a cafe, a hairdressers and a pizzeria with great outdoor public swimming pool. For kids, visit the Erlebnis adventure playground on the shores of Pressegersee Lake and the Summer outdoor adventure area in Nassfeld.
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11 Feb 2014
"A wonderfully cosy place to relax"
The Bear's Den, a sophisticated though very natural conversion of a traditional farmers barn, is a great place to relax from the hectic of urban life. We experienced heaps of snow, changed plans … More
29 Jan 2014
"Very relaxing place"
This chalet is really beautiful inside and immediately feels like home. We travelled with our 4 month old baby and our labradoodle, who were both very welcome in the Bear's Den. We wanted some… More
3 Jan 2014
"Lovely snug space hidden in the mountain shadow"
Couldn't recommend it more for a quiet get away. Not too far from the ski resorts and well located for summer cycling tours. Not that easy to find would suggest paying for a sign off the main roa… More
20 Aug 2013
"comfortable & cosy"
The Bear's Den is a converted barn, and the online description pictures are realistic, so it met our expectations.
There were only a couple of downsides; the lack of washing machine (plus line etc), and the link for the TV was missing (although we could play our own DVD's). And the shower over the bath could do with a curtain - we regularly flooded the bathroom, and it was easy to slip on the tiled floor.
But it was scrupulously clean, (thanks to the housekeeper!), beds were very comfortable, and the biggest sofas we'd ever seen!
The hamlet was very peaceful, just the sounds of the farm birds and the occasional tractor.
Lovely to walk along the river path (actually a cycle path), and watch the scenery unwind.
An easy 20 minute stroll, flat almost all the way, across the valley to the pizzeria, which had a much more extensive menu than just pizza, for a relaxed evening. Plus good value for money.
Also ate al fresco in the garden at the hotel at Waidegg - friendly staff, and more good food. At neither eatery did we feel out of place in casual wear, shorts, jeans, sandals etc,
This is ideal for a relaxing break, away from the hustle & bustle of tourists, consequently - not much to do in the way of touristy/gift shopping - saves time & money!
3 Jul 2013
"As magical as it looks!"
Yes, this house is completely delightful! (Ours was a February trip.) We were planning to search for my husband's ancestors when we discovered this cosy spot, and hoped we could combine the two. In fact, we abandoned the ancestors and just stayed here!
The location is rural, yet close enough to the ski resorts and quaint towns. The decor is warm and inviting, with deep comfy sofas, a huge fire and snuggly colours, plus big picture windows that look out over the mountains. The best thing of all however was the snow. The house turned into a fairyland when it fell, as it was completely enfolded by it, with no ugly roads to spoil the effect. You are transported into Narnia! You can walk or cross-country ski in the surrounding woods, without even getting in the car, or skate on the huge nearby Lake Weissensee (hiring your skates there).
The house is attached to the owner's one via an intercommunicating door, but you retain your own privacy. Oh, and one handy tip: we flew into Ljubljana, which was also surprisingly picturesque. Thank you for a memorable stay.
1 Mar 2012
"Cosiest Ski Lodge Ever!"
The Bear's Den is located in a lovely quiet village about a 10 minute drive from the ski resort. You need a car for both getting to/from the slopes and supermarket, but it's worth the drive. The property location is lovely and quiet with good offstreet parking. Inside, it's been beautifully furnished with a lovely alpine feel. Big sofas to sink into, a huge fireplace (and good central heating!) TV, DVD etc and even a piano. The kitchen is a small (open plan onto the dining area), but well stocked with equipment and basic necessities such as tea coffee etc. Bedrooms are also very well furnished, with comfortable beds and good closet space. The bathroom is clean and has a big bath.
We spent hours lounging by the fire after a day's skiing in this wonderfully converted barn. I'm definitely booking it again!
27 Feb 2012
We've been coming here for years and absolutely love it! Both summer and winter there is so much to do. Nassfeld is a great family ski resort not overrun by large touring companies. It's nice to ski into Italy for some lunch and come back to Austria for the apres ski. Summers are warm and you can't beat the mountain tracks for biking or hiking. The Bear's Den is well located for all facilities in a small farming community and has direct access to the trails. However I would have a rental car to get around to some of the attractions further away. The swimming pool is fantastic. It's a heated natural pool with no chemicals - like swimming in Evian! The Den itself is very comfortable and well kitted. The lounge is amazing and I love spending long winter nights in front of the large fireplace.
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