The Bear's Den
About the home
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 lets|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|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 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 9|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / 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
Strictly no smoking as this is an old wooden building.
The Den is opposite a working farm so Townies beware of cow-pats, flies, milking machines, farm dogs.
Refundable breakages deposit (Credit card number: authorisation £500) is required on arrival.
50% of rental fee due on booking, balance required 4 weeks before arrival.
Property not ideal for toddlers as the Mezzanine bedroom is up some quite steep stairs. Cot available for babies.
The Austrian Alps / Carinthia 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).
The Kirchbach area
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.
How to get there
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Fly to Klagenfurt with Ryanair from London Stansted, then hire a car. One hour easy drive to the house on A2 motorway to Villach, then continue towards Italy. Turn off towards Hermagor/Nassfeld onto B111. Turn left off B111 in village of Tressdorf. Cross the valley, over the river bridge, then park just after the tight bend on left. Alternatively, fly to Salzburg (3.5 hours), Ljubljana (1.40hrs) or Venice (3hrs) or Vienna (4hrs).
Activities near Kirchbach
Ski resort location
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Rural / countryside retreats
01 Mar 2012
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.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Winter Season||6 Dec 12||5 Apr 13||£ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer Season||1 May 13||9 Nov 13||£ 700||£ 100||£ 100||4 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Deposit of 50% on booking. Balance paid 28 days before arrival.
Extras like catering, welcome packs (including breakfast) occasional or daily meals, daily maid service, baby-sitting, extra logs (one basket is supplied at the start of each week) should all be booked in advance.
Cleaning costs per booking: included
Hire of highchair and cot per week: free
We can accept payments by Visa or Mastercard, UK cheque, bank transfer in GBP, Euros,Book
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