A luxurious pinewood suite fitted with all mod cons? Or a spartan wooden hut with no electricity and far from civilization? Whatever your preferred accommodation, Barbara Fankhauser has the perfect solution at her Breierhof.
These days some of the children who stay with their parents at the Breierhof don’t even know where milk actually comes from, so Barbara Fankhauser takes them out into the farmyard to meet her friendly cows – and if they are really lucky then they might even see a calf being born. Days here start with guests waking up to find fresh dairy products from ‘hay milk’ – the name given to milk given by cows fed only 100% natural hay – on their doorstep. Those who want to sample the delicious ‘Melchermuas’ (a rich and very filling dish made from butter, flour and milk which used to be eaten by farmers) have to hike up to the family’s alpine hut at almost 2,300m altitude.
What sets the Breierhof apart from other farms and guesthouses are the luxurious yet traditional apartments, in particular the 160m² loft suite. Pretty much everything here – apart from the large flatscreen TV – is made of wood, mainly pinewood, explains Barbara. Even the pillows are filled with pinewood shavings. Perfect for a good night’s sleep! For those who prefer the simple life on holiday, the Barbara Fankhauser has her own wooden hut at 1,800 metres above sea level, around half an hour from the Breierhof. Here there is no television, no radio, no electricity – just a roaring log fire and absolute peace and quiet.