Running a mountain farm is a lot of work. But here, high above the valley floor, things happen at a slower pace, explains Christine Erharter. Is it the fantastic view? Or is it the secluded location which sets the Siedlerhof apart from the outside world?
One thing’s for sure: it’s a long and winding road that leads up, up, up the Glantersberg mountain as far as the Siedlerhof at 1,060 metres above sea level. The tarmac surface ends in front of the farm, which is the last settlement on the mountain and surrounded by lush meadows overlooking the Kelchsau region. Depending where they come from, Christine Erharter welcomes her guests in English or French.
The farm is largely self-sufficient – it has its own drinking water, firewood, solar panels and, of course, milk from its own cows. When Christine Erharter wants to relax she goes into the forest to pick mushrooms, first and foremost chanterelles and boletus. These local variations are then made into a Tiroler Gröstl or a ragout. So what makes the Siedlerhof so special? The peace and quiet, says Christine. While the children help out tending to the cows and ducks on the farm or playing with the rabbits, their parents can lie down in the meadow and relax.