With its three floors and metre-thick walls made of solid stone, the Tassenbacherhof looks more like a fortress than a farmhouse from the outside. Inside, however, it is a different story. Light wood, large rooms and plenty of sunlight make for a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Guests wishing to stay with Margit Aigner should book well in advance, since the rustic farmhouse is home to just one apartment – but what an apartment it is!
For many centuries weary travellers and tradesman making the journey across the Alps by horse and carriage would stop at the Tassenbacherhof. Today this 600-year-old farmhouse is still very popular, albeit with holidaymakers. On the first floor there is an apartment covering 250m² and sleeping up to 10 guests. Margit Aigner admits it is a little unusual for a farmhouse to have one very large apartment rather than several smaller ones, but at the same time she points out that a holiday home of this size radiates confidence and boldness.
As the latest in a long line of Aigners to have run this pretty farm in the Pustertal Valley, she took the decision several years ago to modernise the building while maintaining its original character. The result is a charming fusion of modern luxury (including a spa & beauty area with a Finnish sauna as well as a state-of-the-art kitchen and high-tech gadgets) and features dating back many centuries. Aigner, a trained chef, has her own show kitchen where guests can help her cook some of the delicious meals in her extensive culinary repertoire. Just as important as cooking together, she says, is sitting down at the table and eating together – without a doubt the best way to enjoy the fruits of your labour and get to know each other a little better.