Resort Trattlerhof is perched on the very finish of the alpine resort of Dangerous Kleinkirchheim (“BKK” for brief). It’s a fairly city within the Carinthian area of Austria that’s fashionable with skiers within the winter and hikers in the summertime.
The constructing location dates again to 1642, and began life as a farm property. Later it turned a guesthouse for weary travellers in want of a beer and a few scorching meals after a protracted journey by horse and cart. Now a lodge, it has been run by the identical household for 5 generations and has maintained its heat and welcoming environment.
Trattlerhof is an authorized environmental lodge and is dedicated to decreasing its environmental affect. They’ve their very own bioplant and there’s no plastic packaging within the rooms.
The lodge is a superb base for winter sports activities fanatics, as the closest ski elevate is only a six-minute stroll. There’s additionally a bus cease proper by the lodge the place you possibly can hop on a free shuttle to the Kaiserburg gondola. The identical bus will even take you to a few of BKK’s fancy thermal spas, together with Terme Römerbad.
Households will benefit from the cosy environment and child-friendly spa space (underneath 15s have to be accompanied by an grownup). The lodge additionally hosts numerous alpine actions for adults and kids together with nature walks and tobogganing.
There are 60 rooms at Trattlerhof. Some are historically styled with plaid furnishings and purple and inexperienced hues. All rooms are en suite and a few include a separate WC. As a part of their dedication to the setting, there aren’t any mini smellies, plastic bathe caps and vainness kits. As an alternative, you possibly can assist your self to the refillable bathe gel that’s affixed to the wall.
The lodge has not too long ago expanded and added a brand new wing. In contrast to the previous a part of the lodge the rooms listed below are trendy in design and corresponding to a Scandinavian sauna. The partitions, flooring and furnishings are product of pine. The en suite bogs are massive and trendy, and have a superb energy bathe.
Trattlerhof has a spacious and cozy salon with picket beams on the ceiling and an previous grand piano. The superbly crafted heavy tables are product of wooden rescued from a close-by farmhouse. Each afternoon company will help themselves (freed from cost) to a choice of soup, salads and home-made muffins served on the piano.
On the bar company can select from a choice of aperitifs, beer, wine and schnapps. One evening a candy, aged gentleman performed Sinatra songs on the piano. As with the remainder of the lodge, the barman was the consummate host, at all times ensuring we had loads of water and nibbles to accompany our drinks.
The spa is massive and opulent, and was one of many highlights of my keep. Each visitor is given a delicate, fluffy bathrobe and a big tote bag and towel to make use of within the spa. The swimming pool is simply large enough to swim lengths and is surrounded by glass partitions overlooking the river and mountains. There’s additionally a scorching tub, sauna, therapy room for massages and a rest room. The spa is open from 7am to 7pm.
Foods and drinks
Breakfast begins a 7am and there are many cold and hot choices to tuck into, together with native cheeses, contemporary bread, dried fruit and yogurt. A chef is on standby on the buffet to cook dinner fried eggs and omelettes. There’s additionally a machine the place you can also make your individual contemporary carrot and apply juice, which is totally scrumptious.
At breakfast you may as well select your night meal from set menu. There’s at all times a alternative of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, and most of the substances are sourced from native farmers. My private favourites included cuttlefish with black spaghetti and conventional beef broth with cheese dumpling.
Don’t neglect to take advantage of the salad bar, which modifications each night and contains an enormous choice of dressings and olive oils (we beloved the pumpkin oil).
At dinner our waiter was at all times available to counsel drinks we’d get pleasure from and there’s a wide variety of reasonably priced Austrian wines.
In the event you fancy going out for a meal one evening, the lodge owns a restaurant, Trattlers Einkehr, which is nestled on the sting of the piste subsequent to the Maibrunnbahn chairlift. The restaurant specialises in scorching smoked meat and fish in addition to pizzas and pasta dishes.
Is WiFi out there
Sure, WiFi is freed from cost and works finest within the older rooms, reception space and restaurant. Connectivity was a little bit of a problem within the new rooms, though I used to be in a position to make use of 4G if I stood on the balcony.
Costs begin at €82pp per evening within the winter and €74pp in summer season, together with half board, wellness packages, in-house sports activities services and exercise packages.
The quickest path to BKK is from London Gatwick to Klagenfurt Airport, which takes lower than two hours. It’s then only a 50-minute switch to BKK from the airport by way of a collection fairly Carinthian villages and cities.
BKK can be a 1.5 hour drive from Ljubljana and a couple of.5 hour drive from Salzburg.