A feel-good experience in a harsh Alpine setting: the Priesteregg Premium Eco Resort in the province of Salzburgerland
Iserlohn, 23 January 2024
Relaxation with a panoramic view: The Priesteregg Premium Eco Resort, in the municipality of Leogang in the Salzburgerland province, sits on a plateau at a height of 1100 metres. Not only can holidaymakers enjoy a breathtaking view over the Leogang Steinberg Mountains, the Steinernes Meer with the Hochkönig and Kitzbühl Schieferalpen – they can also look forward to an exclusive refuge for body, mind, and soul. Fittings and spa applications from Dornbracht make an important contribution here.
Opened in 2009, the 15 chalets and three villas that make up this small mountain village are surrounded by a luxuriant flora of mountain pines, Alpine roses, and bilberry bushes. The ancestral home and adjoining estates have been owned by the Oberlader family for more than 200 years. Influenced by the traditional, agricultural use of the land, it is also important to adopt a conservationist approach to running the resort. This applies to sustainable energy concepts and supporting regional producers, as well as furnishing the buildings with natural materials. The designers responsible for this – the W2 Manufaktur studio and architect Ulrich Stöckl – have put their faith in interiors that combine a rustic, Alpine style, with modern luxury. Products from Dornbracht come into play in the three villas, as well as in the public spa area.
Villa Etaner: at one with nature
Villa Etaner’s architecture merges directly into the hillside where it is built. Clay-plastered walls and numerous wooden elements – such as the kitchen island made from a single tree trunk – create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Guests can look forward to a Horizontal Shower with a massage feature in the bathroom: For the first time, Dornbracht provided a double version of it, directed towards couples. Vaia appears in Brushed Platinum on a washstand that looks as if it has been cut directly from a rock face. The cool finish blends with an interior design concept resembling a rock grotto. Upstairs, on the other hand, you get to a bedroom that seamlessly transitions into another bathroom: Vaia also appears in Brushed Platinum on the washstand, and as a freestanding fitting by the bath, in front of full-length glass windows. An Aquamoon experience shower with fascinating mood lighting rounds off the wellbeing experience against a harsh, natural setting.
Villa Wossa: highlight with a natural bathing pond
Surrounded by a biotope with reed beds and a natural bathing pond, the Villa Wossa appears equally comfortable and distinctive. Natural materials such as old wood, linen, and stone determine the indoor ambience for the spacious living area, the Alpine open plan kitchen and living area, and pine bedroom. The geometrical, C-shaped spout of CYO in the open bathroom has been providing contrast to the coarse textures of the natural stone washstand since 2022. The Brushed Durabrass (23kt Gold) finish adds a touch of luxury to the ensemble.
Wilderer Villa: an open, organic architecture
The design of the Wilderer Villa on the edge of the forest, however, is surprisingly organic, with its three wings giving it the character of a tree house. Guests can look through the wide glass facade on the ground floor to enjoy the view over the Alpine meadows and dark, coniferous forests. Along with the hanging fireplace, the imposing copper bath and freestanding Vaia fitting in Brushed Dark Platinum make an attractive duo. A spiral staircase ultimately leads to the sleeping accommodation, where natural stone basins each have a Vaia leaning over them. The Brushed Dark Platinum finishes harmonise discreetly with the wooden vaulting, finding an elegant counterpart in the dark knotholes.
Priesteregg Bath: a sustainable wellness retreat
In 2019, a sustainably designed wellness retreat was also added a good depth below the chalets: With its planted flat roof, covered sun deck and an infinity pool, the Priesteregg Bath blends seamlessly into the Alpine landscape. Various Dornbracht products – such as the affusion pipe for Kneipp applications – are also found here and play a part in invigorating the body and mind.