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ROMANTIC 14TH CENTURY FORTRESS

Mr Karl Vetter von der Lilie

Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english, french, german
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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ROMANTIC 14TH CENTURY FORTRESS

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Stubenberg am See Castle Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms sleeping 9 in medieval castle in Styria overlooking Lake Stubenberg

GPS: N 47.24571° E 15.77985°

Neuhaus Castle is located on a mountain high above the River Feistritz in the eastern part of Styria, offering an unspoilt view over Lake Stubenberg and the hills beyond. All rooms are south facing. The grace and charm of antique furniture are combined with modern plumbing. Pleasant indoor temperatures are guaranteed throughout the summer.

Neuhaus Castle is a medieval fortress. Having stood as a ruin for two centuries, it is currently being restored to its original splendour. Today, from June to September, 3 bedrooms, dining room, sitting room, 2 baths and kitchens on the third floor (no elevator!) as well as 1 double bedroom with bath on the first floor are provided for our guests.

Neuhaus Castle was built in the 14th century by the counts of Stubenberg, one of the oldest and most renowned nobel families of Styria. It forms part of the line of fortifications erected along the eastern border of Austria to protect the region against invading Hungarians and Turks; however, there are no reports that the castle was ever besieged or taken. Other families followed, such as the Draxler and Wurmbrand.

Bernhard Draxler undertook some major restaurations after the castle had been damaged by fire in 1541 (a gruesome legend is linked to this tragic event); the main entrance gate with his coat of arms and the machicolation above bear witness to these works. Around 1680, on the eve of the Ottoman wars, the Wurmbrands added a 100 ft. high shield-wall giving the castle its present characteristic appearance. Only a century later, they abandoned Neuhaus and moved to their newly built residence in the baroque castle of Schielleiten near-by.

In 1800, lightning set fire to the roof reducing the once prominent fortress to a romantic ruin.

Reconstruction began in 1982 with the purpose of creating a residence for the present owners, Count and Countess Vetter von der Lilie, as well as to provide accomodation for tourists who prefer the unusual to designer hotels. Today, the entire 3rd floor (no lift!) consisting of three bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, 2 bathrooms/showers and kitchens, together sleeping 7 persons, as well as a double bedroom with bath on the 1st floor, are ready to receive guests. They have the choice between preparing their own meals or to breakfast - for a little extra - with the owners. The exceptional location of the building on top of a mountain offers a bird’s-eye view over Lake Stubenberg and the rolling country-side bejond, a view only shared by a faithful couple of falcons and a large family of black martins. A guided tour of the premises is offered free of charge.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mr Karl Vetter von der Lilie (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english, french, german

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Karl and Ingrid,



Thank You again for your hospitality. It was wonderful to meet you all and share your fabulous castle with you. I hope we can stay in touch for many, many years and marvel at your ongoing renovations and

reconstructions!
Jun 2011
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 4 traveler reviews

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Romantic 14th century fortress
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
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5

Incredible!

  • 5 of 5
This castle/fortress and the hosts Karl and Ingrid are the real deal.

We stayed with them for five nights in early August 2013 and it was magical. I’m the father of four children and we were traveling with our nanny. Our children are 1, 3, 4, and 5 years old. Karl and Ingrid were great with the kids!

As the listing mentions, you must be willing to walk some stairs. What I now know, is that if you want to be a princess, and live in a castle, you must walk some stairs. ?

The castle/fortress is ultra authentic and full of 200+ year old antiques.

This is an extra great choice if you like: history, military history, architecture, construction, politics or political history. Karl and Ingrid (your hosts) have led a very interesting life as the Austrian ambassador to different countries. Four years as the ambassador to the United States (in NY), six year to France (in Paris) and a bunch of other countries. They both speak fluent English as well as other languages. Be sure to plan some of your holiday time simply hanging out at the castle with Karl and Ingrid and hearing their stories.

One welcome surprise was the hiking trails. The castle is surrounded by well-marked and traveled hiking trails and the area is gorgeous.

The entire region is known for it’s outdoor adventures, the highlights being ballooning, paragliding and visiting the lake. The lake has a beautiful family beach with a water slide that worked well with our young children.

To be repetitive, I really recommend this castle as a holiday place to stay. Five stars!
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Stubenberg am See East Styria
5

Unforgettable

  • 5 of 5
Staying in this jewel of Stubenberg was the highlight of our holiday.

The castle Neuhaus stands on a hill surrounded by apple and apricot orchards, criss-crossed by pretty hiking trails. We arrived in the afternoon and were warmly greeted by our hosts, Karl and his beautiful wife Ingrid, who conveyed our luggage to our third floor apartment using a novel rope "elevator" that was quite entertaining to witness. They have managed to create a getaway that is somehow both grand and comfortable. They took extra care to make our stay memorable: finding toys to entertain our three boys; graciously treating us to a tour of the castle (including the soon-to-be restored top floors and roof which feature beautiful, if terrifying, views of the valley and lake); and providing a delicious breakfast every morning. I miss that breakfast!

There is plenty to do in the area to keep busy. We spent the days discovering the countryside, visiting Graz, enjoying the lake (which has an awesome go-kart race track), and going wine and cider tasting, but we all looked forward to getting back to the castle every night. I highly recommend it.
  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Stubenberg am See East Styria
5

Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5
I agree with everything written in the review of 17th August 2011 so I can't add much. This was an unforgettable experience. As well as the superb location & amazing views, the Austrian hospitality made this a truly memorable holiday. Karl & Ingrid are very interesting people & wonderful hosts. They were very good with the children - 3 boys of 5, 7 & 9 - who need lots of space, which the castle certainly provided. I feel privileged to have had a very different & special holiday. Thank you Karl & Ingrid.
Penny
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Stubenberg am See East Styria
5

Great Austrian castle B&B or self catering

Great Austrian castle B&B or self catering
  • 5 of 5
This is the perfect accomodation if you like to stay somewhere a little different and exciting. The castle is being carefully restored and the accomodation is comfortable and spacious. Burg Neuhaus is perched on a crag overlooking Stubenberg and approx. 4 miles from the lake and village. Views are spectacular but a car is essential.There are lots of stairs and no lifts so you need to be fit if you're on the third floor. The hosts provide a warm welcome, a great breakfast and advice so you get the best out of your stay in the area. Self catering is an option if you rent the 3rd floor suites which have kitchens. I will return to this property in the future and recommend it to friends
  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure for Ingrid and myself to host you with your family and friends in our medieval Styrian fortress. We were happy to meet your Austrian friends and enjoied the wine-tasting which they had organized for you in our courtyard. We also believe that your children had fun not only in the castle but also with the many attractions offered by our region. It was without exaggeration that you exclaimed with the King in William Shakespesre's Macbeth:

This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
Unto our gente senses.

Hoping to see you again
Karl

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Graz
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Stubenberg
Nearest Golf
24 Kilometres
Bad Waltersdorf
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Hartberg
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
Hartberg
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Stubenberg
Car: necessary

Stubenberg, situated at the heart of the “Appleland” region of Styria, offers a mild climate and plenty of sunshine. Already Celts and Romans knew about the beauty of the place; their rich cultural heritage combined with numerous touristic attractions on the ground, in refreshing water or high up in the air make a holiday an exciting experience.

Sports: swimming, surfing or sailing in the pleasantly warm water of Lake Stubenberg, tennis, walking, hiking and jogging, ballooning and paragliding, cycling and horse riding, fishing, golf in short distance.

Health and leisure: numerous spas, Kneipping, boat trips, large animal park and rose-garden at near-by Herberstein Castle.

Excursions: along the Castle and Apple Roads or on a nostalgic steam train, stalactite caves, Graz – the Cultural Capital of Europe 2003 – is at a distance of 60 km, Vienna at 150 km.

Dining-out: good-value cuisine typical for rural Styria, wine-cellars and schnaps-breweries.

Other Activities: ballooning

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Rates & Availability

From €35 Per night

Stubenberg am See Castle Rental Rates

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Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add €35 per night, per additional guest

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes All taxes and charges included
Payment in cash
Check-in after 3 pm., check-out until 11 am.
Pets by arrangement.
Breakfast optional at EURO 10/person/day
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Amenities

Stubenberg am See Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , washing mashine
  • Newly equipped
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Couple
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Family
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Family
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Family
  • Bedrooms 3 and 4 share 1 bathroom, Additional Crib/Cot at request
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 7 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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