Luxury mountain chalet in Alta Badia in the Dolomites

Authenticity, history and Ladin tradition meet the natural luxury of Chalet Sotciastel with exclusive rooms, rustic breakfast and private sauna.

Sotciastel: the oldest, most magnificent farm in Alta Badia revived to new life in 2020! Hundreds of years ago, the first people who settled here wanted to survive in a safe, yet, open environment with sunlight streaming into their existence, and with a breathtaking view of the entire valley. Even in the distance, they could capture the sight of the impressive Marmolada glacier and the Gardenaccia massif. It has been 400 years since then, and now, it is you who has gained the greatest opportunity to discover this magical place once again, which you can do so from the enchanting House of Sotciastel, cocooned within the utmost peace and safety.

Hildegard is determined to uphold the Ladin tradition alive within her house, and has therefore preserved and restored every single custom without any trouble. Every piece of design and furnishing of the entire house is touched with the historical style and background. The original furniture and paneling are harmonized with all-natural colors and materials. The traditions are not only upheld by the owner, but also the guests! The guests are also invited to participate in the community on the farm actively. Their day starts early in the morning where they are invited to feed the animals, followed by preparing a lovely breakfast. The owner places excellent value on homemade products such as jams, cakes, bacon, and cheese- all of which can be consumed by the guests. The whole atmosphere is cozy, loving and friendly. Their pursuit of traditions is respected at the highest level.

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Unique

The beauty that is Sotciastel can be rented as a chalet for a maximum of 11 people. Another benefit is that it is also possible to rent single rooms. Since these walls were made in the historical era, sound insulations are not built in the walls around the halls. Well, it’s another new experience to hear your neighbor on the stairs in the evening, laughing and enjoying their stay at the "oldest residence in Alta Badia."

An enormous hallway leads you past the checkroom and daytime WC into the living area. In the open kitchen, a delicious breakfast is prepared every morning while hot tea and scrumptious cake are served in the afternoon. For guests who have rented the whole house, the kitchen is, of course, always accessible. The original old parlor across the street has been restored with great attention to detail to its original state. What makes the bedroom warm and inviting are the fluffy pillows and curtains made of linen fabric in combination with an antique credenza and a vintage wedding chest.
At Sotciastel, a purely heavenly brew of tea is served along with breakfast, lunch, as well as dinner, which you can always enjoy in this beautiful setting. In the small TV room next door, our guests can relax with their loved ones, drinking their hot cup of tie and watching TV while snuggling in the massive, cozy and comfortable sofa. The veranda next to the kitchen is also a special place, which can be used as a small separate room for breakfast or for leisure activities and relaxing together. The view from here to the mountains and the valley below is magnificent in every season.
All five rooms have been refurbished using the same natural materials, which underline the unique traditional style of the house. For the fabrics, we have taken utmost care to use those that have been common in Sotciastel for generations. Loden and especially linen, was a material that was used in many different ways. The decorations, as well as the pictures in the house, are all from the old stock and were only restored or newly framed. The family room on the second floor could be preserved entirely with the original old wood of the room. The bathroom with a spacious shower separates the large bedroom from the single room.
The sitting area is representative of an old courtyard, and the veranda offers a stunning view of the valley to the south. Similarly, the two double rooms opposite are entirely covered with old wood, which makes them look inviting, while also revealing their excellence in quality. Two bright and spacious rooms are located on the top floor, impressing the guests with their spacious bathrooms and high ceilings.
An enormous highlight is undoubtedly the sauna, which is found in the ancient substructure of the house. We have taken intricate care while preserving the sauna as much as possible, especially with the old stone walls and the centuries-old beams. The walls have been carefully repaired, and the lighting has been operated with the same care. It is a unique and special place to relax, to enjoy, and especially to switch off from the outside world.

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History

The farm’s name was revealed in a document of the Sonnenburg monastery in Bruneck for the first time in 1296. However, settlers have established their lives on this hill much earlier than that. On the hilltop next to the house, as well as in the cellar of the Sotciastel, an Austrian researcher had discovered cups of clay, knives, and other tools in 1953, which are evidences of settlement during the Bronze Age.

Another evidence for their early settlement is the astonishing discovery of 150 years old coins and relics, belonging to the Roman period, which were found on the meadow above the barn. It is believed that a fortification was built nearby, of which unfortunately nothing remains. The Pitscheider family has lived in this magical place from the very beginning and knows incredible stories from their ancestors, which they are happy to pass on. It was not until 1986 that a real road to the farm was planned, and thus the life of the family was much improved. Until 2005, all family members lived on the old farm without even a heating system. In winter, the temperatures in the house could fall far below the freezing point. A wood stove was only able to heat up the large living room and the kitchen. During the final years, Hildegard's parents lived in the house only in summer, and from time to time, a typical Ladin dinner was prepared for guests in the old kitchen.

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Nature

On an active farm, there is always a lot of fun things to do. They depict the daily routine of farmers beautifully. For example, every morning, you can find peace in feeding the cows, or have fun watching the barn being mucked out. It is a different experience for those who have never experienced the farm life. In summer, the guests are invited to pick their own berries for breakfast and are even allowed to make their own hay. During the winter, they, mainly the children, love to shovel show and build snowmen.

Sports are played here throughout the year. During winter, the guests are invited to try out skiing, skating, cross-country skiing, or even snowshoeing. In contrast, during the summer, you can go hiking, climbing, horseback riding, or mountain biking – simply to name a few possibilities. We will gladly drive you in the morning to Pedratsches at the lift station of Heilig Kreuz. From there, you can enter the fantastic ski area of Alta Badia, or in summer, you can reach one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Dolomites - the chapel and hut of Heilig Kreuz. In the afternoon, we will pick you up there again and bring you back home in time for tea or coffee with scrumptious cookies and hot cake. It is a blessing in itself to peacefully enjoy this special place and the vast beauty surrounding all around you, not to mention, finishing the eventful day with a traditional Ladin dinner amidst the colorful sunset evening.

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Find us

The farm Sotciastel is situated on a small plateau above Saint Leonard, with a breath-taking view of the valley and a far sight into the glacier Marmolada. It is a chosen place with the protection of the evergreen forest behind and the sun streaming down its rays from morning till evening on the gorgeous meadows and the hills.

This corner of the world is extremely suitable for anyone who is seeking peace, nature, and absolute authenticity. It will be an unforgettable stay for the esteemed guests. This place offers a chance for the guests to switch off the phones for a while to indulge in this feeling of life filled with lightness and warmth.

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