Mesmerhaus is a boutique Bed & Breakfast in Bildstein, Vorarlberg, Austria

The Contemporary Sexton

With fabulous views across the Rhein Valley, Mesmerhaus in Bildstein is a lovingly restored contemporary guesthouse of modern, luxury apartment suites housed in a heritage 150 year-old build that was once home to the owner’s great grandfather. In poetic prose, the façade fosters the traditional art of Vorarlberg - decked in spruce-rounded shingles, ornate white casement windows, pitched gables and those gorgeous shutters painted in mandatory grassy greens conjure the rural idyll of Austria. 

Inside, however, cool interiors shift style gear and cleverly frame the painterly views with clean, unfussy, considered design. Pristine white, charcoal grey and pockets of cardinal red nurture the elementary textures of spruce, oak planking, blackened steel and thick felts. The effect is alpine purism - complemented by precise architectural detailing; full-length doorways, wood-burning stoves, lacquered finishes, designer mood lighting and commissioned carpentry.

Mesmerhaus, once the sexton’s home, is today, a wonderful style chameleon of ornate exteriors and simplistic elegant interiors. The effect is of refined originality, a heritage house reduced to its essence through a calming language of decorative stillness.

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