We stayed two nights at the Birrenhof (husband, teenage son and myself), and truly wished we could have stayed longer.
Our accommodation was an enormous loft area, with magnificent views. The loft was self-contained, with a great kitchen, lounge area, ensuite etc. I am a coeliac (allergic to gluten in the form of wheat, oats, etc) so it was wonderful to make whatever food I wanted. Previous travellers had left bits and pieces behind, like salt, pepper, spices, instant miso and packet soups, sugar, tea, coffee, olive oil.. etc etc so this was very handy too.
The Birrenhof is actually a family run bed and breakfast. Ulrike was a truly lovely lady who picked us up and dropped us back to the railway station. Because one of her children was sick, she brought our breakfast on trays up to our accommodation - which was lovely for us. Now the breakfast is truly delicious and special because - the milk is from their cows, the butter is made by Ulrike (so is not loaded with excess salt) from their cows' milk , and the cheese although not made by Ulrike, is from their cows' milk too!! Ulrike is very generous with the servings and we had an excess of milk, butter and orange juice, which she is more than happy for people to keep and use throughout their stay. We had lovely, fresh eggs, meats and the usual breads and spreads, wonderful coffee and although we had a kettle in the kitchen, Ulrike makes sure you don't have to do anything yourself, so there was heaps of boiling water, hot milk and so on in clever thermal containers.
You might think a farm implies being out of town (you would if you are Australian like me), but that is not the case, and everything is very close and we walked into town (all on the flat) in 10 minutes at the most. We decided to buy food from the Coop and cook our own back at the Birrenhof. Walking to the Mt Titlis Rotair took about 5 minutes (you can see the cablecars directly out of a loft window). So of course, when you return down the mountain, it is only a short walk back to your accommodation if you want to rest.
It was lovely and quiet at night. The facilities are all nice and clean. The loft was up quite a few stairs as naturally there is no lift. We found Engelberg to be a lovely place to visit (and it was not ski-season), when you walk around the town you can spot the name-sake Angels, who are all beautifully decorated. We would love to return and spend more time, and would definitely stay at the Birrenhof, enjoying true local hospitality. The Birrenhof is very family friendly, authentic, and excellently located. (very well priced too!)