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Luxurious Alpine hideaway in the heart of Europe

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Overview
5 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
10 guests
3 nights minimum
Villa
Right in the heart of Europe, Big Sky Austria, this luxurious hideaway gives you a sensational panoramic view of the Swiss Alps and the valley of the river Rhine down below. Located in the small and original Alpine village of Dafins with no mass tourism this residence is huge and equipped with everything you can imagine, from Pizza Slicer to espresso machine, from house coats to beer fresh from tab and also multi media. From here you can hike on easy and safe trails high up into the alpine world and besides that you are so central in Europe that you can explore 6 different countries within 3 hours of driving. It's like a 5*-hotel with the privacy of your own home. What makes this place so unique is the sheer size of the residences. More than 1000 sqft panoramic room with a spectacular view...Right in the heart of Europe, Big Sky Austria, this luxurious hideaway gives you a sensational panoramic view of the Swiss Alps and the valley of the river Rhine down below. Located in the small and original Alpine village of Dafins with no mass tourism this residence is huge and equipped with everything you can imagine, from Pizza Slicer to espresso machine, from house coats to beer fresh from tab and also multi media. From here you can hike on easy and safe trails high up into the alpine world and besides that you are so central in Europe that you can explore 6 different countries within 3 hours of driving. It's like a 5*-hotel with the privacy of your own home. What makes this place so unique is the sheer size of the residences. More than 1000 sqft panoramic room with a spectacular view of the Swiss mountains and the valley far down below. Dafins is an excellent base for travellers who want to discover the heart of Europe in a relaxed style and who want to have a home far from home. Since we opened up, we've had guests from more than 42 countries from 5 continents. One issue some of our guests always ask about is security: Yes, like any other society, we also do have crime, the last one was fifty years ago, when Archie stole and ate his neighbors chicken. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: ATU64784004More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Smoking is allowed on the terrace and also in the living (18 ft high, no smells remain), no smoking in bedrooms. Basic rule is: Treat this house like you treat your own home.
Bathrooms
1 Half bath, 4 Full baths
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About the Owner
Guenther F
Languages spoken:German, English, Spanish, French, Italian
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2012
Interaction with guests
We live here and we're happy giving you ideas about things to do in this area. Upon arrival guests will get a short tour of the premises and we have all the time in the world to answer all questions about shopping, sightseeing etc. We also help with rental cars, organize small events, like parties or excursions.
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Reviews (6)
MC58
MC58
2 contributions
If ever there was a place that put the world at your feet, it is here. Every day brings a new and wonderful perspective on the world below and we could have sat all day just looking at the changing views. The setting is, of course spectacular, and the apartment is stunning. Open and spacious, but cosy and comfortable. Bright and modern but not clinical. Fantastic huge TV screen and surround sound. If ever you wanted a place to be your home from home, ( in your dreams) this ticks all the right boxes, even down to the cakes, fruit and wines which were there for us to enjoy after a long journey. Brilliant! Gunther and Heike are great hosts and really welcoming. Friendly and helpful, but not obtrusive. Gunther arranged to take us shopping (his daughter - thankyou!) when our car couldn't negotiate the ice,organised snow tyres for the most challenging of vehicles, did our printing, gave us train timetables, excellent restaurant suggestions, a physio and even a vet when our lovely dog collapsed. His New year's eve fireworks were amazing and to watch the fireworks in the valley below was spectacular. Heike took me to see her quarter horses and attempt to ride with American saddle in the valley, which was an absolute pleasure, even if I didn't cut it as a cowboy. The jacuzzi with veiws over the valley was amazing and having the pool and gym and especially the sauna, was great after a days skiing. Of course, nothing is perfect, so what can I say?.....Alas no cocktail shaker and honestly, Ive had to think hard about that one!
Visited December 2017
Written February 5, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Guenther57
Guenther57
Michelle, thanks a lot, you're wonderful. Looking forward to have you back in March. Guenther
Written February 7, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

meyerfamily2016
meyerfamily2016
Denver, CO2 contributions
We celebrated our 50th anniversary with our two kids, their spouses, and four grandkids here for a week, and ended it with a reception/dinner for 40 relatives and friends from Germany. Our 4 BR unit (the Golden Deer) exceeded all of our expectations--every bedroom had its own full bath, toiletries and TV; the kitchen was amply stocked with dishes and utensils and special items like an espresso machine and fondue pot; the laundry room was supplied with detergent and fabric softener; all paper products were generously furnished; and the downstairs pool and "spa" were totally available to us for the full week! Grocery shopping in town was a real treat--a great variety of foods, at very reasonable prices! We've had family reunions before, but this was the first one where all three generations were in agreement that this place was the best, and everyone was equally delighted to have something special to do: the indoor pool, sauna, exercise room, toys for the preschoolers in the lower level, unlimited paths for hiking around the area, kitchen equipment to cook great meals, day trips to great places like Neuschwanstein, or just resting on the balcony to savor the views and fresh air. Cows with their soft cowbells grazing on the meadows below us made us feel like we were in an alpine paradise, similar to the Sound of Music movie! The clouds were constantly changing and giving us new patterns, and although it rained about every day, the rain frequently ended with sunny skies. Guenther and Heike were exceptional hosts, and provided us with welcome bottles of prosecco, soft drinks, and chocolate upon our arrival. Heike had fresh flowers to greet us in the kitchen and living room. And for our reception dinner, we couldn't have been happier! They organized everything, working with a local caterer and getting tables and chairs all set up; Guenther recommended local hotels for our guests to stay at, and even suggested or recommended things we hadn't thought of. Heike generously made us a special strudel to serve all 40 of our guests, in addition to arranging for our granddaughters to get a free hour of horseback riding with her horses in town!! From my first inquiry, Guenther was prompt and thorough in answering all my questions, and after several months of corresponding and planning things, we felt like Guenther and Heike had become part of our family! During our stay, they were always available for answering questions and minor problems. Everyone in our family would love to come back here again; it really was the ideal vacation and celebration for us, and provided us with many fond memories that we will cherish for years to come! Thank you so much, Guenther & Heike, for providing such a marvelous place and showing us true Austrian Gemuetlichkeit!
Visited June 2016 Traveled with family
Written July 21, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Guenther57
Guenther57
Helga, thank you very much! It was great having you here.
Written July 22, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sulieman -:- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Well, where do I begin we spent an unforgettable week in Dafins twice!?! This Villa is absolutely fantastic and we all had an amazing holiday! The Villa offer top standards of luxury, spacious, clean and in immaculate order and has everything you could want or need. The views from the Villa are absolutely stunning and in regards to the location up to the mountain it is perfect, and the breathtaking View is out of this world, the Villa has an underground spa with indoor pool (with waves and cool/warm water) and Jacuzzi which is awesome. The actual Villa is in a very peaceful and quiet area but the main center is literally a 5 minute drive away so everything is very accessible. Lots of restaurants, shops - really great fun! Car is a must as Dafins is in the middle of most attractive cities e.g. Munich, Zurich, and Milan. Most journeys to the Villa won't take more than 2-4 hours' drive from those major cities. Now the one person who truly is fantastic is Dr. Frick and his lovely family - I can honestly say he is one of the friendliest, helpful and hospitable person we have ever met. He will organize whatever you want there, even the BD fireworks. Dr. Frick gave us lots of information in regards to nearby attractions; he even took as on a private tour to discover the area and was brilliant in every way! Would recommend this Villa to anyone and definitely will be visiting again and again as it becomes major stop for us on each visit to austria. Great thing about this Villa is that you will never need to leave. And careful for sure you'll get addicted to it :)
Visited August 2011
Written March 3, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Abdullah -:- Dubai
When i picked the first villa which i stayed in during the summer 2010, it was based on the pictures i saw online and i thought the villa would not be as good as the pic but maybe close. The villa (golden deer) was actually far much better in reality, my family and i loved it. Then we visited the facilities again in 2011 for a whole month and we went for the 1 storey villa with the garden in front. it was also amazing and we could not have asked for a better deal for the luxury and hospitality we received by Dr. Frick and his lovely family. This place is the best hidden secret of austria, if you are looking for a base in central europe and you dont mind driving to other places, then go for it. Your family will be safe, the kids can walk to the forest and the little river nearby, or take the bus to go down to the little town. I would go back to see Dr. Frick and his family once again, it is their personalities that made dafins a much warmer place
Visited July 2011
Written February 25, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Caroline Vroom -:- Sarasota, Florida
After a hectic European tour with my son we decided to treat ourselves to some R&R; in Dafins, Austria. It was heavenly. The panoramic view from our apartment balcony, replete with evening sunset was magical. The utter peace and tranquility of the location,listening to cowbells in the distance was so charming and calming. The home had everything required, furnished elegantly, squeaky clean upon arrival,comfortable beds with down comforters, ensuite bathrooms to all bedrooms, and plenty of space to entertain. We even had a dinner party with some friendly locals we met. The kitchen was well stocked with appliances and even food staples. The apartment was very spacious which we really enjoyed after being in some very small hotel rooms elsewhere on our trip. We particularly enjoyed the pool, hot tub and sauna, which could be booked privately if desired. The owners were very hospitable, yet discreet, helping with everything from car rental, restaurant selection, to local sight seeing excursions. I really appreciated the layout of all the apartments as it afforded a high level of privacy, as well as the convenience of an elevator and covered parking. The little towns in the area had plenty of restaurants, shops, and charming strolling opportunities. It is a location not generally considered on the European road most travelled but I sure am glad we found it. It had all the charm and hospitality found in the some of the more recognized vacation spots in austria or Switzerland but neither the crowds nor the price tag attached. While the apartment is expensive, the luxurious amenities, the resonable prices for restaurants and entertainment in the area rounded the cost factor out to a great choice. We enjoyed our experience thoroughly and would recommend it to anyone.
Visited June 2011
Written February 24, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Marci Brushwood -:- Annapolis, Maryland, USA
It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since we stayed at this gorgeous villa in the austrian countryside. The house is absolutely fabulous. Every detail is taken care of. The furniture is modern and comfortable, the bathrooms up to date with all the modern conveniences. Guenther made sure we had a selection of wines and local beers available as well as some quick snacks. Guenther was also an excellent tour guide giving us tips on where to go and how to get there to take the best advantage of our visit. We really enjoyed the pool and spa facilities having it to ourselves on most occasions. My husband and I also enjoyed the privacy of havng our bedroom on the opposite side of the house from our friends.
Visited October 2010
Written February 23, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Grill
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Dryer
Elevator/Lift access
Freezer
Refrigerator
Garage
Gym
Highchair
Internet Access
Business Travel
Hot Tub
Kettle
Business Travel
Microwave
Mountain Views
Parking
Private Indoor Pool
Cable/satellite TV
Sauna
Stereo System
Stove
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
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About the neighborhood
Dafins is a small alpine village high above the valley of the river Rhine, only 350 friendly locals, no mass tourism. We are a hidden gem of the Austrian Alps and the only accommodation for tourists in this village. Green fields and forests, quiet with a fantastic view. Hiking, mountain biking, canyoning, golf (5km), exploring the heart of Europe or just relaxing. Within 5 miles there are several restaurants from McD to 5* dining. Free Parking on the premises. Although no skiing resort, the world famous skiing areas of Arlberg, Montafon, Davos are within easy reach. The 3-country triangle of Austria, Switzerland and Germany offers all kinds of excursions and entertainment.
Getting around
As already mentioned, public transport is good enough for local excursions. If guests want to go farther, like into Switzerland or Germany rental cars or even cars with drivers we can organize.
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