Steeped in Tyrolean Tradition by Merle Wilkening | 1st December, 2023 | Prime Properties
This house tells a story that stretches back generations. The Obertalhof in Jochberg is a rare gem with unobstructed panoramic views of the surrounding mountains – at one of the finest addresses on the Kitzbühel property market.
It is properties like this that preserve and uphold the cultural heritage of the Kitzbühel region. The mountain village of Jochberg is a haven of tranquillity and relaxation in the heart of pristine countryside – yet all just ten kilometres south of the hustle and bustle of Kitzbühel. A truly prime address on the real estate market, this community has established a reputation for itself – not only as one of Austria’s most popular ski resorts with international flair but as a sought-after Alpine destination drawing visitors throughout the year. The “Obertalhof” is set on the sunny side of Jochberg, at the foot of the local mountain known as the “Schützkogel”, on one of the most beautiful panoramic paths in the region with views of both the “Wilder Kaiser” peak and “Hohe Tauern” mountain range.There are still dozens of traditional farms to be found in the village that are several hundred years old and run by the same families now for generations. The Obertalhof also bears the distinctive mark of a rich history. The original farmhouse was built back in the 17th century in the nearby village of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, then later dismantled beam by beam, expertly refurbished and rebuilt in its current location using the latest building methods and technologies. One special feature is the fact that the grounds, spanning over 1,600 square metres, are surrounded by land with strict building restrictions – meaning that the unobstructed panoramic view is here to stay. The heated cobblestone driveway makes arrivals straightforward, even in the depths of winter.Local design and furnishing companies worked closely with the owners to preserve the authentic Tyrolean style and cultural identity of the property. It was constructed almost entirely from wood sourced in the local region, for the most part from remnants of old nearby farms no longer in use. Some load-bearing beams of the farmhouse can be traced as far back as the 15th and 16th century. Such historic features tell a story of times past and generations that once inhabited the house – a dream for anyone interested in old Tyrolean craftsmanship. The ornate weathercock on the roof is considered a traditional hallmark of many buildings around Kitzbühel, symbolising strong links to nature and the rural way of life. The property hosts some 800 square metres of living space, extending over four levels. A sense of cosy warmth pervades throughout, thanks to several large living and dining areas with open fireplaces and coffered ceilings, as well as parlours finished in antique Swiss stone pine. Two galleries also evoke a sense of space and, together with the mighty exposed roof truss in old wood, an ambience of Alpine charm fills the home. Precious details can be found throughout, including handpicked woods, specially crafted unique pieces and upscale materials such as hand-planed historic floors, marble, clay floors, and heraldic brickwork.The Obertalhof boasts a total of nine commodious bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom and private balcony or terrace overlooking the Tyrolean mountains. There is also a luxurious private spa complete with a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and gym.