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Surrounded by the Alps frame of South Tyrol, White Deer San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is a unique luxury estate that was awarded as the best ski chalet in Italy for eight consecutive years. Once a hunting lodge dating back to the sixteenth century, White Deer has been carefully restored to its former splendor by the owners. Situated at 1,200 meters and overlooking the Badia and Val Pusteria valleys, White Deer is just 1,5 hours drive from Innsbruck airport and 15 minutes from the stunningly beautiful Dolomiti Superski area of Plan de Corones, or just 3 minutes by helicopter from the Lodges’ own helipad. Also known as San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, this private retreat, surrounded by 42 acres of woods and meadows, can accommodate up to a maximum of ten guests and may be rented only in its entirely in order to guarantee the maximum privacy and exclusivity.

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    The owners Giorgia and Stefano Barbini fell in love with this aristocratic, old lodge and decided to transform it from a dilapidated property into a stylish and exclusive holiday cottage. After years of loving care, the Barbinis’ managed to resurrect the old structure, which is protected as a historical monument, and transform it into a the little jewel that it is today. Giorgia and Stefano personally look after their guests who arrive at the Lodge. Georgia’s extraordinary cuisine, Stefano’s stories and unique excursions, the Lodge’s setting nestled amongst verdant woods, 360° service and total privacy: it was the synthesis of these elements that gave rise to an extraordinary and unexpected success story.

    Entering the cottage, you have the feeling of being at home, in an enveloping warm atmosphere. The scent of pine wood and lighted candles reaches and inebriates you, plunging in a relaxing and magical environment enriched by soft cushions, natural wood furnishings and decorative elements typical of the South Tyrolean tradition. Indeed, the restoration work has been done in collaboration with the department of monument conservation, in order to retain the building’s characteristic elements. All the interior pieces inside the lodge were custom made by local artisans using spruce, larch, Swiss stone pine and natural stone. The true protagonist of these environments is undoubtedly the wood, which completely covers the walls, characterizes the more traditional furnishings and feeds the fireplace. 

    There is nothing more welcoming than walking into a traditional Tyrolean-style stube parlour: the aroma of fir wood permeates the air, a fire crackles inside the stove, and the cushioned benches along the walls are an invitation to sit down and stay awhile. On the upper floor, the guest finds a charmingly designed lounge where to relax around the crackling warmth of the fireplace cocooned in the softest of fabrics, reading a good book and sipping local wine. The Lodge has four bedrooms, three en-suite double suites and a room with characteristic wooden bunk bed for children, each different from the others and unique in its own special way. The views over the breathtaking mountain panorama and the warm atmosphere gmake these places ideal for relaxing in the muffled silence that only the mountains can offer.

    After strolling through the woods or skiing, inside the chalet the heat of the fireplace and herbal tea awaits you. The aroma of natural oils and scents waft through the air: this is a place where you can take a real break from the hustle and bustle. To complete your recharging at White Deer, the Spa on the first floor offers the possibility to enjoy an original Finnish sauna, designed and handcrafted by Stefano from 200-year-old wood sourced from a neighboring farm, the Turkish bath, emotional shower and a whirlpool. Massages and treatments could be arranged upon request to fulfill your rejuvenation experience.

    From the exterior of the lodge, you can access what was formerly a small stable for goats, with the original stone walls and wooden roof. Giorgia and Stefano have transformed this space into a delightful and intimate wine cellar. In this charming and very original tasting space Stefano will guide you through a selection of wines and give you an introduction into the unique aromas and flavours of the region. The cellar hosts over 1,500 bottles of local and Italian wines to accompany the exquisite culinary delicacies offered by the house. The natural philosophy continues to the cuisine too. On the breakfast table you will find homemade jam; the milk, cheese, butter and bacon are all sourced from the Lodge’s neighbouring farms. Giorgia will treat you to expertly cooked local specialities surprising you with a new recipe every day.

    At last, in the outdoor area, you will find the elegantly designed seating area with wooden lounge chairs and blankets made of the finest cashmere. Here you can relax and enjoy the large panoramic heated whirlpool, that offers a unique spot on the spectacular countryside surrounded by mountains. In the summer months you can play a full 18 holes of golf: White Deer boasts the highest golf course in Europe called “A hole in Heaven” created by two icons of the golf world: Ron Kirby and Jack Nicklaus.

    The meticulous attention to every single detail makes this Lodge a flawless fusion of luxury and simplicity. But perhaps the highlight of the stay at San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is the genuine passion for hospitality of it’s owners Giorgia and Stefano, and the authentic mountain experiences offered to guests, which can be arranged upon request:

    • Cross-country Skiing and Alpine Skiing
    • Private skiing/snowboarding lessons
    • Guided visits and tastings at South Tyrol’s best wineries
    • Mushroom hunting with Stefano
    • Butter making & cooking lessons with Giorgia
    • Introduction to the art of woodcarving with Stefano
    • Mountain hikes and Climbing lessons
    • Mountain biking
    • Rafting and paragliding
    • Award-winning luxury Lodge in the Dolomites
    • Exclusive use of the Lodge and its facilities
    • Dedicated staff at your service
    • Homemade breakfasts and dinners prepared by Giorgia
    • 18 holes private golf course
    • Private helipad
    • Spa area featuring Finnish sauna, Turkish bath and emotional shower
    • Heated outdoor whirlpool with panoramic views

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