Readers have been agreeably surprised by the standards set by the Schmidt family, here in a part of Austria less visited by Western Europeans. They confirm that appearances are deceptive. From the main street of this pleasant, lakeside village with medieval church towers, Das Schmidt looks like just another well-built house. Behind, however, is a modern extension with two tiers of arcades looking on to a large terrace bright with yellow and white sunshades.
    Right at the top are the 'Storks nests', these six suites are decorated in soft blue and beige, with maple and pear wood furniture crafted by a local carpenter. Large enough for families, they are also suitable for the disabled, with specially fitted bathrooms. The lift/elevator ensures access. The Schmidt family deserve a commendation for their efforts; this is one of the few hotels we have found that takes this provision seriously.
    Elsewhere, the furnishings have been renewed but modern stained glass remains a feature. All rooms have views of the lake and there is a play area for children plus a large garden. Herr Schmidt makes his own wine - try his speciality, Welschriesling.