Bad Dreikirchen at Barbiano is an idyllically situated 14thC chalet owned by the Wodenegg family for 200 years. Its name derives from its vicinity to three small churches which date back to the Middle Ages. The fact that you can only reach it by four-wheel-drive taxi makes for a perfect escape. The large old building, with its shingled roof and dark wood balconies, has wonderful views and is surrounded by meadows, woods, mountains and quantities of fresh air. There's plenty of space for guests, both inside and out, and the atmosphere is comfortably rustic with an abundance of aromatic pine panelling and carved furniture.

  A cosy library provides a quiet corner for reading, and simple but satisfying meals are served in the pleasant dining room or on the adjacent veranda, from which the views are superb. Bedrooms in the original part of the house are particularly charming, being entirely wood-panelled. The words of a recent guest at Bad Dreikirchen are still appropriate: 'I stayed for some days ... the weather was continually fine, the position magnificent, and the food good.' Other guests warmly agree: 'I fell in love with the place. Delightfully relaxed atmosphere, charming young owners.'