Set beside a splashing fountain and a church, the Lindenhof is at the heart of the quiet lakeside village of Feld am See. Locals still drink in the Stube, with its pale wood, bright turquoise seats and deep window sills, crammed with old coffee pots and dolls. Outsiders flock to the 'modern rustic' dining-rooms for award-winning cooking. When our inspectors visited, the menu offered trout cooked with Noilly Prat, steak in a red wine sauce and a rich chocolate terrine. There are also special low-calorie menus.
Comfortable armchairs abound downstairs. Upstairs, the bedrooms in the older building are rather dull, but the newer 'studios', refurbished and expanded in 1990, have extra sitting space, terraces, modern carved country furniture, hyacinth-blue curtains, and bathrooms with lots of shelf space. However, most of them overlook the cemetery.
The Nindlers, whose family have been here for over a century, and have added a fitness room in the basement. The hotel also boasts its own tennis courts and beach on the lake. In winter, cross-country enthusiasts ski around the lake, but the nearest downhill is at Bad Kleinkirchheim.