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Romantic 14th Century Fortress

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Last updated: 06/23/2015

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

GPS: N 47.24571° E 15.77985°

Neuhaus Castle is located on a mountain high above the River Feistritz in the eastern part of Styria, offering an unspoilt view over Lake Stubenberg and the hills beyond. All rooms are south facing. The grace and charm of antique furniture are combined with modern plumbing. Pleasant indoor temperatures are guaranteed throughout the summer.

Neuhaus Castle is a medieval fortress. Having stood as a ruin for two centuries, it is currently being restored to its original splendour. Today, from June to September, 3 bedrooms, dining room, sitting room, 2 baths and kitchens on the third floor (no elevator!) as well as 1 double bedroom with bath on the first floor are provided for our guests.

Neuhaus Castle was built in the 14th century by the counts of Stubenberg, one of the oldest and most renowned nobel families of Styria. It forms part of the line of fortifications erected along the eastern border of Austria to protect the region against invading Hungarians and Turks; however, there are no reports that the castle was ever besieged or taken. Other families followed, such as the Draxler and Wurmbrand.

Bernhard Draxler undertook some major restaurations after the castle had been damaged by fire in 1541 (a gruesome legend is linked to this tragic event); the main entrance gate with his coat of arms and the machicolation above bear witness to these works. Around 1680, on the eve of the Ottoman wars, the Wurmbrands added a 100 ft. high shield-wall giving the castle its present characteristic appearance. Only a century later, they abandoned Neuhaus and moved to their newly built residence in the baroque castle of Schielleiten near-by.

In 1800, lightning set fire to the roof reducing the once prominent fortress to a romantic ruin.

Reconstruction began in 1982 with the purpose of creating a residence for the present owners, Count and Countess Vetter von der Lilie, as well as to provide accomodation for tourists who prefer the unusual to designer hotels. Today, the entire 3rd floor (no lift!) consisting of three bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, 2 bathrooms/showers and kitchens, together sleeping 7 persons, as well as a double bedroom with bath on the 1st floor, are ready to receive guests. They have the choice between preparing their own meals or to breakfast - for a little extra - with the owners. The exceptional location of the building on top of a mountain offers a bird’s-eye view over Lake Stubenberg and the rolling country-side bejond, a view only shared by a faithful couple of falcons and a large family of black martins. A guided tour of the premises is offered free of charge.


Property Type

  • Castle
  • 180 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 1 king


  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen


  • Bedrooms 3 and 4 share 1 bathroom, Additional Crib/Cot at request

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    washing mashine...moreless

  • Newly equipped


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    German, English, French...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games For Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens 100% cotton or wool...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street:

    Free parking in the private outer courtyard...moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    All towels 100% cotton...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    free WLAN...moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Inner courtyard with garden furniture...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler


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3 night min stay

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  • Taxes Not included


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Payment in cash

Check-in after 3 pm., check-out until 11 am.

Pets by arrangement.

Breakfast optional at EURO 10/person/day


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50 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
24 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Bad Waltersdorf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
26 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

Stubenberg, situated at the heart of the “Appleland” region of Styria, offers a mild climate and plenty of sunshine. Already Celts and Romans knew about the beauty of the place; their rich cultural heritage combined with numerous touristic attractions on the ground, in refreshing water or high up in the air make a holiday an exciting experience.

Sports: swimming, surfing or sailing in the pleasantly warm water of Lake Stubenberg, tennis, walking, hiking and jogging, ballooning and paragliding, cycling and horse riding, fishing, golf in short distance.

Health and leisure: numerous spas, Kneipping, boat trips, large animal park and rose-garden at near-by Herberstein Castle.

Excursions: along the Castle and Apple Roads or on a nostalgic steam train, stalactite caves, Graz – the Cultural Capital of Europe 2003 – is at a distance of 60 km, Vienna at 150 km.

Dining-out: good-value cuisine typical for rural Styria, wine-cellars and schnaps-breweries.

Other Activities: ballooning


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1982

About the owner: Having served as diplomats for 40 years in New York, Warsaw, Brussels, Paris, Bukarest and Bern, Ingrid and I are now retired and we enjoy life in the countryside and the comfort and charm of our fortress. But we also like to have company from around the world and to share the conveniences of our house with them.

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Speaks: english, french, german

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Neuhaus Castle from the air

    Neuhaus Castle from the air

  • Lake Stubenberg and the castle

    Lake Stubenberg and the castle

  • Neuhaus Castle

    Neuhaus Castle

  • In the court yard

    In the court yard

  • Neuhaus in 1680

    Neuhaus in 1680

  • Draxler Suite

    Draxler Suite

  • Draxler Suite children's bedroom

    Draxler Suite children's bedroom

  • Draxler Suite dining room

    Draxler Suite dining room

  • Stubenberg Suite

    Stubenberg Suite

  • Ground floor

    Ground floor

  • Musketeers at breakfast

    Musketeers at breakfast

  • Neuhaus Castle and 'French Kiss'

    Neuhaus Castle and 'French Kiss'

  • Neuhaus Castle

    Neuhaus Castle

  • Court yard

    Court yard

  • Double bedroom

    Double bedroom

  • Draxler Suite bedroom

    Draxler Suite bedroom

  • Draxler Suite dining room

    Draxler Suite dining room

  • Stubenberg Suite

    Stubenberg Suite

  • View from Stubenberg Suite

    View from Stubenberg Suite

  • Breakfast table

    Breakfast table

  • Family coat of arms

    Family coat of arms

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