History of house

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Gut Hochreute

The Martini family

Gut Hochreute (“the Mansion at Hochreute”) was completed in 1911 after two years of construction. The builder, Mr. Walter Martini, was the son of wealthy textile manufacturers from Augsburg. After he sold the family business, he built the complex at Hochreute with the funds received. Karl Surber was appointed the architect and the governing approach chosen was a romantic idea of combining culture and nature into a “model farm”, an exceedingly popular concept at that time. In the case of Gut Hochreute the result was a high-quality architectural pearl filled with fine furniture, art and cultural life, at the same time functioning as a self-sufficient farm situated in the middle of the nature with hunting possibilities just outside the door.

Gut Hochreute is placed on a Southern German countryside hill surrounded by large meadows and extensive wild wood. Facing the Alps and the Alpsee Lake, the setting could hardly have been more beautiful or breathtaking. The style of the buildings, and particularly the main villa, is Art Nouveau or Jugendstil. At the beginning of the century, this was a new influence and thus the house received at lot of attention. It was mentioned in architecture as well as design magazines of the time.

The complex consists of main villa, side house, garages, barn and icehouse. It was built by 150 Italian workers. They were chosen particularly for the task because they were the best craftsmen and commanded the best techniques. This means that everything was executed in a very high quality. Each room inside the main villa was carefully decorated and tailor-made furniture and lamps were manufactured for each interior. The rooms are different in style but certain elements, e.g. color, created a link from room to room.

Gut Hochreute was the first place in the area to have electricity, even before the nearby town of Immenstadt. At the time of building, no road to the property existed yet and thus the transportation was considerably more difficult than today.

As everything was extraordinarily well-made combined with the fact that Gut Hochreute has not undergone any major changes or repairs resulted into an unusually well-preserved original state of the complex when the Diamond Way Buddhism organization bought it in 2007. The property was handed over directly by Mrs. Annelise Herz, the daughter of Mr. Martini. Gut Hochreute is thus under monument protection, both outside and inside.

As a new owners we value this historical and cultural pearl highly and want to keep it in the best possible and most original condition. We keep a close dialogue with the local monument protection authorities on the ongoing restoration and preservation of Gut Hochreute. A group of our experienced architects, gifted craftsmen and a professional restorator make this possible.