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The very recent renovation of this old press farm from the beginning of the 19th century, still inhabited in the 1970s, leaves much to the traces of the past. Here, everything expresses a deep respect for the ancient knowledge of the craftsmen and the harsh life of the peasants who have shaped over the centuries this "country of the Aare", plateau of the eastern foothills of the Jura. A subtle dialogue is established between authenticity and modernity, between old materials and designer furniture, between the wear of time and modern comfort. The place will naturally inspire those looking for a form of inner austerity and a simple mountain life.
Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ? The Flederhaus has a turbulent history. Most recently it belonged to the local parish, which however bequeathed the house to a nature conservation organisation in the canton of Aargau due to a species of bat threatened with extinction that had nested in the attic of the old barn. In order to make sensible use of the adjoining residential house, the nature conservation organisation asked the foundation Ferien im Baudenkmal for cooperation. As part of this cooperation, the barn was repaired in a bat-friendly manner and a Foundation Ferien im Baudenkmal could build a holidayapartment in the house. Approximately 10 pieces of the small bat species called "big horseshoe bat" are kept in the old barn of the property during the summer months and give birth to their young. Holidaymakers can therefore experience not only the building culture of the Aargau region but also nature conservation at close quarters in this listed building.
While stone building remained an isolated phenomenon in the Central Plateau region for a long time, it experienced a considerable boom in the northern Jura region as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, probably due to the large lime deposits. Until the late 19th century, the houses in the region were covered with straw. To reduce the load-bearing capacity of the foundation walls, the partition walls were typically made of woven rods filled with clay. This technique was used during the renovation of the house in 2018-19. The Flederhaus was originally designed as an inn. Therefore, it captivates with its unusual floor plan, the high rooms and the large, almost stately stove.
In 1803 Wegenstetten received the right to hold a market. It was hoped for an economic upswing and a new inn was built. Unfortunately, the owner ran out of money after the property was completed, so he sold it to a farmer. The property was therefore used from the beginning as a farmhouse and trot. The last resident bequeathed the house to the local parish in 2000. Since the attic of the barn contains an endangered bat species "big horseshoe nose", they donated the house to an Aargau nature conservation organisation. Together with this organisation, the foundation Ferien im Baudenkmal was able to gently restore the property. Since July 2019, holidaymakers have been able to experience regional architecture and nature conservation in the Flederhaus.
Guests of the Flederhaus experience 200 years of Aargau architectural history during their visit. On arrival, they are guided through the house by the guest advisor and learn more about the history and architectural features of the monument. Creaking floorboards, the smell of the wood-burning stove, sooty walls, a pretty covered veranda overlooking the wild garden with old fruit trees make a stay in the Flederhaus an unforgettable experience. The apartment is furnished with Swiss designer furniture and objects from local manufacturers. The minimalist furnishings allow the architecture to take centre stage. All amenities are provided. The guest advisor is available to the holiday guests for questions during their stay.
Wegenstetten is a small village in the canton of Aargau, on the border with Basel. The Wegenstetter valley is famous for its cherry production, its high-stem orchards and, thanks to the wind-protected climate, also for its vineyards. The landscape can be explored at leisure on good cycle paths. Bicycles can be rented in the bicycle shop just opposite the monument. At the weekly market (Tuesdays and Saturdays) or directly from the surrounding farms, fresh and seasonal products from the region can be bought. We also recommend an excursion to the nearby Jurapark nature reserve.
1000 € - 1200 € per week
The Flederhaus offers space for six people in three bedrooms (one of which is a through bedroom). The modern kitchen is equipped with the necessary kitchenware, an induction cooker and an oven. Note that the kitchen is not equipped with a dishwasher. The interior design concept was created by Selected Interiors from Zurich. In addition to the few remaining historic pieces of furniture - the dining table, the kitchen cupboard and the bathroom bench - the apartment was furnished with furniture from Swiss designers or Swiss craftsmen.