What are a couple of Brits doing running a guest house in Austria? A common question from our guests to which we always reply - Just lucky we guess!
Many years ago we went on a ski trip to La Plagne in France and were pretty instantly addicted to skiing, together with the knowledge that the bank balance would never look good again! We skied as often as possible, we weren't good, but we loved it.
Then walking became a hobby that developed more into trekking and scrambling. Mike took his Walking Leader course and we began "more serious" stuff. Eventually, we were winter mountaineering in Scotland, summer ice climbing in France and conquering peaks such as Mont Blanc and Mount Kenya.
Austria began to feature more and more as it offered skiing, walking and climbing. The people were very friendly and the whole country was stunningly pretty. We ended up holidaying in Austria several times a year. It was costing a fortune!
There was only one solution, move to Austria and make our hobbies our work. We bought Chalet Heidi in September 2005 and have never looked back. We love Austria, we love Scheffau and we love walking, cycling, skiing and socialising with our guests.
To contact us either complete the form below and we'll get back to you or use one of the telephone numbers / addresses opposite.
From UK (charged at UK rate)
Address in Austria
Address in UK
033 00 88 2864
00 43 5358 8213
00 43 664 971 0726
11 Birches Avenue
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Chalet Heidi is in the picturesque village of Scheffau, at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains and has excellent access into SkiWelt - Austria's largest ski resort and summer wonderland.
Scheffau lies roughly midway between St Johann and Wörgl on the B178.
The village is actually 1km north of the main road and is well sign posted. Go through the village passing the church to your left, with the Guest House Maikircher directly in front of you. Look out for our "Chalet Heidi" signs.Take the right turn infront of the guest house. Follow the road around and take the 2nd turn on the right (sign posted). Chalet Heidi is at the end of the lane.
From Salzburg: From the airport travel S.W. on the B178, entering Germany for a time and back into Austria, follow the B178 towards St Johann. In St Johann head West to Scheffau, still on the B178. (time 65 mins)
From Innsbruck: Pick up the A12 motorway east all the way to Wörgl (vignette required). Leave at Wörgl and follow signs to Soll or St Johann on the B178. Scheffau is shortly after Soll. (time 70mins)
From Germany: Heading south on the A8 between Munich and Salzburg, take the A93 towards Innsbruck (It becomes the A12 in Austria Leave the motorway at junction Kufstein Süd, and drive approx 3 km on the B173 ("Eiberg-Bundesstraße") in the direction of "Felbertauern, St. Johann". After 9 km you will find yourself on the B178 ("Lofer-Bundesstraße"), from there you need to drive another 3 km beside the Wilden Kaiser mountain range until you get to Scheffau.
The nearest railway stations are: Kufstein, Wörgl or St.Johann - then get a Postbus or a Taxi to Scheffau.
Taxi Gatt: Tel.: +43 5358 8112 or +43 664 320 55 77 Taxi Stefan; 0043 5333 6161 or mobile 0043 664 5115658
Chalet Heidi is operated by Michael and Caroline Phelan GnbR, an Austria registered company, VAT no. ATU 62883605