Philosophy & Story

Of the Naturel Hotels & Resorts

From The Audacious Idea to the Beautiful Present Day.

Guests always ask us if the wood in the farmhouses is real. Whether the country house furniture in the flats is real, who built them and much more. We would be happy to tell you a little bit about the history of how the hotel villages came to be. You can find out more in Dieter Otte's book Rogner - Biography and Life's Work.

It all began in the years 1976-77, when the idea of creating a special tourist attraction became more and more concrete in the mind of Robert Rogner. Wood as a building material was strong for him, it offered security and warmth, familiarity and tranquillity. With a lot of energy, old wood was collected from all over the country, until finally 400 houses in rural areas were bought. Wood from empty farms and old cottages.
A model house was built in Birkenboden, the home of the Rogner family. The building project and all the difficulties involved would have caused many others to resign. From this Robert Rogner drew even more strength and the opening date of the first village - Dorf SEELEITN - was set for 8.7.1978.

The construction was based on the Matador system. The entire complex was supposed to radiate the familiar atmosphere of country life, to appear fairytale-like and romantic. A guarantee of soulfulness. By the way, this is still the case today, day after day. There were many obstacles, such as the heavy snowfall at Easter, too many envious people in the neighbourhood and finally the strike of the hauliers shortly before the opening. But the silhouette of the village took shape and on the day of the opening, the workers went out the back door and 350 guests entered the SEELEITN village through the hotel entrance. The village hotel became famous immediately, everyone came to see it. In the beginning, when the weather was bad, the crowd was so big that even the security staff had to block the entrance to the village. Dorfschaun" is a term from that time. Robert Rogner built, among others, the other hotel villages SCHÖNLEITN, Ober- and Unterkirchleitn.

Over the years, many building projects lose the original idea that inspired them. Not so the hotel villages. Founded under Robert Rogner as Carinthian farming villages, they were transformed into village hotels after the takeover by TUI and have been in Carinthian ownership again since 2011. I have arrived home, so to speak.

Today the hotel villages SCHÖNLEITN and SEELEITN are owned by Michaela Tiefenbacher. The name Naturel, which was found for the villages after the takeover by TUI, reflects what the villages are all about: strong, warm, charming, cosy, familiar, peaceful yet powerful and above all one thing: individual. That is precisely the characteristic, precisely the essence of hotel villages. And because we are unique and not artistic, we are with the 'L' in Naturel.
In 2022, a decade after its foundation, Naturel Hotels & Resorts was joined by the mountain resort DIE KANZLERIN. The perfect complement to the villages is the resort on the Alpe Gerlitzen, situated at an altitude of 1,500 m amidst the magnificent nature of the hiking area. And in winter you can strap on your skis right in front of the hotel and hit the slopes.
The Naturel hotels and resorts offer everything you need for a holiday. Whatever the format, whatever the season, this is a holiday like me: exactly mine!

Dear guests and friends!

Who knows us also knows about our constant efforts to surprise and hopefully also amaze with our two Hotel Villages SEELEITN and SCHÖNLEITN, our offers and our staff. Following the deep-rooted tradition and rebuilding the future again and again in a more individual, personal, hearty and pleasant way for you & our staff, is the target of the welcoming Naturel Hotels & Resorts.

This is our main feature, being unique but not dutifully, and we are looking forward to offer holidays for families, for couples, with thrilling adventures, deeply moved moments and unforgettable hours in your personal Naturel.

Silence in nature, moved times in the mountains and the lakes or the sociable village life – it’s up to you. Enjoy the endless hiking trails or recharge your batteries on the shore of the lake. Keep fit on your bike or doing yoga. Start cooking or painting, get to know new friends and discover the fun of water sports.

There are plenty of possibilities! Do everything or nothing. Follow your good feeling and decide for yourself!
It’s all about your happiness!

This is all we can do for you.
Enjoy browsing our website – we wish you a great holiday!

Cordially yours,
Mrs.  Michaela Tiefenbacher
with the Naturel staff


Sustainability is very important for us and the Naturel hotel villages!

The Naturel Hotels & Resorts have a clear philosophy concerning sustainability in their work. The Naturel hotels & resorts are awarded with

  • Awarded the Austrian ecolabel for tourism business
  • Shopping at suppliers & producers from the region,
  • Member of "travel agency of humanity", Global Family
  • Award for Workplace Health Promotion
  • Member of the Austrian network "Show Responsibility"
  • Cooperating with NGO Lebenshilfe Ledenitzen, the Garden team is supporting us since many years in the care of the Naturel Hotel Village gardens
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Naturel Hotels & Resorts
Village SCHÖNLEITN ****

Dorfstraße 26
9582 Oberaichwald
Carinthia . Austria
Phone +43 5 023 84
Naturel Hotels & Resorts
Mountain resort DIE KANZLERIN ****

Kanzelhöhe 8
9521 Kanzelhöhe, Gerlitzen Alpe
Carinthia . Austria
Phone +43 5 023 844
Naturel Hotels & Resorts

Uferweg 12
9583 Faak am See
Carinthia . Austria
Phone +43 5 023 844
Naturel Hotels & Resorts
Village SEELEITN ***

Seeufer-Landesstraße 59
9583 Faak am See
Carinthia . Austria
Phone +43 5 023 84