The coveted title “Castle Host of the Year 2015” was awarded to Christoph Neuscheller of Hotel Schloss Leonstain in Pörtschach am Wörthersee.
There is always great excitement until the very last moment when, at the annual general assembly of “Castle Hotels & Mansions” (held this year at Gut Ising, Chiemsee), the prestigious title of “Castle Host of the Year” is announced. The selection for 2015 went to Christoph Neuscheller of Hotel Schloss Leonstain.
A special place indeed, since it was there, at Schloss Leonstain, that back in 1965 – now 50 years ago –the cooperation known as “Castle Hotels & Mansions” was founded. At that time, some 20 dedicated owners and hosts from some of the region’s most beautiful historic estates joined forces to promote beautiful stays amid extraordinary walls.
“The initiative ‘Schlosshotels & Mansions’ was launched in 1965 at Schloss Leonstain. This hotel has been an active member of our collaboration from the very beginning, which it has continued to be without interruption ever since “, explains President Max Eidlhuber. “Since the art of hospitality has been nurtured by the Neuscheller family so exceptionally at Schloss Leonstain over the decades, the selection of Castle Host for the 2015 anniversary year fell quite naturally upon Christoph Neuscheller.“
500-year-old castle walls, the spacious park grounds, an idyllic inner courtyard, along with a unique blend of tradition and modern design featuring Pop-Art elements, make Schloss Leonstain an appealing refuge in the tradition-rich town of Pörtschach, which, with its villas and shoreline homes, lies right on the edge of Carinthia’s largest resort lake.
The history of this castle – whose heraldic animal, a lion striding across a mountaintop, gave this estate the name we know today – goes back to the 12th cent. Its most prominent visitor was Johannes Brahms, who came to Pörtschach in 1877, originally simply wanting to stop off at Leonstain on his way to Vienna. However, the location was so pleasing to him that he stayed, composing a violin concerto and his 2nd symphony here.
Since 1910, the castle has been owned by the Neuscheller family, who have renovated, remodeled and expanded the estate step-by-step. Once a year, things at Schloss Leonstain become festively high-spirited when, as part of Fête Blanche, Christoph Neuscheller invites revelers to join him at Hotel Schloss Leonstain for his very own “Fête Leon”, transforming this otherwise idyllic and romantic retreat for a few hours into the trendiest party hotspot on Lake Wörthersee.