Leafing through the pages of time
The story of Ebner's Waldhof by the lake
The bed and breakfast pension is opened
Open through the summer months with room for 30 guests, mother Elmtrude’s dream comes true when the pension is opened. Under the motto; “All hands on deck“, husband Georg takes care of the farm while Elmtrude and her son Herbert are kept busy running the pension.
A huge step
The pension is transformed into the Parkhotel Waldhof with a restaurant and 80 beds. The sisters Eva and Regina serve in the restaurant. Herbert runs things in the kitchen and mother Elmtrude, as head of the house, mans the reception.
The second generationAfter mother Elmtrude’s sudden death, son Herbert takes on the management of the hotel. From dawn to dusk the entire family do their best to take care of the hotel guests. The installation of the first swimming pool under the terrace of the Main House is completed.
United in marriage
The young couple Gaby and Herbert are wed.
Blessed with children
Gaby and Herbert become parents: Dani is born in May 1974, Thomas in August 1976 and Stephi in November 1978.
Major expansion phase in the 80s
Satisfied guests denote a job well done. To cope with demand, the Ebner’s commission builders to start expansion work increasing hotel capacity to 120 beds.
In 1986 new seminar rooms are created in the east wing. A year later the expansion is continued – the terrace is enlarged and complemented with a gazeebo housing cosmetic and hairdressing facilities.
The Waldhof breaks new ground by opening its doors to guests in the winter, with a gentle winter-sports concept (featuring for example, the first snow-shoe hikes ever offered in the region).
Vitalschlössl meets Waldhof CharmThe chance to realise further visions arises with the takeover of the neighbouring property the "Franzl House" – The Vitalschlössl is born.
Maiden voyage for the "Fuschlerin"
The "Fuschlerin" departs from the jetty for the first time. Guests and locals alike are delighted by the first ever passenger boat service for the general public on Lake Fuschl.
The Waldhof gets its own golf course and clubhouse – the Waldhof Alm
The 3-hole golf course with its club house at the foot of the Schober Mountain is opened.
New family memberThe new millennium heralds a new family member when Dani marries her Alex.
Thomas' returnAfter several years of gathering experience Thomas returns to the hotel as member of the team.
EnhancementAfter a seven-month construction phase the Waldhof Villa is completed, the family’s biggest investment to date. The Waldhof now boasts 43 new rooms, a cosy new restaurant seating 120, bearing the name the “Gütl-Stub'n” and an underground car park. The hotel dependence Sonnleitn is also expanded.
Congratulations are in order as Stephi and Sebi celebrate their marriage.
Promising new arrival
Having started at the reception, today Vroni holds close ties to the Waldhof in more ways than one.
Waldhof – the fourth generation
In April 2008 Noah is born.
More space for familiesThe Waldhof Ansitz is enlarged, now housing 22 additional junior and family suites offering more room for families on holiday. Simultaneously, more space for the Waldhof Spa is created. Spreading over an area of 4,000 m² with 200 m² of pools, the Waldhof wellness area truly lives up to its name. Rounding off the great new facilities, the Waldhof opens the Gössl boutique and Austria’s first ever spa herb-kitchen. The staff are also pleased about the new employees’ living quarters in the "Villa Rosa".
Increased supportStephi complements the family business putting heart and soul into her duties.
Everything families desireAdults and children alike are delighted about the development of the Waldhof Children’s World with its large play and climbing area as well as a day care room for painting, games and handicrafts. Above all, the free child care on 5 days a week becomes yet another attractive extra for families.
Marriage vowsFor the third time in the third Waldhof generation the wedding bells ring out! Thomas und Vroni get married.
New Main HouseJust because something is good, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved. The Ebner’s decide to give the Main House a face lift. The forty rooms are fitted with parquet flooring as well as new bathrooms, fittings and furnishings. In addition corridors and stairways are refurbished.
The very best golfing prospectsIn the course of renovation to the Waldhof Alm a spectacular panorama terrace is added as well as a new golfer’s lounge with pro-shop, seminar room, larger changing facilities and caddy room.
Business-minded and enterprising
Dani reinforces the family team.
The latest addition
In April 2016 Leon, the youngest member of the Ebner family arrives.
A fond farewell
The family bid farewell to father, grandfather and father-in-law. Georg Ebner dies at the honourable age of 94.