Hospitality has been a key aspect on the Franzenhof for 25 years by now. It is always a great pleasure for us to welcome former guests' children as young adults now with their own children.

There are no foreigners – only friends that we have not met yet.

Farmer Gustel is the heart and soul of the agricultural business. The master of horses and tractors has got many young and old fans and guarantees fun during the holidays. And of course, there is always some work to do with farmer Gustel: whether on the field, the meadow, in the forest …
And should there be no work left to do, he will spontaneously put the carriage at the tractor from time to time and will just make a country drive, or will play cards with our guests enthusiastically.

Your first and often last contact will most likely be with the farmer's wife Susanne. She is responsible for the organisation of the farm, the communication by email and letter, everything concerning the flats and the payment in the end, too. In addition, she looks after the flowers and plants around the house and tries to create a pleasant atmosphere everywhere.

In the meantime, we are supported passionately by our children: Alexander with his green thumb is the master of the vegetable garden. Those who want to nibble a carrot or need a juicy tomato for a snack or a fresh lettuce for the barbecue evening, simply contact him.

For the time being, our daughter Bianca suddenly appears at the weekends or during university vacation. She loves her cats and horses and helps her mum..

And this is our 'staff': our rabbits, cuddling cats, sheep, porks and hens.

The History of the Franzenhof

spring in the deggenhausertal

The Franzenhof has evidently been owned by the family since the 17th century at least. Since then, numerous generations have endeavoured to maintain the inheritance and to adapt it to present requirements. Many people have lived and worked on the farm up to the late fifties: The whole family mucked in, also the young children had to help and assisted in milking the cows in the morning before school. Servants and farm girls, unmarried family members and even a family of refugees that had found refuge on the farm worked from morning to night. Day labourers from the village also helped during the harvest and in the forest. But gradually the workers moved to the aspiring factories near Lake Constance where they could earn more and human labour was replaced by machines. The first tractor with a wood carburettor caused a sensation during the war. Tractors, threshing machines and milking machines arrived on the farm. Bulls moved in the stables.

Until the end of 2010, the agricultural company consisting of dairy cattle, farming, forestry and distillery yielded the principal income. The decision that we took in 1993, after the birth of our sons, to build up a second source of income by running first two holiday flats proved to be a stroke of luck. Firmly tied to the farm by dairy cattle, we brought the whole wild world to our farm and discovered our passion for hospitality. The fire in the cow stables in summer 1994, which had first represented a catastrophe and huge challenge, then offered us the chance to expand our second source of income “Urlaub auf dem Bauernhof” by constructing the new building for our holiday flats in 1998.

Low milk prices, an outdated milking machine and missing prospects for the future forced us to give up dairy farming in 2010. A small herd of suckler cows still lived in the large cow stable until the end of 2017.

In the early 2000s, we took the chance to erect photovoltaic systems on our roofs and today, we could cover our energy needs autonomously.

The next challenge to take now is the organisation of future succession on the farm and you can be keen to see how the next generation will approach this task.

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On the Franzenhof you are not a customer but a guest and you don't find any staff here but attentive hosts placing the demand on themselves that your holidays near the Lake Constance are special / high days for the whole family.

"There are no foreigners – only friends that we have not met yet."
(Irish Wisdom)

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