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Photo: noa*

Bilbo Baggins, are you there?

While it may look like a cozy hobbit hole, the building pictured above is definitely not home to any of the furry-footed folk featured in JRR Tolkien’s novels. Called “Applesauna,” it’s actually a tranquil wellness area located adjacent to the Apfelhotel Torgglerhof, a hotel in Northern Italy’s Passeier Valley.

Run by the Pichler family, the Apfelhotel Torgglerhof is a relaxing getaway for those looking to escape the bustle of city life. While it’s a mainstay of the region, the Applesauna was added this past spring as part of a renovation completed by Italian architectural firm noa*. Just a few months after opening, it’s already drawing renewed attention to the hotel.

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Photo: noa*

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Part of the Applesauna’s appeal is its natural feel. Inspired by the apple trees that surround it, the two-story structure is made largely of earthy materials — the dark concrete walls that circle the sauna on the upper floor create a sense of subterranean calm, even as timber benches and a large window offer a reminder of the outside world.

Below the sauna is a bright relaxation space, also with a view of the outdoors. “It was essential to us to bring the charm of the surrounding garden and nature into the interior; different elements of the historic apple harvest inspired the design,” explains Christian Rottensteiner of noa* in a brief on the project.

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Photo: noa*

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Rendering: noa*

We think the Apfelhotel Torgglerhof looks like the perfect place for a picturesque summer vacation, and if you agree, you may want to click here for booking information. If the hotel’s many good reviews are any indication, it probably fills up quickly.

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