Malschwitz, Saxony, Germany

The view from the three bedrooms of the Apfelscheune holiday home is different and yet you can see the beautiful nature in Cannewitz, from orchards and natural fields to a small river with a pond or the neighboring courtyard.

The apple barn conveys the charm of a large country estate at the end of a small village, whereby immersion in nature comes first. The host Christoph Schuster is a trained nursery gardener and over the years has 230 different standard fruit trees planted with 70 old varieties on the property, which can also be tasted. He continues the legacy of his ancestors in the fourth generation - in addition to his own press, he rents the house to three young families. and The old barn was converted into a holiday apartment and has opened the doors for guests since 2018.

The house is made of durable granite stone, which is typical of the area around Bautzen, which itself lies on a huge granite stone slab. There is a small quarry on the property of the apple barn, Christoph suspects that the granite barn was built around 1869. The walls of the house still adorn the granite stone. The intention behind the renovation was to combine the well-preserved with new materials in order to create a house for guests who want to enjoy modern comfort in beautiful nature.

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per night
entire housefrom99 €


ArchitectureThe holiday home consists entirely of natural stone granite and, apart from the dormer windows and French doors from the kitchen to the terrace, has remained unchanged during the renovation. The construction timber of the roof structure also comes from the original house and now serves as a style element in the apartment. The barn was only expanded by regional companies such as a local carpenter. New materials were carefully selected: the roof tiles come from a regional factory, the wood for stairs and bedside tables from their own wood, the wall stones of the terrace from their own granite stones, the granite path slabs from a regional company and the covering of the terrace wall from their own clay tiles. There is also a lot of oak and cherry wood from the estate in the house. When building the new windows and doors, attention was always paid to the overall picture of the house and so the completion has created a stylish house with sustainable architecture.

FoodChristoph offers self-made fruit juices and cider that can be purchased on site. Since 1997, several new fruit trees with apples, cherries, pears, plums and quinces (in old varieties) have been planted on the property every year. There are now 230 fruit trees, the fruits of which he sells in autumn and of which he produces juices in his own wine press. An annual market for old apple varieties in mid-October becomes the pomological highlight of the region.

The cleaning staff can freely divide their time for cleaning. In addition, Christoph himself is a supporter of Slowfood Deutschland eV, and therefore works with others for biodiversity by being responsible for planting different types of old fruit trees on the streets of Upper Lusatia. A share (four euros per night) from each rental is used to offer a lower price to socially disadvantaged guests. Christoph is also a partner of the UNESCO Upper Lusatian Heath and Pond Landscape Biosphere Reserve (EUROPARC partner initiative) and is involved in its tourism development.

EnvironmentThe apple barn is holistically designed for sustainability: This is how the waste is separated, organic waste is composted, electricity is obtained from Greenpeace Energy, as an alternative to gas heating there is a fireplace that warms the whole apartment, electric kitchen appliances are A ++ and therefore use less electricity, In addition, a water stop button on the toilet ensures low water consumption. Ecological farming is also carried out: the meadows on which the trees stand are mowed only once a year when the crop is cleared. Since this takes place in two time intervals, this type of meadow maintenance promotes the diversity of plants and animals. The crop is also composted. Over the years, two butterfly meadows with insect-friendly plants have been created. Christoph deliberately places wood on his property so that animals can use it as a habitat, sets up nesting boxes and residences for birds of prey. Christoph leaves the small quarry untouched as a biotope. A three-row field protection hedge created in 1994 forms the transition from Christophs Feld to his ravine and the orchard. In 2019, Christoph created a deciduous tree trail with native deciduous trees on his 9.5 hectare property.


  • Spend the night in a historic apple barn surrounded by nature
  • Successful mix of old and new
  • 9.5 ha estate with 230 fruit trees in 70 different varieties
  • Guided tour across the orchard
  • Small quarry without water on the premises, which is ideal as a children's playground
  • Well connected to public transportation
  • Small celebrations or cooking classes etc. can be organized in the kitchen of the holiday home
  • Great excursions in the area, e.g. the biosphere reserve Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft, Felstal Gröditzer Skala with Castle Gröditz, historic towns of Bautzen with granite stone architecture, etc.
  • Beautiful bike path to the house from the thousand ponds in Wartha
  • Swimming at Olba in Wartha and Kleinsaubernitz, 10 km away

holiday home3 bedroomsOwn cooking facilitiesChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno Poolno pets


  • 95 m2 holiday home for a maximum of 9 people
  • 3 bedrooms, large kitchen with Bulthaup kitchen and modern bathroom
  • Additional sofa bed in the kitchen and one of the bedrooms
  • Fireplace and underfloor heating
  • Terracotta and oak parquet floors
  • Walk-in shower and washing machine
  • Washing machine
  • Bed linen and towels can be brought or rented
  • Terrace with a view of the orchard
  • Hot pot outside in front of the terrace with wood heating
  • Own farm shop
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Rooms + Rates

per night
entire housefrom99 €

Location + Directions

By car

The apple barn can be reached from Dresden in just under an hour (77 km). Leipzig is just under 2 hours away (190 km), Berlin is just under 3 hours (249 km) and Nuremberg is just under 4 hours (384 km). The exact address can be found on the property's website.

With public transport

The closest train station for traveling by bus is in Bautzen. From there the bus line R 107 runs to Cannewitz. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Bautzen train station (13 km) or travel by bike from Pommritz train station (7 km).