The Bauernkate Klein-Thurow is nestled in beautiful nature, surrounded by numerous lakes in the Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve. The listed ensemble was lovingly restored in detail by the operators Jutta and Frank Strauss: the Kate gives a vivid impression of the peasant life of earlier times, which was carefully harmonized with timely living standards. All apartments open at ground level to the garden, so that the guest basically lives in the middle of nature. A very special experience is the overnight stay in the hay hostel.
The rooms of the Kate are a successful blend of period features with locally handcrafted country-style unique items. Tiled stove instead of cable TV is the motto here. The cast-iron eye-catchers are fired by the guests themselves with wood from the region. From the cast-iron roof windows of the Kate the view sweeps over the beautiful farmer's garden, the pond, a sheep paddock over wide fields to the horizon. Perhaps the most valuable thing is not to be seen: the restful silence - or a background noise of exclusively natural origin.
The old Kate surrounding hornbeam hedge and the ivy-rugged southern gable side serve songbirds as welcome nesting sites. In May you can listen to the nightly evening frog concert on the jetty or, on a starry night in August, watch the falling stars comfortably from the sun lounger. The light-flooded "Lohdiele" (as the Tenne in northern Germany is also called) is open to all guests, here crackles on cool evenings in the historic Norwegian Ziselierofen a warming fire.
The Bauernkate was awarded as a "bicycle-friendly". Cyclists are provided with detailed maps; Repair kit and idle air pump as well as secure wheel storage and drying room for clothing are available.
The beautiful surroundings, ennobled by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, are perfect for all sorts of activities. The Strauss couple are happy to provide tips on the best tours in the nearby nature on foot, by bike or by canoe. The world heritage sites Lübeck and Wismar are just like the state capital of Schwerin reached by car, the little-known Baltic Sea beaches in the "Klützer angle" are not far away. And who wants to rush into the digital world: the barn has free Wi-Fi.
ArchitectureA precise dating of the former Tagelöhnerkate is no longer possible, according to the monument office, it was built before 1800. The owners and operators of the Bauernkate Klein-Thurow Jutta and Frank Strauß have rebuilt on the field stone foundation of the former small barn, right next to the Kate, with largely regional historical building materials and 2016 opened. The building material was reused from a nearby barn. The carpenter involved in the renovation estimated the age of some wooden beams over 400 years. It belonged to the former manor house in Dutzow, which was ground in 1974 because it was located too close to the German-German border. The renovation involved only local craftsmen specializing in the restoration of Grade II listed buildings, using regional and reused historic building materials, including hand-painted bricks and Bieberschwanz roof tiles, wooden beams, hand-forged long ties and clinchers. The loam comes from the regional clay pit and field stones for the courtyard paving of surrounding fields. Even the raw material for the wickerwork, which partially decorates the beds and is also used as a bedding border, is harvested annually by the operators of pollard willows in the garden. The listed ensemble captivates by a high degree of unaltered architectural features which still give a vivid impression of the peasant life of former day laborers. Details such as the largely preserved original room structure, the masonry flue in the smallest kitchen or the smokehouse give an eloquent testimony of it. The apartments are very authentic thanks to the radical and consistent preservation of everything worth preserving. Many regional finds have been drowned on local antique markets. Old wooden beams, clay plaster, wooden floorboards and historic windows create in combination with the antique tiled stoves, furniture and beds an extremely comfortable and cozy atmosphere.
FoodOrganic, regional and seasonal produce is served for breakfast, including homemade jams with fruits from our own garden, home-baked bread, eggs from the neighboring farm, specialty cheeses from nearby sheep and goat dairies, as well as typical regional sausages.
EnvironmentEnvironmental and resource protection plays an important role for the operators. Both the old Kate and all outbuildings are made from recycled building materials. Of course, garbage is separated. The approximately 750 square meter natural pond was renatured and integrated into a meadow orchard with 13 high-stemmed old fruit varieties. From the ripe fruits, guests are welcome to serve. In addition, much of the property has been fenced off with a traditional dry stone wall of fieldstone, to the delight of amphibians and other small animals. The old Kate surrounding hornbeam hedge and the ivy-rugged southern gable side serve songbirds as welcome nesting sites. Three at the same time trusting and frugal rough-woolly Pomeranian countryside keep the grass short. As a member of the Förderverein Biosphäre Schaalsee eV, the operators are committed to the sustainable preservation of nature.
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The Bauernkate is only 35 km from Lübeck, from there it takes about 40 minutes. From Hamburg it is about 1 hour 15 minutes on the road (76 km) and from Berlin you drive just under 3 hours (250 km). The exact address and driving directions you get with the booking.
The nearest train stations are in Gadebusch and Ratzeburg. A pick-up can be arranged from there.
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