Coconat is a very special kind of accommodation: Guests and long-term roommates live together in a mansion built in 1823, which was used as a residential building and village school with a shop during the GDR era.
The historic manor with its classic architecture was reinterpreted into a hotel, and today offers room categories in all price ranges. Inside guests can choose between high-end design rooms with upcycled furniture, desks and private bathroom, or private wooden pods in a shared room; in the garden your options range from Glamping, circus wagons and caravans, floating tents at lofty heights, and are also welcome with their own tent or mobile home.
On-site you will also find a historic stone barn, a baroque herb garden, an orchard, a fountain, and a historic park. In the various outdoor and indoor areas, every guest will find space to be inspired in their work and find a place to relax. The natural surroundings create a feeling of calm. Guests can end a wonderful day with a board game in the bar, a good book in the library, or playing the piano in front of the fireplace.
The name Coconat was created from the words "community and concentrated work in nature". The diverse and international ream of Coconat is made up of local residents from the region as well as those who stay temporarily on-site, from every continent but Antarctica.
ArchitectureAfter German reunification, the buildings were restored by a non-profit group that trains craftsmen. Initially it was used as an event hotel, and in 2017 the Coconat opened. The renovations were completed before Coconat moved in, but there are new plans for the future. To this end, the team works with local architects who are familiar with passive house construction and who implement natural and traditional construction techniques with contemporary designs. Much of the furniture has been upcycled and most of the wood used comes from FSC ™ certified birch, sourced locally and used as a traditional building material in the region. The large rooms are very bright and at the same time exude a feeling of cosiness. Each room was individually designed by an interior designer.
FoodIn the morning, a rich breakfast buffet awaits the guests. Vegetarian communal meals are served for lunch and dinner at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with all guests eating at the same table. The fact that the Coconat only offers one meal at lunchtime and in the evening, with a few choices, can prevent food waste. Vegan and special dietary requests are accommodated for.
20 people work in the Coconat, almost all of whom live in the region. They work full-time and part-time, receive free meals, trainings, and can use the facilities. Coconat is a founding member of the non-profit association Smart Village, a rural development project that aims to improve and enhance life in the countryside. Coconat can be seen as a testing ground for new concepts, for example our coworking, coliving, and workation (a combination of “work” and “vacation”) offers, as well as the offering of public meeting space, and joint vegetarian meals. Small companies are supported in various ways and a few are housed on-site. For the village, the Coconat is the “community center” where the village festival is celebrated, acts as a voting station, and as a head-quarters for the village fire brigade.
EnvironmentThe foods such as eggs, bread or (oat) milk are bought locally and, if possible, in organic quality. The leftover food is also composted in the garden. Bed linen and towels, which are made of 100% cotton, are washed in energy-ef ﬁ cient machines with sustainable detergents (such as the Frosch brand). The heating system was installed in the 1990s and is to be modernized in the next construction phase and a mix of geothermal and solar energy.
Well-BeingVarious massages such as Lomi-Lomi, Shiatus, Ayurvedic yoga or oil massages are offered by a trained masseuse. There is also a garden sauna in an oval barrel and then guests can jump into the natural pond. Some guests also often offer dance lessons, sports activities or mediation - the offer changes with the guests.
Fotos: Tilmann Vogler, Andreas Plata, Matthias Haltenhof, Steffen Lehmann, Juliane Wittig
From Berlin, Klein-Glien can be reached in just over an hour (94 km). From Potsdam it takes around 45 minutes (64 km), from Leipzig just under 1.5 hours (114 km) and from Magdeburg it takes around 1 hour (84 km). The exact address and directions can be found on the website.
There is an hourly regional train from Berlin to Bad Belzig (RE7 Wünsdorf-Waldstadt - Dessau). From the train station, you can either take the bus to Klein-Glien, take a taxi, ride a bike or go on a short hike (around 5 km).
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