The destinature village lies on a high plateau in the bizarre rocky landscape of the southern Eifel. Hosts and builders are Eva and Holger Danneberg. The two are the idea generators and founders of destinature and the sustainability pioneer WERKHAUS Design + Production GmbH.
The first guests were welcomed in August 2022. The destinature is a completely sustainably built and operated holiday village for families, hikers and cyclists and everyone who loves nature. Here, 6 log cabins and 20 wooden summer cabins await on a spacious site, idyllically embedded in the forests of the Ferschweiler high plateau. When the village was built, some of the huts from a former holiday camp, which were very simply furnished at the time, were upcycled.
An organic bistro, which is also open to day trippers, forms the core of the destinature village. In general, the huts and the interior are made of wood in the original WERKHAUS plug-in system. They exude a cozy vibe and the scent of the wood fills the rooms of the huts. And all around couldn't be nicer either: Behind the village there is a fish pond built into the rocks and the Devil's Gorge with its extraordinary rock formations is within walking distance.
There are also a few other wonderful excursion destinations in the vicinity, such as the Südeifel Nature Park, the Wolfsschlucht, the Dinosaur Park or the city of Trier - so it certainly won't get boring.
ArchitectureOwn WERKHAUS design in consistently sustainable construction. The wood comes from sustainable forestry, the textiles and mattresses are organically certified and great attention was paid to sustainable solutions with other materials. In addition, existing log cabins on the property of the destinature village Südeifel were upcycled and converted with wooden materials. Incidentally, the wood for the huts comes from regional/German/Finnish sources. Local companies (plumbing work, etc.) were involved in the construction.
FoodIn the destinature village, great importance is attached to fresh food that is seasonal and local as possible. Many of the suppliers also supply the destinature village in Hitzacker, so synergy effects and existing cooperations are used, which, however, come almost exclusively from Germany. In addition, the food comes from organic farming. Food waste is delivered to local farmers. However, since there are usually no buffets, but rather the guests order very precisely and in portions, food waste is avoided from the outset. Vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as dishes that take certain allergies and intolerances into account are also offered.
The service and housekeeping team comes exclusively from the region. Employees have the opportunity to live on site free of charge and to take part in free training. There are also discounts on groceries and in-house products. The WERKHAUS commitment should also be mentioned at this point. Since the company was founded, kindergartens, schools, social initiatives and associations have benefited from donations. The commitment of the hosts is often regionally focused, but requests from all over Germany are also taken into account. At the location of the destinature village Südeifel there is no specific social commitment, but the hosts are always open to it.
EnvironmentThe electricity in the destinature village is obtained from Green Planet Energy and energy-saving solutions for heating and lighting are generally looked at throughout the accommodation. Water-saving modules were also installed for the water. Guests are also made aware upon arrival that this is a precious resource. In addition, waste separation is clearly marked and environmentally friendly products from Sodasan are used for cleaning agents.
Well-BeingThe property offers an outdoor sauna and a heated hot tub - perfect for unwinding after a day of hiking, biking or horseback riding.
Fotos: Rudolf Höser
It takes just under 3 hours to drive from Frankfurt to Ernzen (226 km). It takes a good 2 hours to travel from Cologne (164 km), from Koblenz it is a good 1.5 hours (157 km), from Karlsruhe around 3 hours (233 km) and from Luxembourg it is only a 45-minute drive to the destinature Dorf Südeifel (42 kilometers). The exact address can be found on the website.
The nearest train station is in Trier. From there there is a bus connection to Irrel /Ernzen. The bus stop is about 10 (walking) minutes from Destinature Village.
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