Green fields as far as the eye can see, lots of water and forests - the Mecklenburg Lake District is simply beautiful. Framed by Plauer See and Müritz in the small village of Lexow, the equally beautiful Lexow manor can be found in the middle of this landscape. When you wake up you can see the pear trees, the dew on the lawn and the village street bordered by old linden trees.
The house was built in 1874 as a tenant's house belonging to a monastery. The owners are Patrick Oldendorf and Bettina Buschow, who actually wanted to buy a country house for themselves and their four children in 2007. A business with 46 beds has developed from this. According to the Buschows, the "Lexow manor house" project is an organic process, which fortunately never ended. "We are always planning, but one thing always remains the same: the happiness of our guests is our happiness."
And being happy is not difficult here. Example: The honeymoon suite is located on the upper floor of the "Old Kitchen House". You don't want to leave the bathtub in the room, framed by Portuguese blue tiles. How practical that you can have breakfast served in your room. In addition to the bed and breakfast option, there are spacious apartments for families and groups with well-equipped kitchens that make you want to cook together, and large dining tables for meals and a fireplace to let the evening pass before. Children can let off steam to their heart's content in the approximately 6,000 square meter garden.
The village of Lexow itself is very small and has only 170 inhabitants - but with intact village life. There is no shop on site; but bakers, butchers and mom and pop shops come by regularly - on four wheels. There are a thousand things to do in the area: forays through the Müritz National Park, the lake district, where you can swim, kayak, sail, windsurf, water ski or boating and all kinds of adventures, and of course countless hikes through the unique natural landscape , Around Malchow there are good opportunities for riding lessons and horse rides.
ArchitectureThe imposing but neglected building had been advertised as "Lexow Castle". The largely broken windows boarded up and boarded up, the roof holey and the garden completely overgrown. Nevertheless, the Buschows saw the potential. The manor house, which was built in 1874 and is now a listed building, was extensively but carefully renovated between 2008 and 2011. The old facade was largely restored under a brand new, but true to the original slate roof. It was supplemented by modern floor-length window slits to the garden. A master carpenter from the area, who still has the knowledge and tools of his guild from yesteryear, rebuilt the old windows true to the original in the still preserved window frames - with double glazing as a concession to today's needs. He also renovated the listed staircase. The slate roof and a yellow brick make the building special for the area. The old materials were used as much as possible during the renovation: old beams, old planks, restored old radiators. Quark-based stand oil varnish paints were mixed for the walls and clay plaster was processed. The aesthetic aspects are just as important to the Buschows as those of sustainability. The large apartments in the manor house and the double rooms and smaller apartments in the old kitchen house have in common the stylish, individual furnishing and high-quality equipment, in which old substance is combined with modern comfort. So old floorboards and original shutters meet WiFi and rain showers, the old beams of the roof structure were preserved during the renovation and old half-timbered walls were newly plastered with clay. Most of the furniture is antique, used, a mix of flea market, antiques and a few modern pieces. Every piece of furniture has its history, much comes from French country flea markets.
FoodSeasonal food is served in the manor house, preferably from regional suppliers. It is always freshly cooked and no convenience products are used. Herbs and salads come from our own garden. The meat comes exclusively from organic farms. A very specialty is, for example, the Müritz char with miso mashed potatoes. There are homemade lemonades, juice and spritzers from the garden and then an espresso from the portafilter machine or a good coffee. Of course there is a selection of vegetarian dishes, vegan on request. Goat cheese from Schaalsee, cow's milk cheese from the Uckermark, jams and jams such as plum-cardamom or apple-mint from fruits of the garden and slag and mettwurst from the butcher around the corner - breakfast in the Gutsheim is also largely at home.
All employees are continuously employed at the Lexow manor, which is not a matter of course in the region. The company enables children and work to be reconciled and responds to the personal needs of the employees. The Buschow family is also committed to maintaining the local church and offers internships for disadvantaged young people.
EnvironmentEnvironmental protection is very important for the family with four children, sustainable business in a wide variety of areas is the basis of their work. In the manor house, heating is carried out in a climate-neutral manner using solid wood. The warm water is prepared in the same way. Furniture is constantly recycled, the upholsterer is the best friend in the company. It is preferred to build with old building materials. The roof of the newest building, the Stellmacherei, was covered with the used bricks of an old church. Of course, the garbage is separated.
From Berlin you drive about 1.5 hours to Lexow (145 km). It is about 2 hours (192 km) from Hamburg. The exact address and directions can be found on the website.
The closest train stations are in Malchow (6 km away) and in Waren (15 km away). Unfortunately there is no further bus connection from the train stations, only the possibility of taking a taxi to the manor house.
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