If this house could talk, it would surely have some compelling stories to tell. In 1879 the "Manor Zarchlin" was built. After the Second World War it was first the seat of the Russian military administration, then LPG office, a kindergarten, a shop and was used as a banquet hall. Until Marianne and Daniel Krüger found the house with its large park a few years ago and have been renovating it in ecological building tradition ever since.
According to the motto "monument meets zeitgeist", the listed substance is being carefully renovated and at the same time equipped with modern comfort. Stylish wooden furniture, refurbished half-timbered beams and the original floorboards create a cozy atmosphere in the holiday apartments. Linen curtains and linen bed linen in muted colours, wall colors in earth tones or sometimes a sunny yellow kitchen front and moss green tiles in the bathroom follow a natural color scheme and thus create a harmonious overall impression. In addition, design lamps, wooden fittings by architect Daniel personally and individual details complement the stylish interior. The four holiday apartments have perfectly equipped kitchens with everything you need to cook together. Drinks are available from the hosts, vegetables and herbs grow in the garden and everything else is available in the surrounding farm shops.
In addition to the hall and the seminar room, there is a shared kitchen adjacent to the two suites that is available to all guests. The kitchen has direct access to the terrace with barbecue, fire bowl, sun loungers and a wonderful view of nature. Here you can eat together, make music and talk. Speaking of telling; the hosts are happy to show their guests around and tell them about the eventful history of the building - and the house continues to listen in silence.
ArchitectureDuring the refurbishment, attention was paid to staying true to the original. The new materials used are mostly natural materials such as wood, plaster made of lime or clay, natural wall paints and insulating materials made of hemp. The furniture is mostly vintage finds from auctions, antique shops or classifieds - supplemented by home-made items. The German Foundation for Monument Protection helped with the restoration of around seventy of the more than one hundred original windows, in order to restore them with linseed oil paint and putty as they used to.
FoodThere are vegetables and herbs in the raised beds and plum and pear trees in the garden. In the area you can get honey, eggs, cheese, milk and fish from the Müritz in the farm shops and from local producers. The first cooking sessions with professional chefs are being planned.
EnvironmentThe toilet and garden irrigation is fed from the own well, a fully biological sewage treatment plant was built. Of course the garbage is separated, food waste is composted and the guests are provided with organic cosmetic products and organic washing-up liquid insect-friendly plants added. The first bat box has already been installed, deer often visit and the Krügers, with the help of ornithologists, are trying to protect the large number of bird species, some of which are rare. They are also in close contact with the NABU (nature conservation association) and are members of the VLAB (association for landscape conservation, species protection and biodiversity). And a female tawny owl is looking for a partner here.
It takes about 2 hours by car from Berlin to the Zarchlin manor house (167 km). From Hamburg you also need a good 2 hours (166 km), Rostock is a good 1 hour away (102 km), Lübeck 2 hours (167 km), from Leipzig you drive almost 3.5 hours (317 km) and from Hanover you need also a good 3.5 hours (306 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
Unfortunately, getting there by public transport is a bit difficult. There is a train station in Zarchlin, but it only operates on summer weekends. Otherwise there is the option of taking the bus to Zarchlin via the train station in Malchow. However, this connection is somewhat cumbersome and runs only irregularly.
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