Experience peace and nature in the middle of Lower Saxony: Okelmann's is surrounded by a large garden, fields, forest and meadows. The direct location on the Warper Skulpturenweg enables an active nature holiday and thanks to the tiny sauna in the shepherd's car, active relaxation is also ensured. Regional delicacies are served in the Heimatliebe café and restaurant, and inspiration for a sustainable lifestyle is available in the in-house concept store.
The two sisters Maren and Kristin Okelmann and their families are hosts with heart and soul. The family business is in the fifth generation and the gastronomy has existed since 1879. The current hotel was opened in 2012 and furnished with great care by the owners: The style is modern and combines the Scandinavian style with country house elements. The materials are tastefully coordinated, of very high quality, and all furniture was made by a regional carpentry. Every room has its specialty: Either an alcove, a partition wall made of logs or works of art by the local painter Pablo Hirndorf worked into the headboard.
The result is a place of calm, where relaxation, enjoyment and sustainability come first. It is the heartfelt concern of the hostesses to give people a good time and to give them many happy moments. The property does not offer cell phone reception, but free landline and WiFi.
ArchitectureDuring the renovation, the old building was rebuilt or existing materials were used to build something new. The architects and the renovation companies are based in the region and work with ecological materials that also come from the region. It was important to the hosts that they incorporate typical regional features into the architecture or the house, such as the half-timbering and tapped furniture.
FoodRegional and seasonal dishes are served at Okelmann's - mostly in organic quality. The hosts know the suppliers and producers personally and ensure that they are warm to each other and that the cultivation is close to nature. Herbs and fruits from our own herb and snack garden are just as often used for cooking as old Bioland apple varieties from our own cultivation. Since the two of them calculate the quantities exactly, there is hardly any food waste. Among the guests, the “Okelmann's Burger”, the “Warper Wedding Soup” and especially the “Bavarian Cream from Senior Chef Annegret” are right at the front in the race for the most popular dishes. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are served every day and food intolerances are taken care of.
The employees come from the region and it is important for the hosts that a warm and appreciative cooperation is lived. That is why they pay the employees fairly and provide further training, team events and enable them to have healthy meals. The hosts donate monthly to NABU, Plant for the Planet and to associations in the region.
EnvironmentThe hosts attach great importance to sustainability: a photovoltaic system and a combined heat and power plant are used, waste needs to be separated and, if possible, saved (by unpacked or large containers) there is also a button to save water. The towels are only changed at the request of the guests. Guests will ﬁ nd natural cosmetics in the rooms. The hotel only uses ecological detergents and cleaning agents. The drinking water is treated with "water revitalization devices" from the Grander brand. The hosts also operate sustainable forestry and are certified with the Blue Swallow. Guests can find a sustainability brochure on the property's website.
Well-BeingIn the Schäferwagen, guests will ﬁ nd a tiny sauna and can borrow yoga mats and bicycles. The hosts are happy to give tips for the best running and hiking routes through the Warper Forest and help book massage appointments at the nearby Peter Hess Institute. They can also recommend cycling tours or geocashing routes.
Mit Heimatliebe in die Zukunft: Immer mehr Gasthäuser auf dem Land müssen schließen, sie rentieren sich nicht mehr oder es finden sich keine Nachfolger, die sie übernehmen. Maren und Kristin Okelmann aber wollen den elterlichen Betrieb im beschaulichen Warpe in fünfter Generation übernehmen und in die Zukunft führen. Noch leiten die Eltern das Restaurant und den Saalbetrieb, aber gleich nebenan haben die jungen Frauen ihre eigenen Pläne verwirklicht. Mit ihrem Café und dem dazugehörigen Hotel haben sie dem Familienunternehmen bereits ihren eigenen Stil gegeben.
Was zur Region und dem Traditionsgasthaus passen würde, befanden die 28 Jährige und ihre Schwester Kristin (23) sei ein Hotel mit Hofcafé: ländlich, traditionell, norddeutsch. Mit diesen Überlegungen konfrontiert, bewies Helmut Okelmann geistige Flexibilität, ließ seine Wellness-Pläne fallen und sagte zur neuen Idee: „So wird’s gemacht!“... Die Rückbesinnung barg indes eine Gefahr: „Wir durften nicht trutschig werden“...„In Zeiten, da Hotelketten das Land mit immer mehr Betten fluten, wollen die Menschen dort Urlaub machen, wo es schön ist, wo es ruhig ist, wo Authentizität geboten wird.“ Und genau das bietet das Landgasthaus. Ganz ohne Wellness.
From Bremen you need about 1 hour by car to Warpe (52 km). From Hanover it is also about 1 hour (68 km), from Hamburg it is just under 2 hours (142 km) and from Berlin it is about 4 hours (349 km). The exact address can be found on the hotel's website.
There is a bus connection from Hoya (Weser) to Warpe. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the nearest train stations in Nienburg / Weser or Eystrup to the hotel. The journey takes about 15 minutes.
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