In the Schamper Mühle, guests sleep in a four-poster bed on the top floor of the mill, with windows in three directions. Since the mill stands alone on a small hill, it offers a beautiful view of the surrounding fields, with deer, birds and cranes.
The Schamper Mühle is run by Robin Foster, architect from Guernsey, and Antje Jacobs, from Berlin. The two discovered the mill on one of their many excursions in the Mecklenburg Lake District. Robin was fascinated by the architectural potential of the building and it quickly became clear that they would buy the mill. The watermill was built in the 14th century and the windmill dates from 1840 and operated as a mill until 1964. The renovation work ran between October 2020 and April 2021 after the mill had been uninhabited for 15 years. The next renovation project is the historic mill technology in the attic, which is to be made visible to guests again, and the wings are to be reinstalled.
The mill is divided into two apartments, each mirrored over three floors, extending over more than 80 m2. The names of the holiday apartments, Kamut and Einkorn, stand for old types of grain that take up the theme of the mill. During the renovation, it was taken into account that the furnishings and lighting support the character of the mill. In both apartments, a large four-poster bed invites you to relax, which was once built in Indonesia (Einkorn) or in Africa (Kamut), bought second-hand and renovated on site.
ArchitectureThe existing outer shell, the two holiday apartments and the outdoor area were preserved as much as possible and renovated and rebuilt taking into account the historical heritage. It was particularly important to Robin to emphasize and revitalize the distinctive mill architecture. Central components of the building have been worked out more clearly, such as the old wooden support beams. He has re-integrated other elements in the design - tables for the two terraces were made from the old millstones. The facade of the ground floor consists of solid field stone masonry. The facade on the upper floor and the roof comprises a wooden structure which is insulated with oak shingles. The outside area of the mill is paved with natural stone, the stones of which have been preserved and renovated. Robin relied holistically on a classic and timeless look, for example when selecting light switches or door handles. All of the contractors involved are from the area.
FoodWhile staying at the Schamper Mühle, guests can purchase three different food baskets from a regional farm (Schneiders Hof). The Schneider family farm is located near the mill in Gotthun and offers fresh vegetables and meat. For the Schneider family, fresh quality, the best animal welfare and animal welfare are paramount. The baskets are delivered directly to the guests after ordering. They include, for example, eggs, seasonal vegetables, juices, and noodles.
EnvironmentThe sustainable goal of the accommodation was to revive the old building after the mill had been idle for around 15 years. In addition to the selection of environmentally friendly building products, waste is separated in everyday life in the mill and ecological cleaning agents are used. The use of the mill to generate electricity has been investigated, but is unfortunately not feasible. For this reason, electric radiators were removed, a gas line laid and a gas heater installed.
Fotos: Robin Foster und hiepler brunier
From Berlin it is a 2 hour drive to Schamper Mühle (147 km). From Hamburg it takes a good 2 hours (216 km), from Rostock about 1 hour (110 km) and from Hanover just under 4 hours (359 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
The closest train station is in Waren (Müritz). From there buses run every hour to the Schamper Mühle stop in Röbel. The Schamper Mühle is located directly on the beautiful Müritz circular route. From the train station in Waren, you can either take the circular route or the cycle path alongside the road.
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