From 1952 until his death in 1956, Bertolt Brecht called this lakeside villa his home. During his time in the house, he worked more and more as a director, collaborating closely with his wife Helene Weigel, to develop his plays for the Berlin Ensemble. There is certainly a creative energy in the air, and the villa’s new owners have played around with the Brecht family's possessions, adding in a lot of their own, creating a mesmeric mix of GDR, Buddhist trinkets and international art. The result is astounding, and each of the bedrooms has a different personality - from a Moroccan-style suite to a Cuban-inspired chamber.
Hidden between the forests, lakes and hills of the Märkische Schweiz nature park (a beloved area of Theodor Fontane), this striking space is truly a piece of paradise. The villa itself is surrounded by what can only be described as parkland - a huge, open garden, with hidden statutes and walkways that lead to secret corners. The new owners bought the house for themselves, to share with their family and friends, and friend and caretaker Bernhard recalls how much fun each of the get-togethers is. Now, the house is available for rent, so we can share in the magic too.
Round up your nearest and dearest, and spend a weekend (or longer!) floating from the lake to the sauna, and from the kitchen to the lounge. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is leave.
“The house is owned by beloved friends, and I have the privilege of caring for it; it’s a space that always fills me with joy.”
“The sauna is stunning, I could spend a whole evening going between the lounge area, the sauna with its old iron fire, and dipping into the lake.”
Bernhard’s insider tips
The Artists’ Residence is located in Buckow, east Brandenburg.
You can easily drive, and there’s on-site parking.
It’s easy to get here by public transport. Take the RB26 train from Ostkreuz to Müncheberg (40 minutes), then get the bus directly to Buckow (10 minutes). From there it’s a short walk.