The philosophy of this 350-year-old guesthouse? Omit everything that isn’t necessary. Why? So the simplicity opens up new perspectives. This not just the ethos of Guesthouse berge, but of its owner, the world-renowned designer Nils Holger Moorman. Nils had never set out to run holiday apartments, but when he acquired the plot of land in the foothills of the Alps (more specifically, the striking Aschau im Chiemgau) where the warehouse of his furniture firm would be based, it came with a listed house dating back to 1671.
Nils - knowing he wanted to share this corner of the world with as many people as possible - applied his signature way of working to preserve the house. The ancient structures remain but completely stripped back and paired with sleek, modern interiors. Exposed wooden beams meet matt black surfaces, and brick walls are highlighted by statement light fixtures. Each of the 16 apartments is completely unique, and we could happily spend years holidaying here, rotating from room to room. If you can tear yourself away, hiking paths begin at the edge of the landscaped garden and the entire region is postcard-perfect.
Introducing Nils Holger Moormann!
“I bought the house in 2005, with the aim of restoring it to be a warm, welcoming place for guests, while adding a modern design edge to it.”
“The contrasts that create a unique atmosphere: creaking floorboards meet untreated steel, and clay plaster walls and exposed stone walls meet large glass surfaces.”
Nils Holger Moormann’s insider tips
Guesthouse berge is located in Aschau im Chiemgau, close to the Chiemgau Alps.
It’s nearly a 7-hour drive from Berlin. It is possible to arrive by public transport.
The apartments are a 20-minute walk from Aschau (Chiemgau) station, which can be reached in around 6 hours when coming from Berlin (the route goes via Munich).