Birchtree Farmhouse

Reviewed by Emily McDonnell

A former 150-year-old farm renovated into a sumptuous escape with two bright, open houses - plus Dacha and sauna - offering a restful refuge for holidays and workcations

Self-catering houses
From €230
Two apartments for 4-12
Northern Uckermark, 1h 45 from central Berlin


Stefan, despite having grown up as a city kid, had always dreamed of a countryside escape, somewhere he could run a farm and live off the land. Once a Berlin bar owner, architect Stefan has now successfully transitioned into the role of countryman with an impressive farm to his name. Birchtree farmhouse is sublime; a real bolthole near the Polish border in the northern Uckermark that offers the perfect escape from hectic city life. When Stefan came across the abandoned farmhouse, its barns were still full of troughs for animal feed, plants had grown through the stables and the living quarters were a bit worse-for-wear. 

Stefan saw through all of this, which is lucky for us, as he transformed the buildings into hyper-modern, open houses that still contain nods to the buildings’ former lives. Much of the furniture, such as beds and dining tables, has been made using wood from the area that would have otherwise been used for firewood. Each of the two houses has a huge open living space, complete with a wood-burning fire and a huge kitchen, perfect for cooking up feasts. But the pièce de résistance is the garden sauna, with its sprawling terrace and huge glass windows. This is the dictionary definition of the perfect group getaway.


I fell in love because...
  • The garden is beautiful; full of birch trees, plus there’s a vegetable garden. Drinking coffee outside in the morning is such bliss
  • Stefan is renovating the entire farm bit by bit in order to make each corner unique, and to ensure he can build in the most sustainable way possible
You must...
  • Spend time in the garden; it’s a beautiful space with lots of hidden corners - discover the geese, the vegetable garden and the pond. Sometimes there are sheep, sometimes bees, there is always the guarantee of relaxation
  • If you’re able, book yourself a longer stay and work from here; our creativity and concentration went through the roof 
You might dislike...
  • A car makes it easier to get here and explore the area (there is a train station, but the line is currently under construction), though if you do arrive with public transport, bring your bike and explore that way!
  • While each house has its own private terrace area, you might share the sauna and other parts of the garden with the other guests
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Introducing Stefan! 

“I fell in love with this area as soon as the train pulled into the station; the nature is incredible and there is so much potential for Birchtree Farmhouse - I’m so excited for what’s to come, and excited to share the space with guests.”

He loves…

“There are so many things! But one is that when restoring the buildings, we removed the plaster and found Ice Age field rock, which is typical of the area, but often hidden away. We’ve let it stay on view to shine!” 

Stefan’s insider tips 

  • Plan your trip for when thousands of cranes and other migratory birds flock overhead and stop to sleep in the area. The storks arrive in March/April to build their nests
  • You’re surrounded by forests and lakes; there’s nothing better than a long walk to one of many secluded bathing spots (Waldsee near Damitzow, for example, is rarely visited even in midsummer)
  • Spend a long evening going in and out of the sauna, while simultaneously gazing at the stars
  • Stay with a group of friends, and spend summer evenings with beers and a barbecue in the garden

What people
are saying.

“Beautifully restored old Uckermark courtyard. Perfect for vacation and work.”


“Simply great! The Birchtree Farmhouse invites you to relax and slow down. Stefan is super nice and an uncomplicated host with a love for detail.”


The essentials.

  • Sleeping arrangements: There are two houses - the farmhouse which sleeps up to 8 and the barn which sleeps up to 6. Additionally, there’s a Dacha in the garden (no bathroom or kitchen) which sleeps up to four in two separate rooms that can be booked in addition to either of the houses.
  • Bathroom set up: Both houses have bathrooms, one with a bathtub and one with a walk-in shower.
  • Food: Both houses have huge, fully-equipped kitchens complete with salt, pepper, oil, tea and coffee. Depending on the day or season, you can feast on fresh eggs, fruits or veggies from the garden. There are some restaurants and supermarkets a short drive away.
  • For families: Families are more than welcome, but due to the open staircases, those with tiny kids will have to keep an extra eye on them.
  • On-site equipment: The houses are full of everything you could possibly need.
  • Optional extras: The garden sauna can be booked for a small fee. Be sure to request in advance, as it can take 2-3 hours to heat up properly.
  • Help: Stefan can be reached by email or phone, and a team member lives in the village if you need help.
  • Remember to pack: Binoculars to check out the birds and swimming things for the local lakes!
  • Pets: On request.
  • Sustainability: The houses, and whole farm, are incredibly sustainable, and they produce more energy than is generated than consumed, which is temporarily stored in a battery for the night. Excess electricity is fed into the grid and guests can charge their electric cars for free during the day. Heating is exclusive from wood from their own forest, and shower water is prepared with this regenerative energy. Wall heating is used and walls are plastered with clay to store heat, plus during the renovation only used durable and sustainable materials were used.


Birchtree Farmhouse is located Petershagen, close to Casekow, northern Brandenburg, a stone’s throw from both the Polish border and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. 

You can easily drive, and there’s street parking available nearby. 

The closest station is Petershagen, which can be reached either by direct train from Berlin or from Angermünde (a station that has direct connections from Berlin). Currently (mid-2022) this last stretch of track is undergoing construction, and a bus sometimes needs to be taken from Angermünde.


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