Old School Brandenburg

Reviewed by Emily McDonnell

A stunningly-renovated 1920s schoolhouse with eclectic interiors, hidden at the edge of a picturesque Brandenburg-village

Self-catering rental
From €95


Weekends are for escapism, and The Old School couldn’t be a better example of how to do this in style. Owner Corinna bought the house in 2017, and spent 2 years renovating it herself, ensuring everything was just right. The result is sublime: exposed wooden beams, splashes of colour, an upright piano, Danish-design pieces and mismatched furniture, some of which was built by her Grandfather.

Come with friends, come with your family, or come with your significant other, but whoever you’re with, you’re guaranteed a good time. The most difficult question is simply what to do first: Explore the unspoilt forest on your doorstep? Take the rowing boat or the stand-up paddle boards out on the lake? Or simply succumb to the house, and kick-back in the garden toasting marshmallows? What isn’t questionable, is just how striking this red-brick, former schoolhouse is, it’s somewhere you’ll be back to more than once!


I fell in love because...
  • There’s incredible attention to detail: from splashes of colour to  hung dried flowers
  • This is the perfect place to celebrate: a birthday, a bachelorette, or simply just because
You must...
  • Take to the water in the rowboat or with the standup-paddle boards
  • Hang out in the garden: collect fresh eggs from the resident chickens for breakfast, then - in the evening - set up the outdoor cinema and laze in the hammock by the fire pit
You might dislike...
  • It’s quite difficult to get to with public transport
  • There’s no central heating, but there is an indoor fireplace to keep things cosy
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Introducing Corinna!

“The Old School was designed to be the perfect countryside getaway.”

She loves…

“Close by is the cutest little place, insl.de, which is a MUST visit! You walk along the lake to a footbridge where there is a gong. When rung, a boat comes to pick you up and takes you to a tiny island. Here you find an idyllic garden and restaurant with a waterside terrace - the food is delicious. I could stay all day.”

Corinna’s insider tips:

  • Make the most of The Old School’s yoga studio, before cooking up a feast on the bbq: you can get some great local produce from the market (10-minutes by car)
  • Visit the unexplained mummified Christian Friedrich von Kahlbutz (even the Charité couldn’t explain it!). According to local legend, when accused in court of murdering a local shepherd, he swore: “If I am the murderer, then God willing, let my body not rot” …!
  • Between May and September, the Waldkino Kryritz has a programme packed full of workshops, talks, and - of course - movies
  • An authentic visit to Brandenburg wouldn’t be complete without a German spa session! Head to the Resort Mark Brandenburg for relaxation in the form of massage and saunas

What people
are saying.

“We felt so contented, and The Old School is filled with small details that made the stay even more beautiful. We will be back.”

— Sun

“Corinna's house is a dream. It is wonderfully - and very tastefully - decorated with a stylish mix of vintage, modern and classic design touches.”

— Michael

The essentials.

  • Sleeping arrangements: The house can be booked for 2-9 people, and there are 4 bedrooms: 3 doubles and 1 twin (one of the double rooms has a sofa bed, too). When booked for a couple or smaller groups, extra bedrooms are blocked off.
  • Bathroom set up: The Old School has 2 bathrooms, both with showers (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and hand soap are provided).
  • Food: The fully-equipped kitchen comes complete with a waffle iron and raclette grill, as well as with basic ingredients (salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, tea), there’s also a BBQ and fire pit in the garden. There are supermarkets a 10-minute drive away.
  • For families: Kids are more than welcome, and you’ll find books, games and an inflatable kids pool, as well as 2 high chairs and 2 travel beds (extra cost).
  • On-site equipment: You’re spoilt for choice with books, games, a yoga room (with equipment), DVDs, Netflix, a projector and a polaroid camera for indoor adventures, and binoculars, a fire bowl, a hammock, 2 stand-up paddle boards, picnic baskets, and a rowing boat for outdoor adventures. There’s also a washing machine and dryer, a hairdryer, towels and an iron should you need them.
  • Optional extras: You can book a yoga session, craft workshop or cooking course to take place the house during your stay, just ask Corinna to organise it for you.
  • Help: Corinna might not always be around, but she is always on-hand via her mobile.
  • Remember to pack: slippers or fluffy socks, coffee, a laptop (to use the projector; HDMI connection), polaroid film if you want to use the camera, charcoal for the BBQ, towels for if you swim in the lake.
  • Pets: You’re more than welcome to bring your four-legged friends!
  • Sustainability: The house was renovated using as much of the old material as possible, and all toiletries and cleaning products are sustainably produced.


The Old School is located in Sechzehneichen, Brandenburg, a village of just 60 people, surrounded by forest and lakes.

It’s a 1.5-hour drive from Berlin.

You could take public transport, but it’s pretty awkward. The best stations to arrive to would be Kyritz or Neustadt (Dosse), but, from these, you’d have to take buses to The Old School and they only come a few times a day.


The Old School is a premium property! This means that - when you quote The Staycation Collection whilst booking - you’ll get a free gift on arrival!
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