The Waterman’s Cabin

Reviewed by Emily McDonnell

Scandinavian-inspired black-wood cabin with bright interiors and a huge garden, a stone’s throw from a 12km-sandy beach

From €179


Finding your dream house on Google Earth sounds a little far-fetched, but that’s exactly what happened to self-confessed water-obsessive Hennrik, owner of The Waterman’s Cabin. After years of kitesurfing along the area’s striking sandy beaches, Hennrik was determined to find a house in the area. Within hours of discovering the dilapidated 1960s house via an aerial map, the deal was done. He worked closely with architect Julia Gustafsson, who loved Hennrik’s vision for a minimalist, black-wood cabin that highlighted the area’s striking nature. 

The result is astounding: a sleek, bright space, with huge windows that frame the unspoilt-meadows outside. The is minimalist design is warm and inviting, perfect for groups of friends and families looking to escape to the country. A few days here, filled with grilling in the garden, long-walks on the beach, and experimenting will kite surfing, will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.


I fell in love because...
  • The cabin’s interiors are simply stunning: minimalist, stylish, homely
  • Showcasing nature is central to the design, and so the numerous windows and doors look out over unspoilt meadows
You must...
  • Sankt Peter-Ording is the only seaside town in Germany with a sulphur spa, it’s definitely worth trying
  • Buy some local produce from the town, and have a BBQ on the expansive terrace while soaking up the view
You might dislike...
  • There’s a public golf course next to the house, but it never gets too busy
  • You’re not directly on the coast: the expansive beach is a 5-minute drive away
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Introducing Hinnerk! 

“Yes, the house was completely run-down with no style when I found it, but I still can’t believe they sold it to me for that price: this is the best location ever!”

He loves…

“I wanted the house to be full of positive energy and laughter. I love that the space is open and inclusive, and perfect for groups to hang out together.” 

Hinnerk’s insider tips 

  • This is the place to try kite and windsurfing whether you’re a beginner or a professional. Either head to Sankt Peter’s-Ording or Böhl. For those who’d rather watch, the Multivan Kitesurf Masters is held here in the summer
  • Take a walk along the huuuuuuge beach, and have a glass of white wine in one of the famous beach bars (try Strandbar 54° Nord). It’s also worth exploring the sand dunes and  salt meadows
  • Just chill: The house is designed to immerse you in nature, so make sure you soak it up!
  • Active types should take long bike rides to explore the region, plus the golf course is also great, too

What people
are saying.

“A dream house with a lot of love for detail, fantastic views and relaxed flair.”


The essentials.

  • Sleeping arrangements: There are three bedrooms.
  • Bathroom set up: There are two shower-only bathrooms, plus an extra outdoor shower (with warm water) overlooking the meadows.
  • Food: There’s a fully-equipped kitchen, a large dining area and a BBQ.  In the village, there are numerous shops and restaurants.
  • For families: Kids are more than welcome here, and can run free in the expansive garden.
  • On-site equipment: The house is packed full of goodies, including garden loungers, a Nespresso machine, milk frother, mocha master, coffee machine, soda streamer, waffle iron, and a bicycle shed.
  • Optional extras: Every guest is welcomed, and then you can ask for help with activity bookings.
  • Help: The guest team is on hand to help throughout your stay, and is reachable via phone.
  • Remember to pack: Your beach stuff!
  • Pets: Up to two pets are allowed (request when booking).
  • Sustainability: The house was renovated in association with an architect, who designed the cabin to be as eco-friendly as possible.


The Waterman’s House is located just inland from the tiny seaside town of Sankt Peters-Ording.

From central Berlin, you can drive here in just under 5 hours.

You can arrive by train pretty easily, and takes 6 hours from Berlin. You change twice, once in Hamburg and once in Husum.


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