Waking up to the sound of the trees blowing through the wind and bird song in the air is how I wish I could start every day, and it’s for this reason - amongst many others - that I fell in love with the Trainmaster’s House, a striking former train station in Havelland. Once a key stop on the line a from Potsdam that connected key military production spaces, the house and train line were decommissioned in the 1990s with the iron from the train tracks being sold. Now, the building has been lovingly transformed by Gero and Lisa into a collection of apartments, their house and a creative space (complete with coffee roastery), perfect to escape to from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
In case you missed the memo about the house’s former life, a huge train engine stands at the entrance welcoming you, and concrete sleepers behind the house show the way the trains used to weave through the forest. The two bright apartments, accessed through the turret-style entrance, are full of treasures, carefully collected and curated to give a modern-but-homely feel while also nodding to the beauty of the nature on your doorstep. I felt instantly relaxed thanks for the combination of the apartments' atmosphere, the sprawling forest, and Gero and Lisa’s welcome. I know I’ll be back.
Introducing Gero and Lisa!
“We wanted to bring people together, and allow them to enjoy the beauty of the landscape while sleeping in a sumptuous space so they would feel restored, creative and inspired.”
“The forest starts behind the house and we love it in every season, whatever the weather: you can see deer, cranes, beaver, racoons and wild boar - look out for their tracks when you take a walk.”
Gero and Lisa’s insider tips
Trainmaster's House is located in Nauen (Havelland).
It's a 40-minute drive from central Berlin, and there's parking on site.
Coming by train is easy; get the direct train from Berlin to Nauen, from where it's a short cycle or bus ride.