Trainmaster’s House

Reviewed by Emily McDonnell

Former train station transformed into a cosy modern apartment with mismatched interiors and a roof-top terrace overlooking treetops

Type:
Self-catering apartment
Costs:
From €75

What?

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 bright apartment, accessed through the turret-style entrance, is 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 apartment’s atmosphere, the sprawling forest, and Gero and Lisa’s welcome. I know I’ll be back.

Why?

I fell in love because...
  • The energy of the property is oh-so calming and restorative 
  • The decor in the apartment is beautiful: I love the muted colours, landscape photos and dried flowers that bring the natural world inside
You must...
  • Move the garden table and chairs into the small glade behind the house to soak up the setting sun while having an evening picnic
  • Walk to the small forest lake (Grünefelder See) for a dip, the waters are crystal clear
You might dislike...
  • There are no supermarkets or restaurants within walking distance (but there is a bakery)
  • There’s are two adjoining flats (soon to become holiday apartments), and you can sometimes hear people walking around above you
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Who?

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.”

They love…

“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 

  • Take a walk through the forest behind the house: there’s an open space with a hidden pond/marsh amongst the new fir trees - when the sun shines it’s the perfect place for a picnic
  • Take a loop, walking from small organic farmshop to farmshop: start with the goat's cheese producer, then go to collect milk, then pick up eggs (we can show you where to go on a map!)
  • Hang around at the house! We can show you the coffee roastery, or you can sit in the garden or laze on the private roof terrace
  • If you want to venture further afield, we love the lakes in the north, especially in Alt Ruppin

What people
are saying.

“Very nice apartment, exceptional hosts, great location. What can I say. We'll be back!”

Mats

“Beautiful house, the apartment is furnished with a lot of love. The forest that borders the property offers a holiday atmosphere. I will definitely be back !!”

Sophia

The essentials.

  • Sleeping arrangements: There’s a double bed, plus a day bed in the living room which can sleep two.
  • Bathroom set up: The bathroom has a bathtub with an overhead shower and the toilet is separate.
  • Food: There’s a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with basics such as salt, pepper, oil and tea. There's a bakery in the village where you can buy Brötchen from Tuesday to Saturday morning (walking distance). The nearest supermarket and restaurants are a short drive away. 
  • For families: The apartment is good for families. There’s a day bed in the living room for older kids, and a highchair can be provided on request, as well as some books and games. Do note that you have to climb a staircase to enter the apartment and to access the roof terrace. 
  • On-site equipment: There’s a small selection of books in the apartment.
  • Help: Gero and Lisa live on-site in a separate house with their two children and are available should you need them.
  • Remember to pack: House shoes and beach towels (perhaps a picnic blanket).
  • Pets: Not allowed.
  • Sustainability: The old train station has been renovated with sustainability in mind, and a lot of the furniture is vintage.

Where?

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.

How?

Trainmaster's House is a premium property! This means that you get a gift of freshly ground coffee on arrival.
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