Uckermark Villa

Reviewed by Emily McDonnell

A stunning 20th century villa at the heart of the Uckermark region, with an expansive garden and carefully curated interiors

Type:
Self-catering house
Costs:
From €320

What?

Every room at Uckermark Villa is a delight: from the forest green splashes in the master bedroom and bright wallpaper and vintage leather armchairs in the living room, to the intricately tiled floors in the bathroom and deep blue kitchen with its standalone cooking island. Owners Daniela and Martin fell in love with the Uckermark, in Brandenburg’s north, a place famous for its lakes and unspoilt landscapes, after visiting friends. On the way home, they discussed buying a place in the area that they could transform into a warm, welcoming space where others could visit and switch off surrounded by stylish interiors and creature comforts.

When they found this villa they saw tons of potential (through their daughters said they had a lot of imagination...), and after four years of remodelling, Uckermark Villa (aka, Ville Auguste) was ready. The house had originally been built by a Berlin businessman as a place he could easily reach by train where he could enjoy the countryside. During the process of renovation, Daniela and Martin began daydreaming, imagining that perhaps this businessman built it as a residence for his young mistress, who they nicknamed Auguste. The elegant playfulness of the owners is apparent throughout the property, and whether you decide to visit with your mistress(!) - or partner - or with friends and family, you’ll struggle to not love it here.

Why?

I fell in love because...
  • The interiors are incredibly well put together; there are bold colours paired with Victorian decor and modern design pieces
  • Whatever the season, the surrounding region is beautiful and the landscaped garden is a testament to that
You must...
  • Start your day in the garden in one of the Fatboys (hammock or beanbag) with a strong cup of coffee: keep your eyes out for deers or rabbits who run through the grounds
  • Take a stroll through the Norduckermärkische Seenlandschaft, an area known for its incredible natural beauty
You might dislike...
  • The house can only be booked in its entirety, even if you're travelling in a smaller group
  • The floors in the house are a little delicate, so shoes cannot be worn inside
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Villa Auguste

Who?

Introducing Martin and Daniela! 

“We really like old houses, particularly from the beginning of the 20th century. We had really fallen in love with the Uckermark in 2015 after visiting some of our friends, and we were just exploring our options when the villa become available for purchase.”

They love…

“We wanted to create a stylish place where friends and family could come together to sit around a large table to enjoy meals, laughter and stories; I think we’ve done that!”

Martin and Daniela’s insider tips 

  • Swim in one of the lakes! We have managed to get a season pass for guests to use the bathing area at ​​Sternhagener See (max 4 people from the house at once), alternatively head to Pinnow See.
  • Curl up in front of the wood-burning fire with a book and a glass of wine, and listen to the fire crackle.
  • It’s worth taking an afternoon trip to Boitzenburg with its castle, monastery ruins and old water mill.
  • Climb the tower at St. Mary's Church in Prenzlau, from where you get a great view.

What people
are saying.

"it was a completely relaxing short holiday; the Uckermark is definitely the most beautiful area around Berlin."

"All I can say about the house is it's great! You immediately feel at home."

The essentials.

  • Sleeping arrangements: There are four double bedrooms (two are 200cm and two are 160cm). Two extra single beds for kids can be set up on request. 
  • Bathroom set up: Two of the three bedrooms upstairs share one bathroom with a shower, the third one has en-suite bathroom with a freestanding bathtub. The bedroom on ground floor has an ensuite shower bathroom. There is an extra powder room on the ground floor, as well.
  • Food: The kitchen here is spectacular (gas stove and electric oven) and there is a huge range of gadgets which to experiment with - for instance, there’s a Raclette machine and waffle maker. The kitchen is also stocked with plenty of spices, oils and vinegars, as well as salt, pepper and the basics. There’s a BBQ in the garden, too. A number of supermarkets are nearby, as are a few restaurants and cafes.
  • For families: Families are more than welcome, but parents should note that as the house is over 100 years old, there are a few features that mean very young children should not be left unsupervised, such as low windows upstairs that are unable to lock.
  • On-site equipment: There’s a yoga basket with two yoga mats, blocks and belts, as well as a selection of books.
  • Optional extras: If you want to play board games, let Martin and Daniela know and they can leave them out for you.
  • Help: Martin and Daniela are available via phone should you need them. 
  • Remember to pack: Toiletries, slippers/house shoes and speakers.
  • Pets: One dog is allowed per booking and costs €10 per night, as well as an additional end-of-stay cleaning fee (€50). Note that the large garden isn’t fenced, meaning deers and rabbits roam freely.
  • Sustainability: During the renovation, an entirely new heating system was installed that heats the house in an environmentally friendly way. The fireplace uses wood from the garden and there’s a closed compost box in the garden for organic waste.

Where?

Uckermark Villa is located in the northern Uckermark region of Brandenburg. 

You can easily drive, and it takes around 1h 15 from central Berlin. 

Arriving by public transport is possible, but perhaps note that buses only run during the week and not after 5/6pm. Catch the train to Templin Stadt from Oranienburg, from where you need to get the 502 bus towards Prenzlau. Get off at Linderhagen, and from here it’s a 10-minute walk.

How?

Mention The Staycation Collection when booking and get a gift to say thank you!


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