Üselitz Manor

Reviewed by Emily McDonnell

Modern farmhouse-inspired apartments in a 16th-century, secluded manor hidden on the island of Rügen

Type:
Self-catering apartments
Costs:
From €80
Sleeps:
7 apartment for 2-6
Where?
Rügen, 3.5 hours from Berlin

What?

Thanks to Astrid’s years of TLC, this stunning 16th century manor house in the south of the island of Rügen, close to the Hanseatic town of Stralsund, has been restored to its former grandeur. On the approach, the striking white build stands proudly amongst the greenery.  It's a remote and idyllic place surrounded by parkland and water that are visited by all kinds of birds. Geese, grey herons, great egrets and ducks, plus cranes stop here every spring and autumn. In the morning the deer come to the house, approaching through the ancient fruit and nut trees.

Just thinking of the surroundings is enough to make you feel at peace, but inside the manor, you’re treated to modern, bright apartments, with simple furnishings and hand-picked antiques, old books and little peculiarities. Each is spacious, and comes complete with a sleek kitchen and spoiling marble bathtub. It’s hard to believe that, just a few years ago, the building was a total ruin. But perhaps better still is that each apartment has its own view of the ground and water; the manor is, in fact, at the heart of the shallow seawater bay that is the “Üselitzer Wiek”.

Why?

I fell in love because...
  • The location is incredibly restful and restorative; looking out of the window and seeing just nature really is a luxury
  • The apartments are simple-yet-modern, reflecting the beautiful simplicity of the region
You must...
  • Explore the grounds, watching out for geese, herons and cranes
  • Visit the natural beach in Gustow and the “gelbes Ufer” beach in Zudar
You might dislike...
  • There aren’t many restaurants in the area, but there are dozens on farm shops a short drive away selling yummy local produce
  • Getting here with public transport is particularly difficult
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Who?

Introducing Astrid!

“For a few years we had been looking for a building that was historically and architecturally interesting, and also in a pristine landscape. What we found was this renaissance ruin in the middle of nowhere.” 

She loves…

“Each room has a breathtaking view of the landscape and the surrounding water.”

Astrid’s insider tips 

  • Bring binoculars and watch the world go by! The remoteness really allows you to switch off and unwind
  • There are some stunning sandy beaches nearby: I love the ones at Binz, Baabe, Seelin, Göhren, and Thiessow
  • Bring (or rent) bikes, and take the time to leisurely cycle through Rügen’s unique landscape. Alternatively, explore by horseback!
  • Every year in March/April, Rügen plays host to the spring festival of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival; it’s a lot of fun and worth booking ahead

What people
are saying.

"A dream."

Elliot

"A unique hideaway in the middle of nature."

Stefan

The essentials.

  • Sleeping arrangements: There are seven apartments; two are studios sleeping 2 people plus a small child, two sleep 2-4 people in a double bedroom and on a sofa bed, and three sleep 4-6 plus a small child in two double bedrooms and on a sofa bed.  
  • Bathroom set up: The larger apartments for 4-6 have two bathrooms, and the rest have one bathroom. All apartments have a bathtub.
  • Food: All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, and there are a few restaurants, supermarkets and farm shops a short drive away.
  • For families: Island Manor is perfect for families of different sizes, and kids are welcome in each apartment. Apart from that, the park is open to all tenants and invites you to play, run and picnic.
  • On-site equipment: There are books in the apartments.
  • Optional extras: The team can help you arrange activities such as horse riding or bike hire should you need help.
  • Help: Astrid and her team are available via phone should you need anything.
  • Remember to pack: Toiletries, binoculars, rubber boots and possibly a fishing rod for fishing in the bay.
  • Pets: Dogs are welcome for a small fee.
  • Sustainability: Island Manor uses an electrically operated air heat pump that does not cause any CO2 emissions to operate the heating and hot water. The wastewater is cleaned by a plant-based sewage treatment plant directly on the property, and cleaning agents are all biodegradable.

Where?

The Island Farmhouse is located on the southern side of Rügen. 

You can drive from Berlin in around 3 hours. 

Sadly, getting to Rügen with public transport is quite hard.

How?

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