Tradition blended with modernity

Old building materials modernized

Our guest house, a former rural property, is about 250 years old. Consisting of two halves built at that time by two brothers, its architectural style is typical of the Rhine-Main region and provides the ideal basis for our accommodation.
In 2011, within a six-month period, we completely renovated and modernized the second half; all related work was consistent with the principle of sustainability. Thus, the house not only conforms to modern standards but is also built with environmentally-friendly materials and offers a perfect environment for healthy living.
In addition to the exposure of the old building materials and the extensive use of clay (loam, mud) and other natural materials and paints, historical building materials (windows, doors, bricks) have been reused. The heating of the apartment is thermostatically controlled by clay wall heaters in the outer walls, which are thus optimally insulated.
In recent years, the value of clay as a building material has been increasingly recognised, while seminars and international conferences have increasingly promoted its use and helped disseminate the necessary knowledge. Very recent contributions to the newly constructed Alnatura headquarters in Darmstadt as well as the work of the clay- (loam-, earth-) building architect Martin Rauch emphasize clay’s value and importance in this context.

All in all, in our boarding house, our “loam quarters” and small organic hotel for your individual and furnished temporary accommodation, the exceptional indoor climate guarantees your comfort and well-being.

Terrace, courtyard and garden

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Whether at breakfast, dinner or for an evening drink, enjoy as our guests the different outdoor areas. Enjoy the evening sun on the small roof terrace, the shade in the green and flowery courtyard or the neat ambience of our natural garden with its various seating areas.

Outside are two wooden sculptures created by the local sculptor Thomas Weiterschan (please see below).

Are you curious now? Please step inside and have a look around. The 360-degree view shows what awaits you:

Outside scuptures

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The gallery around the courtyard was built in 2012, with a supporting corner post in front of the courtyard entrance as a central element. From the beginning, our idea was to adorn the upper end of this post with some work of art, something made of metal, clay, or some other material. Thus we kept our eyes open in search of something suitable.

At a craft market we met Thomas Weiterschan, a local wood sculptor, and invited him to look at the beam and to discuss what might be done with it. We agreed fairly quickly about the angel figure in the lower area; the design of the upper end required more creativity.

The now visible facial profile was good, but not good enough; something was missing. That ‘something’, namely a so-called fire remnant from an old brickyard in northern Germany, found during a walk at the north-eastern tip of the Baltic sea, in Holnis, in the north of Schleswig-Holstein, was in our garden. Due to excessive heat, such fire residues are ‘baked’; partially melted and bonded bricks are thus unusable and must be separated out.

This brick remnant could then have formed a kind of crown for the head; finally, though, the variant ‘Rasta hairstyle’ was chosen. Angel and Rasta-Man were created in 2014.

Rasta Man
Rasta Man

Building and renovation: recommended link

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  1. Network of the European loam specialists: => Earth Build Europe