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How would you describe Gut Üselitz in a nutshell?
Gut Üselitz is a 16th century Renaissance manor with 7 beautiful vacation apartment rentals. It is located in the south of the island of Rügen, which is in Northeast Germany. As one of the island’s oldest buildings, it has been reconstructed into an elegant estate, which is surrounded entirely by water. All year round the sunsets are reflected in the water as spectacular plays of colour, and are simply the most beautiful sunsets on the entire island.
What was your inspiration to buy and renovate the manor?
We had been looking for a building that was architecturally and historically interesting, and at the same time set in an untouched landscape. What we found is a true Renaissance ruin, with no highway, supermarket, or hospital next to it. We had to start basically from scratch, as there was no electricity or water at the property. That appealed to us.
How would you describe the architecture and interior design?
Everything that was still in its original state had precedence over anything new. There are still pieces of original Renaissance finery which are 500 years old. The new walls that were erected were plastered smoothly, so that the rough texture of the original walls stands out. For example, on the ground floor you can still see the remains of cross vaults, niches, and stucco. The farther up you go in the house, the more modern and modest it becomes.
The decision for a modern treatment for the new elements comes from my husband’s architectural knowledge, since he studied the preservation of historical monuments. His fundamental notion is that one should always be able to tell which parts of an architectural piece were added on later.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Gut Üselitz?
It’s a remote and idyllic place. Each room has a stunning view of the landscape and surrounding water. The outside views are truly fascinating, which is why we kept the interior simple and modern, infused with individual antiques, old books and also small peculiarities. Although there are no televisions here, binoculars are in every room. The apartments are large and spacious, with a maximum sense of space.
To you personally, what is so special about Gut Üselitz?
Gut Üselitz turned out just as we had envisioned. Many of our ideas were turned into reality, and the estate now embodies everything we had hoped for. It’s a beautiful building with high ceilings, surrounded by incredible natural scenery that can be enjoyed from every level of the house.
On three sides we are surrounded by water, and the fields are visited by all kinds of birds. Geese, grey herons, great white egrets, ducks, and cranes all stop here to rest each spring and fall.