Gutshaus Groß Toitin are two luxury holiday rentals on a country estate from the 19th century with 270 degrees of open views.
How would you describe Re:hof Rutenberg in a nutshell?
Re:hof Rutenberg offers seven modern holiday rentals in Brandenburg, Germany. Here we realized our dream to create an unusual holiday stay garnered from our years of aesthetic experiences in the Dutch Art world. With the transformation of this vicarage into ‘Re:hof Rutenberg’ we offer the kind of holiday in the countryside which we ourselves alway looked for, but rarely found.
We are taking things back to basics: ‘What does Man need to be happy?’ With this question in mind we have developed our farmstead and it gave it its name Re:hof. Re: in the sense of renewal, bringing the history of the property as a former farmhouse into modern life.
Please tell us about Re:hof’s architecture and design.
The interior design and architecture share the basic simplicity of the idea on which the whole design of the property was based on. We wanted the house to reflect a sense of sustainability. Our guests can rediscover the simplicity of life with the added luxury of enjoying it in comfort.
We wanted to keep the original details of the buildings and add contemporary elements. The beams of the stable were kept exposed and we added modern furniture to complement the warmth of the traditional materials. In some cases we decided against setting up new walls but instead used glass to separate the rooms in the individual apartments, so that from one kitchen guests can look into the other room through the glass. Some of the bathrooms have translucent glass walls as well.
We came up with the main concept that Re:hof Rutenberg is based on and then asked the architect Peter Grundmann to go on from there. One of the houses was designed entirely by him and turned out to be my favorite one.
What kind of guests would enjoy the place and who might not enjoy it as much?
If you love architecture in the midst of an old wild garden, with forests directly accessible from our premises and several lakes in a walking distance this is the place to be. If you want your car parked right next to the house or a TV in your room, Re:hof is not the right place to be. What we have at Re:hof Rutenberg is a type of luxury that is quite different from big hotels.
One thing that might be challenging to some of our guests are the compost toilets in the garden houses. They have very little in common with the outhouses of yesteryear. Modern designs have made them very functional, and without any odour. They contribute towards sustainability, saving a lot of drinking water as well as doing without the energy-intensive treatment of waste water.
Yet there are many people who cherish living with slow WiFi and without TV during their holidays and therefore really enjoy their stay at Re:hof Rutenberg.
To you personally, what’s so special about staying at Re:hof Rutenberg?
It feels authentic to be here. Our guests enjoy the organic atmosphere and the overall design, which looks like something that’s always been this way and is not contrived. It gives people the possibility to connect, which is something that really speaks to them.
Please tell us about the food.
There is a little farm shop offering a range organic products, local products and fine organic German and Italian wines.
For a good breakfast we offer fresh bread rolls every day, as well as eggs from local farmers and homemade jams, juices, muesli and gluten-free products.