Re:hof Rutenberg

  • Location: Countryside
    Crystal clear swimming lake: 5 mins walk
    Restaurants and shops in Lychen: 5km (10 mins drive)
    Numerous beautiful lakes: 10 - 20 mins drive
  • Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL): 110km (1h 40 mins drive)
    Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF): 130km (1h 50 mins drive)
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Going back to basics is the philosophy, enjoy the beautiful nature, pick an apple or make a fire.
Discover the beautiful landscape of Brandenburg, go for a walk and swim in the many lakes.
One of the clearest lakes in this region with small sandy beach is a five minute walk away.
There is a little shop offering seasonal vegetables from the garden and organic produce from local farms.

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An introduction to Re:hof Rutenberg

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.

Summer House Salix
Summer House Salix
Summer House Salix
Re:hof Rutenberg
The stables
The stables
Sauna
Sauna and garden
Uckermark
Uckermark

Re:hof Rutenberg rooms & rates

At Re:hof Rutenberg there are several buildings. We have three newly built, wooden garden houses with clay walls, which are situated at the edge of the property, facing wide-open fields and the forest. Each of them has a different layout and design but they are all open-plan with kitchens and separate bathrooms. They were designed for two guests but it’s possible to accommodate up to three people.

Another building is the old stable, which has been turned into three luxurious loft apartments. The vicarage itself has two bedrooms with a big kitchen and living room. Each room has high ceilings, big windows and direct access to the outdoors.

There is a small honesty shop that is always open where we offer fresh rolls. When there are groups, we offer catering and the big barn is a perfect location for gatherings, small seminars, cultural events and weddings. In the saison our garden is available for guests to harvest from.

  • Stable North for 2-5 people / 65 m²
    115 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Stable North features a six-metre high space with a mezzanine level to sleep on, with big balcony doors and natural clay walls. Here, you can lounge in a hammock between the beams, brush your teeth with a view of a twelfth-century church and enjoy a long sleep in the 2x2m bed. A wholesome meal with vegetables from the organic garden can be prepared in the well-equipped kitchen.

  • Stable West for 2-3 people / 40 m²
    95 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Thanks to its clear layout, Stable West emits a pleasant serenity. Large milky glass walls immerse the bathroom in a subdued light. At night it transforms into a light object. There is a mezzanine to sleep on and on clear nights you can watch the stars from your bed.

  • Stable South for 2-4 people / 44 m²
    105 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Stable South has a large sunny balcony with a splendid view over the fields. When it rains you can nestle into one of the two ‘egg-chairs’ hanging from the beams. This apartment has a second sleeping space in a cosy box-bed with a small window.

  • Summer House Salix for 2-3 people / 46 m²
    125 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Summer house Salix takes its name from the willows that surrounds it. All the house’s functions are contained in glass cubes that come off the central room and at the same time serve as windows. When you cook you stand before a 4m-wide panorama window with a view of the paddocks. You can ‘hover’ in the bed-cube outside the house where the sun sets behind the woods and shower in the bath-cube enclosed by glass panes between the boughs of cherry trees.

    Please note: When it gets very cold in the winter, the house is only for the adventurous. It is heated with a wood oven and although it is well insulated, it cools down at night.

  • Summer House Lupulus for 2-3 people / 33 m²
    125 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Summer house Lupulus is located behind the old stone wall right on the edge of the property. Beyond it are only fields and forests. If you’re lucky, you can see deer, wild boar or foxes from your bed through the large panorama window. In the bathroom you can open the glass door and shower in the morning sun. Even the kitchen counter continues directly outside. The house stands in the shadow of two large oaks but the terrace receives direct sunlight all day long from the south.

    Please note: When it gets very cold in the winter, the house is only for the adventurous. It is heated with a wood oven and although it is well insulated, it cools down at night.

  • Summer House Spinosa for 2-3 people / 40 m²
    125 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The outside of Summer house Spinosa consists of black-charred boards, an old Japanese method of preserving wood (shou-sugu-ban). It is built over a corner and opens onto a large sun terrace to the south. To the north the house looks onto the Re:hof’s other grounds. Both the living and sleeping quarters can be completely opened up with large glass doors. A house for fans of fresh air and sun worshippers.

    Please note: When it gets very cold in the winter, the house is only for the adventurous. It is heated with a wood oven and although it is well insulated, it cools down at night.

  • The Old Vicarage for 2-6 people / 74 m²
    125 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Old Vicarage is a spacious apartment with two separate bedrooms. From the large living room you can step directly onto a lovely porch with a wonderful view of the vegetable garden. The old lime trees in front of the house offer pleasant shade in the summer and in spring emit a captivating perfume. In the late afternoon you can sit here and watch the sun set. A holiday apartment for families with children and winter guests. All rooms have clay walls with wall-heating.

Included in the rates
Rates include bed sheets, (kitchen) towels and kitchen herbs.
Optional extras
There is a sauna available at EUR 9 per use.
Extra charges payable at the property
There is a tourist tax payable at the property. From April to November it is €1,50 per person, from December to March it is €1 per person. Children up to 16 years old don’t pay.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Cots for babies up to 2 years old: EUR 10 per night. Extra beds for children and adults: EUR 15 per night.
Minimum stay
3 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Closed early January to beginning of April

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Sauna
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Central heating
  • Business facilities
  • Hair dryer

The atmosphere at Re:hof Rutenberg is all about going back to basics. For example, if you are cold, you can build a fire and if you like you can chop the wood yourself. Depending on the time of year, you can go out and eat directly from the garden.

Simple things like these offer a connection back to nature and the simpler things in life. People can get addicted to their smart phones and television, but when they are here, they take a step back and find they don’t really miss all of that but instead are happy to disconnect.

Our philosophy is to give our guests modern comforts but in a simpler setting that resembles a slower way of life from hundreds of years ago. Our grass isn’t perfectly mowed, there are no signs telling people to stay on the footpaths, rather our guests can go wherever they want and explore.

Things to do in Uckermark & Lychen

  • Massages / Treatments
  • Cycling
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

Most of our holiday guests really take advantage of the beautiful natural environment that surrounds us. There is a lake that’s only about a 5 to 10-minute walk from the property, and many other lakes to enjoy. The water activities are a big draw and guests often take canoes and kayaks out onto the lakes.

There are also really nice bike paths along the main streets that continue into the forests. Other than that, people mostly like to just hang out at the apartments or garden houses and relax.

There’s a really special restaurant about 10 mins away that I recommend to guests, and there are others further away, requiring a car. Even though Lychen is quite remote, it is not a culinary desert.

The location of Re:hof Rutenberg

Re:hof Rutenberg is located in Lychen, a small village in Germany’s northeast, about one and a half hours from Berlin, right at the edge of a huge forest and the national park of Müritz. With only about 4,000 people living there it is the ideal place for a remote holiday retreat. The people living here are all very nice, were interested in our project right from the start and very accepting of it.

I really like the landscape, the forests, and all the open fields, which aren’t used in an agriculturally but instead are abandoned fields full of flowers in the spring. There are also a lot of lakes in the region of Uckermark.

Especially when coming from a big city, this area of Germany and especially the state of Brandenburg offer a true revelation with its peace and quiet. It is not at all crowded here and you can walk and walk and never see anybody.

When is the best time to visit Uckermark?

Generally for a visit to Germany, late spring to June is probably the best time, as is autumn. People think the hottest days are in July and August, but that is not quite true. During these months it can get hot, but there are also a lot of rainy days.