Gut Üselitz is a landmark protected Renaissance manor situated in the south of the island of Rügen. The manor houses seven holiday apartments and is surrounded by water on all sides.
How would you describe Rügen Beach House in a nutshell?
The beach house is a dream come true for us. We’ve been traveling the world for more than 20 years and were always looking for places with a natural beauty and genuine character, and we found that very difficult to find. We discovered the ‘Ostsee’ in Germany five years ago and we realized such a project ourselves, opening our doors to people who are looking for the same. It’s natural beauty in a very relaxing environment.
Please tell us a bit about the architecture of your holiday home.
The beach house looks contemporary but it was actually inspired by two architects who were famous in the 20th century. A Norwegian woman called Wenche Selmer who was always trying to match modern architecture with the natural environment. The other architect was American — Robert Venturi — who built with the same ideas.
How would you describe the atmosphere inside the beach house?
The house is built completely out of wood and has very good natural fiber insulation and under-floor heating, so even in winter the house is cozy. The windows are modern Scandinavian, and the climate in the house is very comfortable, providing cooler temperatures in summer and retaining heat well in winter.
What’s the charm of Rügen island?
Rügen is a very diverse island. You have all sorts of different natural environments, like big lakes, forests, sandy beaches, and cliffs.
Putbus is a really unique place with all-white houses that were once built by a regional king. There’s also Binz and Sellin which have wonderful seafront buildings and restaurants. Both offer a lot of holiday activities. Then there are smaller places like the various harbours which are like little quiet fishing villages.