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.
We’re located directly at the edge of a nature reserve. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful area.
Rügen Beach House
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
In case of official travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests can cancel a booking up to two days before arrival with a one-time handling fee of €50. Guests can also change a booking to a later date free of additional fees or receive a voucher for the amount paid.
Currently, due to its secluded location, there is no Wifi available
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.
The house has two floors and is very open, so no matter which room you’re in, you get a feeling of the whole house; it’s all intertwined. That’s why the rental feels really big even though it’s only about 135 square meters.
There are three bedrooms with two bathrooms and a sofa in the gallery where additional holiday guests can sleep if the rooms are full. We offer wireless LAN, a DVD player, a sauna, and an open wood fireplace. We paid a lot of attention to the details and offer flexibility in terms of our guests’ needs. Also, no matter which room you’re in, you have a view of the Baltic sea and get lots of light.
Sailing is popular, as is hiking. A lot of people like to see the island on their bicycles. There are bike paths all over Rügen. There are a lot of historical things to see, like the hunting castle in Granitz where you have to walk through Robin Hood-type woods to get to it, or there's Prora, a historical place where Hitler built an incredible holiday resort for thousands of people. It's a bit scary, but it’s interesting to see.
If you want to eat something special or have a beer in a great location, I recommend Moritzburg. It’s a very rustic restaurant that sits on a little hill and overlooks the fjords. When you’re inside, you get a sense of what it might have been like 100 years ago when rich people were sitting there during their holidays.
Just next to our holiday house is a wonderful restaurant that offers herring and other fish. The fish comes directly from the local fishermen. The prices are moderate and the food is really good.
The location of this holiday home is really extraordinary. It’s right by the Baltic coast and gets sun the entire day. Our house is part of the biosphere reserve on Rügen. It’s the highest ranking natural reserve you can have in a country. It means everything is on the highest ecological level. You cannot develop anything that doesn’t fit into those strict regulations. This is something very special.
We’re at the utmost edge of the nature reserve, so we’re surrounded by the Zickerschen Alps. It’s wonderful to go hiking there on the small hills where sheep are grazing. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful area.
There’s a beach less than two kilometers away. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, and it’s not crowded in the high season because tourists usually go to the northeast coast of Rügen.
You can really holiday here all year round. Summer on Rügen is really nice because of the beaches, but they’re more packed at that time. Spring is nice because everything is blossoming and the birds are coming back. It’s very special.
I like autumn because it’s a nice time for hiking. But winter is nice too, as it’s really quiet. It can get cold in the winter, but it’s still very beautiful with the water freezing up and the plants being covered in white crystals.
If you’re in the mood for solitude and quiet, then autumn and winter are the best times. But if you’re seeking a more lively atmosphere, I would recommend going in the summer.
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