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Review 3345: Bavarian Forest Holidays, Haus Sterr 1

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Review by joegold80 from US

Apartments in adjoining houses in Bayerisch Eisenstein, Germany


When

October 2007, 1 week

Location

Haus Sterr is located in the village of Bayerisch Eisenstein - right on the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. The village itself lies in a valley underneath the region's largest mountain (and skiing area) the Grosse Arber. The property was conveniently close to the main road for access, but traffic noise was non-existent and we were able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountain scenery.

Nearby Amenities

In the village, a small supermarket as well as a drug store, butchers and bakers for groceries were all within walking distance. As well as this, two restaurants were within two minutes of the apartment and even the furthest village restaurant from where we stayed (Poeschl, which was our favorite), was less than a ten minute walk. In addition to this, there were numerous restaurants in surrounding villages (on both sides of the border) that were within easy reach by car. The town of Zwiesel, a little over five miles away offered larger grocery stores and additional restaurants. We'll be going back just to try some of those that we missed out on.

One real stand-out feature for us was the wide variety of food and drink made available by the owners of the apartment. Having arrived late on a Saturday night with no groceries (a huge mistake in Germany, where we found everything to be closed on a Sunday), we found the apartment to be stocked with butter, milk, sugar, tea and coffee, as well rolls and jam for breakfast. On top of this, in the basement, a range of home-made and store bought frozen meals as well as bread, soft drinks, beer and wine, were available to purchase (at rates well beneath those charged in hotel mini-bars!).

The House/Apartment

The apartment had a real homely feel to it - the beds were well appointed, the kitchen superbly well equipped for a vacation rental while the living room had a large screen TV and DVD player (the house offered a wide range of English language DVDs - great for non-German speakers and those who get bored of CNN quickly!). One real surprise was the large separate kitchen - I can't remember the last rental apartment I stayed in in Europe that didn't have a combined kitchen/living room.

There were three apartments in the house (plus two more in a second property bordering where we stayed).

You can view the apartment directly: Haus Sterr 1.

Garden

The patio area was large and newly paved - shared by the all three apartments, but the weather was a little cool while we were there. There was a outside grill that would have been great during the summer.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Plenty of seating throughout the apartment (it slept six and the kitchen had six chairs around the table and plenty of sofa space in the living room).

The furniture was new and comfortable and the whole place was spotlessly clean when we arrived.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The beds were new and comfortable - we slept so well with the clean mountain air. There was just the two of us, so the two bathrooms were plenty! But I would have happily said the same if there had been six of us. The bathrooms themselves were small, but immaculately clean and the fixtures and fittings appeared to be brand new. Liquid soap dispensers in the shower and by the sink were a great touch, meaning there's no problem if you forget your own.

Kitchen

The separate kitchen was fantastic - the one night we stayed in and cooked, it was great not to have the smells of cooking around while we relaxed afterwards. All the equipment was brand new and spotlessly clean, while the plates, glasses and cooking equipment were plentiful, clean and most importantly: undamaged.

Problems or Bonuses

The availability of food and drink to by from the owners was a wonderful touch - especially for two weary travelers. The apartment also had its own guide to the local area which the owners had prepared, giving details on where to go, what to do and so on. That was a great help to have some insider information.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Margaret and Martin (the owners who live on site) were fantastic - unintrusive, but always willing to give hints and tips (especially on where to eat and what to drink). They offered a schnapps tasting evening, which we thoroughly enjoyed and helped choose which of the local stuff to bring back to New York with us.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would recommend this place to anyone - perhaps not the ideal spot for anyone looking for vibrant night life, but as a peaceful vacation spot with plenty variety for R&R, it's perfect. Being slightly off the beaten track, the prices were more than fair and eating out was plain cheap!

Things to do in this area

Poeschl Stueben at the far end of the village close to border crossing had huge menu and great food. Schwellhaeusl is a former woodman's hut, a 45 minute walk through the forest from the apartment - a great reward at the end of the walk and left us well prepared for our more length return journey. Go up to the station - the only one in the world to straddle an international boundary and the glass shop next to it sold some cute souvenirs.

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