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Review 3563: Bavarian Forest Holidays, Haus Sterr (Maria)
Apartments in adjoining houses in Bayerisch Eisenstein, Germany
26 May 2008, 7 days
The apartment is on the first floor of a large house in Bayerisch Eisenstein in the heart of the Bavarian Forest National Park. Bayerisch Eisenstein is a large village. I would imagine that its main industry is tourism but it is certainly not at all "touristy" and is a very attractive and incredibly clean village in a lovely setting. The house is neat, clean and well-organised.
Bayerisch Eisenstein has a small supermarket (6 minutes), quite a few cafes/restaurants (between three and 10 minutes). All walkable. Porschl is the best.
The village is very quiet and peaceful. The house too. Very well-maintained house. We had the whole of the first floor - three bedrooms (one en-suite, one with bunk beds), kitchen/diner, good-sized living room, separate shower room/WC. Think there are two other flats in the building. The owners live on the ground floor. They have two other houses in the village, both close by. All houses are accessible to all residents and offer various different facilities.
Nice small garden/orchard plus paved outside area with permanent barbecue. Shared. No pool.
Furniture/furnishings very good. House very clean. Enough chairs.
Beds comfortable and bedrooms very nice. Disappointingly (and surprisingly) pillows were foam-filled. Two shower rooms, one en suite, and both with WCs. No baths.
Decent sized kitchen. Working surfaces a little small. Good quality crockery, pans and cookware. Lovely glasses. Plenty of basic crockery but the place felt just a little under-provided with cookware, pans, kitchen equipment, jugs, dishes etc.
Problems or Bonuses
GOOD. Website gives the impression that virtually everything has been thought of - and is absolutely right in that! Owners are as helpful as they claim to be. Breakfast and cooking basics are all there. Glasses are lead crystal - local industry - and lovely. Really well-organised for recycling.
BAD. Worst thing was foam-filled pillows. A list of charges for damage/breakages seemed a little penny-pinching and yet, in other respects, the owners are most generous. I rather think that these should be part of the owners' risk - certainly where small everyday matters are concerned e.g. crockery breakages, stains. We hadn't realised that there was no bath - although there is a floor plan on the website (brilliant idea).
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are English but speak good German. It's very good because you pay a daily rate and are not restricted to Saturday to Saturday.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would certainly stay here again. A very good - and not expensive holiday in a lovely village in an excellent apartment with extremely kind and helpful owners. Look at the website (which is excellent).
Things to do in this area
We did mainly walking in the forest (wonderful!) and by the river, swimming at Zwiesel (great) and mini-golf (fiendish). Regen was dull but Zwiesel is better.
The restaurant called Pöschl (10 minutes) is excellent, Grenzwaldhaus (3 minutes) is good although service is slow. We thought the fish resturant (Fischerwirt?) very poor and over-priced. The Grenzglashütte is good for lunch and the baker's in the village makes nice bread and is good for coffee and cake. The Schwellhäusl in the forest (one hour's walk) is very good.
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