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Review 3708: Bavarian Forest Holidays, Haus Peter Sumava

Review by vas97 from Greece

Apartments in adjoining houses in Bayerisch Eisenstein, Germany


25/7/2008, 3 days


Bayerisch Eisenstein, Bavaria, Germany. Village in the Bavarian forest, 300 meters from the borders of the Czech Republic. Beautiful location, Forest and mountains. Private two floor house with four independent apartments (Haus Peter) next to the forest. The nearest houses were at a distance of ten to fifteen meters

Nearby Amenities

Restaurants and places for coffee or beer(very good) are at walking distance. Very good tourist info office at the village. I didn't notice any super market or grocery shop at the village, due to the fact that we had our own rented car from Munich airport and we did our food supplies once from a big super market during our visit to Zwiezel town (about 10Km distance).

The House/Apartment

The Haus Sterr has got history described in the visitors file with details. The British owners have done an excellent job in this file. The apartment was in the first floor with balcony straight to the forest, very quiet, you could hear the birds singing in the early morning. There was one bedroom with two beds together, a living room (a three seat sofa, two - I think - lounge chairs and a small middle table, satellite TV and DVD player) a fully equipped kitchen with dinning table and a bathroom, all in very good condition.

It was one of the four apartments in the house which had a parking place at the side and a beautiful garden at the back with facilities for barbecue. At the basement of the house there was a table tennis room, a pool/billiard room (very small) and a bicycle exercise machine in another room, which you could freely use. At the time of our stay I think there were two more apartments occupied.


Very nice sitting area at the garden with facilities for barbecue. The breakfast at the balcony is recommended.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Furniture was in good shape, everything was very clean and functioning well. The heating is always on and when needed you switch it on from the heaters in the apartment. Hot water is available at all times.


Beds were comfortable enough, bedroom was cozy. There was only one bathroom with toilet and shower, all new.

Generally speaking, it was more than enough for our family of three (two adults and child of 11)


Kitchen was functioning perfectly. We only cooked once a spaghetti meal, which we enjoyed sitting in the kitchen table. There was everything needed to cook any kind of meal.

Problems or Bonuses

The info given in English by the owners in the visitors file that you find in the apartment was a surprise to me; the best I have ever seen. I could find there all I needed for apartments functioning, the story of House Sterr and how the British owners bought it and finally, proposals of what we could do during our stay in the area.

After reading this info file, I felt so independent, I had no questions to ask. I knew exactly what to do.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The owners welcome when we got there (after a 240 km drive from Salzburg, Austria)was warm. The apartment was shown to us and we were told to ask for anything we might need. Margaret and Martin, the English owners have done a fantastic job over there and you can sense their influence in the area, (e.g., the translation of the German menu to English in the local restaurants, so that you know what you eat). For the high season we were there, I really believe I got the best value for my money. All family were completely satisfied.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

As far as the area is concerned, it was the second time we visited. We stayed in Bodenmais town several years ago. That means we like it a lot. Yes, I would stay here again and I would (I already have) recommend it to my brother and my best friends.

Qualifications: Kids must be of age 10+, because there is a lot of walking to do and if they are of smaller age they might get tired easy. A car would help to see more places and visit the near by villages or Arber mountain and the southern part of Czech Republic .

Things to do in this area

Things to do:

  • Visit the villages of Boednmais and Zwiezel. Beautiful villages with glass factories.
  • Visit the southern part of Czech Republic - a 150 Km tour with your car will give you an idea of the life of this country that joined the EU lately (mind the currency is different and you have to drive all time with lights on and up to 80 Km/hour limit on the national roads.
  • Get the lift to Arber mountain and do some walking in the lovely paths of Bavarian forest.
  • the last restaurant on the left hand side of the road, just before the borders with Czech Republic (I do not remember the name, as I do not speak German).
  • The restaurant in Zwiezel, opposite the main train station (Banhof), fantastic food, English Menu

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