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Review 4118: Bavarian Forest Holidays, Haus Martin (Sonne flat)
Apartments in adjoining houses in Bayerisch Eisenstein, Germany
May 2009, 5 nights
Our flat (1bed/1bath) was located in the newest house open for travelers by Margaret and Martin. The house is divided into four one-bedroom flats. Bayerisch Eisenstein is a small village bordering the Czech Republic with it's own train station so very convenient for those without a car. I wanted to move here permanently after one day.
There was only one small grocery store about a ten-minute walk from the flat. There was also a small drug store next to the grocery store. There were several small cafes in the town - all walking distance. I understood there were larger stores in nearby Zweisel but did not have a car so the train with groceries did not appeal. The local store was fine.
Haus Martin is the newest rental offered by Martin and Margaret. It is a typical ski chalet style house. We found it charming. Although the house was a bit close to the rail tracks, there is only one train an hour (you could set your watch by it!) and it does not run during the night or early morning.
Our flat, Sonne, was on the main level along with one other flat (the other two were on the top floor). Upon entering the flat the bedroom is to your right, you face the bathroom and to your left is the kitchen/dining/living room with direct access to your own private balcony.
Besides a nice balcony that caught the afternoon and evening sun, there is a pleasant garden available to all occupants of Haus Martin.
All of the furniture appeared to be new and was very comfortable. The flat was spotless; I have never encountered a cleaner holiday flat. Everything was designed for just two people thus a love seat was provided and dining table with two chairs. On the balcony another table with two chairs and two sun loungers.
It is preferred that you remove your shoes and use the provided slippers - I am sure this is why the carpet looked so good!
The bed was larger than the one we have at home (two twins put together) and the mattress very comfortable. There was a large armoire for hanging and folded clothes as well as two sitting chairs. Fluffy pillows and duvets.
The bathroom had recently been redone and was quite spacious. The corner shower was roomy. Nice towels (but remember to bring your own washcloths).
The kitchen area was compact and did have limited counter space. At first I was a bit put off by the refrigerator being separate from the other part of the kitchen counter (it was on the other side of the doorway entering the living/dining/kitchen area) but if I kept the door shut it was fine. It just appeared to be awkward. The pots, pans, dishes, glassware were of high quality. We cooked quite a bit and it was cozy in a nice way.
Problems or Bonuses
Martin and Margaret have really thought of everything. They provide so many little touches all future holiday landlords need to stay here to get some tips. In the public area of their own house is a lending library for DVDs and books, snacks, games, groceries, computer with internet access and printer (quite handy for online check-in for the return trip home); it was quite remarkable. They are currently working on a large terrace and additional parking at their home.
Although we chose not to rent a car, I would advise that those who are less mobile have a car. Our flat was at the top of a small hill which was a bit of a struggle for me having suffered an Achilles injury during our trip.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
My initial contact with Margaret was by e-mail, followed up with a phone call to relay our card number to complete the booking. Martin and Margaret are British which made staying here very easy for us. We speak virtually no German so it would have been quite a challenge otherwise!
We paid €200 for five nights which is quite a bargain. I booked last-minute which resulted in a slight reduction to the normal fee.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again and would love to experience the town in the wintertime during ski season. Everything is very relaxing.
Things to do in this area
We only ate at the Poschl-Stuben which was a fabulous restaurant. They provided a menu which included English descriptions (bless them) and the food was delicious and very reasonable. I think their most expensive entree was €16.
The local Tourist Information Office was very helpful in booking a day trip for us to Prague (we went with a group of 17 German tourists and no one spoke English but we didn't expect them to, we took a Prague guidebook). This day trip proved to be the highlight of our trip.
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