Nestled in the fields of northern Western Pomerania, the Kranich Hotel [Crane Hotel] owes its name to the fact that hundreds of cranes rest here in spring and autumn before moving on to their summer or winter quarters. The Hessenburg manor house, which dates back to the 19th century, has been lovingly renovated over the last 20 years by art historian Bettina Klein and offers holiday guests and international artists a very special refuge: In addition to the hotel, a museum has also been created that presents contemporary art on the theme of cranes. The artworks on the first floor of the manor house and on the grounds enter into a dialogue with the landscape. The process of creating the works is documented in the hotel rooms, thus creating a seamless transition between museum and hotel.
However, it is not only the exhibits that are worth seeing, but also the rooms designed by New York architect and installation artist Alex Schweder. The traces left by time have not been painted over but made visible. The unfinished is part of the concept and creates the special aura of the rooms. The walls are raw and unplastered; layers of paint from different years can be seen on some walls. The raised wooden floor leaves a gap between it and the walls, through which light shines on the walls from below and emphasises the textures of the stones. The hotel rooms are furnished with antique furniture and cast-iron stoves; modern beds interrupt the historical ambience. From the old bathtubs on lion’s feet, you can look out into the park with its ancient trees. In addition to the six rooms on the ground floor, there are two studio apartments with their own kitchen in the attic, a sauna in the vaulted cellar and a meeting room for workshops or private parties. Further accommodation is located on the grounds of the estate: the Garden House for six people and the Smithy Apartment for four people.
As part of the annual artist-in-residence programme, Bettina Klein commissioned the scent alchemist Ryoko Hori in 2023 to compose a scent essence in homage to the mysterious travel routes of the cranes. So now you can also go on an aroma journey at the Kranich Hotel.
Please also read our HomeStory.
What to do
The estate is located 2 km from the beach of the Saaler Bodden. The Baltic sea beaches of the Fischland peninsula, as well as Darss and Zingst, can be reached in about 35 minutes. It takes about 40 minutes to drive to the Hanseatic cities of Rostock and Stralsund.
Horseback riding, cycling, bird watching, carriage rides, kitesurfing
Why we like this house
A special place to relax, enjoy art and to explore the eastern seacoast.
This house is great for
Single travellers, couples, families.
|DE – Germany, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saal, Hessenburg
|small settlement between wide range and old trees
|Number of guests
|6 double bedrooms and 5 apartments for 2-6 people
|2015 (originally built around 1840), 2019 (Garden House and Smithy Apartment)
|Alex Schweder, New York
|FAZ (March 2023), Atrium (September/October 2022), ELLE Germany (April 2022), Weltkunst Special 02/2022: Art and Nature, GEO Saison (February 2022), ELLE Germany (February 2022), Der Tagesspiegel (Sept. 2021), ZEIT-Edition Hotels zum Verlieben 2021, Der Tagesspiegel 9/2021, SZ Magazin 33/2021, Der Feinschmecker 2/2021, Hoteldesign 10/2020, AIT 6.2020, Manager Magazin 06/2020, DIE ZEIT 10/2017
|The manor house features a registrar’s office. It also houses an artist in residence program.
|Old & new
|1-2 (house/apartment), Rooms for 1-2 (hotel), Art, Beach, Dog-friendly, Restaurant, Sea
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