The Kranich Hotel is located in an old mansion near the Bodden coast of Pomerania. The historian Bettina Klein bought the run down building in 1999 and saved it from total decay. A museum, a hotel as well as a café now form part of the manor’s ensemble of restored spaces. The museum on the first floor displays contemporary art – all on the topic of cranes. And not just the exhibitions, but also the rooms of the museum and hotel, designed by the New York architect and installation artist Alex Schweder, are worth seeing. The traces time left on the mansion are highlighted rather than hidden, and the design’s concept includes an element of the “unfinished”, ensuring a special atmosphere in each room. The walls have been left bare and unpainted – on some walls you can see layers of color from several coats of paint over the years. There is a small gap between the raised wooden floor and the walls through which light shines from below, bringing out the textures of the stone walls. The rooms are furnished with antique furniture and cast-iron stoves, while modern beds set a contrast to the historic ambience. From old bathtubs resting on lions’ feet, you can look out over the parkland with its mature trees.
In addition to the six rooms on the ground floor, there are two apartments in the attic. They also reveal the charm of imperfection. The 43-square-metre apartment facing east with a view of the orchard has been furnished with a bed in which you sleep like in a crane’s nest. On the other side, the west-facing 75-square-metre maisonette is overlooking an elegant ambience from a dizzy height.
The estate includes an old smithy, which houses a café decorated in typical 1950s style. Guests are treated to homemade cakes and small dishes.
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, (small) families
Details of the property
Region/Town: DE – Germany, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saal, Hessenburg
Name: Kranich Hotel
Scenery: small settlement between wide range and old trees
Number of guests: 6 double bedrooms and 2 apartments (for 2 / 3 people), extra beds possible
Architecture: Old & new
Completed: 2015 (originally built around 1840)
Design: Alex Schweder, New York
Published: DIE ZEIT 10/2017
Special Features: The manor house features a registrar’s office. It also houses an artist in residence program.