The listed patrician house in the small town of Lahr in Baden on the edge of the Black Forest has a chequered history: in 1798/99, the prestigious building was constructed as a residence and warehouse for colonial goods, then extended and used for cigar production; later, the building served a wine merchant as a warehouse and for the production of brandy. Today, the place is peaceful, as all the space is used for living: partly as permanent accommodation, partly as holiday apartments.
The property consists of the stately main house, two 30-metre-long side wings with a courtyard in between, a garden parlour and an enclosed garden. Over a period of four years, the buildings were extensively refurbished and modernised in terms of energy efficiency. In the process, all but the historical core substance was dismantled. In order to preserve the patina of the monument, the reconstruction was done in keeping with the original style and using historical building materials. A new addition is not visible from the outside: an underground car park for holiday guests was built under the west wing and the inner courtyard.
In the two side wings and in the main house, 13 holiday apartments have been created. Each of the differently sized apartments (between 39 and 130 square metres) has its unique character: sometimes rather rustic with wooden beams and raw sandstone walls, sometimes with a stately flair thanks to high stuccoed ceilings and herringbone parquet flooring. The historical building fabric and some antique pieces are complemented by timeless design, modern kitchens and bathrooms and lamps with an industrial look.
The Palais offers various common areas: the lounge invites guests to have a cup of coffee, play games and read, and the historical garden parlour invites them to relax by the fireplace. In fine weather, the inner courtyard with its Mediterranean atmosphere or the terrace with a view of the garden are enticing. There is a sandpit and trampoline for children, as well as a fruit and vegetable garden, where guests can treat themselves. A large vaulted cellar in the main house is available for festivities and events, offering a very atmospheric ambience with its imposing columns and exposed brickwork.
What to do
Palais Wunderlich is located only a few hundred metres from the historical town centre with shops and restaurants. The immediate surroundings are ideal for hiking, cycling and mountain biking. Various destinations for day trips such as Freiburg, Strasbourg, Alsace, the Europa-Park in Rust, nature reserves or castles can be quickly reached by car. For families: numerous playgrounds, the nearby city park, the open-air pool Terrassenbad Lahr or many child-friendly hiking trails.
For wine lovers: individual wine tastings with the host are organised on request in the mansion or in the vineyard outside the front door (the host is a wine guide). Alternatively, one can visit the surrounding vineyards in Breisgau and Ortenau.
Why we like this house
The Palais impresses with its historical flair and the holiday apartments that maintain the balance between old and new. The layout around the inner courtyard and the enclosed garden gives the complex the appearance of a refuge far away from everyday life.
This house is great for
Palais Wunderlich caters for a wide range of target groups: single travellers, couples, small or large families, groups. For holidays, workations or business trips.
Rooms are available for events of all sizes: from small family celebrations to seminars and team meetings to large events.
Accessibility without car: Lahr train station, then various bus lines
|Region/Town||DE – Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Black Forest, Lahr|
|Scenery||Within walking distance of the city centre, on the edge of the Black Forest|
|Number of guests||13 flats of different sizes|
|Design||Alexandra und Alexander Hugenberg|
|Published||Casa Chic No. 185 (January 2022)|
|Architecture||Historical, Old & new|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Hiking, Meeting, Urban, Wine, Workation, No car needed|
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