House Schwarzwaldstrand, on the outskirts of Bad Herrenalb, reflects the love of the owner – a trained timber boat builder – of wood and water. The massive wooden building, constructed according to ecological criteria, is located on an almost triangular plot, bordered on its long side by the river Alb. The 50-meter-long river bank has been carefully redesigned and integrated into the design of the garden.
The house consists of three L-shaped units: two are located on the ground floor while the third one is on the upper floor, providing access to the river via an exterior staircase. These units are connected by a large entrance hall, which offers guests the opportunity to meet up or even celebrate. The 75 square meter apartments have practically identical floor plans: one wing features two bedrooms, the other an open space for living, eating and cooking. These rooms open out with large windows to the south-facing terrace and offer views of the river and wooded slope. The L-shaped designs mean each terrace is scarcely overlooked by its neighbours, offering a maximum privacy. The apartments are characterized by the striking contrast of bright walls and ceilings of white-lacquered solid timber boards and dark floors of anthracite-colored stoneware.
What to do
There are cycling and hiking trails in the immediate vicinity. The heated forest swimming pool is 100 meters away. The city can be reached on foot in 10 minutes.
Why we like this house
The L-shaped ground plan makes optimal use of the property. Each apartment benefits from the view of the river and offers as much privacy as possible. With its spacious entrance hall, the house is also suitable for joint holidays of several families.
This house is great for
Families, holidays with friends/several families, groups
Getting there without a car: Rail connection
We are a Dutch-German couple and have a daughter Stella. Lucie, originally a dance and yoga teacher, has more and more turned into purely a host. Sebastian, a qualified builder of wooden boats, is managing director of an engineering office, and Stella is studying social science. Everything that has proven itself in our first holiday home, the Bahnwärterhaus in the Vogtland region, we also incorporated in the Schwarzwaldstrand, this time however in a house with several apartments. It is just as we would like it to be for the gatherings of our large family: enough space for getting together, on the one hand, and for taking time out, on the other. In an individual apartment, by contrast, one is completely independent and undisturbed as an individual or small group.
|Region/Town||DE – Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Bad Herrenalb|
|Scenery||Small village in the northern Black Forest|
|Number of guests||Three apartments with two bedrooms for 2-6 people each|
|Design||Marc Oei (architect), Lederer-Ragnarsdottir-Oei, Stuttgart|
|Special Features||Both ground floor apartments and the common area are barrier free.|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Apartments combinable, Barrier-free, Beach, Family, Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Mountains, Pet-friendly, Urban, No car needed|
|Same Partner||Bahnwärterhaus Droßdorf|
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