Something’s happening on the Moselle: innovative young winegrowers are reviving the rather dusty image of Germany’s oldest wine region, and hosts like the owners of Weingarten 1897 are bringing a breath of fresh air with plenty of creative ideas to the area. Interior designer Betty Kratz and communications designer Markus Kratz have combined their professional nous and love of wine by converting an old winegrowers’ lodge into a guesthouse.
The carefully renovated building – situated in Zeltingen, Rhineland-Palatinate, at the foot of a vineyard and only a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the Moselle – looks traditional from the outside. Inside, however, there are four unique holiday apartments of different sizes and with individual character. Lovingly furnished, they combine modern design with a strong sense of the history of the building. They are each named after imaginary inhabitants: the apartment Kapitän und Moselfischer Fritzi Bur has a maritime flavour (with a shower room designed as a wardrobe trunk). Kitti Schwenke is more feminine in shades of pink. In Lucy and Moritz von Breitenfeld you live in elegant country house style, and in Gesa Himmelreich under the roof you will find a light, airy atmosphere.
In addition to the apartments, guests have access to a wine cellar as well as the inner courtyard and an outdoor lounge – for barbecuing, chilling or for a snack after a hike. A few steps uphill lead to the natural garden, which was originally part of the old vineyard, where garden furniture invites you to hang out on sunny days.
What to do
Walking, hiking, cycling, wine tasting.
The well-known villages Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach are only a few kilometres away, but in Zeltingen you’re tucked away from the tourist hustle and bustle. In the village there are shopping facilities and numerous restaurants, cafés and wine bars.
Why we like this house
A guesthouse carefully designed down to the smallest detail, with modern interiors behind traditional walls. Situated a little apart from the hustle and bustle but very close to the famous wine locations.
This house is great for
Wine lovers and people seeking relaxation.
Bettina Kratz (an interior designer) and Markus Kratz (a communications designer) are owners of the design office kplus konzept in Düsseldorf and passionate wine connoisseurs: "We spend a large part of our time travelling, in foreign places, in foreign hotels and beds. And we are always happy to find accommodation that makes us feel comfortable, and makes us smile with its special details – beyond the gummy bear on the pillow. We wanted to create such a place ourselves – a favourite place – with Weingarten 1897. We've managed to create four such spaces here: each of them very different in size and furnishings; each of them inspiring, homely and cosy ..."
|DE – Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate, Zeltingen
|At the foot of a vineyard and only a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the Moselle
|Number of guests
|Max. 2 in each of the 4 apartments
|Bettina and Markus Kratz, Düsseldorf
|Wohnen & Garten 07/2020
|Historical, Old & new
|1-2 (house/apartment), Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Urban, Wine, Workation, EV-charging station
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