New and noble : At Gut Damp, guests enjoy their holiday in generously equipped lofts, discover the benefits of an in-house restaurant, and reach the shores of the nearby beaches in just 5 minutes.
Know where to go: Gut Damp is located in the very North of Germany, just half an hour from the Danish border. The nearest town is called Eckernförde, population 20,000 and a quaint little harbor as its main attraction. Nearby on the shores of the Baltic Sea, you find Damp and only 5 minutes inland, the grand and historic estate of Gut Damp featuring several houses and former stables and, just very recently added, also a vacation home for guests.
As we make a grand entry through the gate into the driveways of the estate we are greeted by the very friendly count and his hunting dog. It is all about first impressions and we are impressed — this is no small venture. Gut Damp is like one of these aristocratic, village-sized, estates with an original 16th century manor house at the end of the driveway.
To the left of the entrance of the estate, Alexander zu Reventlow proudly invites us into the new vacation home. He had the original barn rebuilt true to the original, utilizing all materials that could still be salvaged. Inside: 14 vacation lofts await, all very cleverly divided. The lower ones have their own terrace facing east, so with daytime sun and sliding doors you can transform it to a dreamlike summer vacation residence. We also like the lofts on the second floor. Above all, they are all very spacious and cannot be compared to a hotel room. The highlight here: They all have oversized window fronts. Expect a lot of light and sun.
The furnishings and the equipment of the kitchens are high in quality, the decor colorful and easy on the eye. The landlord’s brother chose the art — authentic paintings from the family heritage. All the detailed info on the lofts can be found here.
If you don’t want to cook for yourself, stroll over to the estate’s own restaurant, the Kuh-Haus – open five days a week. It’s an independently run operation where many guests from the region also come for dinner. That’s what makes it so charming. You quickly feel very much at home here. Especially the centuries-old floor in here need to be mentioned. Everything is very casual, think of a big pub outside Dublin. The menu features dishes from the region. North Sea crab bread as a starter, rump steak from the North German heifer, or Damper venison roast from their own hunt with potato-beetroot mash. Everything is very delicious, all highly recommended.
On the one hand, Gut Damp is of course not far from the beaches of the Baltic Sea. There are a few beach resorts, but also rough, still untouched beaches. Children love Damp’s Entdeckerbad, with slides that lead directly toward the Baltic Sea. Don’t be alarmed: There’s also a giant rehab-clinic on the beach, that one os far from “pretty.”
Couples and especially families, looking for a perfect vacation home with a lot of comfort at the Baltic Sea.
For larger families or groups, Graf zu Reventlow rents out another family estate slightly below the Lofthaus. It is called Gut Dorotheental. An absolute dream house, inside with colorful furniture, five bedrooms, large garden and pool table. We also visited it and can highly recommend it. The details are here.
Loft from 138 euros per night, Gut Dorotheental from 650 euros per night.
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Damp / Northern Germany