Bavaria self catering apartments

Location:
Bayerisch Eisenstein, Bavaria
Price:
From 455 - €1260 per accommodation per week
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Price is per apartment per week (sleep 1- 6) and depends on accommodation chosen, and season.
Vouchers: accepted
Reviews:
8 reviews4 star rating
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Bavaria self catering apartments

Bavaria self catering apartments

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Environment

This one of the most unspoilt and interesting areas in Europe, with the Bavarian and Bohemian National Parks on either side of the border, both within a short walk of the house. Both National Parks have very strict environmental protection policies and we support the Bavarian National Park’s campaign to extend the area of the Park where nature is left entirely to its own devices.

All guests are requested to separate every item of waste possible into containers provided (including Tetra Packs, batteries etc) which we then take to the recycling centre. Vegetable matter is composted for the garden. We have solar panels and all new double glazed windows and insulated roofs. And we emphasize that our tap water is from local springs so there is no need to buy bottled water! We collect rain water to water the garden and flower pots and window boxes. We use low energy light bulbs wherever possible and have water saving taps.

We encourage guests to use the village restaurants and shops and other facilities: a museum, a railway station which is the only one in Europe divided between 2 countries, playground and sports facilities. We encourage guests to use public transport – every apartment is provided with a local timetable for guests to take away, we provide details of train journeys to more distant places: Passau, Regensburg and Plzen and buy stocks of local rover tickets for guests to buy.

We are fully involved in village events and in future planning for the village. We use village tradesmen whenever possible. We encourage guests to support events of local organisations. We encourage guests to visit both sides of the border and give them lots of information about the history of the area to encourage international understanding. We donate 2 separate weeks each year (to be taken at any time including high season) to 2 charitable/campaigning organisations for them to auction to raise funds for their activities. This usually raises up to £2000 per year in total.

Community

We are actively involved in groups who aim to improve the village. We work to support local restaurants by providing vouchers. We have a programme called 'Experience Bavaria' which encourages guests to learn more about local culture and customs.

The story of the provider of Bavaria self catering apartments

We came to Bayerisch Eisenstein as a stopping off point for business trips to Eastern Europe, with a holiday apartment as a way to cover costs. The area was so popular with our guests that we bought more houses and now have 3 for letting and central facilities in a 4th. At the moment we spend most of our time in this beautiful area, making sure our guests have a good holiday. The area seems to appeal to every age group and we love passing on recommendation for places to visit which we have fallen in love with! And all in an environmentally friendly way.

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Bavaria self catering apartments

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 01 Aug 2013 by Rainey Wikstrom4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The village was very beautiful and the hosts friendly and welcoming. The opportunities to enjoy the natural environment were abundant. We especially loved our walks and bike rides through the forest. We also loved the easy access to homemade bread and foods in the freezer.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Plan to spend 5 or more days. Felt our time was too short.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The information provided and focus of the host made us much more aware of ways to reduce our consumption and protect the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed 17 Aug 2012 by Diane Jones4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling and walking in the Bavarian forest.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take the opera unity to see the Czech Republic and Austria, enjoy local walks and make use of the forest's extensive cycle paths. We borrowed bikes from our hosts. Passau and Regensberg are also well worth a visit. Having English speaking hosts was very beneficial as little English is spoken here as they have typed English directions for walks and suggestions for days out. Having members of our family able to speak some German was a huge benefit. It was refreshing to come to an area which is typically German.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It is easy to travel here by train and our hosts were helpful with suggestions. Local transport was good enough for all our needs and very cheap. We used local small shops and restaurants. Our hosts made recycling easy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An excellent holiday thoroughly enjoyed by both adults and children aged between 9 and 16 years. This holiday can be as active or as relaxing as you want to make it and I would recommend it as a great sightseeing or holiday for couples or families.

Reviewed 26 Jul 2011 by Susan Smith4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our day trip to Prague was just fantastic and could not have been improved.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for it, it is as good as it sounds.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


To a degree yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful!!

Read the operator's response here:

We are always looking for new ways to benefit local people and minimize impact on the environment. We use solar and woodpellet heating as far as possible. We recycle all our own waste and encourage guests to do the same so that we can take as much as possible to the local recyling centre. This year we have extended our 'Experience Bavaria' programme which encourages support for local businesses and craftsmen and we give vouchers to encourage guests to each in local restaurants.

Reviewed 11 Jul 2011 by Caroline Fogarty4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking in the forest and by the river( adults) Going up mountain in cable car &
ski lifts. Swimming pool complex with indoor & outdoor pools and whirl pool
(children)

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take raincoats and some warm clothing as even in July weather in this area can
be unpredictable and much cooler than rest of country! Shops in Bavaria shut at
1pm on Saturdays and all days Sundays. Menus can be very hard to translate so go
prepared to restaurants !

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes we did all shopping locally and same with restaurants etc .
We used public transport or walked everywhere .
Everything possible was recycled .
We also showered instead of having baths.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent accommodation with very helpful hosts. We came back much fitter having
not driven for 11 days!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for an excellent review. We do try to translate as many menus as possible locally and are always grateful for suggestions of more from guests. We also have a little pocket phrase book which guests can buy which hopefully helps a bit with the menus.

We know that some international guests find local opening hours a bit restricting, but for that reason we do have our own shop, to which guests have 24/7 access, which stocks the basics.

Reviewed 28 Sep 2011 by Elizabeth Camplin2 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our trip to Prague. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the city. The guide was very knowledgeable and attentive and gave us a good insight into life, culture and government in the Czech Republic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If people are keen to visit this part of Bavaria, we would suggest they shop around and compare the cost and facilities of this accommodation with other venues within the area. We wish we had done that as we found it to be more expensive than many other good quality places in Bayerisch Eisenstein. If like us you do not have your own transport the inclusion of the Bayern Guti free public transport tickets is valuable but we found that other local providers also provide it. Our experience of walking holidays is that we need to do a fair amount of washing clothes. We were surprised to find that the charge for this facility was five euros for washing and 5 more for drying! Over a two-week period that would have been too costly for us and so we did it all by hand. In the cellar of our building there was a washing machine installed and we would have appreciated having it available. We could not even use the adjacent sink for hand washing our clothes as it was blocked and covered with a towel.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. There were good procedures for recycling all types of refuse. We were encouraged to be vigilant in separating food waste and placing it in the compost bins provided.
Employees at the centre were from local villages.

We also visited many local attractions such as wild-life centres and we purchased food and other goods locally.


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a good walking holiday. We are pleased we visited this beautiful part of the Bavarian Forest. Our apartment was comfortable and well equipped, and matched the information on the website. Overall, however, we were disappointed with the accommodation providers. We felt the Forsthaus, the main reception area, lacked a welcoming atmosphere. The owners seemed reluctant to engage in conversation about our holiday experiences or to get to know us on an individual basis. For example, the schnapps evening as described on their website as a weekly social event for guests did not occur in the two weeks we were there. We felt there was too heavy a reliance on written communication rather than giving personal time to develop positive relationships with guests. Two examples reflect our viewpoint. When we arrived on 9th September we were given a discount voucher for one of the local restaurants to be used on 10th September. We asked if we could use it on the 14th September instead, as that was our 43rd wedding anniversary and we wanted to eat out rather than self-cater. We were told it was not possible to change it. Yet, when we called at the restaurant the next morning, the proprietor changed it at once. He was also was very attentive and friendly when we ate there. Also, on the penultimate day we were given a copy of the check-out procedures that just bore our surname at the top. We would have felt far more positive about completing it if it had also included our first names! However, the lady who deputised for the owners when the owners took a four day break was very friendly and personable and it was she who kindly gave us the bottle of wine from the owners and staff in retrospective recognition of our anniversary. The owners know how well she interfaces with people and could learn from her example.

Read the operator's response here:

Obviously, we did not get things right for Betty and Jim and will do everything we can to ensure that this level of dissatisfaction does not happen again. Many of our guests become good friends during their visits.

Clearly we missed the signals from these guests that they expected more in spite of the hours we spent talking to them and answering their questions. On a few specifics: the charge for laundry is one of our environmental measures as we found that too many guests wanted to wash tiny amounts of clothes every night (the washing machine that Betty saw was broken, not plumbed in and turned to the wall). On our home page we say ‘Whenever possible, we offer a schnaps tasting evening’.

The vouchers are issued by the restaurant, not us and is a unique way of us supporting them. But the most important issue is price: we are sure that it is possible to find accommodation which is apparently cheaper than ours. But Betty and Jim had one of our best 5 star 1 bedroom apartments for €70 per night with free bike hire, mid-stay and final cleaning and tourist tax (which pays for the GUTi card) included in the price as well as the concierge service, shop, free PC (and Wifi), coffee room with home made cakes, free restaurant vouchers etc., not to mention free coffee, tea, sugar, toilet rolls, Duchy toiletries etc. for their fortnight’s stay, and these were all used by Betty and Jim.

We are repeatedly told by our guests that our quality and service are unique and good value for money. The total ‘package’ which we provide clearly did not work for Betty and Jim and we are very sorry about that.

Reviewed 07 Oct 2010 by Linda Scott3 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walks in the national park and a meal in the local restaurant Poeschl-Stuben.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring your walking shoes to enjoy the national park. The frozen home made meals available in the reception shop were great if you fancied staying in one evening.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We were encouraged to eat in local cafes and restaurants and a comprehensive brochure to the chalets and area was provided. Recycling was required and the heating was energy efficient. A cotton bag was provided for trips to the supermarket.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a lovely time, the chalets were run very efficiently and were the most well equipped I have seen.

Reviewed 09 Aug 2009 by Andrew Hewitt5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking from our accommodation through the unspoilt forest on excellently signed footpaths to a house in the woods that serves excellent traditional food.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make use of the DVD and book libraries in the main house, they're great! Don't attempt to walk to the Arber (get the bus instead). If Martin & Margaret are doing a BBQ and schnapps tasting evening, go along, it's great to meet the other guests. One note of caution - the internet speeds can be quite slow out there due, I suppose, to the relative remoteness of the location. They have wifi, though, and it's possible to do basic web browsing etc.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, everything that could be recycled is recycled. The owners support local businesses, and seem to have good links with them,

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable stay, great accommodation, very friendly hosts. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a holiday in a beautiful location with loads to see and do (all of which is detailed in an up to date and meticulously prepared and researched information folder left in the room).

Read the operator's response here:

The slow internet speed here is a nuisance - for us as well as guests! We are looking into providing some kind of booster system in the house Andrew stayed in, to get the absolute best out of what is available. The only other solution is to pressure the German government to get the whole broadband provision in this area upgraded!

Reviewed 05 Jan 2009 by Gaynor Ducker4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It’s the first time in many years that Christmas has actually felt like Christmas. The Christmas market in the town was lovely, the snow, the fire logs and braziers, hot mulled wine and Christmas carols in the background. Just a wonderful atmosphere.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Investigate the local transport system thoroughly. The buses and trains are very good and we could have used them much more than we did.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I am sure that the local businesses must have benefited. We ate, drank and shopped locally and used the train service. We recycled according to instructions. We used our own vehicle more than necessary, which is probably the only negative impact we made.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I was not quite ready to leave this beautiful place. The apartment was lovely, we could not have wished for more attentive hosts. Margaret and Martin thought of everything and did all that they could, and then some more to ensure our holiday was fabulous. From the kind gift of chocolates, Christmas cake and bubbly to arranging a superb Christmas party, with food, drink and musical entertainment for all their guests. I cannot recommend this holiday enough.
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