Bavaria holidays, self catering apartments

Description of Bavaria holidays, self catering apartments

Ideally located just on the edge of the Bohemian (Czech) and Bavarian (German) forest national parks these ten 4 star self catering holiday apartments, contained within four adjacent houses, offer an excellent opportunity to get out and explore or stay put and relax. The apartments sleep up to 2, 4, 6 and 8 people and are also suitable for groups.

The forest setting opens up an extensive web of walking and cycling trails right on your doorstep with nearby sports facilities and an adventure playground in the local village making this the perfect accommodation for Bavaria holidays spent outdoors.

Snow shoeing, alpine skiing and cross country skiing can all be undertaken during the winter months with the world renowned and family-friendly slopes of Arber just ten minutes away by ski bus.

Out of the ski season, holidays in Bavaria really come into their own with mountain bikes for hire from the house and an extensive back catalogue of self-guided walking itineraries adding to gentle early morning strolls accompanied by bird song and more strenuous mountain hikes to be achieved with a little more thought.

This area of Central Europe is blessed with a wealth of cultural heritage and traditional charm, and no Bavaria holiday is complete without exploring further afield and into the towns of Regensburg and Passau, as well as across the border into Plzen, Prague and Cesky Krumlov.

Once you’re done roaming or if you just fancy playing closer to home, the houses hold a great range of indoor and outdoor fun and games with table tennis, badminton, table football and kids’ toys adding to a choice of cultural classes, such as cookery and glassmaking.

As winners of a national eco-tourism award for encouraging the use of local transport, and holders of Germany’s top classification for environmental practices, these self-catering apartments are perfect for responsible travellers who want to search for sun dappled clearings and skim stones over pine fringed lakes and fast-flowing melt-water rivers.

The British owners are often resident and able to provide help with arranging travel, event tickets etc. if needed. Otherwise our housekeepers are always available to help.

Rooms, food and facilities

All of the holiday apartments have fully-equipped kitchen and dining areas with spacious sitting rooms in the larger properties alongside some with separate bath and shower rooms. Complimentary public transport tickets invite guests to travel like a local in order to shop on both sides of the border, Bavaria and Czech with a great choice of village stores and restaurants providing more than enough nourishment to keep you fully fuelled throughout your stay.

Four of the ten apartments have three double bedrooms, the majority of which have en-suite bath or shower rooms, as well as private balconies with forest or mountain views. One apartment has four double bedrooms whilst the remaining four apartments have one double bedroom with either a private terrace or scenic balcony.

Full details of the Bavarian holiday apartments;
Haus Sterr Maria: 3 double bedrooms (1 with bunk beds), 3 shower rooms (2 ensuite), sitting room, kitchen/dining room, long balcony.

Haus Sterr Anton: 3 double bedrooms (1 with bunk beds), 1 ensuite shower room, full bathroom with bath and separate shower, sitting room, kitchen/dining room.

Haus Sterr Arber: 2 double bedrooms, shower room, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, balcony with mountain view.

ForstHaus: 4 bedrooms (one accessed through master bedroom), ensuite to master with separate bath and shower, shower room, large sitting room, dining room, kitchen and large covered balcony with mountain and forest views.

Haus Peter Regen: 3 double bedrooms all with ensuite shower rooms, kitchen/dining room, large sitting room, 2 balconies (1 with mountain view), private garden.

Haus Peter Sumava: 3 double bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, 2 balconies (1 with panoramic forest and mountain views.

Haus Martin Wald: 1 double bedroom, full bathroom, kitchen dining room, private terrace.

Haus Martin Sonne: 1 double bedroom, shower room, kitchen/dining/living room, balcony.

Haus Marin Vogel: 1 double bedroom, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, shower room, balcony.

Haus Martin Otter: 1 double bedroom, shower room, kitchen/dining/living room, balcony.

Family & baby friendly: Children are welcome. We have games and DVDs, garden. Sports facilities across the road, big adventure playground in the village. We have cots and high chairs, baby toys, other baby equipment and provide a shopping service for nappies and baby food if required.

Walking & cycling accommodation: There are walks in every direction from the house, from gentle strolls in the forest to mountain hikes. We provide mountain bikes for hire and have developed our own files of self-guided walks. There are well signposted cycle routes in every direction, on both sides of the border.

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How to find us

As the nearest train station, Bayerisch Eisenstein, straddles both Bavaria and the Czech Republic it offers a unique introduction to life on the border with distances to Munich or Prague, roughly equidistant.

If you’re intending to arrive by train you’ll be offered a free lift from the station to your self-catering apartment’s front door with the possibility of enjoying breakfast in London before an evening meal in Bayerisch Eisenstein, helping to put distances into perspective.

Flying is always an option and you’ll have the pick of Munich, Linz, Salzburg, Prague and Nuremberg airports from where to touch down before deciding whether to carry on your journey to Bayerisch Eisenstein by hire car or train.

If you intend to drive the entire journey from the UK to Bayerisch Eisenstein then it’s perfectly achievable within 10 hours from Calais however, we think it’s much less stress and a lot more fun to take the train all the way, especially if you’re seriously considering the environment.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bavaria holidays, self catering apartments

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 £2,000 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.

Reviews of Bavaria holidays, self catering apartments

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

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2015 by

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


The wonderful location of Bayerisch Eisenstein and the accommodation.The apartment we chose was on the ground floor and we had access to a beautiful, lush and quiet garden. We walked for many hours every day and then spent a restful couple of hours eating lunch al fresco and reading. Everything we could have possibly wished for was provided for us.

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


If you are taking the train from Prague, as we did, check your train tickets for carriage and seat numbers and also remember that Bayerisch Eisenstein is at the end of the Czech border and the beginning of the Bavarian border therefore Bayerisch is not signposted at the station in German. We were told to get off the train not really knowing where we were. Also when we travelled there were repairs on the line near Pilsen and we had to get off the train and onto a bus for 35 mins before rejoining another train. Not a problem but was a bit daunting not knowing why. Apart from that we used the public transport whilst in the village and it all worked out great. Loved the Wald Bahn!


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


Most definately. Organic produce was provided where possible as well as organic cleaning products,hand gels,shower gels,loo rolls and tea bags.We were advised on how to recycle everything and the availability of bins, recycling boxes etc was excellent.We ate in the excellent village restaurants,bought packed lunches from local shops, bought local produce as souvenirs to bring home and used the bag left for us in the apartment so we didn't need to use plastic bags at all.

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


This is the perfect place for a walking and cycling retreat. A 5 star holiday indeed!

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2013 by

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 on 17 Aug 2012 by

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 on 26 Jul 2011 by

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 on 11 Jul 2011 by

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 on 28 Sep 2011 by

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 on 07 Oct 2010 by

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 on 09 Aug 2009 by

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 on 05 Jan 2009 by

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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