As lovers of gardens and plants, we chose the name „Annabell“ (a beautiful white hydrangea) for our vacation homes in the country house Landhaus Sommerfrische in Westerstede.
We want our guests to recover from hecticness and full calenders.
The history of our old Ammerländer farmhouse in Westerstede actually started in 1690. For us, it started in summer 2012 when the house was for sale. It was gotten into older years and had been partially renovated. For years, we had been looking for an old farmhouse with an adjoining building in the district of Ammerland that we could renovate and use as a holiday flat with a place where you can park your vintage car.
In the synopsis, the year of origin was supposed to be in 1860, but later we found a graven wood truss with the engraving: „1690“. Even still living relatives of the farmer’s family told us that this truss has always been hanging above the door in the hall.
The old hog house was not even mentioned in the synopsis. After all, it was in danger of collapsing, a part of the roof was even unroofed by the storm and this is why nobody paid attention to it anymore. We were delighted and fell in love with it: we always wanted to have such an adjoining building for our holiday house in Westerstede.
Our wish was to restore it with as many old materials as possible. This was not fun for our craftsmen, who moaned about the skew baulks at the beginning and who wanted to build everything new. In order to recycle the old tiles as well, we unroofed the roof, cleaned every single tile with a high-pressure cleaner – and were so happy after the new roofing! It was really worth it!
As we wanted to use as many old materials as possible, we also wanted to remove and refurbish the old wooden frames. Unfortunately, this project was just hopeless, as the wood worm has done a lot of work in the last few centuries.
We rebuild the old pig berths to get parking spaces for our possible guest’s vintage cars. Furthermore, we wanted to keep the old washhouse’s flair, but also tried to make it a bit more modern by placing a washing machine and a dryer.
Since the very first time, we have been interested in the big property (more than 3700qm) around the vacation home Landhaus Sommerfrische. You can find 15 old fruit trees and many beautiful rhododendrons, which flourish in spring.
Our guests have access to all parts of the garden – especially our „Rhodogarden“ will be very attractive. In autumn 2013 we already planted 50 rhododendrons, for which the Parklandschaft Ammerland is quite famous. The nursery Garden „Jochen Böhlje“ supported the project as he liked the idea to build a small Rhodopark.
This flat is designed for two to four people: you can find an eat-in kitchen, a big hall, a beautiful bathroom (with a bathtub and a rain dance shower), a big living room with a dinette, a guest room and a guest toilet, as well as a bedroom with a changing room.
The kitchen is adequately furnished with a fridge and freezer, a stove with four places, a coffee machine, a kettle, a toaster and a microwave. And new: a dishwasher.
In the bathroom you can find find a vanity mirror and a hair blower. Furthermore, we have internet, a television and a stereo equipment. The beds and mattresses are new and seize 180 x 200 cm.
The flat has an underfloor heating, an own terrace and access to a huge garden. And of course: a parking space in our “Schweinestall”.
Interaction with guests
I live only a few km away and will be there for any questions. I am happy to help!
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