»The light of the stars is reflected only in a calm pond.«
ertainly, he was well connected - the Düsseldorf industrialist, who bought almost 40,000 square metres of woodland from a Catholic parish in the early twenties of the last century and built a veritable hunting and forestry lodge on it.
Situated at an altitude of 500 m above sea level, not far from the summit of the Wackerberg, but sheltered from the elements, the property can still only be reached by forest paths over the last few kilometres. At the same time, it is less than one hour´s drive away from the cities of Cologne, Bonn, and Aachen
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There are many good reasons for taking a few days off from everyday life, for example -
The "Waldquartier Wackerberg" on the edge of the Eifel National Park offers a suitable setting with all amenities for up to 16 people.
Silence - space - solitude: The best prerequisites to gain distance and to find oneself.
Today, it is almost a privilege to discover places such as the almost 100-year-old hunting and forester's lodge, surrounded on all sides by a closed wooded area, carefully restored and modernised, tastefully furnished and equipped with contemporary technology.
But the "Luxurious Hideaway" is not completely cut off from the outside world: Free WLAN is available for communication; all German mobile phone networks are well received, some of them in the LTE standard.
The sun is already there early in the morning - the spacious wooden terrace facing south and east on the back of the house with a direct connection to the holiday apartment.
Here you can relax, read, play or just sit together with friends enjoying a cup of coffee or tea.
There is nothing more reassuring than taking a walk through the Eifel with deep snow and winter sunshine. Only the crunching of the shoes on the snow at every step is audible, every other noise appears to be contained. Even the animals in the forest seem to enjoy the silence. The city and the noise are infinitely far away, nature displays a white splendour.
A long drive might spoil this joy - but a morning view from the window of Waldquartier Wackerberg promises romantic winter atmosphere from the very beginning.
The snow hike starts right at the front door - it's only a few hundred metres to the Eifelsteig. In the nearby National Park Eifel there are a few specially cleared paths
For more ambitious guests, two small winter sports centres (just a few kilometres away from Hellenthal) offer ski rental and a ski hut, two downhill slopes (350m & 550m) with ski lift, 2 toboggan runs and approx. 15 km of cross-country ski trails.
A real estate agent, questioned about three main criteria for a house, always answers "location, location, location". But if you want to feel really comfortable for a few days, you'll also pay attention to the "inner values" of the domicile:
|Description:||former forester's lodge (* 1923) in the nature park Hohes Venn/Eifel at an altitude of 500 m|
|Construction:||bricked facade, partly timber-framed;
floors laid out with cotto tiles (parterre) and wooden planks;
interior walls with lime plaster
|Heating:||wood pellets, thermal solar system (CO2-neutral)|
|Living space:||440 sqm in total, of which approx. 220 sqm are holiday flats|
|Properties of the apartment:||4 bedrooms with double bed + 2 further rooms with large sofa beds
3 bathrooms, 2 of them with shower and 1 with shower-bath, 1 guest toilet
1 large open country house kitchen, 1 bistro kitchen, 1 mobile charcoal barbecue
1 large dining room, 1 small living/dining room, 1 studio, 1 winter garden
2 separate entrances to the front + 2 exits to the terrace and garden
|Basement:||sauna, table tennis, fitness equipment|
|Outdoor area:||80 sqm wooden terrace, sunbathing and sports meadow, trampoline, archery course, barbecue hut|
|Surroundings:||approx. 40,000 sqm of own forest land around house|
|Distances:||to the nearest houses - 2.5 km (straight line)
to the premium hiking trail "Eifelsteig" - 300 m
to the Eifel National Park - 8 km (straight line)
to the train station Kall (connection Cologne - Trier) - 5 km
to Cologne or Aachen - 60 km
|Communication:||good reception of all 3 German mobile phone networks (Telekom, Vodafone, O2) in LTE standard (4G),
setting up a fast mobile phone hotspot is therefore possible,
additional free WLAN access throughout the house (Broadband Internet via fiber cable)