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    Haus Martin from the garden
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Haus Martin - 1-Bed Apartment

Bavaria, Germany

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The Owner / Manager

Martin Holborow

Member since Nov 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:5 hours 6 minutes
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BFB's Overview

For fans of the great outdoors, particularly walking cycling and skiing, this cluster of three traditional Bavarian forest chalets set on the edge of the pretty mountain village of Bayerisch Eisenstein are idyllic in summer and magical in winter, when they are a great base for snow fun and Christmas markets.

Rated 5-star by the German Tourist Board, and set in a small residential area, each house is split into several self-contained apartments sleeping from 2-6. As well as shared facilities including a sauna, mini-gym, games room, laundry room, well-stocked honesty larder and onsite massage/beauty therapist, each apartment comes with ensuite bedrooms, kitchens, lounges and useful gadgets such as dishwashers, microwaves, TVs, CD and DVD players, plus a long list of handy baby and toddler gear from buggies to books (see full list in grey box below). Most useful of all is the brilliantly detailed guest folder put together by British owners Margaret and Martin. They live on site and have included everything from suggested walking and cycling routes, to attractions, day trips to Prague and Munich, and even menus from good local restaurants translated into English. They also supply a generous welcome pack with essentials and plenty of ingredients for the first morning's breakfast, and can supplement this with a pre-arrival grocery shopping service so guests can relax from the moment they arrive.

It's fair to say that a holiday here is magical for mini guests in winter or summer, whether bringing Hansel and Gretel to life with a walk through the 'enchanted' forest to the fabulous Schwellhaeusl (more info below) in summer, or frolicking in the snow and visiting with Santa at the local Christmas markets in winter. Parents will also enjoy the good local restaurants, relaxing with saunas and massage treatments and, Martin's famous Schnapps tasting night.... just don't plan a big skiing/cycling session the next day!

1-Bedroom Apartment (Sleeps 2 plus cots) Has one double bedroom and a shower room (baby bath available). Facilities include a modern fitted kitchen (usual gear plus microwave, coffee maker & dishwasher) diner and comfortable sitting room with LCD TV and DVD player and door to a private, balcony or terrace with lovely views. Other facilities include: WiFi, safe, drying rack for laundry, slippers, bathrobes (on request), iron and ironing board.

Location Information

Despite their peaceful and unspoilt location in the relatively sleepy town of Bayerisch Eisenstein, the apartments are easy to reach by plane, train or automobile (see below) and an an ideal base for exploring Bavaria and its great choice of child friendly activities and places to visit, especially with the handy tips and advice passed on by owners Margaret and Martin.

There's plenty to do in the immediate area all year-round including exploring the forest on foot, bike, horseback (also cart rides) in summer and skiing, tobogganing (there's a run behind the chalets) and snow shoeing in winter. A top recommendation for families is the hour-long walk or shorter bike ride( bikes and child seats available) to discover the magical old woodcutter’s hut (Schwellhaeusl) nestled deep in the forest, with its lake, lovely children’s playground, restaurant and a range of petting animals. There are more playgrounds and restaurants in the picture perfect town centre, which is within a few minutes stroll and also boasts a collection of shops, supermarket and a bakery.

Unlike many resorts, Winter time is still a flourishing time of year . The lush greenery is emphasised by picturesq white peaks and its a chance for the family to indulge in some winter sports. The skiing, snowboarding and toboggan runs at the Arber can be reached in 10 minutes by car/ski bus from the house and has recently been commended for its excellent children facilities, complete with family ski lifts and child friendly areas including the aptly named magic carpet slope and their cuddly mascot ArB�r it provides a fun day out for all the family. Another great winter wonder can be found in the form of the numerous charming Christmas markets which run daily from late November (depending on when the first advent weekend falls) they are usually packed full of pretty stalls selling good quality gifts, carousels, Santa's sleighs, reindeers even the opportunity for cookie baking and candle making etc. The most established and famous of all Christmas markets, in Nuremberg (2hrs away) has a heated Playmobil play centre where children can have fun in the warm until the awaited arrival of Nuremberg's Christmas angel. With the air heavy with the scent of cinnamon, gingerbread and mulled wine in abundance and, often, a winter wonderland of snow, there can be few better ways to get into the Christmas spirit and make fabulous memories for those magical early Christmases when Santa is new and real.

Please note that all guests now have free use of local buses and trains within the Bavarian Forest area for the duration of their stay.



Ski Info: The Arber is one of the most reliable for snow in Germany and also the best equipped, with snow cannons and piste preparation equipment. It is the location of the German National Ski Training Centre and hosted Women's World Cup Slalom and Grand Slalom races in 2004 and 2007. The skiing season usually opens in late November and continues until Easter/mid April. It has 3 blue (easy) runs, 4 red (medium) runs and 2 black (difficult) runs, including the World Cup run. There is also a 5km descent to Bodenmais. There are 3 ski schools and 2 shops providing equipment hire. There is floodlit skiing on 2 of the runs on Wednesday and Friday evenings, 18.00-21.30. Lessons cost from €60 for 3 days. Equipment hire costs from €32 for 3 days.

Getting There: When flying, the nearest airports are Munich or Prague Airport (both approx 2hrs, Munich being a little closer). Try www.skyscanner.net for flights. When driving, the nearest port is Calais (approx 10hrs) and the owners can provide suggestions for stop-overs. By Train, perhaps the most relaxing option as well as best for the environment, it is approx. 14hrs & 3 or 4 changes from London. It is possible to catch the Eurostar from St. Pancras at 7am and be in Eisenstein at 21.11. Try www.raileurope.co.uk for info.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 60 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 60 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

A €35 cleaning/laundry supplement will be added to stays of 3 nights of less. This will be subsequently discounted to nil for stays of more than 4 nights.

Discount Notes

Guests staying in April or May receive a free bottle of wine, 2 hours use of the sauna and 50% off mountain bike hire!

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 60 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

A €35 cleaning/laundry supplement will be added to stays of 3 nights of less. This will be subsequently discounted to nil for stays of more than 4 nights.

Discount Notes

Guests staying in April or May receive a free bottle of wine, 2 hours use of the sauna and 50% off mountain bike hire!

Who owns this place?

We are a banker and publisher who fell in love with this part of Bavaria. We bought our 1st house here in 2004 and eventually decided we just preferred being here and going back to the UK for visits. Unfortunately we have had to return to UK due to a serious debilitating and incurable illness suffered by Margaret. Martin still deals with enquiries and liaises with Ulrike our longstanding housekeeper/manager. Ulrike assisted by Magda manage the day to day facilities maintaining the ethos set up by Margaret & Martin.

What do they love about it?

We love giving people a really great holiday and especially introducing them to such a little known area. We are continually listening to our guests and picking up ideas for improvements. And we meet such lovely people, from all over the world. What is there not to like?

What do the kids love about it?

The surrounding are beautiful and crime free. The Bavarian Forest National Park is just a few steps from our apartments with endless buggy friendly paths and good cycle routes. Every restaurant has a row of high chairs by the door and a children's menu. And we do our best to provide as much baby gear as we can to make travelling with young children easy - the arrival of grandson Sam has meant that we have been able to test our range of baby friendly facilities. This year we have specifically been checking out buggy friendly walks. The drugstore in the village has an amazing range of baby nappies, food and toiletries and we can always do advance shopping in the nearest town. This year, as well as the outdoor play area, we have now made an indoor play area in the same room as the table tennis and football tables - this means that parent's can play table tennis and football while keeping an eye on their child playing in the same room. And our coffee room is also very popular with parents with young children as the tots can happily play on the floor while parents relax on the sofas with good coffee or something stronger and even a piece of home made cake. Toys and books are available to borrow and take back to the apartment and we also have a selection of baby and children's DVDs.

Fast Facts

Sleeps 2+cot in 1x double bedroom, shower rooms (baby bath provided), kitchen, lounge/diner & balcony/terrace

Airport under 2 hours drive

The nearest airports are Munich or Prague Airport (both approx 2hrs, Munich being a little closer).

Spa Onsite

Massages and facials are available , along with an onsite sauna and mini gym.

Babysitting

Babysitting is available by prior request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Cots , highcairs, baby bath, baby buggy, baby bouncer , child seat, child toilet seat, bathroom step,stairgates, plastic crockery, cutlery & sippy cups are all available on request.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Playtime gear provided includes: toys, books and rocking horses plus a mini slide, swing , Duplo set, bike additions and DVDs. Older siblings will enjoy table tennis, table football and pool tables.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre arrival grocery and baby supplies shopping service is available, there is also a small honesty larder/shop onsite stocked with essentials, chocolate, ice cream, pizza, drinks etc. even baby toiletries!

Outdoor Toys

Enclosed childrens play garden with a range of equipment, plus table football and table tennis available inside. There is a tennis court a short walk away however the site does have badminton courts.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Massages and facials are available

Stairgates / no stairs

Provided

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wifi provided

Ski

The skiing, snowboarding and toboggan runs at the Arber can be reached in 10 minutes by car/ski bus

Reviews

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  • “We stayed in a 2-bedroomed apartment with a 9-month old in tow. The place is really well set up for an easy self-catering holiday - with everything you'd expect in a comfortable, clean apartment, but also the added bonus of the extra facilities available for the use of anyone staying in any of the three houses. We made use of the coffee room, the library of DVDs, the toy supplies, the little shop and the frozen meals. We were provided with a buggy, high chair and proper wooden cot, as well as a large selection of toys and other little things (like plug socket protectors) which made the holiday with a baby so straightforward. There are a good set of cycle paths in the national parks nearby, which meant walks with the buggy were in plentiful supply.”Review dated 19/12/2011

  • “We stayed in Bayerisch Eisenstein for the second time this year with our daughter (20 months old). The apartment contains all the equipment you need for a long or a short stay.”Review dated 19/12/2011

  • “Travelling abroad with a 10 month old baby was made stress-free in this apartment, with everything you could possibly need- cot, buggy, highchair- down to changing mats. A real home from home.”Review dated 19/12/2011

  • “If every place was like this, I would travel more often, having 2 small children (4&5) can make travelling a little difficult, but not this time, the apartment was beautiful, clean, and child friendly, it has everything you could possible need, you will feel like at home, this is one of the best places I have ever stayed at.”Review dated 19/12/2011

“We stayed in a 2-bedroomed apartment with a 9-month old in tow. The place is really well set up for an easy self-catering holiday - with everything you'd expect in a comfortable, clean apartment, but also the added bonus of the extra facilities available for the use of anyone staying in any of the three houses. We made use of the coffee room, the library of DVDs, the toy supplies, the little shop and the frozen meals. We were provided with a buggy, high chair and proper wooden cot, as well as a large selection of toys and other little things (like plug socket protectors) which made the holiday with a baby so straightforward. There are a good set of cycle paths in the national parks nearby, which meant walks with the buggy were in plentiful supply.”

“We stayed in Bayerisch Eisenstein for the second time this year with our daughter (20 months old). The apartment contains all the equipment you need for a long or a short stay.”

“Travelling abroad with a 10 month old baby was made stress-free in this apartment, with everything you could possibly need- cot, buggy, highchair- down to changing mats. A real home from home.”

“If every place was like this, I would travel more often, having 2 small children (4&5) can make travelling a little difficult, but not this time, the apartment was beautiful, clean, and child friendly, it has everything you could possible need, you will feel like at home, this is one of the best places I have ever stayed at.”

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 2 guests.



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