Haus und Garten liegen am sonnigen Südhang, neben der exzellenten Weinlage Burg Gutenfels. House and garden are exposed to the sunny south and are neighbours of the excellent wine yards of Castle Gutenfels. The sun floods the garden.Vom Wonhzimmer blickt man auf den Fluss und die Anlegestelle der Fähre. From the living room you have the view on the river and the ferry boat station.
Former slate mine with gorgeous river view
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8 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 baths
8 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 baths
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Experience a breathtaking and charming Rhine panorama above the slate cladded roofs of an medieval town! The sun-dappeled former slate mine ist situated at the rocks underneath Castle Gutenfels, directly at the hiking trail "Rheinsteig". The property is part of the Unesco world heritage and a wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy the terrace, shaded with a vine bower, the mysterious cave entrance of the mine, the traditional herb garden, the secluded relaxing green and the bird´s eye view.

The space

The guest house offers three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms (with shower and two seperate toilets), a completely equiped kitchen, a dining and living room , a terrace with a vine pergola, a herb garden and a lawn with mediterranean trees as almond, figs and peaches. The lawn is an ideal place for sunbathing, as it is the only and the highest garden level in the neighbourhood and you can not be seen from underneath. But you will have a great view on the river! One large sleeping room is in the studio under the roof and can be used as a family or group room by up to four persons (2 double beds). The other sleeping rooms offer one double bed each. A crib and a babies high chair are available. The property has been a slate-mine until 1869. The garden lies on the 'plane' spoil heap of the mine. Because of this the property is called 'The Plon' by the Kaubians. (From the garden it is possible to visit the adit mouth but ist is not allowed by minimg authorities to climb deeper into the rock.) For 150 years the house was owned by the local driggist family. They planted the herb garden with serveral sorts of thyme, rosemary, sage and much more species. The herbs can be taken by the guests for cooking and teas.

Guest access

From the central 'Zollplatz' a foot path (between the youth hostel and 'Hotel zum Turm') leads to the 'Schlossweg', a very short way of only 25 meters. As you reach the ' Schlossweg' you turn left and after 15 meters you will reach the house. There is a gate between the garden walls and and a stair leads to the garden level and the entrance underneath the pergola.

Interaction with guests

Please ask you if have questions or if need some advices for your journy! You can call me or send a sms or mail any time. I have written a personal guide to the middle rhine valley and a small manual for the house. I can send it as a pdf in before and you will aslo find the printed version on the kitchen table.

Other things to note

A lot of rural regions in Europe Kaub experiences an enormous decline in population. Because of its beautiful scenery, the masses of historic monuments, wildlife sancturies and its fascinating history Kaub and the neighbourhood are very attractiv destinations. Since centuries Kaub lived from shipping, pilot's business and slate mining. Today tourism is the most important economic focus. Renting holiday houses and apartments is a very welcomed opportunity to bring some welfare directly to the region' s inhabitants. Kaub is looking forward to meet its guests - you will recognize this directly! Despite the town counts only 800 people it is very lively and communicating;-) A lot of neighbours are engaged in theater festival, carnival parade, Nikolaus market, the choire, the biking day 'Tal Total' or the current swimming school 'Cubalido'. There we celebrate the summer beach live on the river's island. The Kaubians are very cosmopolitan and tolarant. Gays, lesbian and people of all colors and religion are warmly welcomed.


Amenities
Internet
Wireless Internet

Prices
Extra people £27 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee £53
Security Deposit £184
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
2 double beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 5PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Tim User Profile
August 2017
We found Dirk's place to be something quite special. Beautiful views from virtually every room. We admired & enjoyed his sense of style & skill with design: the interior design & artefacts are really well thought through in a creative way. The house is well equipped, spacious, comfortable ... we had a great stay. Some pointers for other travellers: - the house is I guess the equivalent of an 8 or 10 storey climb up stairs & pathways from the place you park your car. It's worth it in my opinion to obtain the views & privacy, but you do have to be prepared to haul your luggage. - we didn't find English to be spoken in the restaurants or shops we went to. But locals were accommodating and we could get by without it.
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Response from Dirk:
Thank you very much for this excellent recommendation. The way up to look over all the roofs of all the neighborhood houses (in general 3 floors) is about the 4 th floor - not so dramatic ;-)
August 2017

Shannon User Profile
August 2017
What an AMAZING stay - Dirk's place was a piece of paradise along the Rhine. A bit of a hike from where you can park to the flat, but this affords you magnificent views and lovely breeze. The garden was a delightful place to have a drink and short walk to a local market, bakery and several restaurants. On our last night there, we were surprised by a fireworks display from directly in front of the flat - not sure who or what was celebrated but we throughly enjoyed it. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again, maybe next time we would plan to have time for hiking.
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Response from Dirk:
Wow, what a great review! Thank you very much Shannon. Didn´t you notice I organized the firework for you ? ;-)))) Hope to host you again next time and you should really hike along the Rheinsteig, its beautiful! See you, Dirk
August 2017

Andrew User Profile
September 2017
The property offers a perfect spot to enjoy the Rhine and explore the region. The view is spectacular and the house is wonderfully decorated with everything you need. We would have loved to stay longer if our schedule had allowed it!
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Response from Dirk:
Thank you very much, Andrew!
September 2017

Naomi User Profile
September 2017
Dirk's place is quiet and secluded overlooking Kaub and the river. It's a bit of a hike up there if you have bags - but worth the effort. The house has everything you could need and then some. A fully equipped kitchen and the most beautiful garden with fresh herbs and fruit that you can eat. Kaub isn't touristy like some of the other towns - the locals are lovely, tho not many speak English. Dirk was very responsive to all our requests and so hopeful to non native Germans. We would highly recommend staying here for a picturesque, relaxing Rhine experience.
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Response from Dirk:
Many thanks, Naomi and Steph
September 2017

Erika User Profile
September 2017
Great place overlooking the Rhine river! Close to ferries, free parking, and trains. We really enjoyed our stay, thank you for the warm welcome Dirk!
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Response from Dirk:
It was a pleasure for me!
September 2017

Julia User Profile
July 2017
The apartment is beautifully done, very stylish with a cute garden and great views onto the Rhine. We stayed with our toddler daughter and it was all fine for her. We arrived much later than planned due to traffic but that was managed very nicely by Dirk. Kaub is a very peaceful village, a great place to relax and explore more of the area from.
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Response from Dirk:
Thank you very much Julia! As a friend of nature I knew that you would love it! All the best, Dirk
July 2017

Jaclyn User Profile
June 2017
We absolutely loved staying at Dirk's house in Kaub! We stayed there with a large group including 2 children and it was perfect for us. The house is very spacious and the garden and patio are incredible. We enjoyed many bottles of wine while relaxing on the patio! It is a bit of a climb to get to the house, but well worth it for us. Kaub is situated in a beautiful area of the Rhine and is convenient to many attractions. We took advantage of the river cruise boats that dock in Kaub as well as the ferry in Kaub. Everything does close early in the small town and things were frequently closed during the week and in the middle of the day, so you need to plan accordingly. Dirk was a wonderful host. He provided lots of suggestions on things to do during our stay as well as an amazing guide book for the area. I would highly recommend staying here!
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Response from Dirk:
Wow, what a great recommendation! Thank you very much, Jaclyn. It made me happy to see you relaxing and enjoying the panoramic view and scenery. Hope to meet you again, Dirk
June 2017

Cologne, GermanyJoined in April 2014
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My name is Dirk Melzer and I´m a self employed landscape architect, living in Cologne. I´m interested in arts, especially literature and architecture, in politics, history and psychology......and of course I am enthusiatic about nature, plants, animals and landscapes. I like to cook and - much more - to eat! I love sports, swimming, running, skiing, surfing, horse-riding, cycling and so on. And I love to meet people, to communicate and being a host.

Languages: Deutsch, English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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