6 Bedrooms, 1 studio, 1 living room, 2 large terraces, 2 garages, backyard

6 Bedrooms, 1 studio, 1 living room, 2 large terraces, 2 garages, backyard




Jan 2008

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6 Bedrooms
Sleeps 9
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our house is situated in a beautiful environment near Detmold which is a lovely city in West Germany.
The house was built in the early 20th century as a primary school of the suburb called Berlebeck. Due to this history the house has high ceilings, renewed wooden floors and large rooms (which used to be the former classrooms). You will live on three floors. A big dining room (with piano) and 2 bedrooms, one bathroom and the kitchen linked to the partially roofed terrace offer comfortably daily living on the first floor. Second floor is dominated by the 4 bedrooms one of which used to be a living room as well. Third floor is a 60 sqm studio built 2 years ago enlighted by huge roof windows providing picturesque views into the "Teutoburger Wald" - the local natural forrest reserve.

The big garden is very natural and quiet behind the house. It is very suitable for little children. We have a swing and a sandpit right next to an outside terrace which provides sunlight until late evenings (in addition to the big terrace directly attached to the house).

Besides, you can use various facilities like a basketball basket, tabletop football, bicycles.

We own the entire house and share it with 3 other families. Our part can be compared to a semi-detached house. The spacious backyard and the central stairway is used by 2 other families living in the other half of the house. All families are very friendly and offer help whenever you ask. Their children are 5, 11, 15, 1


More about us

  1. We are a big familiy with 5 children aged 12, 9, 7, 5, 4. We are both 36. I am an Osteopath and work part-time for my own business in Detmold. Paul works as Senior Manager for IBM Germany now having the chance to make a temporary move to the UK. We all love to travel the world to get to know different cultures. All of us like to spend time outside like hiking and riding the bicycle, go skiing in the Alps, go on weekend trips.

    We have many lovely friends in Detmold. Some of them are from UK certainly willing to offer help on the first steps in Germany. Traditionally, Detmold has been hosting many people from the UK due to the post war engagement of the British troops in Germany.

    All our kids and ourselves are excited to dive into a new social environment getting to know people from other countries and making friends with them.

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The social environment of Detmold and Berlebeck is very safe. People are very friendly and helpful. This especially helps people from foreign cultures.

The local Kindergarten (for children from 2-6) is about 3min walk away from the house and very save for children. Schools are in a neighbouring suburb (primary school) and in Detmold (Highschool) which is about 5 km (3.1 mi) away from our house. There is public transportation to Detmold about every 15 min. Our house is located next to the main street of the village going to Detmold. Detmold has about 80,000 inhabitants and has alot to offer in terms of culture and leisure activities.

The village of Berlebeck offers all basic facilities like bakery, food store, local bank, post office, medicist, etc.. Berlebeck is a very touristic place. The "Adlerwarte" (Europes largest ornithological station for birds of prey) is a lot of fun to go to. It is situated about 5 min walk from our house. The local public outdoor swimming pool opens in May (1km away).

Major German cities cloeseby are Paderborn (25 km), Bielefeld (30 km. Detmold has a railway station. Close airports are Paderborn and Hannover (130km).

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