GISELLE, ANSBACH DISTRICT, GERMANY - CASTLE
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This is not your typical vacation rental! You will be living in a fourteenth-century castle in a small village in Franconian Bavaria, along the famous Romantic Road, about 20 minutes from Ansbach. This picturesque castle enjoys a bucolic setting and is surrounded by a moat and system of ponds inhabited by ducks, fish, and swans.
The private Giselle vacation rental is on the second floor and includes a bedroom with combined twin beds, private bath with shower stall (newly remodeled in 2021), and a living room with a small kitchenette suitable for preparing light meals. It offers wonderful views of the castle moat and chapel. It is equipped with hair dryer, telephone, TV (cable), CD player, coffeemaker, convection oven and dishwasher.
The castle has been in the same family since the sixteenth century, and your gracious hosts will give you a personally guided tour.
It is only a 20-minute drive to Ansbach, which is the nearest train station and a fairly large city. A 5-minute drive takes you to a grocery store that carries just about everything you will need, including a bakery, butcher, and prepared food section. You are also a short drive to a variety of restaurants in the area. The castle has a pool table in the banquet room and bikes to rent in the barn. A horse farm is just down the road. A golf course and tennis courts are also nearby.
All castle apartments have Wi-Fi, although the signal can be spotty due to the thick castle walls.
Occupancy: This property sleeps 1-2 people. | Disclaimer | Print Page
SLEEPINGQueen-sized bed (that can be divided into twins with advanced notice)
BATHROOMS1 with shower stall (newly remodeled in 2021)
KITCHENKitchenette (a convection oven)
LAUNDRYLimited laundry can be done on a request basis.
ACCESSIBILITY1 flight of stairs
TRANSPORTATION5-minute drive to major food market, 20-minute drive to Ansbach, 30 minutes to Dinkelsbühl, 40 minutes to Rothenburg, 45 minutes to Nürnberg and 1.5 hours to Munich, just to name a few interesting destinations
MINUSESLimited kitchen facilities in apartment
PLUSESInside the castle, Wifi, phone, friendly hosts on site.
SPECIAL FEATURESWindow screens. Wifi, phone.
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What's included with the Germany - Castle Untour?
- One or two weeks in a private apartment in a medieval 14th century castle in Bavaria.
- Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Munich, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (Click for more information on Untours' air policies.)
- Airport transfer info: Detailed instructions for your rental car pick-up and independent drive to the castle.
- Car rental for the duration of your Untour.
- An orientation session with the Baron, your host, covering sightseeing, local events, concerts, and festivals.
- A regional map and our own Untouring Bavaria guidebook, researched and written by Untours staff, full of the best restaurants, sightseeing, and other suggestions.
- A cultural event, like a tour of the castle hosted by the Baron and his wife.
- A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to shop right away.
- Pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
- Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.
Landlord or Host for Giselle, Ansbach District, Germany - Castle
The gracious hosts, the Baron and his wife, speak English and live on the castle premises. The Baron is a wealth of information on the area and will provide many personal insights into Franconian Bavaria.
Ansbach District, Germany - Castle, Home of Giselle
The castle and Bohemian House dominate the tiny village of Sommersdorf. You are in a rural setting in a small town but not far from the larger towns of Dinkelsbühl, Rothenberg and Ansbach. Sommersfdorf has a guesthouse right outside of the castle grounds that serves hearty food and spirits and has a true local and friendly feel.
An organic farm that borders the castle grounds sells some of their products from a small stand each week, and there is a horse farm right down the road. As you bike around Sommersdorf you will see lots of farms in the area and a few small stores for baked goods and some small provisions. The Edeka grocery store, a 5-minute drive from the castle, has just about everything you will need for your stay, including a butcher, bakery, prepared foods, wine and beer. The next town, less than 3 miles from the castle, has a bank with ATM, post office and the Krone guest house, which has good food.
Sommersdorf is situated in the area of Franconian Bavaria called the "Altmühltal." The Altmühl is a small river just south of the castle, which meanders to the Danube. In the summer there is canoeing on the Altmühl as well as hiking and biking trails. Golf and tennis are nearby. From the castle you are only a half-hour to Ansbach, which is the nearest train station and a fairly large city. You are always a short drive to a variety of restaurants in the area.
The castle has an in-ground pool with beautiful gardens, pool table in the banquet room and bikes to rent in the barn . Golf and tennis can be arranged nearby. There are 3 artificial lakes within a short drive of the castle that encompass a bird sanctuary and offer extensive recreational facilities for boaters, windsurfers and swimmers.
Customer comments about Giselle, Ansbach District, Germany - Castle
"Our stay in the castle itself was exciting. The apartment was spacious and the views were enchanting, including ducks swimming in the moat around the castle. Lilo and Manfred are excellent gardeners, and the roses on the castle grounds took us back centuries in time." F. Spina & P. Fleck (10/2019)
"The apartment was enchanting and we had everything we needed. The Baron and his wife were delightful, welcoming hosts. It was truly a 'magic kingdom'." Keith and Lana Adrian
“Small kitchen but fine otherwise. Furnishings fitting for an old castle. Comfortable bed.” Walter and Chris Snook
“Rooms in my apartment were quite large and nicely furnished.” Edmond and Connie Hodges
“Loved it…loved it…loved it.” Beth Ann Hollowhush
“The apartment was cozy and comfortable.” Ruth A.Waters
Ratings for Giselle, Ansbach District, Germany - Castle
|CREATURE COMFORT FEATURE||POSSIBLE POINTS|
|Modern Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, modern ambience)||6||4|
|Phone (yes, limited, no)||2||2|
|Television (none, TV w/o cable, TV w/cable)||2||2|
|Attractiveness (décor, charm, windowboxes, antiques)||5||4|
|Bathroom (attractive, functional)||3||3|
|Furniture Comfort (comfortable chairs, etc.)||6||5|
|Outdoor amenties: Patio, Balcony, Swimming pool||5||5|
|Laundry facilities: (yes, limited, no)||2||2|
|Sleeping facilities comfort||4||4|
|LIVING LIKE A LOCAL FEATURE||POSSIBLE|
|Apartment Host Experience (positive experience)||12||12|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the apartment and immediate surroundings||12||12|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the neighborhood (if it is in a city or larger town) or the village (if it is in a country/rural Untour)||12||10|
|Distance to Transportation/Major Roads||5||5|
|Shopping (access to everyday supplies)||3||3|
|Well-Situated To See The Region or City||6||5|
An Explanation of the Ratings:
These ratings come from a combination of customer reviews and the reports of Untours staff who have seen the apartments and/or followed reports from customers over the years.
These ratings give a sense of how most people feel, but your tastes and requirements may vary. If you have any questions about this apartment, please call us at 1-888-868-6871. You can talk to someone who has seen the accommodation.
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Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, E. Europe
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