I would never dream that I get to live in a 800 year old house! Such buildings I visit as museum or palace or churches; but not as an accommodation. But I did and the house belongs to a couple at Steinbach, Baden-Wurttemberg region in Germany.

I arrive at 12 midnight, and you can’t imagine my surprise the next morning when I explore the house and area. Our host had lived here for 8 years and done most of the renovation themselves. They are the sweetest and most loving couple ever, she teaches ballet and he paints. Sometimes they will have exhibition to sell his art work. Meantime, their home is also a Qi Gong learning center.

Inside, there’s a short dark hallway with a ballet studio on the right-side, then wooden stairs leading to upper floor. When I first arrive we sat at the kitchen for a while, its huge dining table for 8. The table was inherited from my host’s father and he made the oak table himself years ago. This a 3-storey home, complete with attic and a huge wine-celler at basement. It has a master bedroom, a guest room, dining room, kitchen, drawing room, sewing room, reading room, ballet studio, garage-cum-storage area and balcony. The basement-celler is so huge, it was previously used as brewery. They also have a backyard with small garden and bbq area.

800 year old house

The house was part of the fortress surrounding Steinbach, I can still see part of fort-wall at the balcony.
Bathroom

Bathroom
Dining area

Dining area

Its amazing just walking around the house, but running is not recommended because the wooden floor and stairs creak with each step. I had to walk very carefully, which is quite hard for me to accomplish. Its pretty hard for them to maintain this house and they did all the renovation themselves. If I remember correctly, they spend almost a year to fix and polish the wooden floor in the kitchen and reading room area! Eight years living in this house and they are still fixing things.

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