Mecklenburg has a number of old farming and ranching estates (Gueter), consisting of historical buildings, that used to be supported by about 500 hectares (1250 acres) of agricultural land and up.
Westenbruegge is one of these, but much older than average. It started around 1230 as a castle, surrounded by water, along a very important trade way between Middle Age Hanse port cities Rostock and Wismar. Back parts of the mansion likely date back to that age and the village church certainly does. Until the late 1700s the property was huge.
Then many separate agricultural operations were spun off, supported by favorable grain prices through exports to, among others, the fighting parties of the American revolutionary war. Today only 7.5 acres of park cannot possibly maintain these great historic buildings. So they serve as unique rentals and vacations rentals.
The mansion has a very unique octagonal pavilion attached to its back by a passageway. It served as a kitchen addition for the whole operation and was separated from the mansion for fire protection. It's a real headache from a business sense, because after reconstruction it will offer only 115sq meters, about 1050 sqft of usable space on two floors. The lower floor will reach a yard below the surface line. We call it a souterain or half basement floor.
The construction expense of about $260K is documented in a construction consulting report. Thanks to a pledge by Pat Updegraff of Louisville, KY only 40.000 Euros (about $48K) is needed at this point to start and complete the restoration. The catch: These 40.000 need to be lined up in less than a year. The reward: Contractually warranted claims to vacation usage or vacation rental revenue in the pavilion, which is going to be truly unique as a vacation apartment and located within 10 minutes of the Baltic Sea beaches.
We are located in a very well frequented resort area. It offers beautiful countryside with bright yellow canola fields stretching for miles and miles during springtime. You will also find rare bird and wild life.
Considering the rents, saving this rare and beautiful building should carry a real economic reward for the sponsor. In addition your pledge may serve you as a strong hedge against a falling dollar value as is predicted by many smart people, due to high debt levels and international trade deficits in the U.S.
Right along the pavilion runs a lovely creek, called Hellbach, meaning the bright creek. From the pavilion's windows it can be seen rustling over a rock bed before disappearing under a bridge, that for 600 years, between 1230 and 1836, has been carrying virtually all land traffic between Rostock and Wismar. This bridge gave the town it's name.
Today, the nightingale lets the vacationer forget any rush and noise, he left behind somewhere else. In the park he can take a stroll in another unique Westenbruegge feature, the allee cross of 200 year old lime trees.
Westenbruegge is located about two hours from Germany's capital, Berlin, as well as its major port city, Hamburg, both providing international airports. You may fly into Rostock Laage too. Catch a ferry in Rostock to, within hours, take you to Kopenhagen, the capital of Denmark, or Malmoe in Sweden. For slightly more aspiring travelers, the rising and still very different cities of Riga, Latvia, Tallinn, Estonia, and St. Petersburg, Russia, are not out of reach.
There are many more ways to enjoy extended vacations without much travel. An old steam train leaves the county seat Doberan, which boasts an 800 years old cathedral, passes Germany's first sea resort Heiligendamm, and terminates in the beach resort town of Kuehlungsborn.
You can pick a catered boat in the closeby fishing village of Warnemuende to leave for fishing trips on the Baltic Sea. No worries at all about language barriers: Most anyone under 55 years of age will talk English to you fluently, comfortably and gladly.
During the time, a sponsor does not care to use his truly unique octagonal pavilion residence himself, it can be rented. The summer season counts about 120 rentable nights, which might generate about $70 a night. So for a sponsor makes sound economic sense to do a good deed in saving this building.
This can be accomplished by way of a rental contract providing a high deposit, which can be lived or earned off and secured on record. The owner will provide the other two thirds of the reconstruction expense and avoid overextension after caring for restoration of the estate mansion and the main horse stable.
The pavilion is protected as architectural monument. It is unique at least as far as Germany is concerned. Moreover it has received rave testimonials from the state's historical monument division as well as Alexander Schacht, a locally well reputed scholar in art history, author of many magazine and newspaper articles. Their statements are attached. Schacht counts Westenbruegge among the oldest knight's seats in Mecklenburg.
Its takes $15K, $32K or $50K respectively to acquire the rights to 3, 7 or 11 summer weeks every year for 10 years. You will be entitled to a corresponding share off season.
Please contact me at 415-595-1115 (San Francisco), +49-172-446-8783 (Germany) or via email. Thank you very much.