Something of a curiosity, the Schloss Frauenmark: a large and harmonious-styled 19thC country house from the outside, nothing too imposing, but which on the inside drips here and there with the sort of grandeur you’d expect in a ducal palace. We like the Historismus corner fireplace in the entrance hall, which burns all the time. However, the Dinner Suite (for two or four guests), a symphony in red and gilt, could make us feel as if we were on a film set. A simpler dining room/breakfast room (the Claude Monet) is at the other extreme, in homely blue and yellow, with painted wooden chairs.
The Teesalon is a successful mixture of styles, with an Oriental influence, and some beautiful antiques, but some may find it, together with the Festsaal, quite formal. Upstairs there are eleven spacious, but sometimes overdone, rooms and suites. Still, it’s good fun, and here and there are some nice touches, such as the real 19thC ‘slipper’ bath tub and a marble-topped freestanding 19thC washbasin. The Rothenbergs took the place over in 1996 and have imposed their friendly and individual stamp (and they use the Charming Small Hotel Guides when they travel!). They welcome guests as individuals, but are keen to host weddings and informal business conferences too. Competitive two, three and six day price packages are on offer.