The traditional 18thC timber-framed buildings which make up the Neuhaus have long been a hub of Iserlohn-Lossel – a suburb which feels more like a village: built as a farm, they went on to serve as a bakery, grocer and pub, before becoming the hotel and restaurant Neuhaus in the 1970s. The Neuhaus family has been here for generations, and this is very much a family-run hotel.
The place was refurbished recently and the effect is very smart – original ancient beams combined with subtle, light colours with splashes of colour. All bathrooms are modern and immaculate – the room our inspector stayed in had a shower so big you could almost have driven into it, and the under-floor heating was a nice touch. Walls throughout the hotel are hung with art, and painting courses are run here. Sculptures are dotted around the colourful gardens, which also have a 600 year old well.
But it is the restaurant, popular with locals and guests alike, where you get a feel for the real character of the place, as the amiable Herr Neuhaus comes to talk to his guests. Food is traditional and hearty. We enjoyed the tender beef, as well as Herr Neuhaus’s enthusiastic eulogy on recent improvements in German wine-making (which he backs up with an impressive cellar). A friendly place with high standards, which combines traditional hospitality with modern comforts.