While most accommodation on Fohr Island is in the arrival port of Wyk, the Landhaus Altes Pastorat is not – but it is the one to make for. Fohr is one of the larger islands (about 12km by 9km) at the north-western extremity of Germany – much quieter than its neighbour, Sylt, and a genuine island with no railway-bridge to the mainland.
The house is a long building of red brick dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, apparently single-storey with the exception of steeply gabled three-storey sections; in fact, the roof space accommodates some of the comfortable bedrooms, their windows poking through the thatch to overlook the lush, flowery back garden. Inside, too, there are flowers, along with art ancient and modern, antiques and books.
The El-Dessoukis placed special emphasis on guests feeling free to ‘mellow out’ and re-charge their batteries, and assure us that the new owner shares the same philosophy; reports welcome.