Lush green meadows, the gentle swell of the Baltic Sea and a white manor house: the setting visitors discover when approaching the 75-hectare estate is reminiscent of a painting by Max Liebermann. "Grand Village" in the hotel's name is not just a whimsical choice of words. The resort consists of some thirty elaborately restored buildings that used to be part of a former country estate and now, like a rambling village, extend all the way to Hohwacht Bay and its kilometres of sandy beach.
From the early 18th century, Schloss Weissenhaus and the surrounding estates were owned by Count Platen von Hallermund. The centrepiece of the estate is the 17th century manor, which was rebuilt in the neo-baroque style following a major fire in 1895. Alongside it is the former dairy barn, the gardener's house, the dyke cottage and the cartwright's house, where coaches used to be repaired.
The noble family continued to live in the manor until 1993. After being used as a restaurant for several years, the Schloss was put up for sale in 2007 ‒ an opportunity for Jan Henric Buettner, an entrepreneur from Hamburg, to realise his dream of creating a luxurious hotel village in the holiday region of his childhood.