Exclusive bathrooms at the
Grand Village

Schloss Weissenhaus upgraded with classic Axor bathroom collection

External view of the Schloss Weissenhaus at night

Hideaway by the Baltic Sea

If you're looking for tranquility, the soothing sound of the waves and comfortable surroundings, you don't need to fly to the Seychelles. Wellness enthusiasts will find their perfect 5-star "hideaway" along Schleswig-Holstein's Baltic coast. Around 100 km north-east of Hamburg lies one of Europe's most beautiful beach hotels – the "Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa".

The bathrooms at the exclusive resort have been furnished with Axor products from the classic Axor Montreux bathroom collection. Imbued with playful elegance and featuring lots of traditional elements, the mixers and showers fit seamlessly into the historical ambience in and around the Schloss Weissenhaus.

Neo-baroque oasis

Schlosstherme thermal spa with a 20 metre pool
Suite in modern country house style

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.

Every building exudes history

The Courtier, the Michelin-star restaurant in the Schloss, offers gourmet cuisine. Afternoon tea is served in the Spiegelsaal [hall of mirrors] and in the evenings guests can enjoy a Manhattan Perfect in the 1896 cocktail bar. The Schloss also boasts a cinema, a billiard room and a library.

An underground tunnel takes guests to the hotel's thermal spa with its 1,500 square metre spa area which includes a variety of saunas, pools, lounging areas as well as a steam bath, a Turkish bath and a snow grotto.

Guests can take an electric cart or stroll on foot through the beautifully kept park to the boat house, which offers sea views and Californian cuisine to delight the palate.

These days the Reetscheune, a thatched barn where young cattle used to be housed in the 19th century, hosts cultural events.

The 62 rooms and suites offer discreet luxury.

Tradition and modernity

The interior design is based on a mixture of Mediterranean joie-de-vivre and stylish cosiness. This style is also a feature of the bathrooms. If the classic Axor Montreux bathroom collection had not been in existence, it would have had to be invented for Jan Henric Buettner's hotel: the collection, developed by Phoenix Design, pays homage to the Belle Époque, that golden period at the turn of the century when Schloss Weissenhaus was rebuilt.

Many industrial and technological, as well as modern interior décor and bathroom innovations date back to this period. The European upper classes discovered their love of travel, and major spas sprang up such as the Montreux, which is where the Axor collection got its name ‒ in a sense, this represented the birth of the spa holiday.

Classic mixer on marble bath tub
Star handle mixer on wash basin and bath tub

Modern functionality in an elegant guise

The clear geometric shapes and classic elements of the Axor Montreux mixers recapture the spirit of pleasure, joie-de-vivre and luxury of those days.

The design series features delicate star handles with porcelain inlays and floor-standing bath mixers around free-standing bath tubs. Following traditional manufacturing methods, the mixers are not made from one piece, but combine lots of high-quality components to create a complete work of art.

Axor Montreux

2 wash basins with 3-hole wall mixers
Bath tub with floor-standing bath mixer

The interior designers of the Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa opted for the Axor Montreux 3-hole wall mixer, which blends in well with the marble surface of the wash stands.

Guests who use the free-standing bath tubs are treated to floor-standing Axor Montreux 2-handle bath mixers. The spacious bathrooms in the suites feature private saunas, marble bath tubs with Axor Montreux 3-hole rim-mounted bath mixers and hand showers.

Noblesse oblige

Custom-made products from the Axor Manufaktur tailor the bathroom furnishings to the historic building's specific requirements. The detailed variations in the classic Axor Montreux bathroom collection help make the bathrooms as distinctive as the "Grand Village" itself.

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Astrid Bachmann PR Manager Axor