Schleihaus Sensby

For families who love nature, hammocks and great design. Self-catering accommodation on the Schlei.

Breakfast, beach, bonfire

A home away from home near Kappeln & Eckernförde

Our thatched cottage is a listed building from 1845. It is located in Schwansen, Northern Germany, a lovely area between the Schlei and the Baltic Sea. Just a short 2km walk from the Schlei, 15 minutes drive from Kappeln, 20 minutes from Eckernförde, and 30mins from Schleswig.

This self-catering accommodation has three bedrooms and can sleep up to 9 adults. There are three bedrooms – two doubles, one with an en-suite bathroom, downstairs and one large bedroom with five beds upstairs. Downstairs there’s a large open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with a cosy fireplace (and a guitar).

The kitchen is well equipped with different types of coffee makers (Bialetti, filter coffee, french press), a fridge and freezer, toaster, teapot, utensils for baking and all the regular kitchen basics like salt/pepper/oil/tea towels etc for you to use.

We also have all the kit you need for travelling with kids: Stokke high chair (including the infant gear), travel cot, booster seat, children’s kitchen wear, toys, books, pens, Duplo, Lego, board games (for kids and adults) – it’s all here, so you don’t have to bring it!

Outside there is a large wild garden with a big terrace, with seating for adults and kids. We have swings, a sandpit, a see-saw, kids’ playhouse and an In-ground trampoline (with a protective net). Your kids are welcome to make full use of them – but please supervise them, we can’t take any responsibility for injuries. The trampoline has a weight restriction of 100kg.

We also have a gas grill and a fire pit for marshmallow roasting. Just bear in mind we have a thatched roof!

It’s a paradise for families, design and nature lovers and well-equipped for children!

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"Great feel-good place that is lovingly, thoughtfully and stylishly decorated."

Fresh air and all that jazz

History of Schleihaus Sensby

Designed for modern family living. Treasured as a summer and weekend getaway from the city, we now want to share our country house with you.

The house dates back to 1845 and was originally a farm workers’ cottage with three separate units. It has since been renovated into one larger unit (which we now use ourselves and rent out to guests, and one smaller permanently rented apartment).

We acquired the property in 2019 hoping to transform the interior into a weekend getaway, where we could relax, surrounded by nature and things we loved. We have restored the garden, and the thatched roof and really made the place into a haven for families who love design.

If you want something quiet and the idea of long walks on the beach, family adventures in quaint towns on the German North Coast and coming back to a hammock, bonfires in beautifully designed interior appeals? Book now.

Schleihaus Sensby Floorplan Schleihaus Sensby Floorplan

Do we have what you need?

Family holiday? A relaxing break with a loved one?
We've got you covered.

We are seasoned travellers both with and without kids, and we know it's the little details that make the big difference. So here's the full list. Anything else, just ask.

  • Extensive private garden with outdoor furniture
  • Kids play house
  • BBQ grill & fire pit
  • Private sauna
  • Free washing machine
  • Private backyard (fully fenced)
  • Private patio
  • Free parking on premises
  • Hammock
  • Indoor wood-burning fireplace
  • Fireplace guards
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking basics
  • Dishes & silverware
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Blender
  • Kettle & Coffee Maker
  • Bed linen
  • Towels, soap & toilet paper
  • Iron & hairdryer
  • Clothes drying rack
  • Sound system
  • Books & Magazines
  • Baby safety gates & window guards
  • Baby monitor
  • High chair & travel cot
  • Children's books & toys
  • ...and WIFI

Can you see yourself there already?

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Our guests, telling it like it is

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    It was a really fantastic super de luxe stopover. A beautiful big garden that my wife has always dreamed of and great fun for the kids. Nice that we could use everything and also the toys for the children. We are very grateful to you for that. Well done. A beautiful place to relax.


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    Charming and 'hyggeligt' cottage in the North German countryside. Nice garden with many activities indoor and outdoor. (e.g. table tennis, fussball table, trampoline and many board games). Talke is very helpful and welcoming. The house has everything you need for a family holiday.

    Ann Elisabeth

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    Talke is the perfect host of a wonderful house! Snap, accurate and extremely polite in communication. Perfectly equipped house and WHAT a garden!! Great house and surroundings!!! We enjoyed 6 nights in Talke's Schleihaus Senby! AND we would take just some 6 or more days anytime soon!


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    The house is very nicely decorated and incredibly well equipped. There is plenty to discover for adults and children. Overall a wonderful stay.


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    Super nice house with beautiful garden, just great for families with children. We were there for our little daughter and 4 grandparents. There was enough space for all of us.


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    Great feel-good place that is lovingly, thoughtfully and stylishly decorated. We were there with a group of 8 boys and enjoyed the fireplace, the cozy couch corner, the sauna and the great light at sunrise - a great autumn weekend


Wind, waves, water

Be beside the seaside, or just be.
A bit about our location on the Schlei.

Between the Schlei and the beautiful Baltic Sea

The Schwansen region is unique as a holiday and weekend destination, as it’s located right between the Schlei and the Baltic Sea.

That means you can do any water sport imaginable here: swimming (closest beach/Schlei in Bienebek, 2km, walking distance), sailing (e.g. in Arnis, Germany’s smallest town, by bike/ferry 24min), canoeing, SUP, kite surfing (Weidefelder Strand), fishing etc.

Fields of gold

This area of Schwansen is full of quiet family farms of golden wheat. If you are here during harvest season, kids love watching the combine harvesters.

Our house is located in the middle of the fields, in an area with only 5-6 houses around. This is a perfect place to relax and get away from it all. But if you want some company there are plenty of country restaurants and activities to do.

There is also a natural reserve Naturpark Schlei and plenty of places to hike. This unique landscape nestled between the Schlei and the Baltic Sea is one of Germany’s best-kept secrets.

Schlei, Schwansen and Schleswig

You are also just a short drive or cycle away from Kappeln an der Schlei, in Schleswig-Holstein. There are some great fish restaurants in Kappeln, museums, churches and shops to visit. See the Scleihaus Sensby guide for more information and ideas about what to do with your family.

The Viking museum Haithabu, in Schleswig is a definite highlight for kids, with a real-life Viking village (around 30min by car).

Another great day trip is taking the Angelner Dampfeisenbahn gGmbH steam train from Kappeln to Süderbrarup. (Check online for dates/tickets).

We’re happy to send you a list of our favourite places around here too, so just send us an email.

Get some vitamin Sea

The sea rejuvenates me, my kids, our friends. You can’t help but relax, forget about your to do lists and just kick off your shoes.

You will be spoilt for choice with beaches here. There are multiple stunning beaches, all just a short trip from the house.

Weidefelder Strand, Falshöft, Hasselberg, Eckernförder Bucht, Langholz. If you need to know which is the best for sandcastles, rock pooling or sports, we are happy to help with suggestions, or you can check out our Schlei travel guide here.

Your host

Offering simplicity and style on the Schlei

Hi, I’m Talke.

I’m a lover of great architecture, campfires, hammocks, good coffee, travel and food.

Designer and mum of three. Working online but enjoying every minute offline and outside.

At Schleihaus Sensby you will experience a calming, thoughtfully designed space that works for families with kids.

We may be remote hosts but can be reached via messaging at all times and we have someone close by who can assist if the need should arise.

We won’t be there to greet you or interact during your stay, and the house is self-check-in. We speak English and German.


Where to find us

For switching off, for adventures for lazy beach days and cosy autumn nights