In an isolated spot in the town of Netzen, beside a large lake and close to wetland areas, Seehof is a great place for bird spotters, as water birds flourish here. In fact, nature lovers in general will feel at home here; the River Havel feeds many lakes as it flows through the low-lying land around Brandenburg, creating a verdant region called the Havelland, which is famous for its wildlife.
The Seehof is an unpretentious two-star hotel built shortly after the Wende (German reunification) in a style sympathetic to local building traditions. The bedrooms are comfortable but rather Spartan in blues and whites, and all more or less identical, but there are rural and garden views from most windows and glimpses of the lake from some. 'Position's the thing here,' judged our inspector. The Seehof is right at the waterside, and guests can fish, swim, row, sail and go for long lakeside walks.
Summer is the season. You have a choice of two restaurant terraces overlooking the large garden and one with views of the lake. The restaurant is big and modern (with the odd set of antlers to give a rustic feel) and large windows give plenty of light. Lake fish dishes have an important place on the meny of local specialities.