About the farm:
From 2019 to 2022, the farm was completely rebuilt. The former farmstead was transformed into a modern residential estate with four spacious residential units. The residential house, built in 1881, was energetically renovated with new windows, new roof, new facade, new heating. The cowshed and feed shed, also built in 1881, were turned into living quarters and adjoining rooms. The chaff and hay loft became a cottage with a view of the pond and garden. The side building, built in 1840, whose first floor used to be stables and later garages, and whose upper floor served as a straw barn and move-out apartment, was also completely rebuilt into a large bright cottage. As a residential farm, the former farm is newly oriented to the future. The next 100 years can come.
About our history:
Come with me on a little journey through time! Back a little more than 200 years. To the year 1816:
Back then, people lived and worked who we now only know from history books: Goethe and Beethoven, Napoleon, Hegel or Hölderlin, Humboldt and Pestalozzi. Others, such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Werner von Siemens, Thomas Edison, Alfred Nobel, Marx and Engels, Gottlieb Daimler, Carl Benz, Wilhelm Röntgen, Rudolf Diesel or Robert Koch were not even born yet.
In this year 1816 Johann Daniel Nitzsche from Dehnitz near Wurzen bought this three-sided farm in Großzschepa. Since then, since 1816, the Dreiseithof has been in family ownership and has experienced a lot in these 200 years:
Only three years earlier, Napoleon Bonaparte had been defeated and driven out of Germany in the Battle of the Nations near Leipzig. It was the largest battle in world history up to that time, with around 600,000 soldiers taking part. That was 18 times more people than the whole of Leipzig had inhabitants at that time! The supply of these armies alone must have been a catastrophe with long-lasting consequences for all villages in the near and far surroundings. The few hundred inhabitants of Großzschepa fled into the woods with bag and baggage and their livestock when the small village had to endure a field camp of 6,000 soldiers. A total of 125,150 soldiers were killed or wounded in the battle. After the battle, there were 39 military hospitals for 20,944 (!) wounded and sick. At the same time, the whole of Leipzig had only 33,000 inhabitants at that time. Since there were not enough doctors, paramedics and nurses and the hygienic conditions were catastrophic, many of the wounded on both sides died in the military hospital. Of the surviving wounded, many eventually died as a result of a typhus epidemic.
The social and economic consequences of this battle of the nations will also have burdened the farms in Großzschepa for years to come. Life was not easy at that time anyway. In 1816, there was no electricity. And without electricity, there was no telephone, no television, no radio, no cars, no railroads, no airplanes. Not even the bicycle had been invented back then! There were no cameras or cell phones. The apartments had no bathrooms. For there were neither electric water pumps nor heaters. The water for the washing jug had to be fetched in a bucket and carried away again after use in the bucket. There was no toilet. To go out, one had to use the outhouse, usually in the open, in the yard. In wind and weather. Without electric light. And without electricity there was no washing machine. Laundry had to be washed in a coal-fired boiler. If you wanted to cook, you first had to light the stove with wood and coal. Without electricity, there was no refrigerator, no freezer, no microwave, no coffee maker, no electric toothbrush, no razor. Not even a hair dryer. We owe all these inventions and life-savers to the contemporaries of those six generations who lived between 1816 and today.
Since 1816, the six generations of the family had to organize their lives and the farm under eight different forms of government or occupation:
The farm and family also survived several revolutions, warlike uprisings, monetary and economic crises, and the two world wars during this period (source including Wikipedia):
About the host:
I, Dr. Helfried Schmidt, 65 years old, am the owner and operator of the three-sided farm in the 6th generation.
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The project was supported by the Free State of Saxony within the framework of the LEADER development strategy:
You should feel comfortable and rest with us. This is served by the rules of our house rules.
If you miss anything or need help, please contact us with confidence. You may and should use all furnishings that are in or belong to your rooms or on the balcony or terrace. Please treat all furnishings and inventory with care; treat your vacation home with care and keep it clean and tidy.
Please handle the kitchen equipment and technical devices carefully and with care, because a dirty kitchen pleases no one.
If something gets broken, please inform us about the damage, so that we don't find it out after your departure at the final cleaning. The tenant is liable for damages in the amount of the replacement costs.
To avoid the formation of mold, we ask you to air the rooms sufficiently: at least 1x daily, better 3x, shock ventilation for about 20 minutes, especially after showering.
Duty of care
Please also make sure that fellow travelers and relatives comply with the rental conditions. The entrance door should always be closed and locked by key when leaving the house. Likewise, all windows should also be closed when leaving the apartment to avoid possible damage from storms or burglary. Please use water and electricity sparingly.
Waste is separated into residual waste, glass, paper and packaging with the green dot. Appropriate containers are available on the property. Please use garbage cans and cosmetic garbage cans in the bathroom only with garbage bags and dispose of them closed in the residual waste garbage can. No garbage, food scraps, harmful liquids or the like should be thrown or poured into the kitchen sink, toilets, sinks or showers. Avoid anything that can cause clogging of the pipes (especially no hygiene products, wet wipes or paper from kitchen rolls into the toilet).
Please clean up any spills or liquids on the floor or work surfaces, etc. immediately. Leave the apartment broom-clean on departure and put all used dishes back into the cupboards clean and dry.
Please observe the public rest periods such as midday, night and Sunday rest. Also in the apartment itself should be kept quiet out of consideration between 22:00 and 7:00 clock.
You can use a wireless internet connection (WLAN). You will receive the access code from us. The use of the Internet with your own WLAN-enabled terminal (notebook, PDA, smartphone, etc.) via the WLAN connection is free of charge for you. You use the Internet at your own risk and liability. Any liability of the landlord in connection with your internet use is excluded.
Smoking is not permitted indoors, but only on the balcony or in the courtyard and garden. Please dispose of completely cooled down leftovers in the garbage can.
You can park directly in the courtyard, other public parking spaces are located in the immediate vicinity. In case of loss or damage to motor vehicles parked or maneuvered on the property and their contents, the landlord is liable only in case of intent or gross negligence.
In case of immediately necessary repairs, it may be indispensable for the landlord to enter the vacation apartment without the knowledge of the guest. In this case we will inform you by telephone.
Please never give the keys out of your hand. A loss of the keys has to be reported immediately and the guest is liable up to the amount of the replacement costs.
The landlord is not liable for valuables of the guests.
Arrival and departure
The arrival takes place after arrangement, as a rule starting from 14:00 o'clock. On the day of departure we ask our guests to vacate the vacation home by 10:00 a.m. at the latest. At your departure it should look like you found it.
By booking you declare that you have understood and accept the house rules.
Thank you for your attention. We wish you a pleasant stay, much joy, relaxation and recreation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Helfried Schmidt and family