Here's a hotel that almost guarantees you'll leave rested and stress-free—even when you see the bill. Nestled in the rolling hills, meadows and woodlands of Mecklenburg, Schloss Teschow is a delightful retreat, a renovated classical-style castle completed in 1824. Opened as a hotel in 2001, it has a friendly staff that loves to pamper. Guests seeking a stress reprieve can hike or bike in the countryside, sweat it out in the sauna, or simply read a book by the indoor-outdoor saltwater pool. Physiotherapists stand by to provide sport massage and there are a wide variety of spa treatments for both men and women. More interested in golf than wellness—no problem.

The hotel's 18- and nine-hole courses are rated among the top 50 in the country. Most visitors, of course, come simply to relax or explore. A 20-acre park and some of the region's most beautiful countryside surrounds the castle. Others come to eat, and the hotel has four restaurants, including Thai, French and regional. Each offers the opportunity to dine on the terrace that overlooks pastures, woods and (in the distance) Teterow Lake.

At night, the terrace provides a perfect vantage point for the sunset, as candles flicker on the walls. Guests arrive along a tree-lined boulevard and up a crescent, cobblestone drive to the entrance. Inside, marble floors, rich red and teal carpets, and pedestals with rose-filled vases in full bloom seem to say, "Relax."

Guestsrooms are alike only in their use of colors and motifs designed to soothe and calm. The castle itself has 17 rooms, while the new wing has 77. Note that castle rooms do not have elevator service. Room Number 197 in the castle is typical. The original wood beams are exposed, and furnishings include a king-size bed, love seat and two matching chairs. The view is to the lake, past stands of trees and grazing horses.

In the evening, the only sound comes from the birds and, as sun sets, from crickets. The best value perhaps is Number 491 in the new wing overlooking the courtyard. At 335 square feet, it's the smallest room but not confining. And the price is a bargain at 190 DM ($87) for two, including breakfast. Many repeat guests request Number 233, with its bright skylight and view of the park and lake. It can also connect to the next room as a suite. For those traveling with children, Number 421 has a kitchenette and small side room for children to play and sleep.

Street Address: Gutshofallee 1
City: Schwerin
Country: Germany
Phone: 011 49 3996 14 00
Fax: 011 49 3996 140 100
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Quality: Rating: 4 stars
Value: Rating: 4 stars
Price Level: $$$-
Type: Hotel