Manor House Karnitz

Manor House (Castle) Karnitz Up to the end of the 16th century the estate was owned by the von Kahlden family, after several changes in ownership it came to the von Usedom family at the beginning of the 19th century.




The Tudor gothic style manor house was built as a hunting lodge by Guido von Usedom in 1834/35. In 1868 the estate came into possession of the knighthood landlord Ruperti.

On June, 14th 1889 Friedrich Baron von Löwenstern purchased the castle as a wedding present for his daughter Adelaide Baronesse von Löwenstern from the House of Rösthof, called Lilli, who was wed to Franz Baron von der Lancken-Wakenitz (born 13th April 1865 at Lipsitz) Fee Tail Lord at Lipsitz and Ramitz on the island of Rügen. The couple had two sons the second son, Dietrich, was born at Castle Carnitz on July, 20th 1891. Lilli´s husband Baron von der Lancken-Wakenitz, suffered a serious condition and unfortunately died young on May, 9th 1909 in Munich. This caused Lilli to sell Castle Carnitz on the island of Rügen (1908) and to move back into the Villa Löwenstein with her sons. In 1930 the estate was in possession of Dr. Baron von Vietinghoff.

In the crenellated gable one finds a shield with coat of arms of the von Lancken-Wakenitz family, as they also owned the estate for some time.

After 1945 the manor house was in use for residential purposes, it also accommodated the school, a kindergarten, and a pub. Up to 1969 extensive measures for maintaining the value of the property proceeded with the assistance of the village.

Parts of the park became allotments, the remaining part came under nature preservation order in 1969.

A facade renovation took place in 1991. The new owners of the manor house, the Strotkamp family, use the building as their private residence as well as accommodating offices for the family, a surgery for alternative psychotherapy and a consulting office for craftsmen and small-scale self-employment. As part of the facade renovation the original coat of arms of the von Lancken-Wakenitz family was altered into that of the Strotkamp family. The plain kept coat of arms shows an opened book at the top left, representing the concept of learning, a fountain pen for teaching, and at the bottom right a pair of scissors for the hairdressing trade. The inscription "vivere - discere - docere" stands for " To live, to learn, to teach"

The annexe contains two holiday flats.


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