Manor House Jarnitz

The feudal estate Jarnitz was owned by the Barons von Barnekow in 1859; at the end of the 19th century the Count von Douglas (Ralswiek) gained possession and leased the estate to Frau Tiburtius and later to Helmuth von Massow.

The manor house is a two-storey rendered building with superimposed plastered brick frontage on a boulder base foundation with hipped roof and dormer window. The house was built in approx. 1780 and has been modified several times. After the family of Count Douglas and the von Massow family farmed the grange the manor house was used as a multi-family house after WWII; at times five families with approx. 30 people lived in the building.

Towards the end of 1999 Frau Ute Matthiesen ( Graduate in Architecture) and Herr Harald Höfli purchased the manor house together with the former coach house and part of the wing-extension which faces the street. Vendor was the TLG Rostock. (TLG Rostock a fiduciary property services company which is part of the Treuhandanstalt. Treuhand = fiduciary. As of 1 July, 1990, the day of the currency change in the former GDR, all state-owned enterprises were converted into limited liability companies and stock companies the shares of which were held by the Treuhandanstalt. The most important task of the Treuhandanstalt was to privatise the assigned enterprises therefore acting as fiduciary.)

Frau Matthiesen and Herr Höfli restored the house radically inside and out during the years 2001 / 2002. Over the years the manor house had seen many intense alterations inside and could be regarded near enough ruinous on the outside. Throughout the restoration great emphasis was placed on true historical reconstruction. As ground plans and graphical materials were not available at all reconstruction procedures proofed to be quite difficult. Merely one picture postcard from the year 1934 was at hand which shows the front of the manor house. This served as a template for the configuration of the frontage, the window surrounds, and the rustication, also for the roof covering, the folding shutters on the main entrance door and the arrangement of the staves in the windows.