My Europe Base is exactly the way we treated our balcony apartment in Zell. It was our intention to "Live like a local" During our 3 1/2 week stay, if we wanted to eat in and enjoy a bottle of wine whilst looking out over the Mosel we did, or if we felt like eating out we did with a huge range of quality restaurants' to choose from only a short stroll from the apartment. What a life!
The apartment was great, location excellent, Elsbeth was an absolute delight she couldn't do enough for us, we will certainly be back. Zell is one of the most beautiful places we have been to.
Longer stays are the way to go as we found. Pack an overnight bag and jump a train or a cheap flight departing from Hahn airport. Europe is at your doorstep with a minimum of fuss, all so easy without the hustle and bustle of a major city.”
Peter & Lyn from Australia, our first long-stay guests.
"WOW !! What can we say. How beautiful everything was.
Elsbeth was there to greet us with the key and a great bottle of wine. She is a treasure - couldn't do enough for us.
Everything was immaculately clean and well maintained. The Mosel Balcony was lovely and rewarded us with the most spectacular views of the river and the street below.
Zell (Mosel) is a beautiful town with very good restaurants , wine and coffee shops all within walking distance from the apartment, and very conveniently situated for bus and train travel. There are also many great walks in the area.
We did most of the day trips in the area as well as some we stopped for 1 - 4 nights being Maastricht (Netherlands), Freiburg (Black Forest) and Metz (France). All were worthy of the stays and thoroughly enjoyed each place.
Have already recommended it to people since returning home who have taken up the offer for 2012.
Our stay was Sept 2011, and do hope to return at some stage."
"Its no wonder they call it “My Europe Base” as between the 2 other Aussie couples here during our stay of 5 weeks we visited Baden Baden [Black Forest] Trier- Luxembourg-Koblenz-Mainz-Lake Como [Italy]-Salzburg-Vienna[Austria]-Cochin –Saarbrucken-Cologne- Frankfurt Plettenberg and of course Paris.
As well as all the Villages along the Mosel within 40kls.—The most convenient way to travel is by Bus or Train [The ICE to Paris goes at 320kls per hour which makes the Bundy Tilt Train a joke]
Pam was in training for her Camino Walk in Spain in May and the walking Tracks around Zell where just magnificent to say the least-Breath taking views that you could just die for and plenty of them.
Our Studio Unit was on the first floor was just a delight to come home to when we were home.--Not huge but very very comfortable—great viewing of the River Boats from our bed—exceptionally clean [thanks to Elsbeth the manager]—plenty of hot water-regular linen changes—good selection of DVD as you will get sick of watching International News but by far the greatest aspect was the price—so you can really be away for a few nights and its not costing you a fortune THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT MY EUROPE BASE"
Blayne and Pamela Sinclair Bundaberg Qld.
“We were very happy with the accommodation (River View 1 apartment) at Zell. We did prefer the ground floor flat as we like to sit out most of the time. Elsbeth was brilliant and everything was spotless so no complaints... I would recommend to anyone going to the Mosel region.”
Viv, Australia “My Europe Base, My Europe Base, I can't seem to wait to get to that place, Where history and wine, Flow almost as free, The good river Mosel, There bending its knee, and making a welcome for ones such as me.”
Eva from Australia (before her 5 week stay).
'Writer in Residence' Oct 2011 'Eve' (NZ's Jocelyn Watkin) posted many reports on her Eventful Woman blog: eventfulwoman.blogspot.com/p/writer-in-residence
“Excellent base for touring the vineyards Ideally situated with wonderful views over the river and just a short walk to the restaurants, shops and vineyards of Zell. Nearby car parking is easy and free. The apartment was well maintained and spotless.” Michael UK
“What a great holiday we had! Zell is just great for everything, bars, restaurants, trains, cheap food etc. cycle tracks... in fact everything you could wish for. We really loved the house, and it was perfect, extremely clean and well looked after. We did so much, caught trains to Koblenz and Luxembourg, cycled for a day etc. Elsbeth was extremely pleasant when she greeted us and you have a really good person looking after your property for you. Thank you again, we would love to come again some time.” Diane, England
“Just a note to say how we enjoyed Zell. The apartment was lovely and Elsbeth so kind and helpful. I have never been to Germany but found the area so pretty and the people were very friendly. I wish we had booked for longer!” Thank you, J, England
"Great place to stay. Beds very comfortable and the entire place was immaculate. Would definitely stay here again." Pam USA (Sep 10)
“WOW! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL, EXCELLENT, THANKS! Good location, very pleasant look, comfortable. Stay 3 days with 12 y.o. child”. Oleg, Russia
“Our stay was so great, we love Zell and have recommended it to everyone. The (Mosel Balcony) apartment was more than expected and the Zell folks are so friendly. We had a lot of fun sampling all the Zell wine. Thank you so much for letting us use your beautiful apartment.” Brandi, USA
“5 out of 5. We've stayed in many apartments and cottages and this was definitely one of the best, immaculately clean, great location, good facilities and most of all the welcome from Elsbeth, the perfect hostess who was always there to help but never intrusive and a great sense of humour. We stayed in the Mosel Balcony which had a wonderful view of the river and surrounds, and as someone who enjoys a glass of wine the view of vineyards from the bathroom was a real bonus! Many thanks! ” Jon and Sara UK
“Great Value. Our family (2 adults + 2 children) stayed at this apartment for 4 nights and we were very pleased throughout the whole stay. It's great value and we want to come back at some point to explore more of beautiful Mosel.”.. Ainars, Latvia
“We are just back from staying in Zell - in your charming apartment with the most wonderful scenic balcony. It was wonderful to sit at breakfast and dinner and watch the boats and vessels go by. We fell in love with the Mosel area and are already planning a return - but for longer - with lots of activities, like cycling and hill walking. Elsbeth was a wonderful host and her local knowledge made our stay extra enjoyable. Thank you so much for the opportunity!” Bill and Marianne, Scotland
"One of the highlights of our recent trip to Europe was our stay in Zell. The apartment was truly first rate. The unit was spotless and had an incredible view of the Mosel. Very highly recommended!" Andrew and family, USA