We're Ralph and Olga Jackson, residing most of the time in Australia.
In Zell, the cheerful former owner and local identity, Elsbeth, lives in the top floor apartment, greets guests and looks after the house brilliantly.
For several decades, Ralph has been involved in adventure tourism. As a tour operator Ralph started 'Wayward Bus Touring Co' in 1990, developing it into one of the most popular travel experiences for international visitors to Australia through to a merger in 2006 with Adventure Tours Australia. Wayward Bus won the Australian Tourism Award in 1997 for Tour and Transport Operators (Major) against big international brands.
For several years Wayward also ran 'Outbike', extended MTB rides across the Australian outback on remote trails, up to 30 days crossing the continent 2300 km from Port Augusta via Birdsville to Karumba. Outbike is now back in business, with rides scheduled for 2015 and 2016. See www.outbike.com.au
Ralph is a keen traveller, hiker, cycle-tourer and chess player.
Olga is a well experienced accountant and loves to travel, looking forward to more cycling in particular.
We also run an annual series of Australia tours for a European adventure company.
With My Europe Base, we could see potential in offering long-stay accommodation in beautiful, convenient regional locations - near key low-cost air hubs.
Browsing the internet, we didn't see anything else following this theme.
So we researched, found our Zell house - and it's the perfect fit to the concept.
We invite you to try our base!
The idea of renting a base in Europe appeals to travellers seeking a taste of life on the Continent.
Our concept gives you an affordable home-away-from-home with the convenience of easy access all-over the Continent, in this case, by rail, by road, by river - and by air from the nearby low-cost flights hub, Hahn Airport.
What's more, our beautiful location of Zell on the Mosel River is in the midst of Rhineland which in turn, is central between the North Sea and the Alps. From Zell, you can travel in every direction.
The apartment house we chose is one of the prettiest on Zell's waterfront and our units are modern, fully furnished and very pleasant to stay in. They are of 3+ to 4 star standard.
Since 2010 our guests have been enjoying the ambience of Zell, the Mosel River and the many attractions within 1 and 2 days reach, not to mention the wonderful local wines. Reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor and Homeaway are all 5/5s or not far short.
Many guests are either returnees or recommended by past guests.
Whether you are looking for a short-stay Mosel River holiday or a long-stay base to explore Rhineland - or beyond - we're confident you'll be delighted with the town of Zell-Mosel and our apartments.