The idea and history,
the idea for a Bikers hotel came from a friend of the family Otfried Preitz. This
was in 1975 at this time biking was not seen in the same way as it is now.
After trying to start the business twice and twice failing twice, Norbert and
Paula Pirone bought the Villa Lowenherz in Lauenforde in1978. The
building was originally built for the Jewish industrialist Herman Lowenherz. He
was the grounder of the firm Herlag which made garden furniture. The family
emigrated during the rise of the Third Reich, but now have contact to the family
In the time before and during WWII the villa was used to house the BDM ( Bund
Deutscher Maedchen,. After the war was used to house refugees, when up to 22
families found a roof over their heads as well as a hairdressers, the kitchen was
used to cook for the school and kindergarten.
In 1962 an architect from Holzminden purchased the house and grounds leaving the
house and grounds to stand empty from 1964 till 1978, so that when we bought the
property it was in a desolate state in need of extensive repair.
A lot of time and effort as well as cash was sunk into the property and our Biker
guests always spurned us on to complete the project despite the ongoing works as
they stayed with us.
Through this and other actions the Villa soon became an International meeting
place, where bikers of all types and ages feel at home, and return time after
Since May 1998 the second generation of the Pirone family Stephan and Martha
along with her husband Reiner Kuckuck have been running the Villa.