In 1907, the Hamburg master confectioner Heinrich W. von Oven and his wife Louise acquired the Hotel Fortuna (the current "Landhaus") and a plot of land on the opposite side of the street directly on the beach promenade. He built a café and restaurant called Seeschlösschen on the property at that time and steadily expanded it.
In the 1950s, the previous restaurant business was expanded into a hotel with a spa department and the first hotel seawater swimming pool. In 1981, Rohlf von Oven took over the management of the business together with his wife Brigitte.
In the 90s, a wellness area was added. A massage and cosmetic area as well as a sauna area, a new swimming pool, an outdoor seawater pool and whirlpool as well as a fitness studio were built.
In addition, the golf courses Seeschlösschen Timmendorfer Strand and Hohwacht were integrated in 2008. Meanwhile, the Grand Hotel Seeschlösschen has 122 rooms with 5***** Superior comfort.
After the sudden death of Rohlf von Oven in 2020, Brigitte von Oven now continues the business on behalf of her husband.
Acquisition of the Hotel Fortuna (the current "Landhaus") by Heinrich W. von Oven and his wife Louise
Purchase of a plot of land on the opposite side of the street on the beach promenade. A building with a café and restaurant was erected on this plot, which was named Seeschlösschen. In the following years, the Seeschlösschen was further expanded, a residential building and a Kursaal were added, where well-known bands and artists performed even before the First World War. A special attraction was the Bar Trocadero. The "Landhaus" was given into other hands.
The rustic evening restaurant Kajüte was opened.
The son Heinz von Oven takes over the management of the Seeschlösschen. In the same year, however, he was called up for military service. The family kept the house. The business was used by the Wehrmacht as a naval depot.
The company was confiscated by the British occupation forces.
Heinz von Oven returns.
As early as the 1947 season, operations were back in full swing. In the years to come, the goal of expanding the hotel sector was pursued more intensively.
The first construction phase with the first hotel rooms was opened.
The second construction phase with more rooms was opened.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, a "spa department" was added and the first small hotel seawater swimming pool was built. All these facilities allow for year-round operation and further expansion of the hotel.
Major fire in December 1970. Thanks to the unbroken creative energy of the owner, the hotel was able to resume operations at the beginning of the 1972 season in the form it has today.
After the death of Heinz von Oven, his son Rohlf von Oven took over the management of the Seeschlösschen together with his wife Brigitte. They strive to further enrich the offer with a feeling for contemporary ideas and needs, not least by hosting meetings, seminars and conferences.
Opening of the Appartement Hotel opposite with swimming pool and underground car park; especially for families with children.
The "von Ovens Landhaus" was reacquired as a restaurant business.
The hotel operation was expanded by 15 single rooms on different floors.
A massage and beauty area was created, as well as a sauna area, an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor seawater pool and whirlpool, and a fitness studio.
The DEHOGA classifies the hotel with 5 stars.
The hotel is given the addition "superior".
Andreas and Christian von Oven join the management team in the family business - they took over in 2009.
The golf course in Timmendorfer Strand is incorporated into the company. The Grand Hotel Seeschlösschen now has 2x 18-hole golf courses, one of the largest golf courses in northern Germany.
Opening of the Hotel Golfresidenz directly on the golf course with 18 hotel rooms.
Opening of the double-storey driving range. Start of construction of the Hotel Seehuus.
Opening of the Hotel Seehuus with 74 hotel rooms.
Acquisition and reopening of the Strandschlösschen Hotel in Lübeck-Travemünde.
The Balthazar restaurant at Villa Mare is awarded a Michelin star.
The Hotel Golfresidenz is expanded. It now has a wellness area and 66 hotel rooms and is renamed "Golfresidenz Golf- und Wellnessresort".
Following the resignation of Andreas and Christian von Oven from the management and the sudden death of Rohlf von Oven, Alexandra von Oven-Batsch and Brigitte von Oven are now continuing the business.
During the Corona pandemic, time was wisely used to modernise the SPA area.