Landfort House is one of 551 remaining historic country houses in the Netherlands. It is virtually located on the border with Germany, about two hours east from Amsterdam. The estate consists of the neoclassical manor house, the coach house, orangery, Ottoman-style dovecote, pleasure ground and kitchen garden.
Once there were thousands of such beautiful places in this country, where members of the elite would enjoy their Summer away from the hustle and bustle of city life. First mentioned in 1434, Landfort House has a long and eventful history. The property changed hands many times and its successive owners adapted the manor house and garden to changing tastes. In 1825 the manor house took its present form. In the final days of World War II, the estate took a heavy toll and afterwards the manor house remained derelict for a long time. When the Landfort Heritage Foundation acquired the estate in 2017, the property underwent an extensive restoration programme that concluded in 2022. The manor house has been restored to its former splendour of the early 19th century, while the lay-out of the pleasure ground is again reflecting the design of that same period. The coach house, which was destroyed in 1945, has been rebuilt, and the adjacent kitchen garden with its long espaliered fruit wall has been reinstated. In time, Landfort House will become the national centre of Dutch country house culture.
THE PROPOSALS OF HUIS LANDFORT
The Landfort estate is situated within a larger park, which is open to the public all year round. Since the completion of the renovation programme, Landfort House can only be visited as part of a guided tour. The Landfort Heritage Foundation has started to provide prebooked guided tours and catered arrangements for groups. Additionally, every Friday during the Spring and Summer season the country house, pleasure ground and kitchen garden are open to individually paying visitors who (online and on the spot) can book a guided tour of the manor house and access to the gardens. Various rooms at the manor house and the main meeting room at the coach house can also be booked for small scale corporate events. For further information and booking details you can visit their website: www.erfgoedlandfort.nl
sEL- STICHTING ERFGOED LANDFORT, LANDFORT HERITAGE FOUNDATION
A key objective of sEL is responsible restoration and future preservation of House Landfort.
sEL gave Huis Landfort a rebirth and turned it into a well-appointed, plant-, tree- and flower-rich country estate where interested visitors are explained the aesthetic values of historic country estates, how natural values are exploited at country estates, what sight axes are, etc.
All living quarters have been upholstered in style and furnished with (art) objects from the house’s own collection, the Luyken donation, loans and acquired objects, together providing a coherent and attractively furnished house. The country house is privately occupied. After all, experience shows that occupation is a good way of preserving a historic country house. This way, the house and the garden are well cared for, lived in and thus prevent the house from becoming a museum.
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