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Sauntehus Slotshotel

Sauntehus Slotshotel

Sauntehus Slotshotel is situated in North Zealand, only 30 minutes drive from Copenhagen and near Hornbæk plantation, the oldest plantation in the country, which was planted in 1793. The fishing hamlet has inspired many painters of the Golden Age, for instance, Jens Juel and poets as Holger Drachmann and August Strindberg, who have found inspiration in the beautiful surroundings.

Facilities inside the old building include a restaurant, wine cellar, swimming pool, conference rooms and beautiful hotel rooms.

There are 34 rooms in the main building, all with canopy beds. The park is an oasis with many rare trees and bushes. The tree of life, Tuja Plicata, is 30 meters high and 50 meters in circumference.

Sauntehus provides the perfect setting for special occasions. The castle hotel is the ideal venue for christenings, weddings, private parties, receptions, workshps, board meetings, seminars and many other events, with capacity for up to 140 guests.

The wine cellar and interior design shop are open Saturday afternoon.

The wine tasting takes place in the wine cellarwhere the guests have the possibility to taste 5 selected wines from our own production and from import. The price is DKK 150.00 per person.

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Attractions

Sauntehus is located in an area of natural beauty between Kronborg and Frederiksborg castle. Hornbæk beach is near by and activities include golfing, tennis, riding, fishing. There are many cultural sights and many of Copenhagen's attractions are within a half hour drive. Visit the region of Copenhagen.

History

There are many castles located in North Zealand. Three of them, Kronborg, Frederiksborg and Fredensborg are among the most beautiful castles in the world. In this beautiful part of the country are only a few manors, Sauntehus being one of them. Late in 1800, Sauntegaard was founded by joining four farms: Ørholm, Kirekebjerggård, Østerbjerggård and Thuelandsgård. Nørregaard was bought later.

In 1900, the manor was bought by lieutenant Jean Alfred William. 12 years later, Sauntehus was sold to corn merchant Søren Hald, who built the main building and laid out the park. The main building was finished in 1914 and has provided the frame for many parties. The main building with the little tower, which is almost royal and the rest of the architecture are characterized by extravagance. During the war in Europe, many merchants made a fortune. Søren Hald was also one of them. For a while, he was the owner of a shipbuilding yard in Kalundborg. The end of the war stopped also the flow of money. Søren Hald was declared bankrupt and had to leave Sauntegaard. Being the largest creditor, The Bank of Commerce took over the manor. Even though Hald made a fortune, he also spent more than he earnt. He was very patriotic and Germans were not his cup of tea. Hald exported inferior quality meat to Slesvig Holstein with the message: "Thanks for 1864."

In 1928, The Bank of Commerce sold the property to landowner I.C. Breum. In 1941, Breum resold Sauntegaard to eingineer W. Myhre for the total amount of DKK 500.000. During the Second World War, the prices were more moderate. Myhre was a good owner and also very careful with his possessions. All his tools were provided with the inscription: "Stolen from Myhre."

In 1954, Sauntegaard was acquired by director Kurt Præstrud, who was a man with great respect for his possessions. The main building and the park very looked after and the land was cultivated with great care and accuracy. The State Life Assurance Institute took over Sauntegård in 1981 and the manor house was renamed Sauntehus. The former residence of the inspector is now the main building of Sauntehus. When the State Life Assurance Institute bought Sauntegaard, they found many valuable things in the main building. Paintings of great Danish artists, valuable furniture, expensive Venetian crystal chandeliers, rare hand-knotted carpets and many other valuable things. A great collection of wine bottles was found in the wine cellar. Many of the red wine bottles were from 1918, which is Præsturd's year of birth. However, it was very rare that the wines were consumed.

When Præstrud was the owner of Sauntegård, the manor had a stock of 125 Jersey cattles. At the national cattle show, the stock always obtained first and second prize for being the finest in Denmark. At the end of the stable, there was a diary from which Saunte's inhabitants could buy fresh milk every morning. Because of his age and his other tasks for many important Danish companies, Præstrud decided to sell Sauntegård.

At this point, the State Life Assurance Institute was looking for a property for future training of its employees. This proved to be a difficult task, since 550 were employed at the main office in Kampmannsgade and 350 at different agencies all over the country. Because of its great location in North Zealand, junior counsel Otto Fentz drew attention to Sauntegård. North Zealand was the best area for placing the training centre of the State Life Assurance Institute. Under the guidance of architect Paludan and Ramsager, the building work started during the summer of 1981.

The park at Sauntegård has been laid out by Søren Hald and most trees are from 1912 and almost all are different tree species. Even though some of them are a bit aged, they are still very beautiful. Thuja Cupressaceæ is the most impressive tree. The almost 100 years old tree is 30 meters high and 50 meters in circumference. There is also a rare quince, a lovely walnut tree, sweet chestnuts, maple in front of the main building, oak and birch trees, acacia and a laburnum.

In 1998 Sauntehus was sold to Danske Slotshoteller.

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