A royal address with a vivid history
To the north lies the Steinhuder Meer, Lower Saxony’s largest lake, surrounded by multifaceted natural elements and sleepy villages. To the south is the low mountain region of Weserbergland, gently rolling hills dotted with timber-framed buildings, impressive castles and noble palaces. And in the middle of it all? There, in the Lower Saxon district town of Stadthagen, also known as the „City of the Weser Renaissance”, the Remeringhausen manor is enthroned: an impressive estate, through whose carefully and lovingly restored buildings an aura from the past breathes.
As magnificent a sight now as it was then
On the romantic estate surrounded by a moat – it includes a charming courtyard, framed by a little castle, manor house, gatehouse, horse stable and large barn – you can celebrate, hold meetings or go for a stroll. And also walk in the footsteps of the estate’s eventful history. The complex has been in the same family for at least 22 generations. In 1565, together with another estate, it passed into the possession of Börries von Münchhausen, hereditary lord of Apelern and Lauenau. Since then, the estate has undergone several extensions but has always retained its original character thanks to measures taken to build true to the original appearance. Enchanting are the red and brown roof shingles, the thick walls, stone on stone, the mullioned windows, the traditional timber-framed facades, the dormers, the oriel turret.
Modern event location with a special flair
Around 1600 the former farmhouse gave way to a castle in the Weser Renaissance style. The little castle is still preserved as a component of the estate. In 1998, the owners had the manor park restored according to plans from 1804. A hill with a table and benches made of sandstone, a lime tree more than 500 years old and aged tall chestnut trees make the grounds special. The garden festivals at Gut Remeringhausen are known far beyond the city limits. In 2014, the park grew to its current 60,000 square meters. Three years later, estate owners Nicolaus and Tania von Schöning completed the latest highlight to date: A former sheep barn – built according to historical specifications – was transformed into a state-of-the-art event location for up to 300 people, authentically blending in with the rest of the setting thanks to traditional timber framing. The Garden Hall comprises a 220-square-meter main room, a 110-square-meter conservatory with a terrace out front, and a circular garden including a small lake just a short walk away.
A romantic setting with attractive opportunities
As for the setting: The manor fits perfectly into its surroundings. In Stadthagen, with its ramparts, tourists discover devotedly restored timber-framed houses, a pretty old town, and sights such as the castle built in 1534 and the mausoleum of Prince Ernst zu Schaumburg. Active individuals will especially appreciate the cycling and hiking routes that wind through the Schaumburg region. There is even a pilgrimage trail: Loccum-Volkenroda. The very varied area between the German low mountain ranges and the North German Plain, which covers about 475 square kilometres is, for many, one of the most beautiful in Lower Saxony.
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A brilliant appearance and the best indoor climate with clay plaster
Stone Floors, walls of clay earth, a soaring wooden roof frame with support beams reaching down to the ground: Building materials whose origins go far back in time were combined in the Garden Hall and each highlighted in its own way. One can still recognize the hall’s former role as the estate’s barn, now restored following all the traditional practices of the art of timber frame building. CLAYTEC Clay Undercoat Plaster with Straw was applied to the interior walls, as well as clay plaster MINERAL 20, both „naturally-moist“ – an ideal solution for uneven masonry. Earthen clay and straw are natural, sustainable materials. „They generate a balanced indoor climate. Clay earth stores heat and moisture and releases them evenly back into the environment”, describes building owner Nicolaus von Schöning. „In addition, clay earth is good for room acoustics and economical to repair.” The straw in the clay plaster adds an attractive look to the walls. CLAYTEC reed matting ST 70 was used as a plaster base for added strength.