In the Kop van Overijssel, the area between Steenwijk, Emmeloord, Giethoorn and Kampen, there’s a manor dating from 1583, surrounded by an impressive country estate. It’s a monumental building that has been the home of Landgoed Oldruitenborgh - Hampshire Classic since 2008. The hotel has twenty luxury guest rooms, spread across three historic buildings on the country estate, and is situated close to the Zuyder Zee town of Vollenhove.
On the south side of the centre of Vollenhove is the former manor Oldruitenborgh, a beautiful little urban palace. The park, created in the form of an English landscape garden, dates from the early 19th century. The manor was founded in the last quarter of the 14th century by Egberts Pelgrim van den Rutenberghe, scout of Vollenhove.
Since 2005, the manor has been an exclusive venue for conferences, wedding parties and private or business functions. Since 2007, Chienus Schokker director of Oldruitenborgh has had the house thoroughly renovated and adapted to modern standards. The festive reopening took place on September 16th, 2008. The complex consists of a Main Building, the Koetshuis the Oranjerie and Benthuis. The wedding chamber of the former town-hall has been retained and functions as such.
The Hoofdhuis has 11 guest rooms, each with its own atmosphere and its own bathroom. The rooms can be rented on the basis of Bed and Breakfast. The gourmet breakfast is served in the breakfast room. An arrangement is also possible including at least two nights with a surprise dinner at a harbour restaurant in Vollenhove. The rooms are also frequently used for wedding days and conferences.
The Benthuis, originally also an urban manor, was the former mayoral home of Vollenhove and is suitable for group rentals up to 12 persons on the basis of self-supporting. In addition to a living room with open kitchen, the Benthuis comprises 6 guest rooms with private bathrooms. The private garden with terraces offers privacy, irrespective of other receptions on the property. The Benthuis is also used as an annex for use during extended conferences or overnight accommodation for weddings.
The Koetshuis has a luxury suite with private bathroom and separate toilet and two guest rooms with private bathrooms. The Koetshuis is ideal for bed and breakfast accommodation for groups up to 6 people or for individual use. The Koetshuis has a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave. Cooking is not possible. The town has a good selection of place to dine.
The Oranjerie of the property is ideally suited to smaller receptions of a private or business nature. The terrace offers a magnificent view of the main building. The Oranjerie can also be used as part of a total function, where guests have exclusive use of the entire property. Prices are from € 120.00 per room, per night, including breakfast, excluding tourist tax.
Vollenhove is a typical old Zuiderzee town with a picturesque harbour and even eleven "stadshavezathen", some of which still exist and appeal to the imagination. This applies likewise to the (in 2001) abandoned town-hall Oldruitenborgh. In the beautiful park of Oldruitenborgh, former seat of the Bishop of Utrecht, ancient ruins of the castle Toutenburg can be found. Here annual outdoor performances are given. In the vicinity of the city you can bicycle, walk or cruise to enjoy vast areas as "De Wieden" and "The Weerriben" and the area around Giethoorn. Today Vollenhove is known for it's large yacht builder Royal Huisman Shipyards.