The varied history of the Weissenhaus estate and its owners goes back to the 16th century.
The manor was founded in 1607 by the noble family Pogwisch. It originally belonged to the Farve estate, which was one of the largest estates in Schleswig Holstein at the beginning of the 17th century. Weissenhaus owes its name to the wall colour of the manor house, which at that time was painted rather unusually in white.
 
By 1735 the estate was already sold to Georg Ludwig Graf von Platen Hallermund, who was able to keep his property for eight generations. Under his ownership, the estate flourished due to frequent restorations and the neatness and cleanliness. He replaced the old baroque garden with a modern English-style park and the Cavalier houses were also used for other purposes than originally intended. Despite the loving care of the landlords, an accident in 1895 could not be prevented.

A major fire destroyed the estate and turned everything into rubble and ashes. Fortunately, the 350-year-old cellar with its impressive vaults remained intact.
On these old vaults a manor was rebuilt, which was furnished in the year 1952 as "Kurzschule Weissenhaus". In three-week long courses, young people from various professions learned until 1975 how to use their strength to help others and for rescue services. This institution existed until 1993, when the castle was designed in such a way that events, concerts and exhibitions could take place there, for which the count's family rented out their property.
 
In 2005 the family, who had already moved to the neighbouring Friederikenhof, sold the 75 ha estate including the village Weissenhaus to Jan Henric Buettner. From this moment on, he began a fundamental restoration of all buildings, which was completed in 2014. Weissenhaus, as it can be seen today, was opened in July 2014 as the Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa by the Sea.

second half of the 16th century

Foundation

The estate was founded in 1607 by the Aristocratic Pogwisch family. It originally was part of the Farve estate, being one of the largest estates in Schleswig-Holstein at the beginning of the 17th century. Weissenhaus owes its name to the colour of the manor house, which was rather unusually painted white for that time.

ca. 1600

Construction of the first manor house by Henning Pogwisch.

1730

Construction of the northern Kavaliershaus and the Meierei.

1731

Construction of the manor house with seven axes.

1735

Landscaping of the baroque garden.

1777

Destruction of the baroque garden by the great storm flood.

1798

Construction of the neo-classical Meierhof Friederikenhof (seat of the estates administrator).

1817

Reconstruction of the southern Kavaliershaus (couch house) by the new owner General-Postmaster Georg Wilhelm Graf von Platen Hallermund.

1818

First design of the landscaped garden.

1854

Extension of the manor house by two wings with two axes each.

1872

Construction of the stable buildings behind the northern Kavaliershaus.

1873

Second development phase of the landscaped garden

1895

The old manor house is destroyed by fire

1897

New construction of the manor house in a neo-baroque style with 13 axes.

1911

Construction of the greenhouse.

1952-1975

Conversion to training school

Conversion to a boarding school of the "German Society for European Education".

 

An estate was then built again on these old structures, which was established in 1952 as the "Weissenhaus Training School". During three-week long courses, young people with a wide variety of professional backgrounds learned how to utilize their strength to help others and for rescue services, until 1975. This institution existed until 1993, when the castle's interior was adapted to host events, concerts and exhibitions, for which the comital family rented out their property.

1983

The manor house, Kavaliershäuser with lions and the linden avenue are listed in the heritage register of the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

1994

Erik Graf von Platen Hallermund converts the manor house into a restaurant.

2000

The lime tree avenue is replanted. Cultivation of the rose garden.

2002

Extended entry in the heritage register

In 2002 the following entry was made in the heritage register:

Manor house with wall-fixed interior, landscaped park with pond, linden avenue, historic woods, funerary monument and bathhouse, southern and northern Kavaliershaus, manor prison, horse stable, garden wall with gate and greenhouse, reaper's barracks (Backhaus), gardener's house with stable building and Dairy (Meierei).

2005

New Owner

In 2005, the family, which had been living in the neighbouring Friederikenhof, sold the 75-hectare estate, including the village of Weissenhaus, to Jan Henric Buettner. From then on, he began a fundamental restoration of all the buildings, which was completed in 2014.

Jan Henric Buettner is developing Weissenhaus into a Grand Village, Resort & SPA by the sea. This project is co-financed by the European Commission (European Regional Development Fund).

2014

Opening Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa By the Sea

Weissenhaus, as it can be seen today, opened in July 2014 as the Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa by the sea.