Right next to the Great Belt, surrounded by forest and on the edge of Kerteminde sits Lundsgaard Estate.
Over the past 20 years, the current estate owner couple – Vini and Rudolf Iuel – have awakened the estate from its Sleeping Beauty slumber. Together, they have made Lundsgaard a beacon both when it comes to cultural and nature experiences. So what Lundsgaard represents today is a modern take on how the estates can play an important role. Both as one of the local community's key players - and as a meeting point for ecologists, musicians, artists, researchers and creative spirits from all over the country. Often the whole world.
Pioneer spirit and proud traditions
The very special Lundsgaard spirit has arisen in the field of tension between Vini and Rudolf's interests and life experiences. Vini is a jazz singer, composer and creative director of the cultural center Anexet, which the couple has set up in the estate's former breeding buildings. She has previously lived in Brazil and New York. Rudolf was born and raised in Lundsgaard, descended from the naval hero Niels Iuel. In 1991, he took over responsibility for agriculture and forestry, which they changed to organic in 2008.
With its 2,000m2, the annexed cultural center consists of a large number of rooms with very different sizes and moods in addition to the concert hall. So you can always find the perfect setting for your meetings, parties or conferences. The large concert hall, the high-ceilinged gallery, the beautiful harvest festival hall, the cozy barroom, the rustic barn for more informal events and long table dinners, the two cozy cafes... or a mixture of it all. Among the recurring events is one of the country's finest chamber music festivals, summer festival, September jazz festival.
The breath of history
Lundgaard's history stretches all the way back to the 13th century, when a small castle complex was built in Storskoven and the 'farm by the forest', Lundsgaard, is mentioned for the first time in 1484 in the written source material. The current beautiful white Rococo main building was built by Jens Iuel in 1765.
The large stud farm facility was designed by the architect August Klein, who is also the man behind the beautiful barn and Herskabsstalden. It was built as a manager's residence for Agnes Henningsen's father. So here the writer and feminist, who later became the mother of PH, spent a large part of her childhood. It is nicely described in the 1st volume of her memoirs: Let Gang på Jorden and is also depicted in the Poet's Route for Agnes Henningsen, which will be inaugurated in May 2022 and which takes guests through Lundsgaard's forests.
Around 1880, a 'constitution hill' was built in the park, where people gathered from near and far on Constitution Day. For over 100 years, it was completely overgrown, but in 2019 Vini and Rudolf woke it up from Sleeping Beauty, so that it has once again become the meeting point for the annual constitutional celebrations.
In the early 1900s, Lundsgaard Manor was a gathering place for artists and writers whom the 'theatre count' Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvigs invited to both theater and concerts on the special 'theatre squares' he created in the middle of the woods.
In front of the main building, he set up a large stone on which he engraved: "This corner of the world smiles at me more than any other". That's how most people still feel when they visit Lundsgaard Gods. Because here you intuitively let the joy of life and the spirit grow.
Lundsgaard Gods has opened its own café, Café Frits. See the opening hours at Café Frits on Lundsgaard Gods' website.
Good walking routes in the area around the estate
The scenic areas around Lundsgaard Gods are ideal for walks. See more at the links below.
On the Accident Patient Association's website, you can e.g. see a map of good walking routes and a video that shows the access options for e.g. people with reduced mobility.