Step back in time (to the 14th century with a private tour and lunch of Gisselfeld Monastery)
Welcome to this unique visit of Gisselfeld Monastery, which today is the private Renaissance home of the noble family Danneskiold-Samsøe. On this private visit you will be welcomed by Helene Danneskiold-Samsøe and CEO Jens Risom who will guide you around this very special home which is mirrored in the water of its moat. They are exceptionally opening the doors to the spectacular and huge porcelain collection which is rarely open to public. After your private tour, a champagne lunch is served in the great hall and hosted by Mrs. Helene Danneskiold-Samsøe.
History of Gisselfeld
Gisselfeld, a former monastery is Denmark’s fifth-largest estate. The estate measures 4,000 hectares of which 2,400 hectares is forest. The three-storied Renaissance-style building has stepped gables, and a projecting tower over the main gate. The grounds include a moat, a well-kept park, lake, waterfall, gardens, greenhouse, and a fountain.
Gisselfeld is first mentioned at the end of the 14th century. Today's estate was founded by Peder Oxe, who built the manor from 1547 to 1575. It originally consisted of four interconnected red-brick wings, three stories high with thick outer walls, a number of loopholes and large stepped gables. A protruding gate tower stands at the centre of the left wing. After a short period of ownership by the Crown, in 1670 the property was presented to Count Hans Schack as a reward for the part he played in the Swedish wars.
In 1688, his son Otto Diderik sold the estate to Adam Levin Knuth whose family-maintained ownership until 1699 when Christian V's illegitimate son took it over. As a result of his will, on his death in 1703 the manor should have become a convent, but this did not happen until the death of his widow Dorothea Krag in 1754 extinguished her dower rights. Since 1754, under the name of Danneskiold-Samsøe his descendants have run the estate as "Gisselfeld Convent in Zealand for Virgins of Noble Birth”.
It has been said to have given Hans Christian Andersen the inspiration to write the fairytale of The Ugly Duckling. Gisselfeld is today owned by The Gisselfeld Foundation and is approximately 1 hours’ drive from d’Angleterre.
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