Brattingsborg

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The manor house of Brattingsborg.

Brattingsborg is a manor house and estate located 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Tranebjerg, on the Danish island of Samsø.

The estate produces bread and potatoes for Danish supermarkets under the brand Brattingsborg.

History

The history of the estate goes back to 1120 when it was the king's property on the island of Samsø. Originally called Søllemarksgård, it was renamed Brattingsborg by Griffenfeld who owned the island from 1674 to 1676. From 1677 to 1921, Brattingsborg was the seat of the counts of Samsøe, established for Christian V's mistress, Sophie Amalie Moth and her descendents. The associated Danneskiold-Samsøe family still own the property.[1]

Christian Frederik began constructing today's main building in 1870. Designed by Knud Borring, it was completed in 1898 by Martin Borch. Built in the Neogothic style, it is inspired by English trends. The outhouses from 1870 are among the first buildings in Denmark to be constructed in concrete. The Brattingsborg estate covers 2,376 ha (5,870 acres), nearly a quarter of the area of Samsø. Covering an area of 6 ha (15 acres), the park is also inspired by English country gardens, falling naturally into the surrounding landscape.[2]

Medieval fortresses

The manor have taken its name from an old and now non-existent royal castle in the town of Tranebjerg, called Gammel Brattingsborg (English: Old Brattingsborg). [3]

In the garden of Brattingsborg manor, the small fortification of Blafferholmen, have been excavated in 2012 by the National Museum of Denmark. It was founded on top of a stone age dolmen in the 1300s, in an age of conflict. It burned down shortly after it was built apparently, but there was no signs of any battle.[4]

Brattingsborg today

The Brattingsborg estate is managed by Anders Danneskiold Lassen and with a staff of 20, is run as a modern concern with a focus on agriculture, pig production, forestry, hunting and housing rental. In 2008, in collaboration with Dansk Supermarked, Brattingsborg began producing five types of bread for sale in all Føtex and Bilka stores. In 2010, the business was extended to include the sale of potatoes.[2]

In the summer it is possible to visit Brattingsborg park for a stroll, in return of a small fee.

Lords of Brattingsborg

References

  1. ^ "Brattingsborg", Den Store Danske. (in Danish) Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Brattingsborg Gods". (in Danish) Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  3. ^ Gammel Brattingsborg National Museum of Denmark (in Danish)
  4. ^ The National Museum of Denmark is excavating Medieval castles on samsø The National Museum of Denmark

External links

Coordinates: 55°47′2″N 10°35′9″E / 55.78389°N 10.58583°E / 55.78389; 10.58583

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