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Ravnstrup - Story

Ravnstrup today - click for more picturesThe estate Ravnstrup is located in Herlufmagle parish, district of Tybjerg in Præstö county on Seeland, south of Ringsted. The history of the estate goes back to the 1300s when the Krumpen family are mentioned as owners. In 1396, Esbern Pedersen Krumpen sold it to the Queen. It later was bought by Claus Daa in 1464. He was knight and allied with King Christian I and King Hans. The Daa family would own Ravnstrup for several hundred years.

Niels de Hofman, the son of Sören de Hofman – bought the estate in 1745. He spent time and money on building rock fences around the property and planted the avenues which are still there. On the main building, he undertook some doubtful re-constructions including tearing down three of the five towers in search of a hidden treasury. Needless to say, it was never found. Niels de Hofman sold the property in 1760 and moved the Funen where he purchaed Böttigersholm, later to become
Hofmansgave. In 1947, the main building was destroyed in a fire. Architect Ole Hagen was in charge to rebuild the ruins but it was never fully completed.


Today, the building is a far cry from its past glory - the total area is only 1/5 of what it used to be. The house has undergone major re-construction during the past 15 years. The house resides on a 7,000 sq.m. property with very old trees and bushes. The building has ten rooms with a total of 373 sq.m. living space. The property was sold in 2008 for DKR 4.6 million (March 2008).



Page updated: 30 Oct 2009

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