Through the estate Vogelenzang
Walking as if time has stood still
The Vogelenzang estate is one of the most beautiful crown jewels in the province of Noord-Holland. The ancient House in Vogelenzang is an old count’s house that was built in the 13th century. The present house became Amsterdam property in the 17th century and was decorated by Jan van Marselis after 1750. He also combines the ancient Teylingerbosch with this property. In 1807 Willem Barnaart buys the estate for an extremely high amount (134,000 guilders). The Barnaarts are originally simple craftsmen from the Flemish Menen and settle in Haarlem where they will be among the richest in the city, thanks in part to activities in yarns and tapes. Even now, the estate is owned by the Barnaart family, which now has more than two hundred years of care for Huis te Vogelenzang.
Difficulty: Easy walk
Length: 4.9 kilometers
Duration: 1 hour
Starting point: Entrance Panneland, Vogelenzangseduinweg 2 Vogelenzang
Catering: Boshut ‘t Panneland
Parking: 2 euros at Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen entrance
From the parking lot walk past forest house ‘t Panneland back along the road and after approx. 50 meters you see the entrance to the estate. You walk left along a ditch and right along a house. When the ditch stops we take the broad avenue on the left. Now, after about 200 meters, you take the first path to the right and you will reach the Huis in Vogelenzang. We continue our way and pass a wooden bridge. We keep as many links as possible and pass the campingsite that belongs to the estate. We still walk south. At the end of the path we turn left and after 20 meters turn right. We make a loop and when we get back on the old path we turn left. We continue our path along the fence of the Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen and keep left at the first junction. Now we continue our journey and automatically arrive at the starting point of our walk.
The over 105 hectare estate has been owned by the noble family Barnaart for many generations. Nowadays the Ladys and Christine and Alexandra and their family members manage the many national monuments on the estate. Until recently, an own dairy farm was run on the estate. The longhouse farm Vogelenzang, whose oldest parts date from before 1599, has formed the agrarian heart of the estate for many decades.
Modernizing agriculture on Vogelenzang
The modernization within agriculture and the ever-increasing exp[ansion have led to a situation in which dairy farming has been stopped. At present the focus is on the preservation of the monumental building complex, which is used, among other things, for the functions of living, office and agricultural co-use for the benefit of nature conservation.
Natural beauty law
The lands on the estate are all leased to farmers from the area, who use the agricultural land as hay meadows and pastures for their cattle. The estate is classified under the law of national beauty and the largest part of the estate is accessible to the public on the open paths and roads.