The history of Holtegaard (brief version)

Holtegaard, or 'Holt' as it was originally called, has been a significant farm in this part of Vendsyssel for many years. The word "holt" means "forest". The exact origin of the name is unknown.

Holtegaard may originally have consisted of two farms which belonged to Hundslund Priory (now Dronninglund Castle). During the Reformation in 1536, however, the farm was expropriated by the king. In May 1581, Hans Lindenov bought Hundslund Priory from the king, making it a part of Fovslet Manor.

Until around 1780, there have probably been two families living in the two farms in the area. The farmers had to pay taxes to the owners of the land.

In 1753, a windmill was built at the farm.

In 1794, Holt was bought by Jens Andersen. Jens Andersen bought the farm from brigadier Halling, a nobleman and the owner of Dronninglund Castle from 1776-1796. Rumor has it that Halling took pity on the seemingly impoverished Jens Andersen and sold the farm to him for a low price. Unbeknownst to Halling, Jens Andersen went by the nickname 'Jens Andersen the Rich' and was not as poor as the brigadier had first assumed.

The farm remained in the possession of Jens Andersen's family for five generations. Over the course of this period, Holtegaard became a significant farm in the local area, with approximately 700 acres of land. Many people worked on the farm in its "golden age" - some in the large sawmill at the place. The sawmill obtained its logs from a small forest nearby also belonging to Holtegaard.

In 1966, Holtegaard ceased to be a family farm. During the latter half of the 20th century, the farm was reduced to about 60 acres.

In 2000, the farm was bought Hans Henrik Bak and his wife Aase. Hans Henrik had a passion for Oldenburg horses, at one point owning more than 30 horses of this specific breed. In 2008, Hans Henrik and Aase's daughter, Lone, and her husband, Frank, bought the place and opened Holtegaard Bed & Breakfast in 2009.

Holtegaard is also the home of Vendsyssel Køreforening (a carriage driving society). Holtegaard has hosted the Danish championship in carriage driving in 2008 as well as the Nordic championship in 2013. In August 2015 a large international championship, with around 200 horses and 90 driviers, will take place at the farm.

A horse riding club (Holtegaard Rideklub) is also located at Holtegaard. Some of the horses you see in the paddocks surrounding the buildings are owned by the members of the club, who rent Holtegaard's facilities for their horses. The wings of the farm contain horse stalls, agricultural machinery, hay for the horses and bales of straw for the straw-fuelled furnace used to heat up the farmhouse. In one of the wings you'll also find old farming tools and different types of horse carriages.

The small forest to the north also belongs to Holtegaard. You are welcome to go for a walk there. See if you can spot the raven's nest or the tall pines that tower above the rest of the forest. In the future, we wish to bring even more horse-related activities to Holtegaard. Another goal is to preserve the old buildings through fundraising.

Myths surrounding Holtegaard

The man with the limp

The first private owner of Holtegaard, Jens Andersen, has been said to appear at the farm once in a while even though he died over 200 years ago. Some of the former workers at Holtegaard have seen him out on the field and in the house. Jens Andersen walked with a limp and had to use crutches in order to move around so if you see or hear a man with crutches it might be him. But don't be afraid - we have been told that he is quite harmless. One of our cats has a limp so we named him - yes, you've guessed it - Jens Andersen.

The tumulus in the garden

In the garden lies what may very well be a burial mound dating back to the Viking Age. Since it is protected by Danish law, we are not allowed to dig up the mound or damage it in any way. According to legend, the people living at Holt will continue to be well-off as long as the mound remains untouched. Otto Larsen (also known as 'Ott Holt') were said to collect a silver coin from the bottom of the mound each day, adding to the wealth of Holtegaard.

The owners of Holtegaard

1: før 1536Hundslund Kloster
2: 1536-1581 Kronen
3: 1581-1596 Hans Johansen Lindenov
4: 1596-1642 Hans Johansen Lindenov (søn)
5: 1642-1672 Jacob Hansen Lindenov
6: 1672-1674 Peder Reedtz
7: 1674-1690 Anne Ramel gift Reedtz
8: 1690-1714 Dronning Charlotte Amalie
9: 1714-1716 Kong Frederik IV
10: 1716-1730 Prinsesse Sophie Hedevig
11: 1730-1735 Carl Adolf von Plessen
12: 1735-1753 Jakob Sørensen Severin
13: 1753-1754 Christian Frederik Otto greve Wedel-Jarlsberg
14: 1754-1772 Adam Gottlob lensgreve Moltke
15: 1772-1776 Caspar Herman Gottlob greve Moltke
16: 1776-1794 William Vitus Halling
17: 1794-1803 Jens Andersen
18: 1803-1840 Lars Jensen (søn)
19: 1840-1890 Otto Larsen (søn)
20: 1890-1937 Jens Bertel Ottosen (søn)
21: 1937-1966 Erik Henning Ottosen (søn)
22: 1966-1972 Helge Buch
23: 1972-1973 Fru Nejsig-Larsen
24: 1973-1995 Svend Rasmussen
25: 1996-2000 Renè Fredborg Nielsen / Anders Borrisholt Sørensen
26: 2000-2008 Hans Henrik Bak og Aase Bak
27: 2008- Lone Due Bak (datter) gift med Frank Mølgaard Olsen

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