The Schulenburg Estates - Lower Saxony - Germany
The Schulenburg Estates
Manor Nordsteimke is home to a horse stable, the restaurant "Wildfrisch" with an area for events and the Yard Boarding Hotel with 49 elegant apartments.
Manor Bisdorf is the base of the agricultural business and the residence of the family. The former sheep and horse stables here can be used for events.
The forestry commission is located in Kaiserwinkel, some 30 minutes by car from Manor Nordsteimke, where rooms for events are rented out, Christmas trees are sold in December and public and private hunts are organised.
History of the Schulenburg Estates
The historical development of the property of the Counts von der Schulenburg-Wolfsburg began in 1742 with the marriage of Lieutenant-General Adolf Friedrich von der Schulenburg, royal tutor of Frederick the Great, to a daughter of Gebhard Werner von Bartensleben.
During the Third Reich, the Schulenburg family lost about 1,500 hectares of forest and the Wolfsburg Castle as a result of expropriation, for the purpose of building the Volkswagen car factory and the city of Wolfsburg. The forest Neumühle (1,300 ha) in today's Saxony-Anhalt fell victim to the Russian land reform a few years later. Finally, in the 1990s the family property was expanded again by the repurchase of a large part of this former Schulenburg forest in Neumühle and by an additional land purchase in Brandenburg.
Today the agricultural department of the Schulenburg business is working 946 hectares of land; the forestry commission comprises a total of 4865 ha in the counties of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg.
Count Guenther Graf von der Schulenburg, a business graduate, took over the responsibility for the agriculture and forestry from his father, Dr. Guenzel Graf von der Schulenburg, in 1998, and has since been continuing a long family tradition. At the same time, he shows a strong interest in the preservation of cultural heritage and the sustainable usage of natural resource, namely with the Bisdorf village renewal project, the Bisdorf biodiversity project and the renovation and expansion of the Manor Nordsteimke.