Around 1800 BC there was a large renovation. About half of the building was demolished, so that the forecourt arose. The walls of the main building were raised and a second floor and the garret were built. Eversince that renovation nothing has been changed to the outside of the house. Not much later the pigeon house (1846) on the green field, of which are very intrigued, was built.
After a huge restoration in 1976 Visio putted the house into use. Visio is a special foundation that lets multiple visually disabled people work there. You're able to watch them work at settled times. Monday untill friday:
09:00u - 10:00u
10:30u - 12:00u
13:00u - 14:30u
15:00u - 16:00u
The baroque English garden in front of the main building can only be visited at monday untill friday form 09:00u - 16:00u. Another must do is the hike "Het Laantje van Hollema". This leads you from the parking space into the woods and around the beautiful havezate.
At Het Huis te Echten over 600 years the "Heeren" (gentlemen) van Echten ruled the area with their own laws, jurisdiction and government. They had a huge influence at the development of the provincie of Drenthe and the reclamation of Hoogeveen in particular.
About 8 centuries ago there was some talk about a house with the name "Huize Echten". This old house wasn't exactly at the same spot, but a bit closer to the little river Oude Diepje, which is connected with the current moat. Huize Echten was completely destroyed in 1230 by the army of the Bishop of Utrecht that passed the southern part of the provincie of Drenthe and destroyed the entire area by arsonning and plundering.
A new house was built in the 14th or 15th century right where Het Huis te Echten is located today. A beautiful building with a chapel and stable house.
For us Het Huis te Echten is typical such a beautiful sight close to our home we never visited. For over 10 years we have hiked the woods, visited the little villages of tradition, but never stopped for a good view at this amazing house. It must be said that it's quite easy to drive by the house and estate, because there is no clear or huge sign that will lead the way. But once we were there it was a fine visit to this awe-inspiring house.
Het Huis te Echten is a so called Havezate, which means that it's a strenghtened house or citadel. It's a special term for country houses of which the inhabitants had some special rights. Usually these rights were obtained by knighthood. In the Netherlands there were a few havezate for example 112 in the 13th century in the provincie (provence) of Overijssel. Het Huis te Echten is one of the seven still remaining havezate in the provincie of Drenthe.
De Molenhoeve is a local farm-like restaurant. It's great for parties up to 250 people, weddings and alike, but also nice to just have just a drink and a snack at the bar. A 3 course meal starts at € 18,75.
For the children there is a outdoors playground.
Favorite Dish: Buffet or family dinner
Echten is great to explore cycling. It is part of the National cycling routes and whether you go along the Hoogeveense Vaart canal or through the more wooded areas, they all offer great views.