In June 2012 we began the extensive restoration of this building. This magnificent monument was built in 1790 and has undergone a number of significant
alterations over the years.
There were old details still present but there was too much ‘injustice’ done to the house.
For example, all ornaments were cut from the ceiling, there was a beautiful vault under the dining room filled up with debris and all smooth panel doors were boarded up.
We have tried as much as possible to restore the characteristic details which have been preserved to give the house a lot of charm and gives it back to its former glory
The house was divided into two houses and we have reduced it into one in which the entire right wing now includes two luxurious guest rooms and a cozy breakfast room.
After a year of hard work, we are very proud that the house again has been a destination and it is good to learn that the house has a “soul” again!
In 1800 it was on this plot standing house with coach house inhabited by Mr. Peter Hofstede, later governor of Drenthe. In 1832 the house was used by the first established in Drenthe surgeon Dr. Amshoff.
The current appearance of the house is the result of a remodeling, executed around 1875 in an eclectic style.
The property belongs to the many largely nineteenth and early twentieth century houses for wealthy citizens to the canal, which testify to the increasing affluence of many residents of Assen due to the explosive growth of Assen in that period.
The typical house architecture has historical value because the well preserved nineteenth century facade and as representative example of residential architecture for the bourgeoisie.
This landmark building is part of the valuable, largely nineteenth early twentieth century buildings on the canal and therefore has great value ensemble. The house is also part of the conservation area Assen.
Peter Hofstede (1755-1839) was established as a lawyer in Assen and a large part of his managerial career (1814 to 1831) he was governor of Drenthe. In that capacity, he was characterized as an authoritarian director, who however managed to bring Assen to cultural prosperity. Known were by him given glorious parties and dinners. However, among the population he was not very popular.
Peter Hofstede got married on March 5, 1782 to Susanna Christina Kymmell. They had ten children. In 1809 Peter Hofstede ensures that Louis Napoleon visiting Assen. In 1807 Louis Napoleon, brother of the great Napoleon, became king of The Netherlands. He was kind for the city and granted Assen with city rights, although there were actually too few inhabitants.
He gave the town the Asser Forest. This ancient forest was greatly enhanced by Wolter Hendrik Hofstede (father of Peter Hofstede), landscape clerk and secretary to the regional administration. After 1760 he constructed paths that all came out at one point in the forest. Therefore the forest is also called the star forrest. To beautify the whole there were also constructed several ponds, even one with a temple.
With the gift of this forest the king’s generous gifts wereby no means done. On the Zuidersingel he signed a school for no less than a thousand trainees and he wanted to make a hunting lodge for the king, on the spot where the military barracks would be built later. Shortly after the king was deposed by his brother Napoleon and The Netherlands were annexed by France, none of these big plans were carried out. Hofstede and his wife were buried in the Northern Cemetery in Assen.