Opposed to most other schools, where training takes place in a corner of a hotel, or even in a warehouse, our Academy is located at a real private estate. The mansion's name is Huize Damiaan. This former monastery was founded in 1892 by followers of the canonized Belgian father Damian. The International Butler Academy purchased the estate in 2014, and after a year of restorations, Huize Damiaan is now the largest private mansion in The Netherlands. Huize Damiaan is completely dedicated to the professional training of butlers. This is the kind of location where you might be working once you graduate. Huize Damiaan will be your home away from home for ten weeks.
We are extremely proud to offer our students such a superb training location. Huize Damiaan is beautifully located in the historical city of Simpelveld, in the south of The Netherlands, very close to the city of Maastricht and the German city of Aachen. Huize Damiaan is one the most prominent landmark buildings in this part of The Netherlands. Here you will learn how to become a first-class butler, house manager and personal assistant. Our estate and the beautiful classrooms are fully outfitted with the tools and products of fine luxury homes ensuring that students receive the precise, hands-on experience that they will use in private service. The Residence is an astounding 7.500 square meters (80.000 square feet) large, with 135 completely renovated rooms. The Residence consists of;
Of course all students have their own private and very comfortable bedroom. All bedrooms are beautifully outfitted as you would expect from our Academy. All rooms have a brand-new box-spring bed, new bed linen, and much more, including a personal safe. Students have access to their own private living room outfitted with everything you would expect in a private home. This includes comfortable furniture, a fully equipped kitchen (although almost all meals are prepared by our own Chef), a large-screen TV with Netflix, DVD-player and (fast) wireless Internet. We provide towels, sheets, irons and ironing boards and much more. Our in-house staff takes care of all the personal laundry of our students.
Tourists have been coming to the village of Simpelveld for more than 150 years. But they are relative newcomers. The Romans took a liking to the place which goes back all the way to the time of Christ. During the Middle Ages, lords, knights and maidens roamed the grounds of Simpelveld. Simpelveld is situated in a beautiful part of the Netherlands. There are several notable attractions in the area including historical caves. Aside from the caves, the catacombs are also popular and date back to the early Roman period. Although the municipality of Simpelveld only has about 6,000 inhabitants, it hosts thousands of visitors a year. The village itself is surrounded by hills, and as in most small towns in the South Limburg region, many travelers use Simpelveld as a base for hiking and biking in the area. Simpelveld has a number of very suited routes. It also has a heritage railway station and is the home base of the historic South Limburg Railway Company.