The International Butler Academy resides at Huize Damiaan. This former monastery was founded in 1892 by followers of the canonized Belgian father Damian. We purchased the estate in 2014, and after a year of restorations, Huize Damiaan is now the largest private residence in The Netherlands. The estate is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. The magnificent estate is completely dedicated to the training of our students. The official opening in 2015 was performed by Madame Milica Lakhdar Brahimi, mother of Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali of Jordan.
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 Maastricht and the German city of Aachen. Huize Damiaan is one of 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. The Residence is an astounding 7.500 square meters (80.000 square feet) large, with 135 rooms, including:
Of course, all students have their own private and very comfortable bedroom. All bedrooms are beautifully outfitted with a box-spring bed, bed linen, and a personal safe. Students have access to their private living room outfitted with everything you would expect in a private home. This includes comfortable furniture, a fully-equipped kitchen, a large-screen TV, a DVD player, and wireless Internet. We provide towels, sheets, irons, and ironing boards as well.
The International Butler Academy is located in the small village of Simpelveld, in the southern province of Limburg. Tourists have been coming here for more than 150 years. But they are relative newcomers. The Romans took a liking to the place, which goes back 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. Although the municipality of Simpelveld only has about 5,300 inhabitants, it hosts thousands of visitors annually. Note that Germany is only a 10-minute drive from our school. Belgium is about 15 minutes.
The village of Simpelveld 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. Simpelveld has several very suited routes. It also has a heritage railway station and is the home base of the historic South Limburg Railway Company. The track of this steam train goes through part of our garden. No worries here. This is a historic steam train. It is not a nuisance. It runs only a few times a day and not even in wintertime. Everyone at our school loves the train.