By Royal Appointment

The International Butler Academy at Huize Damiaan

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.

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135 rooms...

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. The Residence is an astounding 7.500 square meters (80.000 square feet) large, with 135 rooms including: 


  • 4 butler pantries
  • Porcelain room
  • Table decoration room
  • Candle room
  • Flower arranging room
  • Smoking and cigar room
  • Dining room
  • Library
  • Laundry room
  • Ironing room
  • 2 Bars


  • Chapel
  • Study room
  • Student living room
  • Kitchen
  • Student office
  • Head butler office
  • Executive office
  • Trainer office
  • Gym
  • Over 30 bedrooms
  • And many more .....
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Student accommodation

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 own private living room outfitted with everything you would expect in a private home. This includes comfortable furniture, a fully-equipped kitchen (although dinners are prepared by our own Chef), a large-screen TV, DVD-player and wireless Internet. We provide towels, sheets, irons and ironing boards as well.

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Village of Simpelveld

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.

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By Royal Appointment