The International Butler Academy resides at a huge estate called Huize Damiaan. This former monastery was founded in 1892 by followers of the canonized Belgian father Damiaan. We purchased the Huize Damiaan estate in 2014. After a year of restorations, Huize Damiaan is now the largest private residence in The Netherlands. The estate is magnificent and peaceful. The estate is entirely dedicated to the training of our students. The official opening of our new location in 2015 was performed by Madame Milica Lakhdar Brahimi, mother of Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali of Jordan.
The Butler Academy at Huize Damiaan
135 rooms, including:
|Reception||Dining Room||Bedrooms (50)|
|Executive Office||Bars (3)||Student Living Room|
|Head Butler Office||Library||Student Study Room|
|Trainer Office||Decoration Rooms (6)||Laundry Room|
|Student Office||Flower Room||Ironing Room|
|Conference Room||Porcelain Room||Gymnasium|
|Royal Suite||Cigar Room||Botanical Gardens|
|Guest Suites||Kitchens (4)||Vegetable Gardens|
|Ballroom||Butler Pantries (4)||Lakes (2)|
Students have their own private and very comfortable bedrooms. 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, equipped 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. Students also have a large office and a conference room which can also be used for watching films together, making homework, or simply relaxing.
Village of Simpelveld
Hills surround the village of Simpelveld, 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. The village has an active local community and serves as a center for daily shopping for neighboring villages.
The town's roots go back thousands of years, known through archaeological finds of the Linear Band Ware culture in the area. In Roman times, it was a settlement on the road from Maastricht to Aachen. The famous sandstone sarcophagus, dated back to 100-200 AD, that was discovered in 1930 most likely belonged to one of Simpelveld's rich female inhabitants. As rich as Simpelveld's Roman history seems to have been, the remnants of this time are sadly hardly visible during a visit, and a notable amount of Roman findings from the nearby land are on display in nearby Heerlen as well as Leiden.