Huize Damiaan

The Butler Academy at Huize Damiaan

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.

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
Chapel   Candle Room   Workshop
Royal Suite   Cigar Room   Botanical Gardens
Guest Suites   Kitchens (4)   Vegetable Gardens
Ballroom   Butler Pantries (4)   Lakes (2)


The Trainers
The International Butler Academy is proud to have assembled a team of trainers handpicked with great care based on their impressive track record of experience and teaching prowess. With years of distinguished service in esteemed households and corporations, these trainers possess a deep-rooted affection for the butler profession, evident in their passionate approach to teaching their students. Their combined knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm work in perfect tandem to provide an unmatched educational experience for students at The International Butler Academy.
The Curriculum
We have painstakingly put together an excellent curriculum of which we are very proud. You will be responsible for the rest of the staff, and possibly the yacht, the jet, and other properties. You will be the estate or house manager, sometimes the chauffeur, and at times even the housekeeper, handyman, accountant, and gardener. Whatever your role, we will teach you to do it with style and grace. Today butlers and house managers must understand the skill set of each staff member in residence. Our students learn how to execute each household job to facilitate superior staff management correctly.
The References
Who else would be better to advise you than our graduates? They are proud to be part of the TIBA family. They are proud to be Butler Academy ambassadors. You will also be. Maybe we are overdoing it with the number of letters we place on our website. However, we believe these letters to be enormously important. Our graduates know The International Butler Academy to be the finest Butler and hospitality school in the world.

Student accomodation

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.