The International Butler Academy resides at Huize Damiaan. This former monastery was founded in 1892 by followers of the canonized Belgian father Damiaan. After many years of renting a building, we purchased this 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 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
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. The estate includes:
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
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.