A rich history

More about Leijhof

De Leijhof has a rich history that stretches all the way back to 1874, when it was still called villa Rustoord. Read all the developments over the years below.

George Park

The Oisterwijk entrepreneur George Perk had it built that year as Rustoord villa. Restaurant The George and treasure lounge Perk's are named after him.

Later, in 1927, the country house served as a children's home, founded by the sisters of Mercy from Maastricht. It was the intention that they would provide education to children of all ranks and positions, if for some reason that education could not take place at the child's home. Babies were also (and gladly) admitted.

Survived the war

During the war, a German ammunition train exploded at the station of Oisterwijk, which brought Rustoord into a great mess. At the time, 100 children from all over the Netherlands lived in Rustoord. They then had to wait a long time for recovery.

In 1975, Villa Rustoord was closed. The Zusters Rustoord move and sell the building on the Heusdensebaan and the AC de Bruyn Institute is established there.

In 1986 there is a training center for trade union members of the FNV.

Giant Tree of Life

Did you know that the front garden of the Leijhof is home to the third largest Giant Life Tree in the Netherlands? This beautiful tree is 24,40 meters high and + - 159 years old. In addition to the Giant Life Tree, there is also an American oak of 24,80 meters in the backyard, a beech of 27,20 meters next to the main building and a sweet chestnut in the side garden.

For more information about our historic trees, please visit our website Monumental Trees

Acquisition of Christ and Annelies van Helden

Christ and Annelies van Helden bought the stately building in 1999. In the years that followed, the hotel was considerably refurbished and modernized.

Since 2017, Boutique Hotel De Leijhof has been allowed to carry four Hotel stars. De Leijhof is a beautiful, atmospheric location where people from all over the world come to spend the night, have lunch, dinner, get married and party.


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