The Rittergut Bennigsen is a manor in Bennigsen, which has been the ancestral seat of the Lower Saxon noble family of Bennigsen for more than 700 years.
A moated castle on the estate was built in 1311 and served as the family’s residence ever since. Parts of the estate were destroyed during the Hildesheim Collegiate Feud, including the manor house, which was then rebuilt in 1566 as a half-timbered house with rich carving on the upper floor. Especially under Jacob Franz von Bennigsen (1654-1731) structural changes were made, however, the estate, which was always also used for agricultural purposes, and the manor buildings were repeatedly enlarged and altered until the 19th century.
During the time of the Kingdom of Hanover, the court architect Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves built the so-called “New Palace” in 1863; the villa served Rudolf von Bennigsen as a retirement residence in his old age. Von Bennigsen also had the park on the estate laid out; the area of around 4.5 hectares with its rare trees is now a nature conservation area.
In 1990, Roderic von Bennigsen took over the estate and transformed the property into a cultural venue. For example, he converted a smaller 17th-century hall and a large 18th-century barn into a concert venue with a stage for large philharmonic orchestras. In 1995, the cellist and conductor founded the Rittergut Bennigsen summer festival, at which renowned artists and internationally active orchestras have performed. In 2014 it took place for the seventeenth time.
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- Bennigsen manor (court portal) in the monument atlas of Lower Saxony
- Bennigsen manor (manor house) in the monument atlas of Lower Saxony
- Roderic von Bennigsen (Responsible) 700 years manor Bennigsen on the page bennigsenfestival.de, last accessed on July 7, 2014
- Dirk Sarnes (Responsible) Bennigsen manor on the page hannover.de, last accessed on 7 July 2014
- Roderic von Bennigsen (responsible): 700 years … (see under the Weblinks section)
- Dirk Sarnes (responsible): Manor … (see under the section Weblinks)
- Roderic von Bennigsen: Biography, in: XVII Summer Festival Rittergut Bennigsen, accompanying brochure to the festival, Bennigsen: von Bennigsen, 2014, p. 2