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Welcoming Estates

Enjoy the beautiful countryside, nature and facilities of several European estates. The estates are owned or managed by members of the Friends of the Countryside and/or the European Historic Houses Association. The Welcoming Estates Website provides you with a clear overview of a pallet of various estates and shows what these estates have to offer. This website is initiated by Friends of the Countryside & now working together with the European Historic Houses Association of which all estates represented on this website are members.

About Friends of the Countryside

Friends of the Countryside represents custodians of European estates and the traditional industries, patrimony, and heritage in their stewardship. These landowners, entrepreneurs and decision makers who comprise the FCS, create a network of likeminded individuals united to promote the interest of their land and livelihood through innovative, sustainable practices. Through the platform of ELO (European Landowners Organization), Friends of the Countryside are able to ensure that their voice is heard throughout the European Union and even beyond.

About the European Historic Houses Association 

The European Historic Houses Association is an umbrella organisation gathering 21 national associations of historic houses and two observer countries. The principal objective is to adopt, at the European level, favourable measures for the conservation of cultural heritage and of historic houses in the areas of inheritance tax, Low VAT rate, and the illicit trafficking of cultural goods, among others. Through the platform of ELO (European Landowners Organization), the European Historic Houses Association members are able to ensure that their voice is heard throughout the European Union and even beyond.