New lease of life for island castle
Europe is renowned for its wonderful collection of castles, each offering unique charm. This is especially the case on Fyn Island in Denmark, where one small estate, Broholm Gods, is now offering visitors a chance to experience its stunning castle and surroundings. Changing times means that the traditional agricultural activities have became economically unsustainable. With the support of EU funding, the castle has been transformed and refurbished, adopting a new life as an exclusive conference centre.
“We chose Broholm castle because it corresponded perfectly to the black universe of Café Noir. During our stay we experienced an amazing flexibility and a feeling of freedom to create an event which matched our expectations and wishes perfectly. Broholm has a unique location and amazing surroundings, both indoors and outdoors. It is the perfect location if you wish to make an extraordinary event“.
Lone Brandt, Brand Manager Café Noir
Not wanting to lose any of the castle’s historic beauty, the refurbishment work retained the original appearance and colours. Since the transformation, the project has produced direct economic benefits for the region, including new jobs and a significant boost to the castle’s income, with additional annual turnover of approximately €270 000 (DKK 2 million).
Back in business
Broholm Castle, built in 1642, offers one of the oldest manor houses in Denmark and is located on the eastern side of Fyn Island. The island is the third largest in Denmark and has a population of about 450 000. Following the refurbishment efforts, the castle has now provided the island with an added attraction, the Broholm Conference Centre. This business feature has proved a wise move for the region, with turnover from the conference operations showing strong growth. The project has thus contributed to establishing a solid basis for the future economic well-being of Broholm Castle and the island’s inhabitants.
Charming location attracts guests
The development of the exclusive Conference Centre included restoration of the main building which now contains stunning guestrooms and meeting rooms. In addition to the meeting activities that already take place, the historical surroundings of Broholm Castle are expected to lead to further increases in business activities through greater numbers of guests and activities. The results from the project are therefore making a vital contribution to the region’s competitiveness, development and growth, notably with the creation of six new jobs.