Between the villages of Soerendonck, Budel and Maarheeze lies the Hof van Cranendonck, a valuable small-scale cultural landscape and a part of the ‘Baronie Cranendonck’ area. This area is characterized by the flow of the Buulder Aa, a network of forests and small-scale landscape elements where the balance between agriculture, nature and culture is strong.

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Between the villages of Soerendonck, Budel and Maarheeze lies the Hof van Cranendonck, a valuable small-scale cultural landscape and a part of the ‘Baronie Cranendonck’ area. This area is characterized by the flow of the Buulder Aa, a network of forests and small-scale landscape elements where the balance between agriculture, nature and culture is strong. The Cranendonck Castle and former castle grounds give this area an added allure. The total area is 64 hectares, bounded by the Buulder Aa to the east, the Sevenbornlaan to the south, the village of Soerendonk to the west and the Molenheide forest to the north. The Hof van Cranendonck, a private initiative located around the former test farm, will become a tourism and recreation destination with the theme ‘back in time’, emphasizing Brabant’s rich history. This theme is also a source of inspiration for the redesign of the existing landscape around the Hof van Cranendonck. Here the stories of the location and the rich history of its gentlemen, knights, earls and farmers will be told. By going back in time, it will be possible to further develop the two strong landscape types and strengthen the value of the landscape experience. The first step is to restore the structure of the small-scale cultural landscape by planting tree singles and wooded banks as it was in the beginning of the 19th century. The second step involves intensifying the nature in the wetter areas by restoring the open stream valley landscape.

 

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Client: Hof van Cranendonck
 
Cooperation: Kragten
 
Year: 2013-2014
 
Area: 64 ha.
 
Location: Soerendonk