Wester-Amstel was established in 1662 by Nicolaas Pancras, mayor of Amsterdam and board member of the Dutch East Indian Trading Company. He built the estate as a way to escape into the countryside and away from the city’s hectic energy.
In the 18th century, the number of estates along the Amstel River peaked at around fifty. Unfortunately, there are only three that still stand today, and of those three, Wester-Amstel is the oldest.
Between the 17th and 19th centuries, the ownership of Wester-Amstel changed hands several times. It wasn’t until 1900 that Jacques Lissone, the great-great-grandfather of Wester-Amstel's current owners, bought the estate.
Unfortunately, three generations, two world wars, and one depression later... Wester-Amstel had gone from grand country estate to a house neglected and worn. But despite its condition, Wester-Amstel's owners still felt that it had stories to tell and memories to make, so in 1990 they signed a long-term lease with Groengebied Amstelland. Their partnership spanned three decades, coming to and end when Groengebied Amstelland returned Wester-Amstel’s keys on November 15, 2019
But as is the case with any story, as one chapter ends, another begins. And on January 1, 2020, Wester-Amstel welcomed MKB Fonds as its new tenant.
You’ve just scratched the surface of Wester-Amstel’s rich history. Find out more by visiting us and downloading our audio tour: 'Wester-Amstel Park & Gardens'.
We would like to extend a special thanks to the Lissone family, Groengebied Amstelland, MKB Fonds, and Wester-Amstel's friends and volunteers. It's thanks to your dedication, support, and business that our gates remain open to the public.