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 a number of times. It wasn’t until 1900 that Jacques Lissone, great-great-grandfather of Wester-Amstel's current owners, bought the estate.
Three generations, two world wars, and one depression later Wester-Amstel morphed from grand country estate to a house neglected and worn-down. But despite the home's condition, the owners felt that it still had stories to tell and memories to make, so they signed a long-term lease with Groengebied Amstelland in 1990.
Thanks to Lissone's family, Groengebied Amstelland, and our friends & volunteers the gates of Wester-Amstel are open to you.
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'.