Good hospitality is one of the key underlying principles at RITZENHOFF AG. Business associates and friends of the company are always happy when business appointments take them to Marsberg Essentho and they can benefit from the legendary RITZENHOFF hospitality on offer at the so-called “Heidehaus” (Heath House). Marsberg is not exactly close to the Lüneburg Heath, which 200km further north, so why is it the Heath House?
The story of the Heidehaus goes back to 1978 when Klaus Ritzenhoff fell in love with a 300 year-old farmhouse with integrated stables situated on the Lüneburg Heath and without further ado he decided to dismantle the house from its original location and rebuild it in Essentho. Klaus Ritzenhoff loved to build things and it was his dream to construct a small agricultural property on the factory premises owned by the RITZENHOFF family. The site was mostly made up of pastures, home to a 24-strong herd of cattle as well as goats, sheep and horses. All that was missing was a farmhouse where he could live with his family and where he could keep his collection of heirlooms and antique furniture. The Heidehaus was the perfect solution. However, the dismantling process was anything but simple – every single beam had to be numbered individually and each piece had to painstakingly put back together in Essentho.
For family reasons, shortly before the construction work was completed, Klaus decided not to move in to the house together with his family. Since there was practically no gastronomy to speak of in Marsberg, the Heidehaus was turned into a guesthouse where clients and business associates could be housed and entertained and this is still the case today. Over the years, the guesthouse has been modified and modernised several times, but one thing has remained the same – business deals are still made here, anniversaries are still celebrated here and company parties are still held here. Every guest values the personal atmosphere and the warm-hearted hospitality here in the RITZENHOFF house.