A stroke of luck

Gut Eichethof has been around now for a few hun­dred years – long be­fore the now om­nipresent “sus­tain­abil­ity” was even born. The word Eichet comes from “eich (oak)” and “et” (a re­mote place), thus, oak trees that were sit­u­ated in a re­mote place. In the early days, the es­tate served the cast­le as it once again does to­day: as a source of food and en­ergy, a cen­turies-old prin­ci­ple of sus­tain­abil­ity, which was just com­mon sense back then.

Eichethof belongs to “Naturland”

Since 1992, Gut Eichethof has been a mem­ber of the farm­ing asso­ci­a­tion Natur­land®, a net­work of or­ga­nic farm­ers whose com­mon credo is a holis­tic approach and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity. The Fed­eral Min­istry of Agri­culture ac­cepted the es­tate into the “Öko­land­bau Offen­sive” (Or­ga­nic Agri­culture Of­fen­sive) in 2002 as an ex­em­plary farm. The farm also re­ceived the dis­tinc­tion of practic­ing ‘sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture fit for the fu­ture’ from the DLG (German Agri­cul­tural Society).

Naturland®

Gut Eichethof in moving images

Sustainability as a principle

In 1992, when the future of Gut Eichet­hof was being re­con­sid­ered, the ob­jec­tive was clear. The es­tate should once again be an autarchy, mak­ing the cast­le en­sem­ble an agri­cul­tur­ally and en­er­get­i­cally in­de­pen­dent en­tity – just as in old times. Sus­tain­abil­ity as a gen­eral prin­ci­ple was self-evident.

Helmut Steber, the master farmer at Eichethof, has suc­cess­fully turned this con­cept into re­al­ity by pur­su­ing two sus­tain­abil­ity goals: the meet­ing of en­vi­ron­mental re­quire­ments and the sus­tain­able eco­nomic manage­ment of the es­tate, both in bal­ance with each other.

The oper­a­tion shows how he has suc­ceeded. Gut Eichet­hof is a mod­ern, prof­itable com­pany in which dili­gence and well thought out in­no­va­tions are felt in every detail.

Schloss Hohenkammer GmbH
Gut Eichethof
Eichethof 1
85411 Hohenkammer
E-mail

Phone
+49(0)8137 93 45 00

Since 1993 member of the farming as­so­ci­a­tion

Naturland®

Organic tastes delicious

Just a simple green salad can make our chefs rave – so fresh, so fra­grant, so re­fined in taste.

Gut Eichet­hof is truly a “pur­veyor” to the court when it comes to the cul­ti­va­tion of veg­eta­bles and fruit. All the kitchens at Schloss Hohen­kam­mer get their sup­plies here. This is as fresh and “or­ga­nic” as it gets.

If meat, then good meat

The same rule applies for the fowl, the Angus cat­tle, the Swabian-Hall pigs on the es­tate that ap­plies for the “veg­eta­rian de­part­ment”. The best bi­o­log­i­cal con­di­tions for the live­stock, all of which are raised hu­manely. All an­i­mals re­ceive the ap­pro­pri­ate amount of ex­er­cise for their spe­cies, and their slaugh­ter is car­ried out as gen­tly as pos­si­ble. Also with re­gard to the farm’s meat prod­ucts, the cas­tle’s kitchens are the pre­ferred customers.

Grain business as a core business

In reaction to the emphasis on eco­logical agri­cul­ture, a change has oc­curred in grain pro­duc­tion. The focus is no longer on mass pro­duc­tion, but on qual­i­ta­tive­ly de­mand­ing seed pro­duc­tion – the new core busi­ness. Seed prod­uced by Gut Eichet­hof is a bi­o­log­i­cally first-class prod­uct for cus­tomers, who, in turn, run high qual­i­ty and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly agri­cultural op­e­ra­tions.

Today, Gut Eichethof is one of Germany’s largest pro­duc­ers of seed. In Bavaria, it is ac­tu­ally num­ber one.

Acreage

295 hectare, 195 hectare thereof to produce seeds

Crop

Corn
Legume
Root
Vegetable

A forest with a future

Natural regeneration and mixed forests are the cha­rac­te­ris­tics of a for­ward-look­ing sil­vi­cul­ture, and both focus on cli­mate change. Nat­u­ral re­gen­er­a­tion, i.e. self-prop­a­ga­tion or pol­li­na­tion, and more re­sis­tant mixed forests with­stand in­creased storms and heat waves far bet­ter than vul­ner­a­ble spruce cul­tures. In the forests of Gut Eichet­hof there are 15 dif­fer­ent species of trees grow­ing in the area’s var­i­ous soils and lo­ca­tions. A beau­ti­ful mixed forest also pro­vides more eco­nom­i­cally valu­able tim­ber, re­sult­ing in bet­ter sales. And, last but not least, sem­i­nar vis­i­tors es­pe­cially love to re­lax un­der the beech trees.

PS: The reception area and hotel rooms in Schloss Hohen­kam­mer’s new guest­house were all con­structed out of beau­ti­ful oak wood from our own forests.

Forest area

500 hectare mixed forest

The taste of quality

As with everything we offer at Schloss Hohen­kam­mer, our qual­ity stan­dards guide us. This also ap­plies to our prod­ucts in liquid form. Whether these are brandies, vine­gars or oils – all are among the finest in their class. It is nice that vis­i­tors can take a piece, or a sip, of Schloss Hohen­kam­mer with them as a re­minder of their stay.

Fine brandies

More than 1,000 fruit trees and bushes grow on the es­tate and all these fruits are avail­able in liquid form. But more than that – they are pure, dis­tilled en­joy­ment. Ini­tially en­joyed as William pears, plums, apri­cots and quinces, there are now 25 brandies, five of them “bar­rique” (ma­tured and stored in Ital­ian oak bar­rels), that make up our proud as­sort­ment. Some of these spir­its are made of fruit grown else­where, pro­vided the qual­ity is right.

The estate’s distillery has quickly gained an ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion. At the World Spir­its Awards 2013, it was ranked 15th – world­wide! – in first-class dis­til­leries. Our black­thorn berry, apri­cot, and Gewürz­tra­mi­ner brandies were awarded gold medals. Three silver medals com­pleted the success. In 2014 the three barrique brandies apple, grape and rowan berry joined the club of gold medals.

Vinegars, oils and more

These brandies are complemented by our se­lec­tion of high-qual­ity oils and fine, aro­matic vine­gars. Again, the choice you face is grow­ing steadily: we now pro­duce 11 vine­gars, includ­ing a rare tomato vine­gar. Here, as with our fruit prod­ucts, only the best or­gan­i­cally grown raw ma­te­ri­als are used.

All of our blossoming trees and shrubs are fer­til­ised by six colonies of bees, which pro­duce an ex­cel­lent honey in the process. This com­pletes our cycle of delicacies.

Future prospects

The obvious question is: Why isn’t there a farm store that sells these fine prod­ucts to our guests and visi­­tors? The ques­tion is even more press­ing now that our as­sort­ment will be ex­panded to in­clude home­made noodles. The an­swer is equally ob­vi­ous and will soon be re­vealed here.

If you are interested in our products, please contact

Gut Eichethof
E-Mail
Phone
+49 (0)8137 93 45 00
Monday to Friday
9 am to 5 pm

Or the hotel reception
Phone
+49 (0)8137 93 40
E-mail

View our products

Gastronomy

Our price list

Spirits

Apple

18.00 Euros

0.35l

Pear
Damson
Grape ‘Gewürztraminer’*
Grape ‘Lagrein’
Cherry
Mirabelle

22.00 Euros

Red Pear
Quince
Plum
Apricot ‘Wachau’
Apricot*
Peach

28.00 Euros

Blackthorn Berry*
Black Currant
Elderberry
Morello Cherry
Wild Pear
Barrique Apple**
Barrique Damson
Barrique Grape**
Barrique Plum

34.00 Euros

Rowan Berry
Raspberry

40.00 Euros

Barrique Rowan Berry**

50.00 Euros

* World Spirits Award Gold 2013
** World Spirits Award Gold 2014

Gift box fine spirits

Our exceptional spirits are avail­able in a beau­ti­ful gift box – each com­bined with two mouth-blown glasses made by Riedel:

Pip fruit sets

Apple
Pear
Quince
Black Currant
Elderberry
Barrique Apple

60.00 Euros




70.00 Euros

Stone fruit sets

Damson
Cherry
Mirabelle
Plum
Apricot
Peach
Morello Cherry
Barrique Damson
Barrique Plum

60.00 Euros






70.00 Euros

Oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil

from our own organic crops

11.00 Euros

0.25l

4.50 Euros

0.10l

Vinegar

Quince
Apple
Tomato
Cucumber

10.00 Euros

0.35l

Barrel aged

Quince
Apple
White Wine
Plum
Raspberry

12.00 Euros



14.00 Euros

Gift box oil and vinegar

Our fine pumpkin seed oil is avail­able in a beau­ti­ful gift box with one of our de­li­cious vine­gars of your choice and to­gether with two nozzles:

0.25l Pumpkin Seed Oil with on of the follow­ing vinegars

Quince
Apple
Tomato
Cucumber

25.00 Euros

Barrel aged

Quince
Apple
White Wine
Plum
Raspberry

27.00 Euros



29.00 Euros

Honey

Spring Blossom Honey

3.00 Euros

125g

Independence

Net products, which are sustainably de­signed and op­er­ated, create an ad­van­tage that is rarely ad­dressed: self-sufficiency.

In the case of Gut Eichethof, it is the fact that it is its own en­ergy sup­plier: Two co­gen­er­a­tion plants with a to­tal of 385 kW of elec­tric­ity and heat gen­er­a­tion, driven by meth­ane gas from the es­tate’s bio­gas – in ad­di­tion to a wood chip plant with 600 kW. With this equip­ment, the to­tal en­ergy de­mands of Schloss Hohen­kam­mer are met. The power out­put of 385 kW is fed into the pub­lic grid.

There are apartments for em­ploy­ees and trainees on the cas­tle grounds and Gut Eichet­hof. In ad­di­tion, var­i­ous com­mer­cial en­ter­prises, such as “Markt­ge­sell­schaft der Natur­land­be­triebe”, “Natur­land Lan­des­ver­band Bayern” and “Inter­saat-Zucht” are lo­cated on Gut Eichet­hof, and “Bayern Inno­va­tiv” and the agency “Zeit­klänge” both re­side in the Baro­ness Villa.

Real estate overview

4 single family de­tached houses
4 two and more bed­room flats
10 one bed­room flats
600 sqm com­mer­cial premises Gut Eichet­hof
460 sqm com­mer­cial premises Baroness­villa
1,000 sqm storage space

 
 
 
 
 

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