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History

The two farms Jürgens von Wahlde am Schwanenteich and Jans von Wahlde, which are visible from the cafe, are in all probability attributable to the so-called Saxon land grab, although they were only first mentioned in around 1150, in the tax lists of the Corvey monastery near Höxter. 

Even back in those days, there must have been a lot of forest land here, as evidenced by the name of the small hamlet of Wahlde. 

Maria Jans von Wahlde was the last member of the family be involved in the farm. In 1895, she married Clemens Josef Jans-Wenstrup and moved to Wenstrup. There was nobody left from the family to run the farm and so it was leased out.

Two generations later, Clemens Jans-Wenstrup inherited the farm, but he chose not to operate it as such. Instead, in 1973, Clemens Jans-Wenstrup (the grandson of Maria Jans von Wahlde ) and his wife Maria, nee Markett turned it into a guest house under the name of ‘Wahlde‘. The cafe was opened in 1988.

Since 2005, the hotel has been run by Daniel Jans-Wenstrup (the son of Clemens und Maria Jans-Wenstrup) and his wife Gaby, nee Albers, and it is under their management that it has developed it into today’s three-star hotel and restaurant.

The search was on for a new use for the former farmstead, which had been leased out for agricultural use for nearly 100 years. After giving up farming, the Jans-Wenstrup family decided to lease the property to Lichtblick e.V. As a result, the former farm was converted into a facility for disabled people to live and work in. Since 1998, it has been home to residents with a variety of disabilities, working together and managing the farmstead.

After several generations operating as a farm, the Jans-Wenstrup family decided to lease the farm to Lichtblick e.V. As a result, the former farm was converted into a facility for disabled people to live and work in. Since 1998, it has been home to residents with a variety of disabilities, working together and managing the farmstead. 

Products from the carpentry and weaving workshops are available to purchase from the farm shop in Neuenkirchen, along with the vegetables it grows. Our hotel too enjoys regular supplies of vegetables from the community.

Cafe Wahlde

Daniel Jans-Wenstrup
Wahlde 4, 49434 Neuenkirchen-Vörden

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