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Landhuizen

(Country Houses)

Curaçao Landhuizen, built in the 18th and 19th centuries, are usually former plantation houses. There used to be a 100 such small plantations on Curaçao. Their names are still in use as place names, such as Pannekoek, Dokterstuin, Kenepa ,Brievengat, and so on. The central pivot of each plantation was the landhuis, where the master lived with his house slaves. Situated around the country house were the store houses and the huts of the slaves, who were set to work on the land or in the salterns.
The villas were usually situated on a hill so that the land and the neighboring villas were within sight. They were raised from coral with the addition of some brick stone details. The high saddle roofs were made with Dutch tiles, leading the rainwater to detached brick built collectors. A surprisingly large number of these colonial homes has survived the ages. About 55 of these landhouses are still to be found, in different conditions, scattered around our island.
The following Curacao Landhuizen are open for public viewing:

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Landhuis Ascension

LANDHUIS ASCENSION

The ascension plantation was founded in 1672.
Landhuis Blauw

LANDHUIS BLAUW

Anno Blauw founded the plantation ca.1700.
Landhuis Brievengat

LANDHUIS BRIEVENGAT

This landhouse dates from about 1750 and was one of the largest and most prominent, with 500 hectares, where aloe was grown and cattle were bred.
Landhuis Cas Abou

LANDHUIS CAS ABOU

The Cas Abou plantation exists since the 17th century and used to include almost a thousand acres of land.
Landhuis Chobolobo

LANDHUIS CHOBOLOBO

The Chobolobo Mansion or Country Estate was built in the early 1800's.
Landhuis Daniel

LANDHUIS DANIEL

Plantation Daniel was established around 1650.
Landhuis Dokterstuin

LANDHUIS DOKTERSTUIN

This landhouse, restored in 1996, is almost opposite Landhuis Ascension on the weg naar Westpunt.
Landhuis Groot Davelaar

LANDHUIS GROOT DAVELAAR

The odd colonial home Groot Davelaar was built ca.
Landhuis Habaai

LANDHUIS HABAAI

Former Plantation House 'Landhuis Habaai' (Habaai Mansion) is one of the most beautiful of the Curaçao 'Landhouses'.
Landhuis Jan Kok

LANDHUIS JAN KOK

One of the oldest land houses on the island is Jan Kok.
Landhuis Klein Santa Martha

LANDHUIS KLEIN SANTA MARTHA

The colonial home of the former plantation Klein Santa Martha was built before 1700 and is located on top of a small hill northeast of Sta.
Landhuis Knip

LANDHUIS KNIP

Land house Kenepa was named after the fruits of the Kenepatree.

LANDHUIS RAPHAEL

The view from Raphael on Klein and Groot Piscadera is splendid.
Landhuis PortoMari

LANDHUIS PORTOMARI

The plantation at PortoMari, which covers an area of 594 hectares, has a history that can be traced back to 1684 when the government first gave permission to raise livestock there.
Landhuis Rooi Katootje

LANDHUIS ROOI KATOOTJE

This plantation, nearly 75 acres, was originally called 'Rust en Vree' (Peace and quiet).
Landhuis San Juan

LANDHUIS SAN JUAN

The plantation San Juan was built in 1662 and is located between the plantations Cas Abou and Santa Martha.
Landhuis Savonet

LANDHUIS SAVONET

Plantation Savonet was one of the first plantations on Curaçao and together with Plantation Zorgvlied, covered nearly 4000 acres of the land.

LANDHUIS SIBERIE

On the road to WestPoint, passing landhuis Daniel and opposite to Terra Cora, hidden in the Kunuku (wild), is the colonial home Siberië.
Landhuis Sta. Barbara

LANDHUIS STA. BARBARA

Plantation home Santa Barbara was built in 1662 and was one of the largest colonial homes on Curaçao with an area of nearly 3000 acres.
Landhuis Zeelandia

LANDHUIS ZEELANDIA

The beautifully located colonial home Zeelandia is not an actual plantation home, but was more of a country retreat for the well-to-do townspeople.
Landhuis Zuikertuin

LANDHUIS ZUIKERTUIN

Zuikertuintje (meaning little sugar garden) used to be a country house for townspeople.