The bar inscription above the entrance of the inn "1460 - 1774 - 1949" tells the history of our family.
Demonstrably in the 18th generation "Schütten" work here on their own farm. Travelers have been hosted for about three centuries.
A long time, which we would like to introduce to you here in a very short time - and as far as documented in old archives - by calling up a year of your choice and informing yourself about the history of our Landhotel.
1460: Domius Petrus Schütte, ancestor of a long line of ancestors, begins farming the farm. As free farmers, he and his family belonged to the nearby Grafschaft monastery, a Benedictine abbey founded in 1072.
1551: The genealogical table names Simon Schütte, who was an official and commander of the garrison at Burg Bilstein The crossbow in our coat of arms probably results from this time. This symbol for the shooter is also the origin of our name Schütte.
1629: Johann Schütte leases the customs office on the old trade route between Cologne and Leipzig for 12 Reichstaler.
The inn in Oberkirchen, located on the old trade route from Cologne to Leipzig, was already a hostel for travellers with horse-drawn carriages and wagons in the early 18th century. Here the horses were changed for the arduous route over the Kahler Asten.
The travellers found rest and refreshment; in the tavern they were served home-made schnapps and beer and in the small general store (today's farmhouse tavern) they found what they needed for the journey. Hand-forged iron rings in the old walls have remained, to which the horses of travellers and inn visitors were tied.
Older food bills note down not only board and lodging but also stable space, straw and forage.
1717: Johann Hermann Schütte, who made a name for himself as a farmer's judge, operates an iron hammer on the Lenne river flowing past the farm in addition to the farm. With the hammer driven by water power, he forged iron as a so-called semi-finished product for the manufacture of consumer goods common at the time.
1774: The farm burns down. Alderman Johann Hermann Schütte and his wife Christine Vollmers build a new, large half-timbered house. At their own expense from purchased timber - as the old Latin house inscription reports.
1806 - 1847: Friedrich Anton Schütte recognises the central position of Oberkirchen as a church village in the upper Lennetal for the surrounding farming communities of Almert, Wolfskuhle, Vorwald and small villages of Winkhausen, Niedersorpe, Nordenau, Westfeld, Lengenbeck and Inderlenne. Throughout his life, he developed the old inn into a new inn and thus laid the foundation for the hospitality at Schütte.
1860: Wilhelm Schütte refuses the Prussian duty, emigrates via London to America and founds a large trading house there
Friedrich Anton (1806-1847) developed the old inn into a new inn. At the turn of the century, migration and hunting brought the first foreign guests to the Sauerland, who then stayed at the inn. Conversions and extensions became necessary. In addition to agriculture and forestry, which was intensively pursued until the fifties, a completely new trade developed. The first holiday guest, called Sommerfrischler, arrived in 1896.
With "Die Acht vom Sauerland", the first cooperation of the leading hotels in the Sauerland was founded at the beginning of the 20th century. It still exists today - but under a new name "Landhotels im Sauerland".
The last number in the beam above the entrance door reminds of the restoration and reopening of the inn after the terrible war events in Oberkirchen (Easter 1945).
In this year Anton Schütte (1926 - 1994) and his wife Gertrud, née Feldmann-Hömberg, were able to carry out a decisive expansion of the company by purchasing the neighbouring property. The photo of the couple was taken in the early 70s.
In these years the present Giersberghaus was built in stages with contemporary bedrooms and apartments, indoor swimming pool, dining room, new kitchen and large living hall with party room. The old house remained unchanged and retained its special charm, the new extensions were designed to meet today's requirements.
Since 1994, Karl Anton Schütte has been running the sophisticated house with many new ideas in the development of new apartments and the design of the wine and menu.
The crowning achievement of this continuous expansion was the reconstruction of the entire bathing area in 1997.
The "Alte Strickerei" is being converted and extended into a luxurious holiday apartment. Two floors of the Giersberghaus will also be extensively renovated: Various rooms become family rooms or apartments via doors and openings. Artful glass work, warm colours, fine woods and fabrics make these rooms into oases of well-being with a private wellness bathroom.