English text translation: Eva Blickhan.
LE DOMAINE DU CHASSEUR WANZEL/ THE WANZEL HUNTER ESTATE: a presentation.
1771 was the year in which Sire Wanzel – a game keeper at the service of the Landgrave Louis IX of Hesse-Darmstadt, Lord of the Lands – completed the construction of his abode on one of the most
beautiful sites in the village of Obersteinbach.
His dwelling-house and outbuildings are described as including “a farm-house with story housing, a barn and stables” among others. Sir Wantzel choose the best oaks for the timberwork and studwork and beautiful sandstone to clothe the frontage. Stairs, Balustrades and flooring, as well as windows and inside doors in the different rooms vouch for the succession of multiple generations and ways of life across the centuries and have borne witness to numerous innovations, while retaining a unique historical authenticity. The spacious estate also encompasses one hectare of fields, gardens, orchards and forests.
The presence of the small adjacent building, an old hogsty, of the bred oven, the stables and the barn, attest of the owner’s will to build a farmhouse that would function in complete autonomy.
Behind the house: the backing oven