European Historic Houses

The European Historic Houses is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of private historic houses and gardens to the European and international institutions. Our aim is to raise awarness on their tremendous contribution to society.


The European Historic Houses (EHH) gathers 24 national associations of owners-managers of private historic houses and gardens in 22 European countries.

Our objectives are to:

  • Promote our members interests in several policy areas through European influencing
  • Act as a platform sharing best-practices among our members
  • Build networks of owners of historic houses
  • Raise awareness on the enormous contribution of owners of historic houses to the preservation of our common heritage

Since maintaining an historic house require specific skills in restoration, the private owners we are representing have a close bond with craftsmen all over Europe. They are the cornerstone of a proper conservation of our historic estates.

The European Historic Association is also involved in the promotion of interest in cultural heritage within the younger generation. To secure the future of cultural heritage our association created the Next Generation group to achieve good guardianship of built heritage from generation to generation.

Heritage Houses for Europe. Exchange & Innovate.


Family-owned heritage houses are a treasure chest full of European culture and exemplify the notion of European heritage. They are a dynamic sector providing quality jobs and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. They bring social and environmental benefits to European citizens.

However, they are the hidden face of cultural heritage. We have identified a lack of comprehensive, systemic data on family-owned heritage houses’ sector.

Family-owned heritage houses are at the crossroads of different challenges such as innovative financing and management models as well as new forms of governance. This project will aim at unleashing the potentialities of the sector.

The main specificity of this heritage is that the burden and responsibility of maintaining it falls on the shoulder of the family. The project will highlight and circulate innovative thinking among managers of heritage houses to reinforce their competencies and capacities. Managers are at the center of this project.


Persona de contacto, correo electrónico, teléfono…:

European Historic Houses Association 67, rue de Trèves 1040 Brussels Head of Office Ewelina Oksiuta Project & Communication Officer Lucie Maret

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