Landgoed Vels (Vels Estate) is located below the Eelerberg on the edge of the Reggedal, a historic trade route. The area is characterized by river dunes, which were created by the interaction of water, wind and ice. The river dunes determined the basin of the river Regge. Landgoed Vels borders on De Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park. An area with quiet moors, vast forests and in sizeable big hills with panoramic views.
Landgoed Vels has been given the status ‘NSW Landgoed’ of unfarmed land (under the Dutch Estates Act 1928). There is a 19th-century farmhouse – a smallholding – on an ancient high field. Two manor houses, still to be completed, are part of this new estate. In addition to the use of sustainable materials, the aim in the long run is full autonomy to the use of water and energy.
Aedes Real Estate bought the building in January 2003. The building served as a daycare center Huize Henriëtte, the oldest daycare center in Amsterdam.
The ‘Bungehuis’ was built in the 1930s originally as a Trading Office, as of the 70s it has served as a university building.