• Henrik Haupt

Forest house: Abandoned in Denmark

Updated: May 10

Abandoned forest house in Denmark

If you search for abandoned places in Denmark or abandoned houses in Denmark, then the house Flintholm in Horstved forest is high up on the list on Google because it is one of the places that has been visited very well over the years.

The house has often been called the Witch's House, or the pancake house, and for a good reason. For the house, as it stands there in the clearing of the forest, and with the water in the foreground, could look like something taken straight out of a fairy tale. However, the story is a little different from an exciting adventure.

Abandoned forest house in the background

The history of Flintholm in Horstved forest

Peder Madsen Pedersen was one of the leading figures in the planting case, who utilised uncultivated areas in the area for agriculture and forestry. Here Peder took the lead with planting and experiments and tests with planting.

His life project was the Bøgelund forest which he bought in 1925. It was the same forest that was later called Horstved forest. When Peder Madsen Pedersen took over the forest, he started with a large clean-up work, where, among other things, several oak trees were felled. These trees and many more were subsequently planted, and he ended up planting many different species of trees, so this is what foresters call an arboretum, which is a collection of trees of different species.

These are fully grown today and attract many different tourists and foresters.

In the late 1930s, Peder Madsen Pedersen built Flintholm in the forest. The house is built of flintstone, which was found on the farm fields. A moat was dug around it, which helps to give the house a lot of mystery.

Flintholm in the forest has been allowed to decay since Peder Madsen Pedersen's death in 1973.

Abandoned forest house in Denmark hidden behind ferns

I have visited abandoned places in Jutland quite a few times, and therefore I have come past Flintholm in the forest a few times, both summer and winter. But I have only taken my pictures with me from my summer visit here, as I thought the house loses a bit of magic when it stands in a completely bare and frosty forest.

The first time I took the trip into the forest was a really warm and wet summer day, and since lots of water surround the house, it provided really good living conditions for mosquitoes. So I was hoping I knew exactly where the house was located …… But I did not. So it became a long walk up all the paths before I finally stood in front of the house. I was completely eaten up by the mosquitoes with a few hours on the trails and by the house.

But it was only when I was done that I felt something for it because when I walked around in there in the woods and looked at all the details, there were not many thoughts on the mosquitoes.

first floor in the abandoned forest house
Livingroom of the abandoned forest house in Denmark

The house had virtually nothing left inside, there were the remains of the stove, and otherwise, the rooms were empty. Only the rafters remained, so it was clear that it was only a matter of time before it would collapse. Therefore, I could also only look in through the windows and not go in with the risk of it all would crash around my ears. But interesting to see how the house had been insulated on the inside with old sacks.

Entrance og abandoned forest house in Denmark
Abandoned forest house hidden behind trees and bushes

Today, unfortunately, the house has completely collapsed, and there is only a single outer wall.

It would otherwise have been a fun piece of history if it had been preserved.