blooming 'landgoed' Het Hof has a rich past which goes all the way back to the Middle Ages. The van Haemstede Montigny family where the first owners (1285-1438), followed by the van Borselen family (1438-1507) and the van Brederode family (1507-1568). The mansion was destroyed by the troops of Sonoy in the battle against the Spaniards in 1574.
Het Hof, as we know it today, is a very early and unique pure Dutch Classicist landscaped estate realized by Anthonis Studler van Zurck, a wealthy merchant of Swiss origin. He bought the Heerlijkheid in 1641. Bergen was initially a prominent place and the ties with the ruling lords were good. However, the Heerlijkheid was not an attractive purchase by the time that Studler van Zurck came to Bergen. Bergen, which constisted of little more than a handful of artisans and fishermen at the time, had had a tragic history. The village had been raided and ransacked many times and to make matters worse, the Spaniards came to besiege Bergen in 1574. The Heerlijkheid was almost completely reduced to ashes which had disastrous consequences for Het Hof. Things started looking up with the arrival of Studler and he gave the orders to have another Hof built in Bergen mid-17th century. Old drawings and designs show the plans for a palatial house with gardens and woodlands. The main building with the centre facade was never realised, the west wing was where the stables and coach house were located and the