Edelgave is a manor house situated just southwest of Smørumnedre, Egedal Municipality, 20 km northwest of central Copenhagen, Denmark. The current main building was designed by Andreas Kirkerup and is listed.


The area is first mentioned in 1307 when Cecilie Jonsdatter left it to Esrum Abbey in her will and the property is later known as Rompe.[1]

The property was from about 1600 owned by the crown. The farm was destroyed in the two Dano-Swedish Wars (1657-1660). In 1663, Frederick III granted the property to Admiral of the Realm Henrik Bjelke and his wife Edel Ylfeldt for life. Five years later, the king created a deed which ceded the property to Edel Ulfeldt and her descendants.[2] It mentions the name "Edelgave" as the name of a future manor house at the site. Bjelke expanded the estate with several new tenants farms prior to its elevation to manor house in 1682. He also constructed a new half-timbered, three-winged main building.[1]

The house was destroyed in a fire in the early 1780s. The owner, Jakob Bornemann, commissioned Andreas Kirkerup to build a new house which was completed in 1791.[3]

For more than a hundred years, from 1807 until 1919, Edelgave belonged to the Tutein family. From 1921 to 1943, it was owned by Th. Madsen-Mygdal who later became prime minister. From 1958 to 1992, Edelgave was owned by Gudmund Jørgensen, the founder of Vallø Saft, a fruit juice company based at Køge,[4] who planted most of the land with fruit trees.[5]


The plastered, Neoclassical house consists of a two-storey main wing with a black-glazed tile roof flanked by two one-storey lateral wings with red tile roofs. The house fronts a large courtyard which is flanked by farm buildings (Avlsgården) on its three other sides. The farm buildings mostly date from 1866 but integrate remains of the Bjelke's original half-timbered farm buildings. The main building is listed. The farm buildings are not listed.[6]


The estate covers 300 hectares. Two small woods, Edelgave Skov and Slotsskoven, have a combined area of 27 hectares with the remainder being farmland and orchards. Smørholm, the 700-year-old site of the main castle building, is located immediately to the southeast of the current main building. The ash tree avenue Edelgave Allé and the burial mound Gyngehøj next to it are protected.[5]

Edelgave has been used as a location for the films Tre finder en kro (1955), Et døgn uden løgn (1963), Pigen og greven (1966), Nyhavns glade gutter (1967), Der kom en soldat (1969) Tandlæge på sengekanten (1971) and Fætrene på Torndal (1973).[7]

List of owners

  • (1663-1683) Henrik Bjelke
  • (1683-1694) Christian Bielke
  • (1694-1698) Vibeke Bielke née Juel
  • (1698- ) Heinrich Weldingh
  • ( -1758) Christian Weldingh
  • (1758-1767) Anne Marie Bornemann née Holst
  • (1767-1786) Jakob Bornemann
  • (1786-1791) Hans Georg Faith
  • (1791-1797) Jakob Rosted
  • (1797-1806) Christian Lange
  • (1806-1830) Johann Friederich Wilhelm Tutein
  • (1830-1867) FriederichWilhelm Tutein
  • (1867-1890) Beate Elise Tutein née Hvidt
  • (1890-1919) Ellis Tutein
  • (1919-1921) Niels Jørgensen
  • (1921-1943) Thomas Madsen-Mygdal
  • (1943-1956) Marie Madsen-Mygdal
  • (1956-1958) J. Th. Oltmann
  • (1958-1988) Gudmund Jørgensen
  • (1988-1992) Lisa Jørgensen
  • (1992- ) Edelgave Gods Aps


  1. "Ejerhistorie". Danske Herregårde (in Danish). Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  2. "Edelgave - ejerne". Egedal Leksikon (in Danish). Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  3. "Edelgave". Danske Herregårde (in Danish). Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  4. "Generationsskifte trak kraften ud af Vallø Saft". Berlingske (in Danish). Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  5. "Edelgave Allé og GyngehøjSaft". Danmarks Naturfredningsforening (in Danish). Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  6. "Sag: Edelgave". Kulturstyrelsen (in Danish). Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  7. "Edelgave i Den danske Filmdatabase". DanskeFilm (in Danish). Retrieved 20 April 2015.

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