The listed Hue de Grais manor house in Wolkramshausen is an impressive half-timbered ensemble with a privately owned park.
The restoration work, which was carried out in accordance with the preservation order and about which guests can learn more on the website, was awarded the monument prize of the German Federal Home and Environment Agency. The former manor house takes its visitors back to the Baroque era with its large-scale murals and historical inventory. The manor got its unusual name for the region when the daughter of the house Wilhelmine von Wilcke married the French envoy at the court of the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel Achilles François Ursin Hue de Grais.
The most famous member of the family is probably Robert Count Hue de Grais, who was, among other things, a Prussian deputy and president of the government in Potsdam. The monument ensemble consists of a three-sided courtyard complex with a two-story baroque manor house, to which a three-sided staircase leads from the courtyard side and an attached library, as well as an outbuilding on one side and a barn on the other side. The library was built as a solid structure of hewn shell limestone with a mansard hipped roof and a facade divided by pilasters. A segmental-arched ornamental gable frames the von Wilcke/ von Wurmbsche alliance coat of arms.
The art-historical significance of the monument lies in the interior decoration, which dates back to the Baroque period. The representative rooms, laid out in a flight according to the French model of the Maison de Plaisance, are adorned with decorative paintings or precious damask fabrics. The Baroque park is characterized by classical elements of the period, such as geometric structures, arcades, fountains and an orchard.