Here comes a scary story.
But sometimes the truth is not what we are told…
In the middle of the small Horstved Wood on Djursland there’s an old house. It’s called the witches’ house.
Being in the area, we decided to go exploring. Of course we went there An hour before sunset. Perfect scenery, not yet twilight but in the woods the light is dimmed by the trees.
After a quick search, (where some got lost between the old trees and the undergrowth) we found the house. A magnificent ruin, surrounded by the remains of a moat.
The is called Flintholm and was built entirely from stones from the surrounding fields – also flint stones, thereof the name.
There are many stories about the house. A witch is said to spook there. Another story claims that the Nazis drove a local farmer away from his hone and he fled into the woods where he built the house. A third story claims the Nazis built the house for secret operations.
As the light dimmed, we explored the house and the surroundings. It is a ruin, and the whole house can fall apart every second. We did not enter the house as it was far too dangerous, I wouldn’t risk anybody’s life or safety.
This house would be perfect for a horror film, where all sorts of horrible things can happen.
Even though we were a group, the quietness and the quickly fading light made the atmosphere somehow strange and uncomfortable. I cannot explain it further, but it clearly shows how much your mind play tricks on you. One would clearly expect the witch or any old Nazi ghost to appear every second.
None of the above stories are of course true.
The real story is that the ruin was a hunting cabin or arbor for a local family. It was built 1937 and has been left to deteriorate since sometime in the seventies. It’s was built solely by the farmer himself. Prior to all that he also planted the trees which are now the wood. His family are still living there, they’ve been on the land for more than 300 years.
His farm was however taken over by the Nazis, among other farms too. But that was some years later when Denmark was occupied by Germany during WW2. The Germans wanted the farms to live in while they built an airport Tirstrup Lufthavn, today known as Aarhus Airport.
So that’s the story about the witches house, not so scary at all.
Here’s the witch… no wait that’s my mum or her way back to the car… (sorry mum, I just couldn’t resist 😘)
As we drove off again, the sun set and we left the dark wood and the once so beautiful house, behind with its past.
If you ever go there, there the coordinates are:
8J7R+JV Kolind, Syddjurs