European Historic Houses

The voice of family-owned heritage houses

The European Historic Houses is an umbrella association covering 24 national associations of privately-owned historic houses. Our main office is in Brussels, Belgium, within the EU quarter in order to raise awareness and advocate at a European level about private cultural heritage. The Association defends the preservation, conservation and transmission of heritage houses and represents 50 000 of them throughout Europe.


Heritage Houses for Europe is the first Pan-European Study on family-owned heritage houses provinding hard facts on the sector and concrete tools for owners.

Through this Study, we gained an improved bottom-up understanding of the socio-economic contribution of these houses and how innovative models can support and help their sustainable preservation. The ultimate goal was to strengthen their position within our society, by reinforcing their owners’ skillset and capabilities, while also raising awareness of their value for European citizens and society as a whole. This Study formulates policy recommendations for the European Commission and other stakeholders on how they can support the sustainability of the sector in Europe. This project is an important first step and many more are required to preserve our common cultural heritage across Europe.

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