Castrum Vivarium

Insight into the history of Weyberhöfe

At the intersection of the old roads from Aschaffenburg to Lohr and north to the Birkenhainer Straße lies our farm "Weiberhof" (today Schlosshotel Weyberhöfe). A convenient place for traffic: the railroad line, the federal road 26 and the highway A3 lead here into the Spessart.


Around 1265, the archbishop of Mainz, Werner von Eppstein, had the Castrum Vivarium built here. This can be imagined as a stone tower with farm buildings, an animal garden, a kitchen garden and a fish pond.


The complex was built here because of its favorable location on the road connection to the Spessart, as a counterweight to the castle built by the Counts of Rieneck near Rottenberg. The "Weiberhof" was probably destroyed in the Markgräfler War around 1552, because Archbishop Daniel Brendel von Homburg revived the complex with a new building around 1580.


The Weiberhof, which was now the name of the complex, was leased out as a manorial estate with a mill.





Anno 1265

Rich endowment of the chapel with goods, for the salary of a clergyman and for the chapel entertainer. Werner von Eppstein founds the chapel at his castle Hof Weiber from his own funds. He also frees the chapel from subordination to the parish church at Sailauf Sigelof and transfers the patronage to the archbishops of Mainz.



A chaplain Herbord is proven.








A list of chapel income is written.



The historical ensemble has been elaborately renovated by the noble family of Cancrin following 500 years old sketches.






Start of construction of the new rooms, the Vital Resort and the Beautyfarm





John Renos acquires the Schlosshotel Weyberhöfe. With great attention to detail, the hotel is being extensively renovated to shine in new splendor for its reopening in spring 2017.



Renovation & expansion of the old wine cellar, which now offers space for cozy wine tastings. A cigar lounge was integrated into the "Weyberbar".



the Cancrin family acquired the estate and ran it as a successful agricultural business. It came to a transformation of the noble seat in the style of historicism.



13th - 15th century

When the archbishops of Mainz, who were also the first of the seven electors of the empire, stayed in their second residence , the Johannisburg Castle at Aschaffenburg, they occupied their castle " Weiber" as a starting point for hunts in the Spessart. In addition, Weyber Castle was located on the paths to the other two electoral hunting castles, Wiesen and Rothenbuch.



First land survey and detailed floor plan of the farm.



Expansion into a hotel with extensive consideration of historical specifications. Opening of the Weyberhöfe in a new guise with historic castle hotel, idiosyncratic, cozy restaurant and the calming atmosphere of the Hofgut, in the middle of a dreamy, beautiful nature park.



Opening of the Vital Resort and the Beauty Farm, as well as the 14 new rooms.



Acquisition of the property by Peter B. Lehnardt. Expansion of the Vital Resort; extension of the old forge as a meeting and event room, completion of the Great Barns.



Opening of the gourmet restaurant "Fine-Dining" and classification of the hotel to 4-star superior.



Generous extension with further 60 rooms, event rooms as well as life-style gastronomy.