Pilguse Manor History

Pilguse’s old-established manor complex is located in West-coast of Saaremaa, on the bank of Nigu bay. Pilguse Manor dates back to 1558 and is set in 90 hectares of absolutely gorgeous and unique land. The roots of their family date back to 1501 in Lybeck where H. Billingshusen has been mentioned amongst local patricians.

Pilguse manor is the childhood home of the notorious seafarer, around the world sailor and the discoverer of the Antarctic mainland – Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von Bellingshausen, who was an admiral in Russian Czar Navy.


The history of Pilguse Manor began when bishop Münchausen gave a fief to ruler of Kihelkonna parish bishop – Hinrich Billinghusen.


Famous seafarer and Admiral of Russian Czar Navy, named Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von Bellingshausen, was born, who later discovered the mainland of Antarctica.


The manor was acquired by Berend Woldemar von Aderkas and during his possession, the present mansion of Pilguse manor was built.


Another famous seafarer Karl Pontus von Nolken, who has sailed around the world twice, acquired the manor.


Russian Agrarian bank bought the mansion of Pilguse at a public quotation.


Saaremaa’s mental hospital was founded in Pilguse.


Pilguse Manor was taken under the states protection due to its buildings and unique system of limestone fences.


The building of Pilguses Conference & Wellness Resort began.


Pilguse Residency was established.