Baron Beat Konrad Philip Friedrich was born on the 17th August 1719, joined the Teutonic Order and was knighted on 29th May 1745. In the first couple of years he was pursuing a military career within the Order however in the 1750’s he became very ill which forced him to drop out of army and move pursue less active engagement with the Order.
Beat Konrad was elected Komtur of the Mainau and obtained several further promotions until in 1775 when he was elected Komtur and Bailiff of Alsace and Burgundy. Later he was also appointed Komtur for the countries of Hessen, Marburg and Wetzlar. On the political level he was promoted to the German state-conference secretary and he was made Imperial advisor and Minister of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (1764-1803). On the 12th May 1795, Beat Konrad bought the estate of Achstetten, and whilst he never lived there himself, his nephew Julius Cäsar, grew up there, married Baronesse Mauritia von Freyberg and the family have been living there since then. The family had several estates in the area including: Leihausen, Rechtenstein, Hürbel, Dellmensingen and Dürmenach.
Beat Konrad, through his connections in the Order, was able to hire a famous architect Franz Anton Bagnato, to rebuild the castle as it stands today.
Franz (Ignaz) Anton Bagnato, (15 June 1731 – 18 June 1810), also known as Francesco Antonio Bagnato, was the son of architect Johann Caspar Bagnato. Franz Anton Bagnato was born in Altshausen. Like his father he was an architect active during the Baroque period. Bagnato is mostly remembered for his works in the service of the Teutonic Knights and the Prince-Bishop of Constance.
Beat Konrad died at the age of 83 in Althausen. However, before his death he had an entailment arranged, including the lordship of the castle Achstetten, all his art treasures and the revenues from the sales of the estates Leyhausen and Dürmenach.
In his last will he had entailed his nephew, Julius Caesar Fidelis Ludwig. He was the youngest son of his brother Joseph Antons Franz Ludwig Cölstin.
Today, the family continues to run the estate and associated businesses. The whole family view their home and the estate as an obligation which they hold in trust for future generations. To this end, the estate forms the economic basis on which this heritage may be maintained. The family is proud of their history and excited by the challenge of the present and future.
Older Beat Konrad