The Sint Anthony Gasthuis in Groningen is a national monument. It was founded in 1517 with the aim of taking care of the poor and the sick. Plague sufferers were also housed until 1644 and from 1702 to 1844 the rear part was used as a madhouse. Throughout the centuries, so-called conventuals lived in the guesthouse, residents who bought themselves in and thereby assured themselves of a well-kept old age. In the 20th century, the guest house is simply rented out because there are too few people who still want to buy in. The last convention left in 1993.
Interest in the guesthouse (Hofje) decreased when senior homes disappeared everywhere. Therefore from 1957 onwards younger residents were admitted.
Now the tenants are between 30 and over 80 years old. The residents of the hofje are a reflection of society. The Hofje is an oasis of tranquility and an attractive place to live, for a total of 40 homes, one of which is furnished as a Bed & Breakfast.