Beautiful castles, palaces and country houses are to be found all over Holland, and the province of Gelderland in particular abounds with turrets and towers. Middachten Estate, near Gelderland’s capital Arnhem, is one of Holland’s biggest, most impressive and best-preserved estates. It has been in in ownership of the same family for more than 800 years, and its gardens especially are a joy to behold.
- Explore the history of Middachten Estate on a guided tour.
- Take a stroll through the beautiful and interesting gardens.
- See a working estate that’s been in the same family for more than 800 years.
Middachten’s fragrant rose gardens and rare trees
Formal gardens play an important role in Dutch country house tradition, and Middachten Estate is no exception. Its striking gardens present visitors with the opportunity to explore the history of landscaping. With its design unchanged for centuries, the lawns, flowerbeds, topiary and sculptures all form a unified whole with the water and the house. Dotted around are trees that are rarely seen in Holland: a ginkgo tree, a 150-year-old Cedar of Lebanon and a rare weeping chestnut among them. And in the summer, the rose garden – and its 60 varieties of shrub roses and climbers – fills the grounds with their luscious scent. In July and August, tea is served at the Orangery, completing a summer day’s perfection. And for those loving the place so much that they can’t face leaving: three rooms on the estate are being let for bed-and-breakfast stays.
Middachten was first recorded in 1190. Later, in the early 14th century, it is mentioned again in combination with Everardus van Middachten – progenitor of all later inhabitants of the house. Today’s resident is Count zu Ortenburg. Middachten is still a working estate with agricultural land, farms and woods.
Opening times: Castle: with guided tours only; July and August, Sunday, 13:30 & 15:00. Gardens: mid-May through September, Monday to Friday, Sunday, 10:30-16:30; garden tours: July and August, Sunday, 10:30.
Prices: Gardens: adults €6, children (under 11 years) free; Gardens and castle: adults €9, children (under 11 years) free
We recommend: Middachten Estate sits at the edge of the Veluwezoom National Park and the neighboring Hoge Veluwe National Park. Not only is this part of the Gelderland region a treat for historical treasures, but also a great spot to live the fairytale and stay overnight in a Dutch castle.
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