Holland’s countryside is dotted with spectacular castles, gardens and stately houses, evoking the romance and grandeur of long ago. And with many of these landmark estates now converted into hotels, it’s possible to live the fairy tale – for a few nights at least – without having to step back in time.
- Sleep like royalty in a Dutch castle or stately home.
- Uncover the history of Holland’s iconic castles and gardens.
- Find castle accommodation to suit every budget.
Find a fairy tale stay for any budget in the west of Holland
Buitenplaats Marquette Heemskerk
Located between the dunes and village of Heemskerk, the Marquette estate is a peaceful escape dating back to 1250 – although the chateau owes much of its current fairy tale appearance to its 19th century owners. Accommodation is in a separate hotel building set within the wooded grounds, with the atmospheric restaurant and wine bar situated in the historical castle building itself.
Marquettelaan 34, Heemskerk
Landgoed Kasteel Oud-Poelgeest
Dating back to the 1640s, this stately castle just north of Leiden was formerly the home of prominent Dutch scientist Herman Boerhaave. These days it’s a plush hotel and restaurant set in 10 hectares of historical grounds and gardens, offering luxurious accommodation in the converted 19th-century coach house.
Poelgeesterweg 1, Oegstgeest
Stayokay (Hostel) Slot Assumburg Heemskerk
Live like a king without racking up royal expenses at this magnificent moated castle in Heemskerk, now a budget-conscious hostel. Dating from the 13th century and rebuilt in the 1540s, Castle Assumburg is a flurry of fantastical turrets and towers, with grand medieval style interiors and magnificent gardens to explore.
Tolweg 9, Heemskerk
Accommodation fit for a king in central Holland
Logement aan de Vecht
Every summer, Amsterdam’s rich Golden Age merchants would escape the city and retreat to their private country seats along the Castles and Gardens region of the winding River Vecht. Follow their lead with a relaxing overnight stay at this magnificent historical estate on the banks of the river; now a luxurious boutique hotel with individually designed rooms fit for visiting dignitaries (such as yourself).
Straatweg 30, Breukelen
Stayokay Landhuis Rhijnauwen
Situated in a picturesque woodland area in Bunnik, near Utrecht, this riverside mansion cuts an elegant figure from its position on a bend of the Rhine. The estate dates from the 13th century – when it was the seat of the powerful Lichtenburg family – with the current manor house being constructed in the 18th century. Guests can spend the night steeped in history (without the steep price tag) in comfortable hostel accommodation that ranges from two-person private rooms to group dormitories.
Rhijnauwenselaan 14, Bunnik
With a mysterious history that involves medieval knights, family feuds and a centuries-old unsolved murder case, this 13th-century castle, with its distinctive round turret and moat lake, now enjoys a more peaceful life as a luxurious boutique hotel. It’s set amidst lush grounds in the heart of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Rooms vary in price and style. Langbroekerdijk 10, Driebergen
Kasteel De Vanenburg
Resembling a genteel plantation mansion, this elegant country seat in the Veluwe dates from the 13th century (although the current manor house was built on the foundations of the former building in the 17th century). Now the estate is a hotel and restaurant, where guests can stay overnight surrounded by elegant French gardens and landscaped parkland.
Vanenburgerallee 13, Putten
Hotel Kasteel De Essenburgh
This compact castle lies at the end of a stately driveway on the edge of the Veluwe region, near the medieval town of Harderwijk. The castle itself dates back to the 17th century, with parts of it being rebuilt in the 1920s. Now a hotel, it offers comfortable accommodation and fine cuisine in its vaulted cellar restaurant.
Zuiderzeestraatweg 199, Hierden
Escape to the country in the east of the Netherlands
Built as a country retreat by wealthy Arnhem dignitary Willem Reinier Brantsen, this elegant house was completed in 1746 in a French Baroque style. Today, the stately manor house operates as a funky boutique hotel surrounded by 12 hectares of landscaped parkland and ornamental gardens. Get a taste of Dutch 18th-century high life with a contemporary twist.
Parkweg 19, De Steeg
Landgoed Groot Warnsborn
Located in the Veluwe, just north of Arnhem, this impressive country estate takes its name from the natural water sources that bubble through the grounds. The estate has its roots in the 15th century but today the elegant manor house is as modern as they come – inside, at least – having been converted into a luxurious design hotel with individually designed bedrooms and suites. Bakenbergseweg 277, Arnhem
Within a short walk of the 700-year-old Twickel Castle, the elegant manor house of Carelshaven was built in 1772 and named after its then owner George Carel van Wassenaer Obdam. Back then, the estate was a skipper harbor on the Twickel canal, although today it caters for a more refined crowd with a selection of stylish hotel rooms and a well-regarded restaurant.
Hengelosestraat 30, Delden
Surrounded by lush forest, this 18th-century villa was built on the former site of a 13th-century castle as the residence of Albertus Jacobus Duymaer van Twist, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies. In its current life as a country house hotel, the building’s colorfully designed bedrooms recapture its previous owner’s colonial ties, looking to more tropical climes for their inspiration.
Schapenzandweg 3, Diepenveen
Landgoedhotel De Wilmersberg
Located in lush green countryside near the German border, this enchanting house and its landscaped gardens offer an idyllic escape from modern life. Built in 1914 as a country retreat for the prominent Blijdenstein family, the distinctive building is surrounded by 12 acres of gardens and today welcomes visitors to dine at its classic restaurant and delightful terrace, with overnight accommodation available in the adjoining hotel.
Rhododendronlaan 7, De Lutte
Landhuishotel De Bloemenbeek
Dating from 1906, this former farmhouse oozes country charm from every bedroom, suite and terrace. Its beautiful Michelin-starred restaurant works with seasonal ingredients sourced from the hotel’s own gardens and local wildlife, while a luxurious spa offers guests leafy views from its heated swimming pool.
Beuningerstraat 6, De Lutte
If budget’s your primary consideration, you can certainly live the high life for a fraction of the cost at Stayokay Landhuis Rhijnauwen and Stayokay Heemskerk (Slot Assumburg). This hostel chain is renowned for refurbishing unique locations into memorable, affordable hostel accommodation. What’s more, they cater to families, couples, and larger groups, as well as younger backpackers.
If your time or budget doesn’t extend to an overnight stay, consider visiting a castle in Holland for lunch or dinner. Many of the hotels mentioned also offer exceptional culinary experiences in often atmospheric surroundings – or discover even more castle dining in Holland.