Terworm Castle, a hotel with history
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It has been a busy week so far. The past two days I spent in the Heerlen office in the south of the Netherlands. And during these days I learnt that I had to extend my presence for a few more days. Unfortunately the motel I stayed in did not have any vacancies anymore, nor did the surrounding budget hotels. So, I was excited to learn that the motel would upgrade me to one of the rooms in their second location, a premium hotel in a real old castle: Terworm Castle.
The castle's history dates back to the 14th century when several noble families resided in the structure, which, at that time, looked somewhat different from the current building. Around 1550 the castle was destroyed by a fire, but fortunately rebuilt. Rebuilt from bricks, this time, rather from the more conventional local marl stones.
In 1891 the castle was restyled to the neo Gothical style. And that is the appearance of the castle that is know to us today. During the 20th century the castle became the property of the Oranje Nasau coal mines. They were of course more interested in the lands below the castle, and used the building as the residence for the forester and the pool guard of the nearby natural pool.
When the mines closed the estate was vacant and started to perish. In the 1980s there was a brief insane plan to build an amusement park on site. This was prevented by the Heerlen communities. The castle was finally saved by the Van der Valk Hotels chain. They restored the decaying buildings and opened a nice hotel in both the castle as well as in the adjoining farmer's court.
I had the pleasure staying in the latter. In the past, the room I stayed in, used to accommodate a complete farmer's family. And they did not have a shower or central heating.
More pictures below.