Amerongen, kasteeltuin

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Overlooking part of the flower garden

This blog isn't called "highlights of the Netherlands" for nothing. One of our country's highlights, especially in summer, is Kasteel Amerongen with its beautiful gardens.

 

The history of this castle goes way back to 1286 AD, although in its early years it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The predecessor of the current castle first appeared on a map in 1597 which coincidentally is also the year in which the castle was acknowledged as a 'Ridderhofstad' or 'knight manor'. Over the centuries the ownership of the house went from father to son and in 1641 it ended up in the possession of Godard Adriaan van Reede, who together with his wife Margaretha Turnor embellished the manor lavishly.

 

In 1673 after Godard and his wife had wisely fled the scene, French occupant troops burned down the castle.

Now this says 'castle' to me; overgrown defence walls.
As early as 1674 Margaretha ordered a new house to be build on the exact same spot. In fact, it has been built on the remaining foundations which were extended at the time too. That new house, or better yet that castle, still stands today.

 

Currently the building is undergoing major restoration work. With Leitmotiv "due to restoration we're open", the castle and grounds are open to the public. That is to say, the gardens are individually accessible (after paying an entrance fee of € 2.50), but the castle can only be toured by groups (with a minimum of 6 people) with a guide, €7.50 pp. If you are willing to pay the full minimum amount of 45 euros you can enjoy a guided tour with as few people as you like. The tour will give you lots of historical information, tales about the former occupants and backstage access to the ateliers where the restoration of paintings, furniture and so on is taking place.

 

The grounds are divided in several types of gardens and can boast about four centuries of history. There is the formal (neo baroque) entrance garden, the rosary, the park (with a magnificent over 300 year old oak), the L-parterre (a bit of Rococo), a fruit garden and a flower garden just for starters.

Masonries are having a field trip here :)
You could visit the graves of former owner's pets, among which is one for Uranus, the favorite horse of the Lady of the manor. There also are 19th century greenhouses, a berceau (an intertwined birch tree covered path) and the Iris garden, a deepened lawn for playing tennis or croquet.

 

To allow the garden some rest, there is a winter closing period from November to March. April 1 the garden reopens for the public to enjoy its splendor, al the way through to October. Opening hours are: April, September and October; Tuesday - Friday 11.00h - 16.30h, Saturday and Sunday 13.00h - 16.30h. During the height of summer: May - August opening hours on weekdays start half an hour earlier and on weekends a full hour earlier.

 

The castle sits in Amerongen which is a lovely quaint little village in the province Utrecht. The village and surrounding woodlands are well worth a visit in their own right, but to miss the castle while you are in Amerongen is almost a mortal sin.
Sweetski says:
@ Elke: You're welcome. I am glad I could bring a little peace and quite to your life. Hang in there sis, thing can only get better from this point on :)
Posted on: Aug 31, 2009
Sweetski says:
@ Enrico: Thanks for the compliment my friend. Indeed it is a lovely place.
Posted on: Aug 31, 2009
Sweetski says:
@ Vance: Yes, and if you're not careful there will be one for yours too, LOL :D
Posted on: Aug 31, 2009
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Overlooking part of the flower gar…
Overlooking part of the flower ga…
Still overlooking the flower garde…
Still overlooking the flower gard…
Now this says castle to me; over…
Now this says 'castle' to me; ove…
Masonries are having a field trip …
Masonries are having a field trip…
Entrance bridge to the grounds
Entrance bridge to the grounds
View from the entrance bridge to t…
View from the entrance bridge to …
The bastion, a defence island whic…
The bastion, a defence island whi…
A vase but not a vase, why??
A vase but not a vase, why??
And there she is...
And there she is...
Face value
Face value
Part f the formal garden, while lo…
Part f the formal garden, while l…
A side gate allows access to the g…
A side gate allows access to the …
The plaster needs some restoration…
The plaster needs some restoratio…
This bridge and door at the end le…
This bridge and door at the end l…
From the front door of the castle …
From the front door of the castle…
The entrance garden
The entrance garden
One of the very few preserved dou…
One of the very few preserved 'do…
The rococo garden
The rococo garden
View towards Amerongen
View towards Amerongen
I am very sorry to say Lassie has …
I am very sorry to say Lassie has…
More of the pets graves
More of the pets graves
The other of the two wooden garden…
The other of the two wooden garde…
First glance at the rosary.
First glance at the rosary.
Appropriate entrance to the rosary.
Appropriate entrance to the rosary.
Sculptures can be found throughout…
Sculptures can be found throughou…
What a magnificent day were havin…
What a magnificent day we're havi…
The bees are spurning each other f…
The bees are spurning each other …
Well... It is summer after all and…
Well... It is summer after all an…
More strange looking flowers. It l…
More strange looking flowers. It …
Overlooking part of the flower gar…
Overlooking part of the flower ga…
All those flowers attracted a huge…
All those flowers attracted a hug…
The berceau; intertwined birches c…
The berceau; intertwined birches …
It says: seize the day, not the f…
It says: "seize the day, not the …
Ornamental peas in the vegetable g…
Ornamental peas in the vegetable …
I see Elke and her friends :)
I see Elke and her friends :)
A pasture is also part of the grou…
A pasture is also part of the gro…
The gorgeous 19th century greenhou…
The gorgeous 19th century greenho…
Looking towards the orangery and v…
Looking towards the orangery and …
Looking back towards the castle
Looking back towards the castle
Someone screwed with this bush :D
Someone screwed with this bush :D
The visitors centre. They play hig…
The visitors centre. They play hi…
The surroundings of the castle and…
The surroundings of the castle an…
Someone has great taste.
Someone has great taste.
The Amerongen church. Its chapel w…
The Amerongen church. Its chapel …
Quaint little houses make up Amero…
Quaint little houses make up Amer…
This one perhaps, is trying to cop…
This one perhaps, is trying to co…
Great attention for detail on all …
Great attention for detail on all…
besides the lovely houses the shop…
besides the lovely houses the sho…
Quaint little houses make up Amero…
Quaint little houses make up Amer…
Also an oldie.
Also an oldie.
Some local had a creative spur :)
Some local had a creative spur :)
Time to go home..., that rain fore…
Time to go home..., that rain for…
Amerongen
photo by: Sweetski