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TWICKEL ESTATE

Overijsss, East Netherlands

A magnificent Dutch estate of 4,300 hectares with a moated castle dating from the 15th century and additions from the 18th century. The castle interior has only limited viewing, but there is plenty to do on the estate.

History​

Between 1347 and 1953, Twickel was in possession of successive members of the same family: van Twickelo, van Raesfelt, van Wassenaer and van Heeckeren van Wassenaer. As it was  possible for the estate to be inherited through the female line, it has always remained in the family. In 1953, Baroness van Heeckeren van Wassenaer-Countess of Aldenburg Bentinck handed the entire estate to the Twickel Foundation stating that the castle should remain inhabited.

 For this reason, her second cousin, Roderik Count zu Castell and his family are presently residing in a section of the castle

Today the estate in east Netherlands covers 4300 hectares and includes 150 farms with characteristic black and white shutters.

Gardens and Park

The beautiful landscape consists of gently rolling fields and meadows, ancient oak forests producing high quality wood, moors and fens. The gardens surrounding the castle are in the French neo-baroque style and include an orangery dating from the the first half of the 19th century that holds 300 year old orange trees! 

The ‘rock garden’ is the personal creation of the late Baroness van Heeckeren van Wassenaer. In this Victorian garden, she liked to experiment with unusual plants and was inspired by the English landscape gardener Gertrude Jekyll. In 1830 or thereabouts, this romantic scene was extended by J.D. Zocher. Recently, a restoration project was completed, based on a design by the well known Dutch landscape artist Michael van Gessel. 

Visitors can also visit the mill (1347) where flax seed was pressed into oil, the sawmill (1775) which was originally powered by a windmill and later by a steam engine, the car factory to see how cars and carriages were made in the old days and the museum farm which shows rural life up to the 1950s.

Refreshments and overnight stays

There are several locations for refreshments on or near the estate. For more information about each place, please check the Twickel estate website.
Café Restaurant ‘t Hoogspel : At the doorstep of the estate, this cosy café  has an interesting history!
Hotel & Restaurant Carelshaven : Using seasonal produce from the estate, the terrace overlooks the park and gardens. This charming hotel has 21 rooms.
Pannenkoekerie In den Markenrichter : The pancake house with over 120 varieties is set in a beautiful building from the 1850’s
Restaurant Het Wapen van Beckum : A historical ambiance with cosy fireplaces with a modern entrance and terrace.
Hotel restaurant De Zwaan : The 10 room hotel in Delden includes a charming brasserie
Hotel restaurant Het Witte Paard : Friendly, attractive 6 room hotel in Delden ideal also for private events.
B&B  Hoeve de Haar : 7 comfortable themed rooms in a large typical farmhouse.
Droste’s Boerderijlodges : 4 farm lodges and 1 family lodge
B&B Erve Groot Avest : Characteristic Twickel farm with b&w shutters with 3 guestrooms.

Estate Shop

Here all the products from the Twickel estate, such as cheese, eggs and Twents country meat are offered for sale. Other local products tied to Twickel are also offered, such as books, terracotta pottery, glassware, table linens, candles, jams and honey from the Apiary of Twickel. 

 The Estate shop is also an information center for all activities of Twickel and the entrance building for the park. The modern building is inspired by a typical Twickel barn and is near the parking facilities. 

Walking and Riding

Twickel offers many hiking opportunities. In the estate shop you can buy a map of the estate with the various trails. One of the hiking trails is the Umfassungsweg, a hiking trail of approximately 11 km that shows the most beautiful landscapes of the estate. During opening hours, you can also stroll through the castle gardens.

The Twickel estate also offers a beautiful landscape for horseback riding. On the estate are two horse trails. The estate map shows both a 14 km and 5.5km trails.

Public Events

During the summer months, the Gardens & Park and the Vegetable garden are open to the public.

For a guided visit  of the castle, reservations can be made beforehand on certain days of the year.

For up to date information about all the events, please check the Twickel
website.

Twickel Castle, near Delden, is located, for almost seven centuries now, in the middle of a beautiful estate, reaching out over five parishes.

Contact

Please contact the estate directly for more information, questions or requests

Address

Twickel estate
Twickelerlaan 1
7495 VG Ambt Delden

The Netherlands

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