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Overijssel, East Netherlands
A magnificent Dutch estate of 4,400 hectares with a moated castle dating from the 15th century. Throughout the centuries the castle has been extended and beautified.
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 zu Castell-Rüdenhausen 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-Rüdenhausen and his family are presently residing in a section of the castle
Today the estate in east Netherlands covers 4,400 hectares and includes 150 farms with characteristic black and white shutters.
Beautiful landscape and castle gardens
The beautiful landscape consists of gently rolling fields and meadows, heathland, mores and fens. The gardens and park surrounding the castle have been development by the various generations and
give a good impression of their history since the Renaissance. For instance, the formal garden with clipped figures of taxus and buxus trees.
The park with its large water gardens were developed in
English landscape style. And the ‘rock garden’ in Victorian style, has been designed by the last baroness Van Heeckeren van Wassenaer.
Late 20 th century a restoration project was completed, based on a design by the well-known Dutch landscape architect Michael van Gessel. The castle gardens also includes also a historical Orangery that holds 300 years old orange trees. Next to the park lies the large walled-in vegetable garden, still in function foot the castle.
On the estate visitors can also visit the mill (1347)here 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.
Here local products from the tenant farmers are offered for sale, such as cheese and meat products. Also articles tide to Twickel are sold, for instance books, terra cotta pottery, table-linen, wine, 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 5.5 km trails.
Twickel Castle, near Delden, is located, for almost seven centuries now, in the middle of a beautiful estate.
Please contact the estate directly for more information, questions or requests
Visitors centre | Estate shop
7495 VG Ambt Delden