Monday, 27 July 2009

that's My World The Dutch Castle of Middachten




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History

The first mention of Middachten Castle appears in a document dated 1190. The present building dates from the end of the 17th century but incorporates parts of the original early medieval castle. Middachten owes its unique character to the fact that it is still a real estate which includes woods, farms and agricultural land. Within all this lies the park and the beautiful gardens which surround the castle.



Middachten has never been sold but has passed from one generation to the next. The current owner, Isabelle, Countess Ortenburg van Aldenburg Bentinck, is the 24th to inherit the property. As a result of this unbroken line of inheritance the interior of the castle is still ‘complete'. Included in the original inventory is a large collection of portraits and many 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century pieces of furniture. There are also original cupboards containing antique porselain tea and dinner sets, glass ware, silver and linen.


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37 comments:

Anya said...

De veluwe is prachtig,
dat vergeten we hier in Limburg nog weleens,
Ik ben er nog nooit geweest :(
Ik wil het toch echt eens gaan bezichtigen,
dat krijg je ervan als de rest van mijn familie alleen maar naar het buitenland wilt !!
Prachtige dia's :)
Fijne avond..
Anya :)

cherie said...

oh, wow, this is lovely, ma'am. just lovely...

erin said...

oh how i would love to check out the antique linen inventory...wonderful post...and i so enjoyed.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I do like to hear of buildings which have been loved by the same family for generations reader wil. This castle looks much loved.

Dina said...

Very pretty castle. Thanks for the grand tour.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post, as always, Wil! What a wonderful and well loved castle!
Have a great week!
Sylvia

Vicki Lane said...

How serene this estate is! And what lovely gardens. Thank you, Reader Wil.

Indrani said...

Grand virtual tour of this place. I have begun to love it by its description and shots.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

I actually could picture it as working castle from your shots What a throw back in Time and very pretty

Leslie: said...

What a lovely place! I like that architecture and the setting is very pretty. Reminds me a bit of a castle in France. And the flowers...well, what can one say about flowers in Holland? Simply stunning!

ewok1993 said...

I enjoyed this tour. The castle is impressive and so is the lawn, so green and so extensive.

Have a great week.

Brenda said...

I felt like I was there...well almost. Ha. Loved the scenery and the buildings. I never tire of looking at pretty scenes!

Babooshka said...

Those records go way back. Makes me think of the Doomesday Book in the UK and all the property and families named in there. It is such a well preserved beauty.

gleaner said...

Thank you for the tour - very beautiful.

Starnitesky said...

A beautiful castle in a lovely setting. Thanks for the tour.

Marja said...

wow great I didn't even know of its existance. Thanks to you I have a lot on my list to visit next time I come overthere

Lorac said...

That is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us! 24th owner! All those antiques treasured in the castle amazing. Canada is a pretty young country. We see someplace that,s a hundred years old here we say WOW. To see something from the 11 hundreds is unbelievable. That is one off the things that amazed me the most the last time I was there.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Wil: What a wonderful look at that neat castle. I love the gardens and flowers.

Renie Burghardt said...

Wil, what a beautiful castle and grounds. Amazing that it has been around for centuries. We have mansions in the US, of course, but nothing that can even come close to a real castle! They are everywhere in Europe. Thank you for the tour. Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Hugs,

Renie

mountain.mama said...

I can't imagine owning such a place, what a grand tour.

Rajesh said...

The castle looks marvelous surrounded by water, greenery. I loved the slides.

Arija said...

A beautiful castle Wil and so nice to know that it is still in the same family. I love this post.

Wolynski said...

Beautiful slideshow and gorgeous estate. Must be nice to be born to all that.

storyteller at Sacred Ruminations said...

Lovely slide show of and interesting information about this Dutch Castle. I appreciate the virtual visit ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Pam said...

It is a beautiful old castle and its nice that it has stayed in the same family over the years. Although the cost of maintaining the castle must be enormous.

Carver said...

That's an amazing collection of photographs of the grounds and castle. I love the lily pads and the bridge. The whole place is so beautiful and well maintained.

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful castle. A different way for blog touring! Good your World.

Ebie said...

I have enjoyed the tour, what a beautiful castle. The cat pictures are so cute. My cat is my first pet(I am pass half-century) and I am so attached. Everyday we learn something new from her. She is more of a quiet cat and sleeps all day. Thanks for your nice comments.

Denise said...

This is a wonderful My World Post, thoroughly enjoyed the historical information, the photos and the slide show. Wonderful!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

WOW! Just beautiful!

SandyCarlson said...

I like your photos. That aerial photo knocked me off my pins! Beautiful.

(The NyQuil effect refers to the fuzzy perception of the world that results from taking this medicine.)

Jeanette said...

Gday Wil, Wow Thank you for this wonderful tour.. Ohhh would I love to see the linen closet and all the Antique's..a very well cared for castle.

Arkansas Patti said...

When you post such pictures and histories, it makes me realize what an infant country I live in.
Thank you for the tour.

Margaret LaVonne Hall said...

Incredibly well kept castle, and such beautiful pics in the presentation! One wonders the upkeep on such a grand scale in a building that large, and my oh my, the upkeep on the grounds! Thank you for sharing...

Cloudia said...

Interesting!!

Barbara Martin said...

Lovely castle and history. Thank you, Wil.

jeannette stgermain said...

That's very special to have all the original buildings and furniture, as well as farmland and buildings belonging to the castle still intact and never sold -amazing!! Where is the castle close to Wil?