Middachten, De Steeg

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Middachten Castle is a monumental manor house, located on the Middachten estate, De Steeg, Netherlands. The current building dates from 1693-1698. The castle is a rijksmonument since October 11, 2004, and is part of the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites.
The first mention of a castle on this location dates from 1190, owned by Jacobus de Mithdac. Early in the 14th century Everardus van Steenre transferred its ownership to Reinald, count of Gelre. Everardus then got the castle back as a loan in 1357. The castle would remain with this family until 1625. During this time the castle was destroyed and rebuilt several times. In 1673 Stadtholder William III conquered the city of Bonn, making the occupying French troops retreat, who destroyed the castle. Godard van Reede and his spouse Ursula van Raesfelt then had the castle rebuilt, based on the example of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn. It was designed by Jacobus Roman (1640-1716) and Steven Vennecool (1657-1719).
After the castle was rebuilt in 1698 a garden was built, based on the garden in Versailles in the period 1700-1725. In the late 18th century British style gardens became fashion, and the gardens were redone in this style. In 1900 count and countessa Bentinck-Van Heeckeren of Wassenaer had the gardens partially rebuilt in the original style by Hugo Poortman (a student of French garden artist Édouard André).
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  • The estate is (well) managed by Franz zu Ortenburg, the 25th lord of the manor. It gives you a good idea of how the Dutch upper class used to live in past centuries. Though the present structure...  more »
  • Gorgeous interiors and beautiful garden. One of the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites. We visited during the study trip.  more »
  • Lovely castle which is still home to the family after 800 years. Didn't get to see the inside of the castle, which is only open on Sundays, but the gardens are open to the public most days of the week. Beautiful displays and flowers, the picture of opulence.
  • This castle was delightful. Although the castle itself is open during July and August only, the gardens are well worth a visit at only 6€. The orangery provides a pleasant cafe and patio. The rose garden is stunning.
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