Monday, April 10, 2017

H - Haarzuilens, de Haar Castle, Netherlands

Everyone needs a castle.  I do not think 'castles' when I think of the Netherlands, but we saw one, nonetheless.  It is called de Haar Castle and it is just outside Haarzuilens.  It was built from 1892 to 1912 on the site of the 15th Century ruins of a prior castle.

 Every castle needs a moat

 And a drawbridge
 First view of the grounds
 The arbor of wisteria - I love wisteria, which reminds me that I need to get out and trim mine soon
 The back side of the home
 The front door - talk about an entrance

The manicured gardens

There is a lot of information at the link I provided.  I think this would be a wonderful place for a wedding.

Have you ever attended an event at a former large home or castle?  Are you interested in destination weddings?  My son had a destination wedding at a castle in Victoria, B.C.

Bonus:  Daylily 'Helen Spiller'

28 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tour of De Haar castle. Beautiful place for a wedding! I've never been to a destination wedding, but like the idea.
    Debbie @ THE DOGLADY'S DEN
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    1. It seems small destination weddings are what my kids and their friends prefer. I think it makes more sense than spending ten of thousands on a party in a hall.

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  2. Castles are fascinating. When we were in Norway, we visited one as well. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. I've never been to a Destination wedding, but that place would be an incredible location for one. Find me here. LINK

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    1. Castles certainly are a different lifestyle. Though there is a home near me with over 10,000 sq ft and I can't imagine what you need with all that space.

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  3. I'm close to many castles here in the south of England, mainly ones of Roman or Norman origin, plus a few 'vanity' casles built in the 17th century. My son was married in one and I went to a christening in another. We also have an annual reenactment of the Battle of Hastings at a castle a couple of miles away. I wasn't aware of De Haar castle though, despite travelling extensively through out the Netherlands.

    Amble Bay's Village Hall!

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    1. We'll be seeing some Roman buildings later in the challenge.

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  4. Isn't that lovely! Wow.
    And I love wisteria, too.

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  5. Again, Beautiful photographs, do you take a lot to get a few good photos or have you got the knack. I'm astonished to see so few tourists in you photos. I wished mine were so composed.

    Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge

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    Sandra, Aspiring family historian, fellow participant in the #AtoZchallenge

    Sandra's Ancestral Research Journal

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    1. I take a lot of pictures. I try to edit out people. I stand around waiting for people to leave, lol. I've been using the Windows 10 photo editor and I really like it, better than the ones I've used previously. And thanks for the compliment.

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    2. I think you are very clever, I don't have the patience to wait although I'm getting a bit better at framing what I see. Don't know if I have Windows 10 photo editor. I generally use the program Paint. something for future investigation.

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  6. That's a very impressive castle and yes, I agree, a wonderful place for a wedding. I attended a wedding at Duns Castle in Scotland, not as large as this one, but very special as it was my sister and we had a lovely three-day weekend of festivities.

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    1. It is so much prettier than the halls around here, though they are quite lavish. Nothing like a fairy-tale castle.

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  7. I love castles :) Great moat - reminds me of the moat at Leeds Castle in Kent.
    My friend was married in a castle hotel - it was awesome.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings - Shapeshifters and Werewolves

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  8. That's one heck of a castle. I am surprised anyone could afford to rebuild it in the period you mentioned. Beautiful place. Is any of it still occupied by a family do you know? It looks as though it is open for tourists.

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    1. The family occupies the castle in September. When you have a Rothschild in your ancestry, money is not a problem.

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  9. I would love to explore this castle and check out the hidden rooms. I could tell, by the windows, where a staircase might be. The grounds are so nice and I love the wisteria. It's such a shame they bloom for such a short time

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  10. Oh wow! I especially like the moat and draw bridge and the beautiful grounds. Beautiful photos!

    Trudy @ Reel Focus
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  11. Very picturesque. I actually got married in a castle in Dumfries in Scotland. Not as big as this one, but very nice!

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    1. I got married in a judge's chambers. Not too romantic, but expedient, LOL.

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  12. What a beautiful castle and setting - it's like a proper fairytale castle, I can just imagine the handsome prince riding up on his trusty steed to woo the gorgeous princess.

    Pamela @ Highlands Days of Fun

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  13. I love wisteria too. It's so beautiful. The way it hangs down is so romantic.WeekendsInMaine

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  14. What a beautiful castle! I sure would like to see it from the inside.

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    1. Unfortunately, the day we arrived it was closed on the inside. Don't ever travel to the Netherlands over religious holidays. They close everything.

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  15. A castle and gardens. And that wisteria. Oh, that wisteria. I'll be dreaming about it. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. An entire walkway of wisteria. Magical.

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  16. That castle looks amazing! Love the wisteria! :)

    With Love,
    Mandy

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