Overwhelming space & tranquility on a 10Ha/25acres estate. A private apartment: Entrance, toilet, kitchen, Grand Salon - living room (fireplace), bedroom with kingsize bed (sep. bed available) & shower. A TOP location, centrally located in Holland.
The Coachhouse (18th Century) of Heukelum Castle gives you space in a very tranquil environment within a 10 Ha private park.
Lay-out: Private entrance, toilet, kitchen, "grand salon" living room with fireplace and bedroom including shower and sink.
The castle has been built by Jan van Arckel, a knight from Gorcum (now Gorinchem), back at the beginning of the 14th century. Legend sais that Jan, during the crusades he participated in, received a vision about building a new castle for his eldest son after his return to Holland at the place where he would see a swan couple land. And this happened close to the river Linge and the city of Heukelum...
However, the fortification has been destroyed in 1672 by the French as they got frustrated not to be able to invade Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Utrecht due to the water frontier the Dutch created as a method of defense. During this "Terrible Year" the French destroyed every castle in the Low Lands they could get hold of. Fortunately the strong defense tower, the "Donjon", survived as the gun powder used was not strong enough. At the beginning of the 18th Century, Simon van der Stel, the second gouvernor of South Africa and founder of the famous Stellenbosch region, bought the deteriorated estate to create a Dutch pied à terre in Amsterdam style. On the Donjon he added a slate roof with clock and at the top he placed a phoenix. At the front square he created two mirrored buildings as a "Bauhaus".
You will have the whole apartment at your disposal, you will feel at home and don't need to share anything with others.
Don't hesitate to contact me for any queries during your stay, I'll be happy to help you. Phone me or text me and I will respond as soon as I can.
Heukelum is very close to Leerdam, the Dutch city of glass. Visit the glass museum and the workshop downtown where the art of glass-blowing is demonstrated; purchase Leerdam crystal directly from the factory glass shop!
Or visit the Geofort, located in a fortification built as part of the New Dutch Water Frontier, with all geo.... geofort(dot)nl/en/
You will receive the key and the apartment is completely yours. You can use the garden furniture around the house to relax and enjoy. The park behind the castle is closed, but you can have a walk in the park behind the coachhouse and west of the coachhouse.
Especially when it is wet, the park will be swampy, so please wear appropriate shoes and do not enter the house before cleaning them.
- Continental breakfast can be ordered @ €9,50 per person; We are also happy to prepare you a FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST @ €15,- per person.
- Fireplace is open for use, first basket for free, additional baskets @ €8,50 per basket.
- Kitchen with oven, refrigerator, Nespresso coffee machine, hot water boiler (tea and coffee free of charge), fully equipped with cutlery and crockery.
- Refreshments, wine and beer available at additional cost.
No smoking inside the house.
Pets are not allowed.
Please respect our neighbours and the lord of the manor's private part of the park.
No speeding on the driveway.
I am happy to answer all your queries during your stay. If I am not around, don't hesitate to give me a call or a text message and I will respond as soon as I can.
Gert is an open minded guy who likes to share the experience of living on this unique estate with others. I like to entertain people and have interest in lots of topics. However, if you prefer quality time on your own you are more than welcome and you will experience an oasis of rest here at Heukelum.