Groeneveld Castle is less than a thirty-minute drive from Amsterdam in a rural area just off the exit roads, surrounded by the lush greenery of the vast Utrechtse Heuvelrug nature reserve.
The castle came info being in the tradition of the 17th and 18th century country estates. At the time, rich city dwellers, mainly regents and merchants from Amsterdam, often bought a ‘country house’.
Groeneveld castle was built around 1710 and is considered one of the most beautiful examples of a country house from the Rococo period. Initially, the house consisted of the central section of the main building and the two outbuildings: the coach house and orangery. The wings were added around 1760.
The building’s rich history comes to life on the entrance level with its original painted wallpaper and stunning 18th century stucco by Van Logteren. During the post-war years, Groeneveld was sanctuary for writers and artists from Amsterdam.
Groeneveld Castle is managed by Staatsbosbeheer, with nature and landscape as the leading themes. Groeneveld Castle is a stunning site with a beautiful ambiance; its period rooms are shared with the public at large through changing (art) exhibitions, events, and meetings. The castle is also often booked as a business location for both intimate and large-scale events. There are plenty of options and the castle’s surroundings are inspiring.
Staatsbosbeheer also manages the Groeneveld estate, which covers some 321 acres.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, the garden park was created in the strict Dutch Baroque style, which was derived from the French style. The geometric shapes are characteristic, as are the lengthwise orientation and sightlines.
The park was converted to the English landscape style in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The extensive use of water, brooks, meandering paths, hills, tree groupings, and solitary trees bear witness to that. The red beeches signal important elements and transitions in the park.
Between 1976 and 1981, the park underwent large-scale renovations. The French and English styles were merged at that time. The (vegetable) garden with its ‘crinkle crankle wall’ (called a serpentine wall in Dutch) and ice cellar are unique.
There is a Grand Café with terrace in the coach house at Groeneveld Castle. The beautiful landscape around the estate offers many opportunities for fantastic walking and cycling tours.