Haarzuilens: ...to castles.

Trip Start Apr 03, 2009
Trip End Apr 15, 2009

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Kasteel de Haar started off as a farmhouse with a tower about 900 years ago. Successive generations added to it until it was abandoned and fell into ruin. Around 100 years ago the wealthy de Haar and van Zuylans families restored it. They thoughtfully rebuilt the local village (which they named after themselves), having demolished it in the first place to make room for a park around the castle. The village of Haarzuilens is decked out in the castle colours of red and white.

We wandered around the gardens and water features, taking a brief look at the church. The kids checked out the beech tree maze and squeezed back through the hedge when it all got too complicated. It is a pretty place.

In order to go inside you have to sign up for the tour, in Dutch. It lasted an hour and (due to half the castle being under renovation) it didn't take in all that many rooms. It was pretty slow. I'm not a great fan of organised tours at the best of times and the kids were already tired.

Inside it is richly decorated, mostly in a neo-Gothic style. I can't say that blood red carpets and black walls do all that much for me. The ladies bedrooms were lighter and more airy, being more of a Renaissance style, but altogether I think I would have to redecorate if I moved in.

Tour over, we headed back to Oudewater for something to eat. We were very tired. the kids were so tired that they slept through the loudest thunderstorm I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing. One crack was so sudden and close, that we checked outside the house, once our hearts had stopped racing. We half expected the car to have been replaced with a burnt crater, but it seemed to have escaped the lightening strike this time. 
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MARTINAValentine25 on

I will recommend not to hold off until you earn enough amount of money to
order different goods! You can take the credit loans or term loan and feel

rachelkw on

Ha! Yes, I think that would be necessary if I ever got the chance to redecorate here!

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