• For Sale
  • GBP 1,091,283 
  • Build Size: 7,319 ft2
  • Property Type: Single Family Home
  • Bedroom: 9
[Castle Ophemert]
A Heerlyckheid in the Betuwe
It's not every day that we can offer you a magnificent early-medieval castle with coach house, moat and four-hectare park. Castle Ophemert, a 'Heerlyckheid in the Betuwe', dates from around 1300. The castle, accessible via a driveway with old beech trees, has always been privately occupied, but since 2010, it serves as a Bed & Breakfast and is rented out for weddings and conferences. The obvious association with some comfort is therefore certainly appropriate, but the authenticity of the castle, actually more of a fortress, has been handled very carefully. Contemporary comfort has been very carefully integrated into the historic decor. Electricity, hot and cold running water - it's all there, but it doesn't really suit a tough castle like this. Comfort is not what the guests of Castle Ophemert are looking for; they want a taste of unadulterated castle romance, wandering through knight's halls, marble corridors, through vaulted cellars and down creaky stairs. In the spirit of former noble residents, such as Duke Reinoud IV of Gelre, Knight Sweeder van Weerdenborch de Cocq, the Van Haeften family and Barthold Baron Mackay. The coat of arms of the Mackay family still adorns the entrance to the castle. Since 2010, the castle has been in leasehold ownership of Arthur Baron van Dedem, but the lease is expiring and the castle is looking for a new owner. They sometimes say: you must be a bit crazy to want to live in a castle, but at the same time, it is a unique privilege to be lord of Castle Ophemert. Every brick with which Castle Ophemert is built breathes centuries of history, but through restorations, renovations and adjustments, the castle has been improved over the years and adapted to the wishes of new residents. Since 2009, at the initiative of the Van Dedem family, major steps have been taken to raise the comfort and liveability of the castle to a higher level. There are now seven comfortable bedrooms, each with its own atmosphere, including the spacious ‘Chinese Room’ and the equally beautiful ‘Van Haeften’ bedroom. The bathrooms have also been renovated and equipped with modern comforts. The rooms are situated around the central hall on the first and second floors of the castle and look out over the moat and the vast castle park, which includes a swimming pool in addition to the beautiful English sectioned garden. On the main floor you will find the library with fireplace, the dining room and the large living room. All living areas have robust wooden or ornate parquet floors. Portraits of former residents adorn the walls and an original suit of armour in the corner recalls other times. The vaulted basement houses the cosy breakfast hall with fireplace, a bar and several storage rooms. Unsurprisingly, the castle is full of characteristic details, mostly authentic or carefully restored. Opposite the castle, on the former forecourt, is the white plastered, extensive coach house, which was rebuilt on this spot in the nineteenth century. The coach house is divided into two equivalent residences. The left part was used as a gardener's house and in the right part there is a large hunting room with a big fireplace, and a comfortable sitting room and bedroom on the upper floor. Castle Ophemert is suitable for many purposes: residential, commercial and hospitality. Castle, park, moat and buildings have the status of a National Monument and have been carefully managed and well maintained over the years. This is a truly unique opportunity to acquire a historically significant, real castle in an enchanting location in beautiful Rivierenland.
Ingeborg Swarts
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