Estate

  • Duivenvoorde estate
    The estate is situated in a moorland area, dotted with forested parts, partly hugs an old beach ridge, and covers a total area of over 260 hectares. At the heart of the estate is the castle with its 13th century roots, situated in a recently renewed English style landscape park. The park reconstruction was finished in 2015.

    The Duivenvoorde estate likely gets its name from two former watercourses, called the "Duve" and the "Voor". The castle is located between the old course of these streams. One of the earliest mentions is "Duvenvoirt", in 1226. Back then, the house was a simple residential tower, the "Keep". Remnants of the square keep are still visible in the building today. The castle has had its current look since 1631.

    Tenant farms and flower growers
    A remarkable fact about the estate is that it has never been sold. It was always passed down to new families through inheritance. To preserve the estate, Duivenvoorde was and is largely dependent on rent from tenants. Historically, a couple of farms are affiliated with the estate. Three of these farms now still have an agricultural function. The oldest of these farms is the "Kasteelhoeve", dating back to around 1575. Other farms and residences on the estate are now privately inhabited. The other tenants of Duivenvoorde include some flower growers and allotment gardeners.

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