Historic interiors

  • Duivenvoorde Castle has fourteen historic interiors, spanning the 17th through the 19th centuries, which are open to the public. Because Duivenvoorde was never sold but always passed on - collection and all - through inheritance, the owners’ presence can still be keenly felt today. The rooms are furnished as if they are still being used, and therefore give off an authentic atmosphere. Every room has its own distinct character.

    The Front house and the Landing
    The bright and spacious Front house is almost entirely still in its 17th century state, decorated with several beautiful portraits of the former residents of the castle. The large Landing, one storey higher than the Front house, has also remained largely in its 17th century state. It has a remarkable ceiling, constructed with the old-fashioned structure of wooden secondary and tertiary beams, and adorned with animal motifs. The same type of ceiling can be found in the dining room, where impressive 17th and 18th century portraits decorate the walls.

    Turkish room, Steengracht room, and Blue guestroom
    The Turkish room, originally a bedroom, owes its name to a 19th century oriental wall decoration, depicting flowering trees. The Steengracht room has a completely different feeling, because of the cheerful wallpaper and -as the name suggests- the portraits of various generations of the Steengracht family. The Blue guestroom was named after the colour of the 19th century wallpaper and the curtains that feature a pattern with blue bamboo shoots and birds.

    Cuir de Cordoue cabinet, Porcelain room, Eastland room and Library
    The Cuir de Cordoue cabinet is a small chamber with unique 18th century Cuir de Cordoue (gold leather) wallpaper, and a gorgeous 17th century Flemish art cabinet. In the Porcelain room, part of the castle's collection of European porcelain is on display, including the stunning Stadtholder crockery from 1772-1774, a gift from the VOC to stadtholder Willem V. Finally, in the nobleman's library there is an extensive collection of books, including bibles, topographical works and works on natural history.

    Marot hall
    The Marot hall is the state room of the castle. The Louis XIV-style hall, which was unique for the Netherlands, was presumably designed by court architect Daniel Marot (1661-1752). The walls of the hall are decorated with the portraits of the successive Van Wassenaer generations that owned the castle.

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