Fraeylemaborg

Fraeylemaborg, Slochteren: Address, Phone Number, Fraeylemaborg Reviews: 4.5/5

Fraeylemaborg
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Solodam J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands34,486 contributions
Sep 2020
It was good to be back to this castle again as it's a beautiful small castle. Well managed and it's also a wedding location. This time we had a chance to take a look the attic. There was a video about the owner of the castle in the attic. We took a walk in the garden, too and then closed our visit by having a drink in the castle restaurant
Written December 13, 2020
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folieske4
Antwerp, Belgium7,285 contributions
Behind the castle is a stretch of garden, rather narrow but long. We were on a campingholiday when we discovered this beauty. The Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren, dating from the middle ages, is situated on a country-park that dates back mainly to the 19th century. The park, after a design partly of G.A. Blum and L.P. Roodbaard, is laid out in English landscape-style. In this, remains of the previous formal baroque outlay have been saved, like the characteristic middle axis. On the front terrain stands the 'schathuis' in which is now established a restaurant. On the opposite site stands the coach-house. Behind the coach-house stands the orangerie where tropical plants survive in winter. The borg was founded in the middle ages as stone-house and developed till an impressive building with influential inhabitants The last nobles, the family Thomassen à Thuessink van der Hoop van Slochteren, sold the borg in 1972 to the Gerrit van Houten Foundation. After restoration the Fraeylemaborg became a museum. In addition to being style-rooms, rooms are also used for exhibitions. The Large Hall is used for concerts and receptions, while the Small Hall is in use as wedding-hall. Through the ages the residents of the Fraeylemaborg have expanded and embellished the house. The same they did with the park around the house. Exotic trees were planted and special plants imported. The layout of the front terrain and park went through different styles. The country estate is now an in five centuries grown culture-historic entity, unique in the north of our country. It is an impressive example of the English-landscape-style. The country estate measures at the moment about 26 hectares. Together with the Overbos, (situated north of the Hoofdweg, the deepened provincial motorway and the harbour), it has an very elongated shape. In the middle ages the grounds in Slochteren were subdivided in narrow long stretched out farms, perpendicular to the main way and therefore for the park no other shape was possible. The surrounding landscape is open and the high trees from the forest show from far were the Fraeylema is situated.
Written March 10, 2010
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Indiaphil
Rotterdam, The Netherlands239 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
This castle is well worth a visit. It is very small, but all the rooms have been restored back to what they would have looked like in the past and were fully furnished, decorated etc. It did feel like real castle, rather than as a museum which can be the case in these places. The castle has a very nice little park which makes for a beautiful walk. One of the old barns has been converted in to a cafe, where they give you very good value for the money and it is of course a lovely place to sit and watch the castle (a least if you can sit outside). The staff at the castle and in the shop were all very cheerful and really gave the impression that they cared about the place and it's visitors. A must see place, if you're in the area.
Written August 9, 2012
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Robert188633
The Hague, The Netherlands90 contributions
Jun 2011 • Solo
A wonderful country mansion, at the same time stately, warm and discreet. With its present époque interior it is easy to imagine you'd live there far away from the noise and pretension of the town, enjoying your garden too.
Written November 24, 2011
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Nico L
Veghel, The Netherlands307 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Large garden free to walk around
Great for children for a dive in the pool

Easy accessibel for older people and wheelchair

Written August 16, 2020
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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,163 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
If you say the name Slochteren in the Netherlands, you connect this automatically with the huge natural gas field, discovered in the 60's of last century. This discovery changed the energy landscape in the Netherlands forever. But that Slochteren is also a beautiful quiet village where you can visit the mansion and grounds of Fraeylemaborg, I did not know. But, looking for a museum visit in this part of Groningen, Fraeylemaborg came to the top of the list. Fraeylemaborg is a Groningen "Borg", a villa or mansion, situated in extensive grounds. The building was established in the 16th century and expanded later. Fraeylemaborg was till the 70's of last century the home of an old Slochteren family, but the cost of the upkeep of the mansion and the grounds forced the last of the family (mother and daughter) to sell; fortunately a foundation was established for the preserving of Fraeylemaborg as a museum. Entrance to the Fraeylemaborg museum is for a fee. Holders of the Dutch annual museum pass have free entrance. The tour start with a video of an interview with the mother and daughter dated 2007 (mother 92 years of age then) who recalled their life in the Fraeylemaborg mansion. It was thrilling to visit the rooms and other places afterwards and recognizing the description in the video-film, bringing the rooms to life. I have included some pictures of the different places in the "Borg"; notice the ornamental ceiling already in existence in the 17th century. Adjacent to the mansion is a building from 1899, where at that moment a Rembrandt exhibition was held; opposite this building is a restaurant called "Boerderij" (Farm), which I will review separately. Parking is on a dedicated parking lot next to the grounds and is free. A visit to the Fraeylemaborg is recommended.
Written August 5, 2014
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Sonja d
New York48 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
Seems a little thrown together. Styles in some of the rooms feel "recreated".
Written July 9, 2012
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ChF_10
Amsterdam, The Netherlands299 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
The Fraeylemaborg is a museum, but you feel everywhere that this mini-castle has been lived in. Walking around gives you an intimate view of daily life in this place. The ticket also gives you access to the adjacent park. For the next few years, the park sports intriguing "shelters" made by various artists -- a kind of modern "follies." If the people at the reception think you look trustworthty, they may give you a key that gives you entrance to some of these.

The Borg can be reached via a 30 minute bus ride from Groningen station.
Written July 22, 2018
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Lavarcham
London, UK3,472 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
We had read about these moated houses when visiting the Groninger Museum so included a visit here as we explored the area. Sadly the house itself was closed but we were free to roam the gardens around the moated house and to see it from all angles. We then went for a lovely circular walk through the woods and along the lanes to find the three windmills of Slochteren. A very nice late afternoon experience before we headed back to Groningen.
Written April 12, 2018
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Cynthia D
5 contributions
Mar 2018
The Fraeylemaborg is open to the public and offers a beautiful glimpse into Dutch manor life of the 1600s. Each room is furnished with period furniture accompanied with explanations of manor life. Behind the house is an extensive French-style garden of the same time period complete with follies. A restaurant is also on the grounds, and I highly recommend stopping in for a bite to eat as well as a coffee or beer.
Written April 10, 2018
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