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Menkemaborg, The Netherlands

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The Menkemaborg is a borg (castle) in the village of Uithuizen in Groningen in the Netherlands. Since 1927, the borg is a historic house museum.MansionMenkemaborg is an originally 14th-century, brick-built house, which was dramatically altered around 1700 but has since been barely changed. The Alberda family, the 18th-century occupants, commissioned artists to decorate the interior with impressive chimney-pieces carved with baroque ornaments, and paintings of mythological scenes.A four-poster bed, draped with yellow silk damask from China, has also been preserved.The rooms, which comprise reception rooms, the gentlemen's room, a study, dining room, bedroom, kitchen and cellars, are fully furnished with furniture, silverware, china, brassware and portrait paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.GardensThe gardens were reconstructed after the surviving garden design dating from around 1705, and are marked by a clear layout with symmetrical patterns of clipped box enclosing beds of 18th-century flowering and ornamental plants. A particularly pretty part is the walled pleasure garden in front of the pavilion, with its trellissed arches and arbours. The natural "sundial garden" is special too. To the east of the mansion is the utility area with a kitchen garden where vegetables and potherbs are grown and an orchard with ancient strains of apple trees and a pear-tree pergola. At the heart of the maze you will eventually find an old plane tree. In summer, the flowering rose tunnel is not to be missed!
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  • At the ' Menkemaborg ' do you think not so much to a museum, but more to a visit to casual acquaintances that you ever have met during a holiday somewhere. The House-Garden and kitchen staff just a day off, and the family is equally absent in connection with activities outdoors. I think it has to do with the way in which the borg trembles furnishings: especially with a fine sense of small details. So they should have children or kleinkindern, because in the study is still what achtergebeven toys on the floor. Soon they are back again and then we drink together might be a good. drinks, Bears, Baker or a liqueur of fruits from the garden .... The ornamental garden is clearly inspired on the French style of Lenotre and in the adjacent vegetable and fruit garden grows enough to a small regiment to help problem-free through the winter. We visited the deposit on a sunny morning in late april; the gardens are likely to be at its best and there was calm. In the early autumn, we assume that will also be the case. A light lunch on the sunny terrace of the former coach house, and then again on the way to further ontdekkigen in the Ommelanden. That drink is definitely the next time though!
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  • This borg looks very attractive from both the outside and the inside. While some other borgen look more like luxury farms than castles, this one still shows that it once had a defensive function. The ...  more »
  • Impressive mansion with remarkable gardens. Also a nice place to have a cup of coffee. Also check for special events such as Monumentendag  more »
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  • A historic jewel. Go see and learn for yourself!
  • Beautiful Groninger deposit. You can go hiking in the gardens and around the deposit, but unfortunately you have to pay for it.
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  • Came as a child and after 30 years, looked on a beautiful Sunday and super delicious eaten on the large outdoor terrace
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  • Nice gardens and museum. Cozy café.
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  • Nice piece of Earth
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