The castle of Laag Keppel
Though one must plan before visiting this castle, it is surely worth the effort. one can write to the family that still lives there and make an appointment. Then they are very willingly to show you around their property. The interior of the estate and the building are partly in 18th and 19th century style. The first parts of the castle were already there in 14th century.
Agricultural history and importance
Onto the day of today, the "Achterhoek" is first of all a agricultural land. The people here even use the term "Superboer" for themselves, which means no less then "Superfarmer". There countryside is wide and filled with arable land, furtile acres and fields for grazing cows. It's lovely to drive around here and even nicer to meet the people and here the many stories and legends of this neighborhood.
The estate surrounding the castle
The castle of Laag Keppel has quite a large garden surrounding it. Well, garden? maybe you'ld better speak about an estate or a parc. The greens however are all only accessable on request and one should thus first write a letter to the family that lives here.
One of the gates leading into the parc says with letters over it "Wilhelmina". Maybe this door was only ment to be used by our former queen?
Bridge over the "Oude IJssel"
The landscape around this "pulling up" bridge is truely "Achterhoek". So take a spin of the mainroad and enjoy this open landscape on either side of this old river. For many the bridge can even be a touristic attraction, if your not used to the kind that can be lifted up.
What would a village be without a church
Yes, of course, Laag Keppel also has a church. Well, it's small, but it's there. Now-a-days the church is however not used anymore as a house of prayer only. Aslo some expositions are held in the house of God.
Next to the watermill and on the banks of the "Oude IJssel" flow there's the windmill of Laag Keppel. Well, actually it's one that has been taken over from Friesland in the 19th century. Obviously because the people here didn't want to miss out on such typical Dutch item. The type is a "Spinnekop" that can be translated into English as being a "Spinning Head"
Just before crossing the bridge over the "Oude IJssel" on the right hand there are two mills. The windmill is very visible, but look at the stone building near it and to it's side. Yes, now you immediately recognise it's a watermill.