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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
The "Achterhoek" is not for nothing the "Corner behind" and is not that easily reached. The larger towns Doetinchem and Winterswijk have a railroad, but Laag keppel has to do it with car-access and bus services.
By car and coming from the East: A348 to Doesburg and next follow signs Doetinchem. You will go right through the village.
Nowehere else in the Netherlands are people as crazy for gardening then in the "Achetrhoek". This you will definately see on the state their gardens are in, as they look almost as perfect as the average English garden, though here they have a slightly different style.more
In the castle of still a family lives. Therefor it cannot be freely visited, but ... people who are intrested can write a request to Rentmeesterskantoor C. Duvekot,Arnhemsestraatweg 93Rheden (NL).After the request is granted one will get a tour through the castle and in the parc surrounding it.more
It's a trend ... and everywhere one sees them in front of doors, in gardens and little patio's: pumpkins. In the "Achterhoek" one will pass several places where farmers sell these decorative items, as in The Netherlands they are hardly ever used as food (anymore) or as Haloween equipment (we don't celebrate Haloween that intensively, though it has...more
In the busy days of the present, many Western Dutch people that live in the stress of the larger towns, retreat in summertime to the Achterhoek. In many villages summercottages are awaiting them and thus the "Achterhoek" is slowly discovered by the Dutch themselves.
Foreigners however are still not frequently visiting this beautiful part of The Netherlands, but maybe that my pages attract your attention.
Favorite thing: For me, travelling to a exposition on which I had to represent that day my work, discovering such small treasure in my own country, let even province, is of great value. Here it is, right under my nose, while I have been travelling the globe in search of new things ... It made me aware that close to home, there's still a lot to discover and I will.