Sleeping at Kasteel Terworm
At the beginning of 2016 while Jeff and I were making our “travel wish lists” we asked our three-year-old to list a few things he would like to do over the next year. The top of his list was to sleep in a real castle.
As luck would have it the boys and I were about to tag along on a work trip with Jeff that would take us near Kasteel Terworm in the Limburg Province of the Netherlands. The castle has a typical storied history full of renovations. It was a 15th century fortified building converted in the 17th century to a house. The hotel is now part of the Van der Valk Hotel Group.
We arrived late in the evening. Check-in was smooth, we were excited to see our castle room. . .until we found our room full of chairs!
The hotel apologized and much to our boys’ delight upgraded our room. The Baron Suite would be our home for the night.
I was most excited about the incredible bathroom. Once I had the kids down, I enjoyed a nice bath and a glass of wine from the bar. Jeff was most excited about the turret in our room and wished he could spend the entire day there reading.
The next morning after an amazing breakfast spread (additional cost) we spent some time exploring the castle grounds. The turret in our room was our favorite place to sit and check out “the kingdom.”
The garden is in the style of a french garden, but even in the winter you can see its beauty.
The moat was obviously a big hit with the boys. The stone bridge running over it led to many imaginative scenarios even in the cold.
The inside of the castle is also full of charm. The castle cellars have been converted into the informal dining restaurant and bar.
The boys, for course, were convinced it was a castle dungeon. The iron rings hanging from the ceilings were enough for Jeff to pretend he was imprisoned, hands dangling from the loops.
As you leave through the castle courtyard you will start to plan your next visit.
We clearly had a lovely visit and happily checked off the first of H’s 2016 travel list.