"Kasteel Keukenhof" (Keukenhof Castle) is the centre of the historic estate Keukenhof. Located in the heart of the flower bulb region, "de Bollenstreek", directly opposite the world famous Flower Exhibition Keukenhof. The estate has more than 200 acres of woodland, meadows and a beautifully landscaped park with well-tended grounds and 18 monuments. It’s "the hidden gem" of the “Randstad”.
Kasteel Keukenhof offers its guests five different locations: the impressive castle, the stately Koetshuis (coach house), the romantic Frederik's Court, “het Washuis” , and Hofboerderij (the court farm). Each location has a rich history and can be decorated according to your personal wishes. At Kasteel Keukenhof you are at the right place for meetings, parties and banquets or for lunches and dinners in the right ambiance.
Read British Airways Inflight Magazine article, issue 8, August 2014 by Emmie Colligne:
"Castle Keukenhof: Far more than flowers".
Constructed during Holland's Golden Age (1641) by Adriaen Maertenszoon Block, a former Commander of V.O.C., Kasteel Keukenhof is one of the few surviving country estates on Hollands' West Coast. Its origins are connected to the success of the Golden Age’s ‘United East Indian Company’ (V.O.C.). The Manor House was Initially intended as a country retreat where the family could spend the summer months. Estates like this were meeting places where family and friends could relax amid nature and culture and they provided inspiration and innovation in the fields of art and philosophy. Originally the Manor House did not have towers, but still the splendid halls on the first floor must have impressed many visitors.
The 19th Century was a period of decline and many of these estates fell to ruin. Due to the high costs of maintenance many estates situated in the Western Dunes were sold as agricultural land due to their suitability to the growing of bulbs. For the owners the choice was living in poverty or selling the estates. A rich noble family from The Hague in the mid-19th century came to its rescue and transformed the Manor House into the castle we now know. Keukenhof and its glory became a cultural paradise with many art treasures such as paintings, porcelain and sculptures.
2012 saw the completion of an extensive restoration and the Manor House today again has the allure of a 17th century estate. It is once again a meeting place for friends and a stage for art, music and floral exhibitions. As do the Keukenhof Gardens, the Manor House forms one of many parts included in the 230 acre Keukenhof Estate. The green lungs are at the center of the bulb district. Kasteel Keukenhof is supported by many volunteers and a small number of staff.
Nowadays the Manor House and the estate are used for different events such as concerts, festivals, fairs, floral shows and art exhibitions. The Manor House and its outbuildings can also be booked for private events such as parties, wedding ceremonies, dinners, conferences and business meetings.