Photos courtesy of Landgoed Kasteel Daelenbroeck








The foundations of this estate began in 1311, when Godfrey of Heinsberg, lord of Gulikse Wassenberg, built himself a hunting castle in a valley “daelen” and marshy area or “broeck.” Over the centuries, the property changed hands amongst various noble families.

During the Eighty Years’ War, the castle was besieged in 1598, which marked the beginning of the end. Its master, Lord Hattardt van Pallandt, died and his sons argued over their inheritance. Eventually the castle ended up in the hands of one Jan Ernest Rollingen, but he never had the money to restore the castle and had it demolished, retaining the cellars for storage.

Archaeological research in the 20th century uncovered an 18th-century drawing with plans for a new castle based on its medieval origins. The now-restored cellars were the first floor of the original castle. In 2009, the square and round corner towers were finished, as was the gatekeeper cottage in 2012.

Pamela’s Perspective

Although Daelenbroeck isn’t a castle in the traditional sense, enough medieval ambience reigns over the estate to make you feel you’re staying somewhere historic. Keep in mind that most the rooms here are in a separate building. If your budget can afford it, by all means, go for one of the tower suites.

If you’re fond of hiking, Meinweg National Park is just next to the hotel. Here you can walk for hours through valleys and woodland.


Landgoed Kasteel Daelenbroeck

A 14th-century castle estate


Kasteellaan 2
6075 EZ Herkenbosch
Tel: ++31 (0)475 53 24 65
Fax: ++31 (0)475 53 60 30
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Fast facts

24 rooms and suites

Double rooms and suites: 95–245 euros
Rates include tax and service

Open: all year

Getting there

Herkenbosch is just 10 km from Germany and 20 km from Belgium. From the A73, which passes through Roermond, follow exit signs N570 to Herkenbosch. The hotel is on the south side of the village.

What to do

Nearby: hiking; bicycling; spa; Meinweg National Park; golf


Yes. Inquire hotel for details.


Set in beautiful and peaceful surroundings, this castle estate offers fine accommodations in a couple of different buildings. You might wonder what a castle estate is? Daelenbroeck is not a castle in the fairytale sense, although one used to exist here. It's an entire complex of authentic outbuildings, cellars, towers, and gatekeeper cottage, which have been restored according to their original design.

Entry to the castle is via a bridge over a canal and through a gate into an open courtyard area. Here you’ll find an outdoor terrace, restaurant, and the Hoofdburcht, which holds the knights hall and a number of interconnected, vaulted cellars suitable for weddings and parties.

Most of the guestrooms are 50 meters away in the Kasteelhoeve. Split-level suites feature cozy living rooms on the ground level, with a stairway leading to the bedrooms and bath above. Each individually furnished guestroom has a small terrace.

2012 saw the unveiling of five new tower suites (three of these have private saunas). They are located in the Hoekse Tower. The views from the tower are wonderful, and on clear days, you can see Germany. Two other suites may be found in the Voorbucht, or the gate building where you entered the grounds.

Free Wi-Fi is available.

Enjoy a full and hearty breakfast or a high tea everyday in the castle. Dinner is a romantic affair with either a set menu or a la carte menu.

Something special

curlicueClassical music concerts from September to March