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Castle Crush

by habituallychic

06 . 26 . 09

After seeing photos of Wijlre Castle in the Netherlands, I’m going to have to add a castle to my dream list of homes. The grounds are breathtakingly beautiful and very inspiring! The owners are avid art collectors and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that they made their home 12 miles outside of Maastricht, the site of the leading art and antiques fair TEFAF. The gardens incorporate many modern and contemporary sculptures and the couple have also built a gallery on the property where they hold exhibitions. Sounds like a dream life to go with a dream home!

Photos by Herman Wouters for The New York Times and Conari Album on Webshots

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  1. The Little Jewelry Box June 26, 2009 | 1:11 pm

    so happy i found this blog! incredible pics! i would love to exchange links with you! great blog! have a lovely day!:)

  2. Coffee with Cathy June 26, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    Lovely shots. Thanks for adding another entry to my dream list!

  3. Anonymous June 26, 2009 | 2:05 pm

    Hi Heather
    If your in the market for a castle the Searles Castle in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is for sale. It’s only 15 million has 40 rooms, seven turrets and 36 fireplaces. Also it’s close to NYC:)

  4. Habitually Chic June 26, 2009 | 2:10 pm

    The Little Jewelry Box – I will be sure to check it out.

    Cathy – glad you enjoyed it too!

    Kristen – That place looks like it needs some work although I’m sure all castles for sale need some help which is why they are for sale in the first place. I’ll keep it in mind 😉

  5. mary June 26, 2009 | 2:24 pm

    Amazing. The only problem with my buying this castle is that it rains a lot in Holland, I simply need to look for something a bit sunnier.
    I wonder how much staff one needs to employ to maintain a castle?

  6. La Dauphine June 26, 2009 | 2:40 pm
  7. Southern Aspirations June 26, 2009 | 2:41 pm

    Oh I love it! And is that a little chicken I spy? Will have to check out Searles Castle too. I admit, I have always had a yearning for a castle. Just not a damp or cold feeling one.

  8. Pigtown-Design June 26, 2009 | 3:08 pm

    I saw this and thought it was terrific!

  9. Mimi June 26, 2009 | 3:49 pm

    Dreams are good….
    I love the architecture and the courtyard. Reminds me of a French Chateau. Be-au-ti-ful!
    Have a nice weekend.

  10. Renee Finberg June 26, 2009 | 3:51 pm

    it is like a fairy land princess castle.

    i need it !


  11. David Toms June 26, 2009 | 3:58 pm

    A friend of mine is selling his manor in England, if you are interested. Not as much upkeep as a castle.

    Check http://www.humberts.co.uk
    “Leigh House”

  12. Leslie Hendin June 26, 2009 | 4:40 pm

    love the chicken in the last photo! the house is amazing, great post!

  13. nicolette June 26, 2009 | 7:36 pm

    The castle is very well laid out. The garden stands along side with the castle. The building has an established presence. As expected from a castle


  14. Jennifer June 27, 2009 | 10:28 am

    I’ll have one of those too please! I love the teal coloured doors in the courtyard.

  15. Daly Essentials June 27, 2009 | 11:08 pm

    Yes! I’m adding a castle to my list of dream houses too!!! great pictures!!

  16. Suzy June 28, 2009 | 1:33 am

    I want one too!

  17. sinnlighet June 28, 2009 | 2:20 pm

    Your blog is soo cute & nice & very tasty!!

    Regards from Agneta in Sweden

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  19. K @ Blog Goggles June 29, 2009 | 1:22 pm

    Um, awesome. Can I come visit you?

  20. OceanDreams June 29, 2009 | 11:22 pm

    I have a crush on this castle too! How exquisite. Who knew such beautiful castles in the Netherlands existed?