Engelenburg Castle had been a private residence for over almost 5 centuries until 1988, when it was converted from a family home to one of Netherlands finest country hotels. The hotel pays tribute to its rich history, with a number of rooms being named to commemorate their notable occupants. Today,the Agricola family and their staff warmly welcomes you to experience every single corner of the heritage of our estate, truly one of the most unique hotels in the Netherlands.
The first owner of Engelenburg Castle were Jacob I Schimmelpenninck van der Oye. In those days, wine already played an important part in our house, as they exported German wines to the Baltic States. In 1591 Crown Prince Maurits stayed at Engelenburg Castle during the battle of the IJssel, which confirms the importance of the house and it´s family. The Earl Hendrik van den Bergh destroyed Engelenburg Castle in 1624 during the battle of the Veluwe. The Earl was a commander in the Spanish army but the owners of Engelenburg Castle supported the Family van Oranje-Nassau.
Engelenburg Castle was destroyed by the Spanish during the 80-year war. Rebuilt by Jacob II Schimmelpenninck van der Oye. He married Margaretha van der Capellen and the rebuild Engelenburg Castle in 1641. Our castle was a model for The Loo Palace in Apeldoorn in 1684.
In 1828 the widow Judith van Lennep restored the castle and rebuild it to a convenient manor house with hand-carved fireplaces, high ceilings and sumptuous rooms. With the rebuilding Judith van Lennep has given Engelenburg Castle the most extensive changes in history.
Engelenburg was rebuilt to a summer residence when the Earl van Citters bought the castle in the 19th century. He was appointed Governor of HM the Queen of the Province Gelderland and, to make his home suitable as offices,the homestead was extended to accommodate official functions. After his death in 1942 Groot Engelenburg was sold for fl. 150.000.