Sunday, July 20, 2014

Our Home Exchange to The Netherlands

Welcome to Slot Zeist
Construction of this beautiful Castle started in 1677 by Architect Jacob Roman who also built the Royal castle 
"Het Loo" in Apeldorn. Roman was assisted by a French refugee, one of the Huegenots (French Prodestants) by the name of Daniel Marot, who brought the culture of Louis XIV, the Baroque style with him.

This is some of nature's beauty we saw as we walked the short distance from the apartment we are staying. 

This Arcadian landscape below is painted by Willem de Klerk (1800-1876) 

Most of the photos I have included feature the architecture and paintings of the castle and I hope you enjoy the small glimpse into Slot Zeist.

The two photos below are part of the ceiling design in one of the halls. I think they will look fabulous matted and framed for our home.

The hand painted fabric walls in this little room below was magnificent. 

Chandelier's in every room added to the glamour and beauty.

As you can see below this is where I took the ceiling panel photos I plan to frame.

The Gilded Reamur Louis XVI style Barometer-Thermometer is from Paris 1775

Wall Tapestry's hung in allot of the rooms as below

Het Slot Zeist was built in the 17th Century, the rich Golden Age by Count Willem Adriaan van Nassau Odijk and Cortgene. He was the grandson of Prins Maurits, Prince of Orange. 
In January 1957 an extensive restoration was undertaken by architect IR. J.B. Baron van Asbeck. At that time it was practically in ruins and the entire building was brought back to the style of Willem Adrian. In 1969 it was re-opened by Prince Claus, Queen Beatix's husband.

The grounds has a lovely spot for High tea or just a light lunch with coffee, tea and some sweets.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today and I will share more of our seven week Home Exchange in Holland.




  1. Wanda, what a lovely report on Slot Zeist. You certainly went their on a wonderful summer day and thanks for sharing Slot Zeist's splendour. We have celebrated two weddings in the castle, it is used for many events and it is always very festive. The art exhibitions are unusual and also such a pleasure to see.

  2. Hi Wanda,

    Beautiful photos you have shared of your trip to the Netherlands.
    Thank you for showing us - love the opulent wall coverings and the ornate chandeliers and ceilings. Also the nature ones are lovely.
    Enjoy your vacation.