Dekemastate Manor

Jelsum, Netherlands

Dekemastate country estate was built in the 14th century, at which time the house was a fortified dwelling. The first mention of the estate is from the year 1486. It was originally a rectangular stone house (called a stins in Frisian), and has been rebuilt since. Its owners include the Camstra family, the heiress of which married Hette van Dekema in the 16th century who gave the estate its current name. Other owners are Van Unia, Doys, Houth and Van Wageningen, the last of whom lived in the house until 1996. After that, the estate was taken over by the Dekema Foundation and went through extensive restoration. The inside of the house is filled with items from the past of its owners going back to the 16th century and features original furniture as well as a portrait collection. The house used to have two stories but was later redesigned and now possesses a spacious attic. The gardens around the manor feature canals, a moat surrounding the house, an herb garden and an orchard.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Netherlands

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Juergen Floemer (49 days ago)
Sehr schöner, gepflegter, historischer friesischer Adelssitz. Ein kleiner Park mit alten Obstbaumsorten und ein Rundgang am Hühner und Bienenhaus ist lohnenswert. Auf der Kunstwiese kann man über Skulpturen diskutieren. Sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Mitarbeiter. Günstiger Eintritt.
Wilhelmina Sanders (3 months ago)
Interesting place. I wouldn't call it a castle. It is small and austere, but the decor is nice and there are quite a few portraits of the various residents. Book in advance now (July 2021) you get a time of arrival and when you are there a guide so that you can walk around the rooms yourself. Enthusiastic volunteers will give you a lot of extra information if you ask. There is a beautiful ornamental garden, a fruit orchard with a berceau of grape vines. You can walk through the forest and around the lawn around the house and canal. Coffee or tea is available in the annex with an orange cake and a cozy terrace in the sun.
Shahinda de los Santos (3 months ago)
The history is very interested!! Dekemastate is the perfect place to take pictures
OPA Barnhoorn (5 months ago)
A lot of volunteers have to work on this estate, because it looked fantastic. We were there on an open day and they might have worked extra on that. Large orchard with many different types of fruit trees, both free-standing and led against a wall or rack. Also berry bushes, rhubarb and other perennial crops. A fenced-in field for crops to be sown, where now very little was left due to the cold spring. All easily accessible by perfect paths, graced by many flower boxes with multicolored violets. The entrance was therefore past the gardener's house (where you could tap your own coffee and use goodies from the table or from the refrigerator) through the vegetable garden / orchard, after which the actual estate came. The house, surrounded by water, has been converted into a museum, but is now closed due to the corona rules. Around it beautiful flower beds, herb garden, wash house, etc. Very attractive. Then a walk in the walking park. Nice old forest with lots of flowers on the ground. Along the way you will pass a beautiful couple of chickens with chicks, beehive, tea dome, stork's nest, black swans with young. Striking: everything is perfectly painted, including fences and entrance gates.
Arno H (5 months ago)
You expect a little more from it ... Beautiful facade, impressive entrance, just a little appearance. The state also has simple sides.
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