Slangenburg Castle was constructed in the Late Medieval period. In the 17th century the castle became the property of General Frederik Johan van Baer, also known as General Slangenburg, who rebuilt it for residential purposes.

The last private owners were a German family called Passmann, who are buried in a private cemetery next to the moat. After the World War II all German properties were confiscated by the Dutch government, who thus acquired the castle, which, with the surrounding terrain and the buildings within the outer moat, now forms part of the portfolio of the Rijksgebouwendienst ('Royal Buildings Service'), while the surrounding area falls under the care of the Dutch environmental agency, the Staatsbosbeheer.

At present the castle is used as a guesthouse by the nearby Benedictine monastery, St. Willibrord's Abbey, a newly built structure of the 1950s situated on a part of the castle's former estate. The original monastic community, from Oosterhout Abbey, was initially accommodated in the castle itself in the years immediately following the war.

The estate and the monastery chapel are open to the public. The estate, roughly trapezoid in shape, features a system of lanes which is centuries old.

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Tim de Haan (22 months ago)
Gezellig een kopje koffie drinken naar een wandeling door het bos.
Henk Muileman (22 months ago)
Gastvrijheid, rust, natuur, bijzonder concept, prachtig kasteel.
Liesbet Boer (23 months ago)
Op de herfstfair geweest. Een kleine gemoedelijke fair op een prachtige locatie. Veel achterhoekse gezelligheid en zelf gemaakte producten. Ook mooie wandelomgeving.
Paul Florentin (2 years ago)
Service goed, maar je moet daar niet verwachten dat het een normaal hotel is!
Anna Terpstra (2 years ago)
Op 14 Juni van dit jaar was ik in de buurt van Doetinchem en zag daar een wegwijzer naar de Slangenburg. Ik herinnerde me opeens dat zich daar een gedenkteken bevindt ter ere van Miss Elisabeth Foppen. Zij heeft enkele jaren geleden een legaat geschonken uit dankbaarheid voor de gastvrijheid die zij hier tijdens haar leven heeft mogen ondervinden. Zij was zonder twijfel de meest geliefde (en gevreesde) lerares Engels op ons Christelijk Lyceum in Delft. Zij was erudiet en origineel en had grote pedagogische gaven. Ze kende alle leerlingen bij naam en onthield hun achtergronden en had oog voor hun individuele begaafdheden en tekortkomingen. Ze had een buitengewoon sterk ontwikkeld gevoel voor rechtvaardigheid, moedigde aan en prees wanneer ze dat nodig vond, maar schroomde niet ons op weliswaar vriendelijke, maar in niet mis te verstane bewoordingen duidelijk te maken als wij onder de maat presteerden. Een lerares van wereldklasse. Ik ben haar altijd erkentelijk gebleven en heb ook na het behalen van mijn HBS-diploma in 1961 nog jaren contact met haar gehouden. Ik wilde het gedenkteken natuurlijk graag even zien en telefoneerde vanaf het terras, waar ik de lunch gebruikte. Maar tot mijn grote verbazing werd mij de toegang geweigerd. Ik mocht het alleen maar zien wanneer ik bij hen voor een of meerdere nachten zou boeken. Hoe ik ook pleitte ( ik kwam uit Amsterdam en was hier op doorreis), de dame was onverbiddelijk en zelfs tamelijk hautain en onheus in haar bejegening. Totaal in tegen de geest van wijlen mijn geliefde lerares. De Slangenburg geeft mij sindsdien zeer negatieve associaties.
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