Carelshaven had an important function in the region from as early as 1772. It lies on the grand Twickel estate, which covers an area of ninety square kilometres, and includes 150 farmhouses. The name Carelshaven refers to the harbour on the Twickelervaart, a waterway that once connected the little town of Delden with Amsterdam, via the river Regge and the Zuiderzee.
The canal was constructed by Carel George, count of Wassenaer Obdam, who lived in Twickel castle. Carelshaven began as a modest bargeman’s inn, and has developed over the centuries to become a celebrated hotel. Its symmetrical shapes, wide veranda and white rendered walls give the hotel a 19th-century appearance. For many years the interior was in classic style, but in recent years, the new owners Alco and Evelyn van Berkel have gradually brought this illustrious hotel into the 21st century.
A number of the guestrooms have been modernised, as have the restaurant and bar. The cuisine is contemporary, but the menu also includes classic seasonal dishes.
Restaurant Carelshaven has everything you could want, from a delicious cappuccino after a walk, a hearty lunch or a full evening meal. Chef Daniël Nijkamp makes good use of the variety of ingredients available on the estate itself, with vegetables from his own garden, and game he hunts himself during the season. Nijkamp serves refined French cuisine, and specialises in house smoked recipes. The covered veranda and terrace look out over the beautiful landscape gardens.
Monday to Friday 7.00-10.00am and 5.30-8.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 7.30-10.30am and 5.30-8.30pm
Monday to Sunday 12.00-4.00pm
Carelshaven is set in the grounds of Twickel Castle, and the terrace and covered veranda look out over the landscaped gardens. Even when the sun isn’t shining, the sheltered veranda is a lovely place to enjoy the estate in the fresh air.
Carelshaven is in the grounds of Twickel Castle, one of the finest castles in the Netherlands. It’s just a short walk to the castle and gardens, and an excellent guided tour is available. There are also many other places of interest within walking distance, including an 18th-century sawmill 100 metres from the hotel, the Noordmolen watermill, and the orangery. The Umfassungsweg is a walk of about 9 kilometres which takes you through some of the Twickel Estate’s most beautiful landscapes. Carelshaven is in the heart of the Twente region, close to the German border. Hop on the bike or put on your walking boots to explore the varied landscape with its winding lanes, distinctive landscape of woodland and pastures, and elegant country estates.