It was in the early 20th century that Jonkheer Egbert Lintelo de Geer set about the construction of Kasteel Kerckebosch, a splendid castle in the woodland around the town of Zeist. Antiques and ornaments from restored churches and castles in the area give the interior its distinctive style. There are two antique doors with cast iron knockers from the cathedral in Utrecht, and the fireplace in the conservatory came from an 18th-century Amsterdam canal house.
During the recent refurbishments of the hotel and its two restaurants, Ingmar Sloothaak and chef Hans van Triest stylishly complemented the original interior with contemporary elements. The authentic castle guest rooms have stunning views over the surrounding woodland. The Tower Suite boasts a grand four poster bed ornamented with delicate carvings. In the lounge with its inviting fireplace, French windows open onto Kasteel Kerckebosch’s wonderful terrace.
Kasteel Kerckebosch has two restaurants. Both the gastronomic Restaurant Kerckebosch and the Bistoria are housed in a stylish new conservatory. Light and spacious, in the style of an orangery, the conservatory looks out over the famous terrace and leafy castle gardens.
Restaurant Kerckebosch has an ‘XP (Experience) Menu’, a rich selection of international dishes with a wide variety of flavours and techniques, which you can order as a four, five or six course menu.
The Bistoria – a combination of a French bistro and an Italian trattoria – serves a ‘Bistoria Top 10’, which is an excellent selection of smaller dishes, a charcuterie platter or a choice of French cheeses.
Each restaurant occupies a part of the romantic terrace, for summer al fresco dining.
The restaurant is opened Tuesday through Saturday from 11.30h - 22.00h.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
The restaurant is opened Thursday through Monday from 11.30h - 22.00h.
Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
From the lounge you wander through the French doors onto the spacious terrace with teak furniture, comfortable chairs and parasols viewing the lush castle gardens beyond. Mature trees surrounding the terrace provide privacy and shade. The terrace is the ideal place to relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Why not unwind in one of the pink lawn chairs scattered across the large lawn area.
Kasteel Kerckebosch and nearby Slot Zeist are cocooned in attractive light woodland, ideal for walks or bicycle rides. Utrecht city is well within reach. Utrecht’s museums, the Central Museum, Railway Museum or Museum Speelklok (music machines) are certainly worth a visit. Even Amersfoort town is not too far to cycle. Museum Flehite and the Mondriaan House, in the artist’s birthplace, are must-sees.
The Pyramid of Austerlitz deserves special attention; a monument erected by Napoleon's soldiers in honour of the French Emperor.