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WESTHOVE CASTLE

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Westhove Castle was probably built in the beginning of the 13th century, between the villages of Domburg and Oostkapelle. It consisted of a moated castle and bailey separated by a moat. The buildings on the bailey had two entrances and two round towers. The castle itself also had two towers.

 

The castle and the surrounding lands became the property of the Abbey of Middelburg in 1277. It served as the summer residence of the abbots.

 

Around 1560 the castle's west side was extended. And in 1562 the castle became a episcopal summer mansion.

 

In 1572 it was stormed by the Geuzen because of its Spanish occupation and partially destroyed. Only the north face of the castle was spared. After this the castle was rebuild and again made suitable for habitation.

 

In the second half of the 19th century the outside walls were plastered but in the beginning of the 20th century this plaster was removed.

 

In the beginning of the 20th century the castle was used as a nursing home for children.

During WW II the castle was again heavily damaged. In 1948 the outside of the castle was repaired followed in 1977 by a thorough restoration of its interiors. Because of all these changes in the castles history, caused by damages and the following repairs, not much remains of the real medieval castle. What we see today mostly dates back to the 17th and 18th century.

 

The castle is now used as a Youth Hostel and lies in a nature reserve only a couple of minutes walk from the beaches.

( www.castles.nl/westh/westh.html )

 

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Taken on March 29, 2008