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Old 05-22-2017, 11:37 AM
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Lets have a look at Tranekær Manor.

Located on the idyllic island of Langeland in the southern part of DK.
Here are three views from above to give an idea of the layout:

Located next to a lake the manor is surrounded by a moat to the west and the lake to the east. No wonder because Tranekær was originally build as a heavily fortified castle back in the 1200's.

Currently the manor belongs to the Ahlefeldt-Laurvig family:
Count Christian Benedict Ahlefeldt-Laurvig.
The manor has been in the possession of the Ahlefeldt-Laurvig family since 1659, after an Ahlefeldt abducted, or rather eloped with, the fifteen year old heiress to the place and married her.

The manor was rebuild into its present shape in 1859-65, and that's when the present imposing stair-tower was build. - Beforehand it was still very much a castle with a massive keep. (A kind of main-fortress-tower).
But there are still parts of the manor going back to the original castle in the 1200's, in parts of the cellars are even older, so Tranekær is the oldest still lived in home in DK.
The park is among the largest in DK, mainly going east past the lake.

But let's look at the manor.
Here from across the lake:
Seen from west and the road passing the manor:
From north-west. Back in the 1200's the castle there must have looked pretty daunting!
From north. The left part of the wing facing north was a part of the original castle. The lower part with the gate.
And from the east:
When you go past the lake, through the park and walk across the moat, the manor appears between the trees:

It's very deliberate that the manor gives the impression of floating on the trees:

There are two main entrances to the manor, across two bridges over the moat. Before you get to the manor you first pass two imposing buildings. Back in the 17-1700's it wasn't just the manor who impressed your guests. In a predominantly agricultural society your stables and barns were supposed to impress as well. - And it was here your coaches and horses were fed and cleaned while you went visiting.
This is the southern entrance. That includes a cafe, for passer-bys.

And having passed the stables you enter the courtyard:
Notice the culverins (light canons). These were used partly as defense of the castle but also aboard the larger coasters owned by the estate. Danish waters were in periods positively plagued by part-time-pirates or opportunity-pirates! Even well into the 1700's. - It's pretty logic actually. If business was poor why not rob a little coaster on the way? With hundreds of coasters, fishing boats up to large ocean-going ships literally all over the place and hundreds of islands to disappear behind, it was quite easy to become lost in the crowd. All you had to do was to bribe a local magistrate and you'd by unlucky or stupid if you were caught.
Not to mention that with one war per generation between Sweden and Denmark there were also the odd Swedish privateer who - out of old habit - accidentally robbed a Danish vessel or two... . If caught pirates were sometimes beheaded, they were very rarely hanged in DK. Criminals in the 15-1700's were beheaded.
But other pirates were simply put to better use instead. One Danish privateer turned pirate, was simply put in charge of a merchant expedition to China. He was a competent seaman, a good leader, tough and resourceful, just the type you'd send out on a dangerous mission. If he made it back he would be rich, if he didn't, too bad.
But large estates like Tranekær could afford to arm their larger coasters with more than a blunderbuss.

But let's go inside.
First we enter the stair-tower and look up:
There are several more or less public living rooms:

As so many manors nowadays there accommodations for celebrating weddings or simply a stay, so there are also guestrooms:
With bathroom:
Nice view when brushing your teeth, eh?

Like most respectable manors in DK, there is of course a tea-house in the park:
An inn of course:
A mill, the tenants paid the count for having their grain processed. That the mill was the only one for a good distance meant a virtual monopoly, so that was a good business!
The local church does not look like most Danish churches though:

The park is mix of wilderness, (full of wildlife and not least birds BTW!) and tranquil spots, here a in the shape of a bridge across the moat, but here you get to a private part of the park:

The island of Langeland is in many ways an undisturbed place of DK, with quite a few buildings going back 100-150 years or older, which you often don't realize until you've passed it.
Ups, here I just passed a house from 1815:

There are many such beautiful manors dotted all over DK and far from all of them are owned by personal friends of the DRF.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:42 PM
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Thanks for the tour, Muhler.

is the family rich enough to use the castle for habitation only or do they rent it out as hotel or for events?
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:16 PM
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You are welcome.

It's not my impression that the Ahlefeldt-Laurvigs are short of cash, but a manor this size does cost a lot of money! So it's a supplement I imagine.
Another branch of the Ahlefeldt-Laurvigs owns Egeskov Slot, which I'll write about later, and their manor is a theme-park in it's own right, generating a very solid income.

Here are three pics of the current residents of Tranekær Manor, with four of their six children. From 2009: Familien i det store røde hus | Fritid |

As a noble family the Ahlefeldts go back to around 1220.

The even wealthier Wedell family is also old nobility and can trace their lineage back to the 1200's or so.
The Danish branch of the Wedells is much younger, tracing their presence in DK back to the late 1600's.

- But I'm not much of a genealogist so perhaps other can provide more info?
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:40 PM
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Let's go to a more, ahem, modest home.

Birkelse Gods (estate):

In Danish a "gods" is a very large farm, that is too small to be a manor, but way too large to be a mere farm.
Birkelse Estate was first mentioned in sources from around 1202-04. By then it was a farm under the Crown.
Later on it became an estate, and from 1656 it has been in the possession of the noble Skeel family. - genealogy is not my strong point but as far as I can figure out the Skeel family don't have a noble title today, but they still have an official crest as a symbol of nobility.
The present owners of Birkelse Estate is Jørgen Christian Skeel, married to Malou Skeel. They have two sons, one of them, Holger, is close to Christian.

Unsurprisingly because M&F have often celebrated New Years Eve at Birkelse and at least beforehand M&F also spend time at the Skeel summer cottage, located at the coast in Northern Jutland:
I also imagine M&F drop by at Birkelse when they are in Trend about 45 minutes or so away.

But back to Birkelse Estate. It's located pretty far out in the countryside.

Next to the estate runs a small river, where kayaks are often paddling by.
And I can well imagine daddies Frederik and Jørgen Skeel standing next to the river with their children, fishing.

Birkelse Estate is by no means a small farm! This is the other side of the main-building away from the river:

When you approach the estate, you first pass varies stables and houses for the administration and the overseer. All of it meant to impress fellow farmers about how well-run and big and rich your estate is.

But the main-building has not always looked like it is today. Notice the windows protruding from the roof. They were presumably for servants, but have now been removed.

The estate is large, with several farms and a number of houses dotted around on the lands.
There are also several villages, which at least used to more or less belong to the estate, several houses in the villages still do.
The nearest village is Birkelse and it's pretty typical for villages in this part of the country or for that matter older villages all over DK.
Northern Jutland is a bit exposed, so heavy snowfall is not uncommon in that part of the country.

And to every village belongs a church:
As you can tell and which I have explained in another thread, cemeteries in DK look very different from cemeteries in say Britain and USA. Each little grave is a garden in it's own right, located in an even bigger garden, the cemetery. All meant to evoke a feel of tranquil peace.

There are more villages around the estate, which albeit located far from the nearest city of Aalborg, still had their own stops on the local railroad, so here is a now disused railway station, in the village of Ryaa:

The village of Gjøl:

The Skeel family were among the very first Mary really got to know well when coming to DK and I'm trying to convey the sense of the scenery of someone having recently flown in from Australia. I imagine the scenery is quite different from Sydney or Hobart. While a city like Copenhagen wouldn't be that big a change.

Jørgen Skeel is Chamberlain and I don't think the family is short of cash.

While Trend is located in the middle of a forest, Birkelse Estate is out on the country with the smell of manure and corn in your nostrils. And M&F will be able to walk around undisturbed. The locals who recognize them, will in the fashion typical for Northern Jutlanders (actually Vendelboer! But that's another story) leave them completely alone and probably completely mislead any big-town journalist or photographer foolish enough to venture out there.
The Danish day-to-day language is full of irony, it's even more pronounced in this part of the country! And people up there very rarely, if ever, praise anyone. If you hear someone saying about your dress: "You don't look too silly in that", it's very high praise!
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Old 06-17-2017, 05:37 PM
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Let's have a look at another manor.
Valdemars Slot (Manor):

Located on the idyllic island of Tåsinge, just south of the island of Funen, in what is unquestionable one of the most scenic areas of Denmark.
The manor was build in 1639-1644, using material from a medieval castle nearby. It suffered badly from the Danish-Swedish wars during the 1600's and it was rebuilt in its present form in the early 1700's.
The manor has belonged to the Juel-Brockdorff family for now 12 generations, since 1677.
The present owner is Niels Krabbe Juel-Brockdorff:
The last owner was Caroline Fleming, who also belongs to the Juel-Brockdorff family. But after the divorce from her husband she sold the manor back to her family.
Caroline Fleming was, and at least to some extent still is, a friends of the DRF. M&F and not least J&M are frequent visitors to the manor.
Like when she celebrated her 40th birthday:

But back to the manor.
Let's see things a bit from above to get an overview:

The manor is unusual in the sense that the front face the sea and the back a lake, that means you approach the place via two gatehouses from the sides.

Once through a gatehouse the huge courtyard opens up to you.
With a large pond dominating the yard. Two buildings stretching almost from the manor house to the sea. These were stables and boathouses.
The purpose of the pond isn't just to have a place for duck to paddle around. Just like the moats at other manors it doubles as a fire-pond.

Opposite the manor, almost at the shore is a tea-pavillion:

Flanking the main stairs are two ship-cannons. Medium-heavy pieces, judging from the pics. An estate this large had several ships, some of them large enough to be armed with cannons, and the first Juel-Brockdorff who owned the manor is one of Denmark's most renowned naval-heroes. The admiral Niels-Juel, who got the manor as a fief.

Seen from the sea or during winter when the pond is frozen the place is pretty scenic.

But let's go inside.
Apart from being a private home the manor also has a museum and you are able to celebrate weddings here, and spend the night and there is a restaurant. Not to mention various events, like flea markets, both inside and outside the manor.
Of course a manor like Valdemars Slot has it's own church.
The Tile Hall:

Like I mentioned before the island of Tåsinge is very scenic.
If you are stressed, come here, or to one of the neighboring islands and do nothing. Within a couple of days you'll feel your stress level drop 1500%.
Take the ferry Helge to the island:
And stroll or cycle through and past the few villages on the island:
Or just sit down and listen to the lark for an hour or two:

Have a dinner at the restaurant in the mill:

The estate includes a number of houses and farms, some of which you can rent:

Once a year there is a tall-ship race around the island of Funen and the ships also pass Tåsinge Island and Valdemars Slot:

It is very popular for foreigners to be married in Denmark. Especially for Americans and Germans marrying each other, because there is less red tape in Denmark than in Germany.
During the few days they stay in Denmark, while the paperwork is done, many visit Landet Church, where the circus princess Elvira Madigan is buried next to her lover, a Swedish lieutenant, Sixten Sparre:

In the late 1800's they fell in love in Sweden. But Sixten Sparre lived in an unhappy marriage and in a class divided society a divorce followed by a marriage to Elvira Madigan was impossible. It would lead to a ruinous scandal for Sixten Sparre!
So he deserted from the Swedish army and they eloped together in 1889 and ended up on Tåsinge here in Denmark during the summer. Here they could be, and from the accounts by the locals, were happy together, in love.
But the money ran out. He was a deserter. There was no prospect, no future together.
One day they went out into a wood, carrying a picnic basket. Here Sixten Sparre shot his Elvira, before shooting himself.
They were soon found and very kindly they were buried together at Landet Church. A very decent touch by the locals I think.
It is tradition now that brides married at this church place their bridal bouquet on Elvira Madigan's grave. The bridal bouquet she could not have when she was alive.
(Her real name was Hedvig Jensen, Elvira was her stage name, but it's still the name she is best remembered for).
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Thank you so much for your hard work. This is a fascinating article.
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:25 AM
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My pleasure.

Royal luksus: Kongefamilien får renoveret slot for millioner | BT Royale -
Gråsten, where M&F are currently residing has had an IMO well-deserved make over.

The patio or terrace, whatever is right, and stairs has had new titles after request from the DRF. The craftsmen managed to finish the job juts in time for M&F moving in.
The old tiles were from the 1930's.
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:25 PM
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Gråsten, where M&F are currently residing has had an IMO well-deserved make over.

The patio or terrace, whatever is right, and stairs has had new titles after request from the DRF. The craftsmen managed to finish the job juts in time for M&F moving in.
The old tiles were from the 1930's.
The angle BT uses is "Royal luxury: The royal family gets a renovated castle for millions"...(and angry readers can, without reading further than that, imagine all sorts of luxurious renovations).

The article itself says, that the Agency for Culture and Palaces has used the about 430 000 Euros to chalk (?) the palace white again, paint the windows and replace the old tiles from the 1930's with new ones.

If all these things were last done almost 90 years ago it was perhaps about time something was done.
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:37 PM
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The angle BT uses is "Royal luxury: The royal family gets a renovated castle for millions"...(and angry readers can, without reading further than that, imagine all sorts of luxurious renovations).

The article itself says, that the Agency for Culture and Palaces has used the about 430 000 Euros to chalk (?) the palace white again, paint the windows and replace the old tiles from the 1930's with new ones.

If all these things were last done almost 90 years ago it was perhaps about time something was done.
Perhaps BT and other Danish newspapers have learned some tricks from the Daily Fail or the Mirror.
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Old 06-30-2017, 02:04 PM
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BT does that sometimes.

They would so much like to be like Daily Mail, just with a little higher moral standing, and without annoying and critical comments from the readers (the ungrateful brutes!)
And considering how many articles are copy pasted from Daily Mail, they nearly are!
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:15 AM
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Let's continue with a real gem: Egeskov Slot = Oak-Forest Castle.

It is not possible for me to give a more than very superficial description of the place in one post.

Egeskov is one of the best preserved Renaissance castles in Europe, with a moat.
Originally there was a larger farm on the site, but the castle, which is pretty much unaltered, was built in 1554.
Over the centuries it changed hands within various noble families, but from 1882 the Ahlefeldt family took over and today the owner is Count Michael Preben Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille.
Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille is here seen with his second wife, he is twice divorced and now single in case anyone should aspire to be mistress of Egeskov...
His sister is Susanne Vind, who was LiW for Alexandra and as such the family is pretty close with Joachim in particular.

The noble name Bille is a medieval noble family name, predating the noble families of Laurvig and Ahlefeldt. Which in Danish context makes Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille something of a "super-noble".

But back to the castle. Let's see things a bit from above to get an overview:

As you can see it consists of a main-building surrounded by a moat. And a gate-house, which is where the day to day business took place, because the only entrance to the castle was over a drawbridge. That entrance is now landlocked, instead there is a bridge from the rear across the moat to the park.
Egeskov was meant as a residence for a noble family, but first an foremost it was a fortification, which is evident from the many now bricked up gun-ports you can see in the photos below. It has never seen serious action as far as I know.
Lets have a closer look at the castle from various angles:
Egeskov is surrounded by clusters of trees and you can approach it through the gatehouse:
And then you find yourself in front of the main entrance:
Notice the gunports.

When you stroll around the moat you'll see the castle from all angles:

As said before there is a bridge going across the moat from the castle to the park:
Like all respectable manors, Egeskov has a pretty big park area as well:

Part of which is a dedicated flower garden:

Let's go inside. Part of the castle is used privately, but most of the castle is now one big exhibition, with dining rooms for weddings and parties and guestrooms and so on.
The Trophy Room:
The Great Hall, now used for parties:
There is a very extensive collection of female fashion:
See more here:
A 1890's living room:
The Yellow Room:
An armory:
The armors depicted here are from the early 1500's. The halberds and partisans are not combat weapons, but parade weapons. Combat halberds were much heavier and more crude. The partisans were however used by infantry officers as a symbol of rank and as protection against cavalry and later on out-reaching a musket with a bayonet.
Wanna spend your wedding night here?
A dining room:

Today Egeskov is a very successful business. A favorite destination for family outings.
There is a large and mouthwatering collection of aeroplanes, classic cars and vintage motorbikes:

As well as plenty of outdoor activities for children. Even though the "little knights" use somewhat updated chargers...
A labyrinth, of course:
Have a look at real live smiths:
There activities all year round, also at Christmas:
Have a look at folk dancers:
In the 1700's you could read the status of a person by his/her dress and tell, almost down to the individual parish where they came from. As well as seeing if the person was unmarried, married or a widow.
Of course people didn't dress up like that on a day to day basis.
There are peacocks in the garden and they strut around like they own the place, with some justification. That includes looking out for leftovers at the restaurant.
Sailing in the moat you can really appreciated the details of the castle:
Or if you are more... laid back, you can go for a ride of the grounds:
Or go for a walk in the tree-tops:
Or just play:

All castles and manors have ghosts! Also Egeskov, unfortunately it hasn't been possible to persuade the ghost to appear on schedule, so visitors are encouraged to venture down the basement:

You can also see the Wooden Man, who is lying on a pillow, just under the spire of the tower.
If he is ever removed from the pillow, Egeskov will sink into the ground come next Christmas Night! - Traditionally Christmas Night, you stayed inside! because all sorts of strange beings roamed around on that night! The animals can speak on Christmas Night, but if you go out into a stable to listen you will become mute.

Or have a look at some of the Moors:
(More about those in the next post).

A place with such a collection of vintage cars and motorbikes is a mecca for motor-enthusiasts!

Egeskov is also the home of the Heartland Music Festival, which J&M attended recently:

The grounds are extensive and includes barns as well as a mill:

Here is a look at Egeskov in the 1830's:

One of the biggest gem at Egeskov is without a doubt the doll-house collection, with the main attraction being Titania's Palace, build in Ireland 1907-1922. Now owned by Legoland and on permanent display at Egeskov. I could look at the details for a whole day!

So if you should ever come to Denmark in the summer, I recommend you devote a whole day to visiting Egeskov Castle.
Here is the official website in English, but you easily find more on the Net: Egeskov Castle in Denmark, activities for the whole family
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:20 AM
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Let's have a look at the Moors:

I wrote about them in the previous post.
The figures depicted here are variants of what in other parts of Europe, the Netherlands in particular, is known as Black Peter.
The figure there is now a kind of Santa's helper and it has been attacked as oppressive racism. The figure is indeed racist, but as a mockery of a very feared enemy, the Moors. - In this context meaning North African pirates.

Like the Netherlands, Denmark has a very long history of trading, also in the Mediterranean and here ships ran a very real risk of being attacked by Muslim pirates and the crew enslaved. There was a thriving insurance business aimed at buying free captured sailors well into the late 1700's.
It has recently been estimated that more than one million Europeans were enslaved in North Africa from around 1500 and 250 years on. Partly as a result of captured sailors, partly as prisoners of war, but also very much from raids. In Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, Ireland and even England, Moors landed and raided villages and brought back the villagers for the North African slave markets.
As late as the 1830's southern France were raided, and that indirectly led to France colonizing North Africa.

Sea-faring European nations, Denmark among them, paid tribute to the Moors for more than 100 years, simply because it was too costly to ship a fleet to the Mediterranean, even though punitive expeditions did take place, when the pirates overstepped the line.
From time to time North African emissaries toured Europe to collect "presents", such an emissary was dined and wined like royalty, while at the same time trying to milking the cow to the last drop! That includes requesting a fully equipped frigate from the Danish king! That was however declined.
It was of course a balancing act, because the whole delegation could very well end up a head shorter if they went too far, but they could allow themselves to be so brazen, because no individual European country could afford a permanent navy presence in the Mediterranean until the late 1700's and there was no way in this world the Europeans could agree on co-operating against the moors!

So instead they resorted to mockery, hence Black Peter. Because some of the Moorish pirates were black.

Black Peter was used to spook unruly children and was also a somewhat mythical figure to adults, because few people outside the major ports had ever seen a real life Black African.
Black Peter as a figure in his own right does not exist in Denmark however.

So over the centuries a feared enemy, just like the Janissars from the Ottoman Empire, were mocked and caricatured and later on became templates for how a genuine clown must look like.

As a little curiosum I will add that the line from the US Marine Corps hymn: From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, refers to an American punitive expedition against Moorish pirates.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:37 AM
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Thanks Muhler very much! The Egeskov Slot is like came for the pages of fairytale! Beautiful!
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Thanks, Mylher!
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:15 PM
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Thank you very much Muhler for the history lesson. As always I learn so much about my favorite country through you and always read and reread all your comments. This is one of the most beautiful castles in the world and just a visit there would be some thing to be always cherished. Have you ever thought of writing a book on Denmark and the history? I am sure it would be a best seller and that my favorite Queen Daisy would have it on her coffee table signed by you for all to see...think about it!
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:48 AM
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You are welcome, Eya & Royal Norway

You flatter me, M Payton , alas I'm no historian, merely a happy amateur who loves to tell stories from my country's past.
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Old 07-09-2017, 02:01 PM
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Muhler! I love to read your posts, thank you so much for all this incredible history , photos, you are a real Ambassador for Denmark! Kepp going1 we love it!
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:53 PM
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There are more than 800 palaces, manors, castles, abbeys and large estates in Denmark.
And a number of ruins, but they are outside the scope of the next posts.

Some are owned by the state or a municipality. Quite a number are owned by companies or foundations, like Schackenborg but most are privately owned, often by families who have lived there for generations. Many of them are nobles families, some of them are a part of the circle of friends around the DRF
What I'm going to do now, is to show one or two pictures of a some of those 800 manors and so on, and add a few very basic info.
It is pretty obvious that quite a few of the places originally started out as medieval castles or major farms, but I think people who are interested in architecture will notice how varied the building styles are.

I will end this list with a more in depth description of one of the manors, which is going to be the template for future descriptions - mostly done by request. Because I could probably write about all of them! But that is not practical. So if there is a manor you'd like to know more about please don't hesitate to make a request.

Here is the folder, from which this list is taken, in case you'd like to browse for yourselves:

Build 1539-53 - As a royal administrative center, on top of the ruins of a castle that was destroyed during a civil war in the 1530's. A sheriff's seat so to speak.

Aalholm Slot:
Finished in its present form in 1581. Mostly owned by the Raben Levetzau family. Now administered after the death of the last owner, Stig Husted Andersen.

Augustenborg Slot:
1651 Mostly owned by the crown. For many years used as a psychiatric hospital, now used by the department looking after the nature in DK. Owned by the state.

Beldringe Gods:
1360. - For many years owned by the Raben Leetzau family. Now owned by an agricultural company. (Industrial farm).

Bernstorff Slot:
1759. Mosty owned by the Bernstorff family. Today owned by the state.
Used as a summer residence for the DRF in the 1800's.

Boltinggaard Gods:
1589. Initially owned by the Thott family. Today owned by Peter Wilhelm-Rosenstand.

Borreby Slot:
1345. Mainly owned by the Carstenschiold family. Today owned by Joachim Lorents Holten Carstenschiold.

Brahetrolleborg Cloister:
1172. Initially a cloister under the Cistercian Order. After the Reformation mostly owned by the Rantzau and Reventlow families. Today owned by Catharina Reventlow-Mourier.

Brandbjerg Gods:
1545. Many families. Today owned by a school - for adults.

Brattingsborg Slot:
1216. Mainly owned by the Danneschiold-Samsøe familiy, who have delivered LiW's, and courtiers to the DRF for generations. Now owned by Anders Aage Schau Danneschiold-Samsøe Lassen

Charlottenlund Slot:
1622. Mostly owned and used by the DRF. Now owned by the state and used for cultural events.

Clausholm Manor:
1690's. Many noble families. Today owned by Kim Alexander Berner.

Dragsholm Slot:
1313. Mainly owned by the Adeler family. Today owned by Mads Hylletoft Bøttger.

Dronninglund Slot:
1200's. Originally an abbey under the Benedictine Order. Many noble families. Today owned by Harald Høgsbro. And used as a hotel and conference center.

Egeland Gods:
Home of Count Ingolf of Rosenborg. - No further info.

Egelykke Gods:
1426. Owned by the noble Mylting, Leth and Knuth families. Owned today by comtessa Christine Regitze Knuth.

Erholm Gods:
1500. Present building build in 1850. Today owned by a company under the Cederfeld de Simonsen family, who has owned the place for several generations.

Frederiksborg Slot
1560. Mainly owned by the DRF. For a long time used as the place where kings were crowned during the period of Absolutism. Now owned by the state and used under the National Museum.

Fuglsang Gods:
1368. Present building build in 1868. Many families. Now owned by a foundation.

Fyrendal Gods:
1387. Mostly owned by the Holsteinborg family. Today owned by Ulrich Holstein-Holsteinborg.

Gammel Estrup Castle:
1340. Mainly owned by the Skeel - Scheel family. Today owned by Jørgen Mahler.

Giesegaard Gods:
1668. Mainly owned by the Schack family (who owned Schackenborg). Today owned by count Frands Axel Michael Brockenhuus-Schack.

Gisselfeld Slot:
1547. Owned all the time by the Danneschiold-Samsøe family.

Gjorselv Gods:
1396. Mainly owned by the Scavenius and Tesdorpf families. Today owned by Peter Henrik Tesdorpf.

Gram Slot:
1232. Mainly owned by the Schack family. Today by a company.

Grøngrøft Slot:
1543. Owned for a couple of hundred years by the Ahlefeldt family. Now owned by a company.

Halsted Abbey:
1231. Mainly owned by the very noble Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs family. Today owned by count Mogens Erhard Frederik Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs.

Hindsgavl Slot:
1200's. Build in its present form in 1784. Owned by several noble families. Today owned by a company.

Hjortholm Gods:
1509. Owned by several noble families. Today owned by count Hans Benedict Ahlefeldt-Laurvig.

Hofmansgave Gods:
1483. Owned by several noble families. Today owned by a foundation.

Holckenhavn Manor:
1579. Mainly owned by the noble Ulfeldt and Holck families. Today owned by Christina and Dennis Hou Holck.

Husum Schloss:
1577. Originally a Franciscan cloister in the 1400's. Strictly speaking no longer Danish, but used as a seat for dowager duchesses of Gottorp.

Hvedholm Gods:
1475. Build in its present form in 1588. Owned for a few hundred years by the Brahe-Bille family. Today owned by Claus Koch.

- And that's it for now. More in future posts.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:59 PM
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Ah, my favorite Danish author is at work again teaching me all about Denmark. I have been waiting for this so Thank You Mr. Muhler for all the hard work that you do for us.

This is my favorite castle, it actually looks like an ole castle from way back in time...Borryby Slot.jpg. If you have any pictures of this I would love to see them and any info. So when I make my 1st trip to Denmark I would love to see this place and take pictures, think they would let me..wonder if there are any ghosts running around there...oh I am not afraid of ghosts anyhow.
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You're welcome.
I'll have a look at Borreby and I can tell you the place crawls with ghosts!

But before that let's continue with my list.

Hverringe Gods:
1350. Present building is from 1790. A lot of old noble families. Today owned by count Alexander Juel Reventlow.

Hvidkilde Gods:
1230. Started out as a castle. Present building dates from 1550. Many noble families. Today owned by count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Lehn.

Jægerspris Slot:
From 13-1400's. Present building 1590. Mainly used by the DRF as a summer cottage. Today it's an orphanage under the state.

Kalø Gods:
Before 1660. Prior to that it was a farm under the castle Kalø:
Which is now a ruin.
Owned by several prominent families as a fief, it now belongs to the state and service the tourists coming to visit the ruin.

Katholm Gods:
1545. - Several noble families. Ending up with the prominent Collet family. Today owned by Marie Therese Collet.

Kjærstrup Gods:
1286. Present building is from 1765. Several old noble families. Today owned by Marie-Pierre Boel Andresen.

Knuthenborg Slot:
1372. Present building build in 1865. Owned by the Knuth family for the past several hundred years. Today a safari park/zoo owned by count Adam Christoffer Knuth.

Kokkedal Slot:
Started as a farm. Building is from 1866. Several prominent families.
Today a hotel and golf resort.

Koldinghus castle:
1268. Very prominent history but little military action. It was a military deterrent. Owned almost the whole time by the DRF. Now a museum and cultural center under the state.

Kragerup Gods:
1327. Present building is from 1661. Many noble families. Owned since 1801 by the prominent Dinesen family who have delivered LiWs and courtiers to the DRF. Today owned by Birgitte Dinesen.

Krengerup Manor:
1514. Present buildings from 1772. Several families. Owned by the Rantzau family since 1770. Today owned by Carl Johan Ulrik Rantzau.

Krenkenrup Manor:
Started as a farm before 1330. Present building from 1490. Several old noble families. Owned by the Reventlow family since 1739. Today owned by Patrick Reventlow-Grinling.

Kronborg Slot:
Started as a castle in the 1420's. Present fortress from 1574. The place where Hamlet takes place. (Even though Copenhagen Castle would be more likely!) Has seen action several times, last in 1807, when the British bombarded Copenhagen. Owned and used by the DRF. Now owned by the state.

Krumstrup Gods:
1529. Present building is from 1615. Several old noble families. Now owned by Thomas Eggertsen.

Lerchenborg Slot:
A farm under the crown 1300-1658. Present building from 1743. Owned on and off by the noble Lerche family, who are in the inner circle around the DRF. Today owned by Christian Lerche-Lerchenborg.

Lungholm Manor:
1450. Present building is from 1853. Several old noble families. Owned by the noble Lehn family since 1784. Today owned by baron Nicolas Erik Carl Poul Johan Dmitri de Bertouch-Lehn.

Lykkesholm Manor:
1329. Present building from 1600. Several noble families. Last the Juul family. Today owned by Christian Ove Sehestedt-Juul.

Lynderupgaard Gods:
Oldest building dates back to the 1300's. Main building from around 1400. Last wing is from 1700. Used as a farm for secondary members of noble families. Today owned by Ove and Kirsten Glerup.

Løvenborg Slot:
Started as a farm under the arch bishop in 1190. Present building is from 1634. Many noble families. Ending up with the omnipresent Ahlefeldt family. Today owned by count Christian Knud Ahlefeldt-Laurvig.

Løvenholm Slot:
Started as an estate under an abbey in 1440. Present building is from 1550. Many noble families. Today owned by a foundation.

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