So about a week ago I moved to the Netherlands and the very next day I turned 30! In order to celebrate my boyfriend and I went away for a little weekend break at a castle in Maastricht. Maastricht is a town right down the bottom of the Netherlands and, incidentally, where the composer Andre Rieu is from.
We stayed at Vaeshartelt Castle, which was built over 250 years ago and from 1841 served as a country retreat and hunting lodge for King William II. It later fell into disrepair but was restored in 1994 as accommodation.
We had booked the holiday through a Dutch travel deal website (similar to groupon) so we got a very good deal; two nights accommodation, two buffet breakfasts (for two), a three course dinner on the night of our arrival and a picnic lunch for the next day! It took about two and a half hours to drive to Maastricht, we checked in, had showers and went to dinner, which was lovely. It was a set menu, so we both had zucchini soup (very yummy) and for mains I had salmon and Dennis had steak, followed by a delicious berry mousse.
View of the castle from the grounds;
Kind of odd, but cool, sea monster sculpture in the grounds!
Inside the Sirius Bar;
The walled ‘secret garden’;