Freyr castle was erected by William of Beaufort from 1571 onward on the site of an older fortification. The edifice was significantly expanded between 1604 and 1637 and modified in the second half of the eighteenth century.
Visitors are warmly welcomed by a multilingual staff. About twenty rooms can be admired with the help of information leaflets.
The tour tells the history of the Beaufort family who have held the castle for twenty generations. Various characters are portrayed in amusing and vivid anecdotes. Simultaneously clever references are made to major historic events from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.
The information regarding furniture and paintings is basic enough for novices but offers a little extra for people with advanced knowledge. A perfect balance !
After the tour of the castle visitors can relax in the eighteenth century French gardens, crowned by a rococo belvedere and renowned for their orange trees.
Hint for the staff : Start the tour with a an architectural evolution of the castle supported by drawings so as to gain insight in its present layout. Also equip visitors with a family tree in order to distinguish generations and point out kinship.
Hint for visitors : Check out the castle website after your visit. It lists even more fascinating anecdotes about the former residents.
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