Forming the heart of a country estate with long avenues of linden and chestnut trees, the park at Vaeshartelt palace includes a 7-hectare English landscape park dating from the 19th century. A large number of giant old trees, some of which date back to the 18th century, give the park its character along with small canals and ponds. Many structures of the pleasure garden originally commissioned by Regout, an industrialist from Maastricht, are still visible today and are currently undergoing restoration.
A broad avenue of linden trees leads up to the palace from the gatekeeper’s house at the entrance to the estate. The new teahouse is located on the park’s highest elevation, the traditional ice cellar. Viewers can enjoy the best view across the park to the palace from here.
The Secret Garden was created at the palace in 2005 and features an avenue of quince trees as well as walnut trees, herbaceous beds and pools. The former farmstead with its farm garden is located beside the palace. A vineyard has been added in recent years.
In 2012, the park was extended by adding the “New Gardens of Vaeshartelt”, a rambling fruit and vegetable garden where old varieties from the region are cultivated. A futuristic bee and exhibition building constructed for Floriade 2012 has found a home here.
The heart of the park at Vaeshartelt palace to the north of Maastricht is a 7-hectare English landscape park with typical elements from the 19th century.
The spatial layout of the landscape park, designed by Belgian landscape architect Gindra in 1852, is still visible today in the form of lines of sight, viewing points, ponds and ditches. Illustrated panels provide visitors with information about the elaborately-designed former pleasure garden created on the instructions of the owner Petrus Regout, e.g. a Chinese pagoda and large-scale water features. The restoration of some elements is currently being planned.
Long avenues of linden and chestnut trees as well as a linear system of paths lead into the park. They give the park its character together with large and small canals and ponds as well as a large number of giant old trees, some of which date from the 18th century. A broad avenue of linden trees leads up to the palace from the gatekeeper’s house at the entrance to the estate. The new teahouse is located on the park’s highest elevation, the traditional ice cellar. Viewers have a beautiful view across the park to the palace from here.
In 2005, the Secret Garden was created at the palace. Surrounded by the old coach house, the new wing of the hotel and the restored old garden walls, it features various garden areas, an avenue of quince and walnut trees, herbaceous beds and pools. (Design Jorn und Lia Copijn)
The old farmstead with its restored farm garden is visible from the palace. A vineyard with Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Chardonnay grapes has been added in recent years.
In 2012, the historical park was extended by adding the “New Gardens of Vaeshartelt”, a rambling fruit and vegetable garden where old “forgotten” varieties from the region are cultivated. A garden with edible flowers, herbs and medicinal plants is also currently being created. A futuristic bee and exhibition building which was constructed for Floriade 2012 has found its final home here.
The gardens around the palace provide important products for the palace kitchen, which implements the Slow Food philosophy with other products from the region.
Vaeshartelt country estate is part of “Landgoederenzone-Maastricht-Meerssen”, a cultural landscape to the north of Maastricht which includes 20 listed country estates, impressive villas, former summer residences of wealthy Maastricht business people and some farmsteads, all of which are linked together by avenues of chestnut and linden trees and a water system of canals and ponds. Public authorities and private owners are now planning additional measures to create a green belt which invites visitors to enjoy local recreation while enabling them to experience this historical cultural landscape actively.
Owner: Stichting Buitenplaats Vaeshartelt (foundation)
Opening times: Each day, all year round
Admission Prices: Free entrance
Events, programme, exhibitions: Art collection in the park and in the building
Hotel: 88 rooms and numerous conference rooms
Tearoom / restaurant: yes
Maps of the site/visitor information:
Seats and benches: yes
Average visitor duration: 1-3 hours
Signs in park and on plants: Flyer available at the hotel reception
Accessibility – in the park/ garden: Main paths, except in the fruit garden (subject to enhancement)
Parking: free parking, signposted
Dogs: on leash