Poptaslot/Heringastate

Poptaslot/Heringastate, Marssum: Address, Phone Number, Poptaslot/Heringastate Reviews: 5/5

Poptaslot/Heringastate
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Popta Castle, the jewel among the Frisian manors. The history of the manor goes back to the 15th century, when it was founded by the Heringa family as a fortified manor house. In 1603 the van Eysinga family acquired the manor by inheritance, converted it and gave it the appearance it still has today. Following the death of the last member of that family living at Popta Castle, in 1687, her heirs sold the manor to the unmarried lawyer Dr. Henricus Popta. Up to his death in 1712, Dr. Popta used Heringastate, chiefly as a summer residence. Ever since then the house has never been lived in. Now as a museum Popta Castle welcomes visitors to look round the various rooms, which are still fully and delicately furnished in 17th and 18th century style. Also the ‘Almshouse’ founded by Dr. Poptain 1712 to offer widows in need and single elderly women a carefree old age is certainly worth visiting. Open for visitors (only guided tours, every hour, duration 1h) Jul and Aug, from 11h-17h. Closed on Sunday. Only by appointment: Apr, May, June, Sept and Oct, closed on Sunday.
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Slotleane 1, 9034 HM Marssum The Netherlands
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Manor house, only open in July and August!
Aug 2015 • Couples
This is not an ordinary castle or museum, but a manor house that is privately owned by a wealthy foundation that also owns lots of farms and farmland. This foundation was established by the last unmarried inhabitant of the manor house. The manor house has got two names:" Popta Slot" (translation: small castle of the family Popta) and "Heringa State" (translation: manor house of the family Heringa). Both families inhabited the manor house.

The manor house is build on the fundament of a tower from the Middle Ages, called a "Stins". These buildings are very rare nowadays. A farm is build next to the manor house. The manor is furnished the way it was in 1712, but there was a major restauration in 1906, that added a lot of luxury to the adjacent farm, for example a veranda with sliding doors made of English glass and bronze frames.

The manor house is very interesting and has an English garden. You can see original furniture, tile floors, box beds, living quarters of the servants etc.
Unfortunately it is only open to the public in july and august, but not on sundays. Outside the openingtimes it is only used for the private functions of the directors of the foundation.

Entrance was 6 euro for an adult.
Written 1 September 2015
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Ronald_jelle
The Hague, The Netherlands2,626 contributions
"Biggest" castle in Friesland with nice gardens
May 2015 • Solo
The castle itself is small, but the biggest that you will find in Friesland. It looks lovely, has some nicely decorated rooms (17th century) and also a lovely garden.

To be honest it won't be in my top 5 of castles to visit in the Netherlands, however, if you are in Friesland, this is that one castle you can't miss... It's just lovely and in my opinion nicer than the Dekemastate.
Written 12 May 2015
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