De Rhulenhof


Prologue

Due to personal reasons the garden is closed as of 2010. Visits are no longer possible.

 

 

 

De Rhulenhof is a regional-style, former farmhouse which was built at the end of the 19th century and restored extensively in 1975. Following this reconstruction work, the owners laid out several gardens based on a plan drawn up by garden designer W. de Jong. The house and gardens form a spatial whole.

As in the case of English cottage-style gardens, the gardens’ design is inspired by the way they get the sun and by the functional and spatial relationship between house and garden. Various themed gardens surrounded by hedges of yew and hornbeam were laid out around the house. There is a serene temple garden to the east, a vegetable garden near the kitchen and a walled and decorated inner courtyard to the south. In the evenings, the sun sets over the rose garden. All the gardens were strictly designed according to a formal pattern. At the centre of the garden is the orangery, where the subtropical plants which adorn the paths and courtyards in summer are housed for the winter.

De Rhulenhof is influenced by postmodernism as well by the cottage-garden and landscape styles. The various formal “garden rooms” alternate with open landscape sections and park-like areas with large ponds. Classical garden concepts and contemporary garden design have been integrated in surprising ways here.