I’m turning this post into a bit of a mystery tour, because although I will tell you where we are, I will not be taking you inside the main building we are here to visit right away.
We have arrived at Kastel (castle) Ammersoyen.
A moat completely surrounds Ammersoyen Castle and there is also a Bailey upon which is built a separate coach house and gatehouse.
This is connected by a bridge to the land beyond the moat, and then with another bridge to the castle itself.
I want to walk around these beautiful buildings first…
We walk onto the bailey and look around, and then to stretch our legs because after an hour and a bit in the car, our kids need to expend some of their copious quantities of restless energy before going inside the castle.
The walk around the bailey and moat gives us a sense of the scale of the place and of how it was thought out and built.
The coach house did not only house livery, but also servants, trades people and sometimes soldiers at various times too.
Soon we shall delve into History, but for now, scenery is the order of the day,
First we look at the Gate House … because Where better to start than with a grand entrance!?
Then, in the later photos, the Coach house, a far bigger building than it first appears.
Even though it is basically one large rectangular building, the structure on the inside is subdivided into separate areas for very specific uses. These days it’s a function centre catering to weddings, receptions and various smaller events.