Sunday night we spent at the Börstorp slott. We stayed in one of the connecting buildings and didn’t see the inside of the castle until the next morning when we had our breakfast.
We met Björn and Annika who live in the castle and asked them if we could go exploring a bit. They said that we could as long as we closed all doors behind us and off we went. Now I know how it must have felt being eight years old in a great British mansion, think Downton Abbey. The place was huge! And beautiful! I don’t know how many rooms there are but Björn told us there is 28 tile stoves all in all. Perhaps 40 rooms?
The castle was built in the 17th century by Conrad Falkenberg. He was married to baroness Catharina Bonde and had seven sons and four daughters who all lived in the castle. Then you can see why Conrad needed that many rooms. In the 1850’s the castle was heavily rebuilt but a lot of the original design is still there. Conrad is said to haunt the castle, and did so especially during the reconstructions in the 1800’s. His painting has been up on the wall for most of the more than 400 years that have passed since the castle was built but apparently he only haunts when his painting hangs on the wall, when it is laying down he rests peacefully. Well, I would haunt too if I had too be up all the time. Laying down is pretty neat even though I realize that the purpose of a painting is to hang.
We started on the second floor where we went through the galleries and salons till we found a spiral staircase which we climbed. It took us all the way up on the roof where we could see as far as we wanted to in every direction.
Far down there are our bikes and the building where we slept.
Look at that window. Wouldn’t you want to sit there with your copy of Pride and Prejudice and see your friends arrive in their carriage? And then run down to have the ball begin?
In one corner we met the King of the Woods, a moose. Obviously there should be a moose on the wall in a castle.
We were a bit more surprised to find this little rascal in another corner though. I wouldn’t want to meet that one alive.
This little guy met us at the entrance to the kitchen. Please compare to Julius, the armour is very small and very cute.
Also, it turned out that the canon I had though where to protect the castle in case of a Russian invasion, was actually brand new and had arrived not even a week ago. Even though it’s new it looks like it belongs.
Up there on the top, that’s where we were standing looking down and taking pictures. Naturally a castle needs a watch tower and this was a good watch tower, I assure you.
In honor of Börstorp slott Julius has now named his bike Conrad after Conrad Falkenberg (for me, Conrad will still be a cat from Pelle Svanslös, and a not very nice cat that is. But if Conrad Falkenberg really does haunt the castle, I guess he isn’t very nice either). I really do hope that Bike Conrad does not take after his namesake and starts haunting us. A haunted bike, that could get ugly. My bike is still named Pauline, not even a visit to a castle could change that.