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Kokkedal Slotshotel

+45 98 23 36 22

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Kokkedalsvej 17, 9460 Brovst

Kokkedal Castle is situated on a hillside with an impressive view over the Liim Fiord. The moat that circles the castle, indicates that the castle was built for war and defence. Good atmosphere and conversing guests can be heard in the beautiful halls. The history of Kokkedal Castle goes back to the Middle Ages. The castle was first mentioned in a document from 1470. At that time, the estate belonged to esquire Anders Albrechtsen. 

There are 19 rooms in the main building. All rooms have canopy beds and have been beautifully restored by the present owners. There are also 8 holiday apartments in the castle park, all have access to sauna and swimming pool in the summer.

The castle is beautifully decorated and provides the perfect setting for festive occasions. Christening and wedding receptions, birthday parties, seminars, board meetings, workshops and many other events, can be held at Kokkedal Castle. Dinner for up to 100 guests can be served in the banqueting hall.

The wine cellar is open Saturday afternoon for tasting.

The wine tasting takes place in the wine cellar where the guests have the possibility to taste 6 selected wines from our own production and from import. The price is DKK 150.00 per person.

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Attractions

Kokkedal is situated in North Jutland between the North Sea and the Liim Fiord. There is an impressive view over the fiord from Nibe to Aalborg. The castle is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty between Fosdalen, Svinkløv and Ulvedybet. Some of the activities available in the area include fishing, golfing, sun bathing and boating.

History

Kokkedal is a well-preserved medieval castle. The history of the castle goes back to 1016, when Knud the Great conquered England. The castle is best known as the Banner family's castle. Already in the Viking Age, there was a fortress.

The first known owner of Kokkedal Castle, was the Jutlandish aristocratic family called Stenbrikke. Anders Nielsen Banner inherited the castle from his mother. He was member of the Rigsråd and one of the most prominent lord of manor, who also owned Højriis and Asdal. For many years, he was at odds with the king's vassal Lavrids Dan, who killed his ploughman. Banner was also a ruler in North Jutland during the king's trip to Norway in 1486. 

Anders Nielsen Banner reconstructed the castle around 1455. His brother, Erik Eriksen Banner, inherited the castle in 1520. Erik Banner also owned Asdal, Højriis, Gjessingholm and Skovshoved. As a jailor for the Swedish king Gustav Vasa, Banner was responsible for the collapse of the Nordic Union. Vasa's escape in 1519 resulted in the loss of the King's grace and a considerable fine. After the Massacre of Stockholm, Erik Banner went over to Frederik I and became a fervent advocate of the teachings of Luther. In 1534, an army of noblemen was led by Erik Banner and Holger Rosenkrantz against the rebellious farmers. The traitor Skipper Clement occupied North Jutland and burnt Kokkedal down. Clements forces were stopped in Aalborg and even though he managed to escape from the bloodbath in Aalborg, Skipper Clement was betrayed by a famer and later executed. The present castle was rebuilt in the 1540's by Erik Banner.

In 1691, Palle Rantzau bought Kokkedal Castle. He was also the owner og Bratskov, married to Ingebord Seefeld. In 1773, counsellor Lars J. Jelstrup, the owner of Gudumlund and Vorgaard, acquired Kokkedal Castle. Jelstrup was described by a guest  as a good and polite, old man, who was very hospitable.

Morten Leth Hastrup bought the estate in 1838 . From 1917 until 1923, prince Erik of Denmark owned and lived at the castle. In 1948, the estate was bought by the state and there was established a boarding school.  

In 1988, Kokkedal castle was acquired by doctor Ann Lokdam and forest supervisor Gorm Lokdam. The castle was converted into a hotel with restaurant, shop and wine cellar. Prince Joachim was protector during the renovation work at Kokkedal Castle and attended the inaugural ceremony in 1990.

 

Legends from Kokkedal Slotshotel

Occasionally, a carriage is heard driving through the gate. It is the devil's hearse that comes for the Norwegian noblewoman, Karen Galde. According to the myth, she dedicated her life serving the devil and in return she could eat delicacies and gourmet dishes ad libitum. 

Knight Lykke's daughter became pregnant during a lance tournament. In order to avoid dishonouring her family, she was immured alive in the external wall. Several guests have heard her footsteps and the phenomenon is inexplicable. The former owner's daughter, Edel Isager, believed that it has to do with a light phenomenon - an echo from the past. A

No one has so far been disturbed by the spirits. The guests can sleep safely in the canopy beds. However, we recommend you to drink a double cognac before bed, just to make sure that you won't be disturbed. 

During one of the Swedish wars, the enemy ravaged and plundered Hanherred. The owner decided to take his gold to a safe place, unfortunately, the boat sank and the treasure hasn't been found since. Read article in Scan Magazine: A room with or without a ghost.

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