the magical estate

West of Haarlem in the Netherlands lies a place filled with natural magic. Its name is Elswout, an estate sitting at the foot of the Dutch dunes. Its deserted manor house is surrounded by fairytale vistas and charming hideaways - and there is no need to travel all the way to New Zealand. Hobbiton is right here...

So come and enter...

Walk the lanes in summer or winter...

Admire the beauty of spring and autumn...

Pause in the gazebo for a while...

In the heart of the estate a brook gently streams, the source of many amazing reflections. Here you walk right into fairytale country, a quaint Hansl and Gretl-type house adding to the mystery of Elswout’s woodlands.

Walk on and you come across a mossy hill that is the centre of Elswout’s own Hobbiton. Any moment a door may swing open to reveal the presence of Bilbo and Frodo right here in Haarlem. Just follow the path to the hobbit summer party...

Around the back of the estate you get a rear view of the mansion.

But it’s easy to get lost in detail, especially in autumn.

You can wave goodbye when the greens are slowly disappearing...

... or with the arrival of fresh new life. Elswout continues to amaze all seasons. It knows you will return.


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  • B__xy


  • mdiepraam

    Many thanks, Bernard! πŸ™πŸ½πŸ˜Ž @B__xy

  • finknottle

    What a magical place!!

  • mdiepraam

    Yes, it pretty much is, @finknottle, such a joy to go there...

  • karen_claudia_

    Zeer fijne plek, mooi vastgelegd

  • mdiepraam

    Dank je wel, @karen_claudia_, fijn om te horen! πŸ™πŸ½πŸ˜˜ And guess what, ik sta er nu ook... 😎✌🏽

  • mdiepraam

    Hi @Steller, I’ve added a few snowy winter shots taken today, so it’s new and improved now! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŽβœŒπŸ½

  • Aury_ga

    Lovely place ... in every season, especially love page 14 of this magical story. :)

  • mdiepraam

    @Aury_ga Thanks so much, Aurelia, glad to hear you like it. Yes, that’s the prize shot of the estate - everyone in Holland goes to that spot to take their picture. It’s become a bit of an β€˜instahotspot’ and I’m embarrassed to say that I had my part in it... πŸ˜‚

  • Aury_ga

    @mdiepraam Quite right! Everywhere there is something seen millions of times, but in any case you can not help seeing...or photographing 😏😝

  • mdiepraam

    @Aury_ga Absolutely, even though I was hugely surprised that no-one had found β€˜my’ magic spot in Naples before... 😁✌🏽

  • simone_wit

    That cute house at the water 😍😍😍

  • mdiepraam

    @simone_wit It keeps on being amazing, doesn’t it? πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸ½

  • simone_wit

    @mdiepraam this place must be amazing with snow....

  • mdiepraam

    It absolutely is, @simone_wit! πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ I later added three more pictures with freshly fallen snow, so now it’s truly a story of all seasons...

  • yanid

    What a beautiful shots 😍

  • mdiepraam

    Thanks for the kind words, @yanid! πŸ™πŸ½πŸ˜Ž

  • veredit

    Love this!!

  • mdiepraam

    So pleased that you do, Isabella, thanks! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜Ž @veredit

  • sandraengels73

    Supermooi! Ik herken er zeker een paar spots van, en idd die mosjes zij toch te leuk 🀩🀩🀩

  • mdiepraam

    Dank je wel, @sandraengels73! πŸ™πŸ½πŸ˜˜ Ja, die mosheuvels zijn echt bijzonder... Eind van de zomer is een mooie tijd om nog eens terug te keren. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸ½

  • ellen_keizer

    Onlangs deze plek voor het eerst bezocht maar zeker niet voor het laatst. Mooie impressie Mattijs

  • mdiepraam

    Dank je wel, Ellen, dat doet me deugd! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜˜ Ja, mooi hΓ¨? Was je er met die meet?