Loenersloot Castle - Loenersloot
Loenersloot is situated at the river Angstel. Just like other medieval castles, this castle will become a country retreat in the course of time. Written sources from the middle of the 12th century mention a Henricus de Lonreslothe. Later members of the Loenersloot family are active here in peat extraction. During the 14th century, one of them used Loenersloot castle as a base for his robber-knighting practices. Between 1650 and 1750 the castle is often empty or temporarily rented out. This is done because most of the owners live elsewhere. When Willem van Hoorn bought the castle at an auction in 1766, he started with a renovation for which he wanted to have the house partially demolished. His bankruptcy prevented this from being carried out, after which Andries J. Strick van Linschoten bought the bankrupt estate and continued the renovation in a more careful manner. He is the one who orders the transformation of the castle into a comfortable country house. As a condition for the architect, however, he stipulates that the exterior must continue to remind us of the once mighty knightly courtyard town.