A “princess” moment at Kokkedal Castle on the Danish Riviera
Kokkedal Castle is located 30 km from Copenhagen on a coastal stretch known as the Danish Riviera, in the heart of the royal North Zealand area.
The grand 18th-century property is next to Kokkedal Golf Club. The Øresund Strait shore is 400 metres from Kokkedal Castle. Kokkedal Station is close by and Rungsted Harbour is 2km away.
In a former life the original Kokkedal Castle was erected as an aristocratic summer estate in 1746 and was designed by architect Johan Gottfred Rosenborg, who also created the Odd Fellow Mansion in Copenhagen. The historic owners of the castle include co-founder of the East Asiatic Company Jens Frederik Horsens Block who extensively remodelled the manor in 1864 and former Admiral Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu in 1910.
Kokkedal Castle opened as a hotel in 2011. In 2013, the castle was acquired by the M Goldschmidt Group, which was founded in 1979 by Mikael Goldschmidt.
Managing Director Birger Baunhøj Sørensen says from the outset they wanted to create a royal version of a luxury resort, offering a unique getaway and attractive meeting point in a setting that inspires contemplation and recreation.
“The vision of uniting the resplendent heritage setting of Kokkedal Castle Copenhagen with state-of-the-art technology and modern comfort has called on an entirely novel and industry-changing approach,”he says.
“It is our ambition to provide a full-immersion castle experience rather than a streamlined hotel experience; one where there is time for each guest and room for individual preferences.”
Rooms and Interiors
Step through the stately front doors of this stately fairy tale castle and you immediately fall under its spell.The classic reception desk hospitality has been replaced by well-informed hosts and hostesses who welcome guests to the 269-year-old castle and its 59 luxury rooms.
It took six years of renovating and extensive refurbishment to bring it to such a high standard.It is all about classic style and elegance with sumptuous furnishings and priceless antiques.The interiors pieces are provided by among others French design company Moissonnier. The castle is also adorned with Bohemian crystal chandeliers and furnishings have Nina Campbell’s signature.It is the type of place you want time to stand still so you can appreciate the history and ambience.
Our upstairs junior castle suite featured a large bedroom and sitting area with vistas overlooking manicured lawns and the sea.
The décor mirrors the colours of nature, think soft greens and pale blues.
There’s a king-size double bed from Dux with quality bed linen, a sofa and armchairs, a desk, classic dressing table and a freestanding wardrobe with a private bar and safety box.
The spacious bathroom features a freestanding bathtub, separate shower and two freestanding washbasins with towels and bathrobes of the finest quality. The skincare products are by Acqua di Parma.
The suites offer complimentary WiFi and a flat-screen TV with more than 30 international channels.
Castle dining is an adventure but before heading to the downstairs dining room stop and enjoy a champagne or classic cocktail at the cosy library bar or out on the terrace.
Sit under the white umbrellas and enjoy the parkland views. You can also dine on the terrace and afternoon tea is also served in The Garden Room every Sunday with house made Danish specialities served on the finest royal porcelain.
The cellar restaurant with its vaulted ceilings and soft candle light is perfect for a romantic evening.
Executive chef Frank Svärd offers an innovative menu with seasonal cuisine with an emphasis on flavour.
We dined on Rossini Baerii caviar with blinis, red onions and sour cream, pork breast with cabbage and gooseberries, Gateau Marcell with black currant and sorbet. Service is excellent.
Breakfast is served in the cellar restaurant with delicious breads and pastries and Danish treats.
The Kokkedal Slot Spa by Sodashi offers a variety of indulgent treatments and massages, perfect for relaxing after a long trip. It is the only spa in Scandinavia offering using the unique Sodashi product line from Australia – an exclusive range of 100% natural products made without chemicals, mineral oils, artificial fragrances or animal-derived ingredients.
For a treat the 150 minute Kokkedal Castle Spa Ritual offers from tip to toe treatments including a relaxation, steam, Finnish sauna and bath. A body scrub with jojoba beads, a nourishing body mask and a reinvigorating scalp massage.
The session is followed by a body wrap with vitamin-rich pink French clay and selected herbs that soothe the skin. The crowning experience is a Sodashi facial mask – ahhh heaven. There’s also an indoor pool and sauna.
Take a walk around the castle and along the tree-lined drive. Love golf? Golfers can play at the neighbouring 18 hole Kokkedal Golf Club.
What I loved:
Staying in this fairy-tale castle is a great experience – there’s so much history yet it has a great vibe. There’s nothing stuffy about this castle. I just wish those walls that date back to 1748 could talk – what stories they could tell.
Yes,there were definitely a few princess moments.
Kokkedal Castle Copenhagen is member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and offers a total of 59 new luxury rooms, which just like the rest of the castle have undergone refurbishment in tune with the original style.
Address: Kokkedal Allé 6 | 2970 Hørsholm | Denmark.
Phone Australia 1800 219 010 slh.com
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By Sue Wallace