Hidden treasures 2

The Dutch part of the ~5000km long North Sea Trail (NST) is 725 km and thereby the longest connected hiking route in the Netherlands. There is a small 12km part of this route that I try to walk once every year: Meijendel-route (Dutch). The route starts in The Hague, passes some estates and goes through the dunes to Wassenaar. Quite a nice route trough different landscapes. Though several times I had to walk the last part through the woods in the dark. In autumn I should start in time and not linger too long in the “Pannenkoekenhuis”.

The route goes through estate Clingendael. A 17th centure estate currently used by the “Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael“.

Huys Clingendael

Huys Clingendael

On my hike I usually stop at the teahouse on the estate for you know what. You should not expect too much tea in a teahouse in the Netherlands. Most serve only standard teabag tea, with a choice between flavored or not. Luckily there are some exceptions and last few years there is a noticeable rise in the quality of teabags served in others. Note that we are a teadrinking nation and the concept of loose leaf tea is widely known, though most people stick with bags and there is a price limit on available loose leaf tea. It has been a while since I had tea in this teahouse and was not an exception back then.

Tea house Clingendael

Tea house “Clingendael”

Directly after the teahouse The Meijendel-route takes a sharp turn to the right. However ~50m straight on instead of right we find on the left…


Island in the form of a turtle

The Japanese garden

This garden was build ~1910 by an owner of the estate: Marguerite M. Barones van Brienen (1871-1939). She made several trips to Japan and took several objects back with here that she gave a place in this garden. It is the only Japanese garden of that period in the Netherlands.



Japanese garden

Japanese garden

At the back of the garden is a small pavilion where I drank tea from my flask and sat for a long time.




Bridge with tea

And then it started to:

So I had to stay I while longer.

Japanese waterbin

A place to clean yourself (no longer used)

When it was dry I left the pavilion and walked through the rest of the garden. After that I went out to the teahouse, but it was already closed. More time had passed than I thought.

Hollandse tuin

Hollandse tuin

De Hollandse tuin

Something quite different is the “Hollandse tuin” (Dutch garden) somewhere else on the estate. This garden was build a few years after the Japanese garden and by the same Marguerite. The stairs (~1887) are a design by L.A. Springer (1855-1940). This garden was rebuild in 2009.

Dutch garden

“Hollandse tuin” seen from the stairs

The building was originally a teahouse, but now used as a shed.

Old tea house

Old tea house

The gardens of the estate can be visited year round. The Japanese garden is only opened for a couple of weeks twice a year. For dates see this site (in Dutch).

3 thoughts on “Hidden treasures 2

  1. Xavier

    Nice pics and nice Thermos.

  2. Jackie

    Incredibly enticing pictures, I feel like we’re wandering along with you through the winding paths. When you mentioned tea in a flask you sounded like @lahikmajoe! I’m sure your brew was better than anything you could have sipped at the tea house.
    The estate looks lovely. Not a bad place to foster “international relations!”
    Thanks for sharing your trek & your photos with us.

  3. lazyliteratus

    REALLY cool pics. The Japanese garden you’ve shown here really outdoes the one in my neck o’ the woods.

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