Cappeln House in Westerkappeln | Place of interest in Münsterland
Cappeln House in Westerkappeln
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Former manor surrounded by water
House Cappeln

House Stapel

Haus Stapel near Havixbeck is one of the largest moated castles in Westphalia. It was first mentioned in a document in 1211 as the seat of the Kerkerinck family. The estate, which is somewhat hidden away, is completely rented out and therefore cannot usually be entered. However, a few times a year the magnificent house opens its doors so that visitors can view the park, inner courtyard and staircase as part of concerts. On the "Open Monument Day", visitors can also enter the banqueting hall as part of a guided tour by the castle's owner.

Incidentally, "Stapel" comes from "stave", Middle High German for "jam". In fact, since the early Middle Ages there have been extensive dams in which stream water was impounded. At that time, these dams served to operate extensive fishing facilities. The deep and wide ditches in the castle park are thus remnants of this.

Insight into the history of Haus Cappeln

The flanking towers of the outer bailey and all other outer buildings except the gate tower were built in 1607-1608, the gate tower was built in 1719 possibly according to plans by Maximilian von Welsch. The neoclassical main building was built according to the plans of August Reinking. The castle buildings were completed in 1828. The "Haus Stapel" manor has always belonged to landed gentry families. It was never sold in its entire history, but only passed on to other families through female succession.

At the end of the 18th century, the male line of the "von Kerckerinck zu Stapel" family died out. The heiress's daughter Maria Theresia married Ernst Konstantin Freiherr von Droste zu Hülshoff, an uncle of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, in 1801 at the age of 15. This marriage produced 22 (!) children, but only about half of them reached adulthood and none had descendants. The present castle was built for this large family. When the last of the children died in 1880, the estate was inherited by Klemens Freiherr Droste zu Hülshoff, nephew of Annette and great-grandfather of the present owner. He designated his son Fritz as heir, who did not marry and adopted his brother Clemens' eldest daughter, Ermengard. Since their marriage in 1956, the owner family has been called Raitz von Frentz. Annette von Droste Hülshoff regularly came to the Stapel house to teach her cousins.

Would you like to learn more about the history? On the website of Haus Stapel, the current owner of the castle, Dr. med. Mechthild Freifrau Raitz von Frentz, presents the history of the house and the "Haus Stapel Concerts" in a video portrait produced for the German Foundation for Monument Protection.

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House Cappeln Note

The property is privately owned. The privacy is to be respected, the private access roads and the property are not to be entered. You can, however, view the vast estate from a distance. Take a walk around the house via Von-Loen-Straße, Haus Cappeln, Am Kapellenweg and Bamscher Straße to get an impression.

4 Tips for the Cappeln House

  • Hike the Teutoschleife Sloopsteener Seerunde and visit the Sloopsteene, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved megalithic tombs in Westphalia.
  • Stroll through the historic centre of Westerkappeln and discover the Protestant town church, which was first mentioned in a document in 1188.
  • The Velpe watermill is a former manor mill built by the von Velpe family in 1560. A circular footpath runs along the mill.
  • The Westerkappeln Tractor Museum comprises one of the most extensive and important collections of its kind in north-west Germany.

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