From the Pocket of a Dream
Straight from the Middle Ages…
Stora Sundby Castle’s exciting story begins in the 1300’s with a stronghold whose foundations still can be seen in Oak Park next to the castle. Sometime in the 1400s the old castle was abandons and a new one was built on the site where the castle stands today. It is beautifully situated on the beachfront and strategically close to Helmets Sund (Hjälmaresund). The mighty dynasty Sparre owned Sundby House – as it was then called – during the whole three centuries. During that time, the house was changed into a castle with a roof over the courtyard and three large towers.
In the early 1800’s the dynasty Sparre of Sundby died out. The farm was sold to the Count Carl De Geer’s wife Ulrika. Unimpressed by the newly purchased old estate she said: “I want a romantic knight’s castle here at Helmet beach.” Like many contemporary women, Ulrika De Geer read Sir Walter Scott’s novels about the noble knight Ivanhoe. Sir Walter Scott had himself built a medieval castle – Abbotsford House in Scotland – designed by the architect Peter Frederick Robinson. Carl De Geer did not want to be outdone and he sent the drawings of Sundby House, along with his wife’s wishes about a romantic knightly castle, to the same architect. The result was this beautiful castle, with turrets, pinnacles and symbols, all in the neo-gothic, romantic spirit that was contemporary high fashion at the time.
Source : storasundbyslott.se
Photos: © Eclipse 2013