“As a child I went to Spain each summer with my parents, my three brothers and our dog. We departed from Holland by car, pulling a caravan filled with food for three weeks. Having finally crossed the Spanish border I became fascinated with the ancient castles that started passing by in the Catalonian landscape on the other side of the window. At night, in my little tent on the camp site, I dreamed of having my own castle.
When I was growing up that dream kept on following me and viceversa, resulting in my discovery of Castell d’Empordà in the winter of 1999. It was love at first sight despite the dreadful condition of the building that poetically merged into the beautiful Catalonian scenery. Together with Margo, my partner, I decided to buy the castle. The day we got the keys we put up our little tent at the foot of the castle tower. There was no time for dreaming because our castle was a reality.
We started making plans for the painstaking restoration that would take a year and a half. Finally, in the spring of 2001 Castell d'Empordà opened its doors to our first guests. The rest is history.”