Gräflicher Park in Bad Driburg
Already the name Gräflicher Park Bad Driburg makes us listen when the invitation comes out Nordrhein-Westfalen flutters into the house. That sounds like a stately home that belongs to ours Hotels fits with ambience. In addition, the Gräflicher Park Grand Resort offers two things that we are happy to report on: a park and a wellness and spa offer. It is always stately! The hotel originated from the possession of the Counts of Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff. Markus Graf von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff and his wife Annabelle run the resort in family ownership. So we don't need to think twice. We like to say yes. A good decision! We are enthusiastic about the hotel, its park and its spa.
Our first impression
As soon as you enter the park, it is clear: here you pay attention to peace and exclusivity. The guard at the entrance lets us through when we say that we are hotel guests. Immediately afterwards we arrive in another world. An English landscape park surrounds the building in the center of the complex. This consists of several buildings. Some of them are older than others. Glass facades, however, connect the buildings to a harmonious whole. When designing the newer buildings, the focus was on a style that also perfectly integrated the older houses. The hotel's reception and lobby are located in the glass section, with an elegant, modern design. Only the velvet armchairs hint at the stately ambience that awaits us in the hotel.
Room in the Graeflicher Park Grand Resort
There are a total of 135 rooms in the Hotel Graeflicher Park Bad Driburg. Most of them are housed in outbuildings. We spend the night in the Hölderlin House in a room with a view of the park. I immediately realized what was special about this hotel. A heavenly calm exudes from the park landscape that surrounds the hotel buildings. Neither car noise nor city life disturbs here. Instead, I listen to the birds singing as they enjoy the spring sun in the deciduous trees outside our window.
The room is small for a modern hotel. However, this and the nostalgic bathroom furnishings make up part of the charm of our room in the Hölderlin House. I feel a little transported back in time. We find it very pleasant that we are greeted in the Hölderlin House by a second receptionist who shows us the way to our room. Upon request, luggage can be brought from the car to the room - a perfect service that we expect in a house like this.
Friendly service in the Grand Hotel
As a guest you feel welcome in this hotel. The natural hospitality shown to us by all members of the staff is very pleasant. It doesn't matter whether we speak to the ladies at the reception, in Caspar's restaurant or to a cleaning lady who cleans the Hölderlin house. The natural friendliness of the staff contributes to the fact that we feel comfortable in this four-star superior hotel. Nothing is overdone here. The staff exudes a friendliness that makes our stay pleasant. Something that is not always taken for granted in houses of this category.
For breakfast and lunch we are invited to Caspar's Restaurant. In his interior, which reminds rather of a library than of a restaurant, we immediately feel well. Cleverly arranged mirrors multiply the bookshelves that decorate the dining room. A buffet is served on both occasions.
For lunch, vegetable creations and antipasti are set up on a counter in the adjoining room. Cream of asparagus soup is ready on a sideboard. As a main course we have the choice between corn chicken breast with coconut-chili sauce, stir-fried vegetables and Asian noodles. There is also pikeperch fillet with saffron sauce, vanilla and pepperoni vegetables and rosemary potatoes. The selection of desserts is also impressive. There is a choice of creme caramel with vanilla pineapple, mousse au chocolate with berries and a lemon curd cream with raspberry coulis. Everything is delicious!
Gräflicher Park in Bad Driburg
A highlight of the resort is the Count's Park This green oasis in the city provides the ambience of the Grand Hotel. Prince Bishop Ferdinand von Fürstenberg began laying out the park as early as 1669. The avenue of linden trees he built is still one of the visual axes today. In the next century the avenue was created, which intersects with it at right angles. At its center is the resort's healing spring.
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On a walk through the park we pass the Wellness and spa facilities at the Hotel Gräflicher Park in Bad Driburg. I find the herd of fallow deer, which lives in an enclosure in the park, impressive. Not far from there we come across the most romantic part of the park. The Diotima Island commemorates the visit of Friedrich Hölderlin. Susette Gontard was his employer, because Hölderlin taught the children of the banker's wife. The two fell in love. Unlike what would be the case today, however, their love remained unfulfilled.
Instead, they spent their six happiest weeks in the Count's Park. They stopped here on a trip while Susette's husband was in Frankfurt stayed. In memory of this there is a column with a bust of Susette on Diotima Island. From there she looks across the pond into the Hölderlin grove. Hölderlin later immortalized his lover as "Diotima".
Hidden corners in the Grand Hotel
We think it's nice that we repeatedly come across enchanted corners on a tour of the site. These give the ensemble a touch of nostalgia that adds to its charm. The reading room next to the foyer is such a place. The same goes for the Victorian lounge in the Orangery. You can also relax here in wing chairs with a book and spend a few hours under the gaze of the ancestors of the Counts of Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff.
That must be in the for the visit to Bad Driburg suitcase
You need that for a stay in the spa
The Gräflicher Park Grand Resort in Bad Driburg is a hotel that we recommend for all who like to treat themselves to something special. Not only the equipment, but also service, good food and the environment make for an extraordinary experience. Definitely a hotel for connoisseurs with a lot of ambience!
Gräflicher Park Grand Resort
Fountain Avenue 1
33014 Bad Driburg
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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