Hans Christian Andersen was a regular visitor to Glorup and wrote in a letter: “It’s a stay very much to my liking, a manor house in Italian style and with a garden like English parks.” We agree. It’s quite the fairy tale to visit Glorup.
Glorup is one of the most interesting manors in Denmark. When built in the 1590s, it was a four-winged renaissance manor. In 1765, however, it was converted into a typically elegant little baroque manor by the leading French architect of the day, Nicolas Henri Jardin. The manor house has low, white-limed wings with yellow cornices and a striking mansard roof with glazed blue-black roof tiles.
The garden is one of the first romantic gardens in Denmark, a so-called Anglo-Chinese garden, framed by two wide parallel lime avenues, leading away from the manor house. Oak trees, fruit trees and exotic plants create neat, regular patterns in the park. Winding paths lead to pavilions, stone vases, statues and to a glistening pond with a manmade island.
The Cultural Canon for Architecture of the Danish Ministry of Culture has singled out Glorup Manor and its gardens as an outstanding example of exquisite and sophisticated architecture and landscape gardening. From the 1840s to the 1860s, Hans Christian Andersen was a regular guest at Glorup, where he even had his own room. He spent more than a year at the manor in total, where he also wrote some of his famous poetry.
The main buildings of Glorup Manor and Rygård are surrounded by woodland that was previously influenced by ideas of cultivating imported tree species. Old larches, Douglas firs and silver firs are still to be found here.
Go for a walk through the atmospheric park and continue through the manor landscape to the small main building of Rygård Manor, which is the epitome of a romantic castle. Walk back to Glorup via a marked walk through Gammel Dyrehave woods.
Glorup Manor’s grounds are a private garden, and visitors should therefore show consideration when visiting. The garden is open to visitors from 10 am to 4 pm from Thursday to Sunday in the period from 1 April to 31 September. Guests are kindly asked to follow the signs, use the designated paths and stay away from the property itself, which is a private residence.