Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Christinehof: A Woman's Er, Bog Is Her, Er, Castle?

Our cultural researches have been high-brow rather than low-brow recently. For instance, we visited Christinehof Castle, near Brösarp in Sweden, one sunny day. Christinehof was built by Countess Christina Piper (whose husband, Carl Piper, went to war with King Charles XII, who we mentioned in a bellicose previous update) in the 18th century. It's a beautiful little castle, with a splendid 19th-century earth closet preserved on the first floor. It was similar in design to Moule's earth closet, which attentive readers will remember from the archive, but a bit more elaborate and involving an exciting method  of tissue disposal. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take photos in this part of the castle, called the Countess's Floor, so you'll have to take our word for it that it was a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l earth closet!

The excellent Danish guide, Eva, took us around the lovely apartments and told us of the history of the castle and of the area, which is Swedish now but which was of course Danish until not really very long ago. The Countess obviously wasn't around for the invention of the earth closet (though we bet she would have approved), but she had some beautiful chamber pots.

The modern toilet for visitors, which one was allowed to both use and photograph, was lovely.

Clean, airy and disability-friendly: three of our favourite things!

Oh! so charming!

Check out the beautiful rose! You'll have to take our word for it that it smelled lovely.

If you get the urge to tend to your offspring, why, you may do so

Christinehof Castle. Wanna know why the colour of the wall's a bit uneven? Go visit and take the excellent tour!

We need to work on our points scale, as it simply won't do this one justice. Let's just say it gets a fat load of points.

Christinehofs Ekopark
273 57 Brösarp
+46 417 263 70

Related Reading:
Kronovall: More Castle Shenanigans
Historical Toilets, Baths and Kitchens - a Useful and Humbling Lesson
A Christmas Mystery: The Mysterious Case of the Curse at Crapper Castle, or, Put a Lid on It, or, No Shit, Sherlock

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