White Peacocks of Ermelo  LbNA # 43812

Ownerwandering marsupials      
Placed DateSep 28 2008
CountyOther International
LocationErmelo, INT
Boxes1
Found BySasquatch (Attempted)
Last UpdateOct 7 2012

Clues

The white peacocks of Ermelo’s Staverden Castle letterbox

The location for this box was found during our stay in Holland. With the help of a dear friend we were able to have this box planted for us. Thank you Wilbert.
Staverden is a hamlet in the outer area of the village of Ermelo, Province of Gelderland, The Netherlands. Staverden Castle, with its beautiful castle garden, is situated in an old estate which was founded in the Middle Ages (particularly in the 17th century). In 1853 it was expanded and rebuilt partly. It is surrounded by large woodlands and by a centuries old traditional agricultural landscape. Staverden Castle is famous for its white peacocks. The tradition of breeding white peacocks goes back to the year 1400. The local farmers were obliged to afford yearly white peacock feathers to decorate the helmet of the Duke of Gelre. The coat of arms of the village of Ermelo still shows a white peacock on a blue background. The castle itself is not accessible to the public. However there is a visitor center (signposted) that gives you ample information about the castle park and its surroundings.

Directions

From Arnhem, the Netherlands:
Follow A 12, take Exit 25, left off ramp towards Arnhem N 224 to 2nd stoplight; take left till T crossing; take left N 310 direction Otterlo / Harskamp. Keep on N 310; pass through Harskamp; pass junction with A 1 till 2nd roundabout and take 1st exit on N 344, direction Apeldoorn. Enter next roundabout and take 3d exit onto N 302, direction Harderwijk Lelystad. After 10 Km: enter 2nd roundabout and take 1st exit direction Staverden / Elspeet.
After 1400 meters (m): T crossing, turn right, pass the Visitor Centre on your right and cross the two bridges with brick parapets, turn right at the next T crossing (Uddelermeerweg). After 500 m turn right to the parking lots (signposted).

From Amsterdam, The Netherlands:
Follow A 1 direction Amersfoort / Apeldoorn toward “Knooppunt” (motorway junction) Hoevelaken. Merge onto A 28 toward Zwolle. Take Exit 13 Lelystad, right off ramp direction Apeldoorn N 302; left at next stoplight toward Apeldoorn ; stay on N 302 for 10 km; enter 2nd roundabout and take 3d exit toward Staverden / Elspeet;
After 1400 meters (m): T crossing, turn right, pass the Visitor Centre on your right and cross the two bridges with brick parapets, turn right at the next T crossing (Uddelermeerweg).

Clues
1st option
On the Uddelermeerweg after 100 meters: turn right and take the entrance to the 1st parking lot (signposted), next to the castle garden. Park the car.
Take the footpath that leads to the central axis of the garden, keep the castle and the other buildings at your right. Turn left and follow the path about 50 m to a T with a white stone bench on your left. Take the path to R. At the next T you will see a bridge with green wooden parapets. Cross the bridge over the brook and pass the white gate marked with “Het Geldersch Landschap” immediately on your right.
Follow the signs marked with red and yellow colours at the start of the footpath to “De Witte Pauwen” (the white peacocks) for about 200 m. Pass the fenced terrain with the peacocks on your left till the path comes to a right turn at a small wooden bridge over a brook. Don’t cross this bridge. In front lay a (corn) field fenced with live wire (as tested by Stefaan) and with a wooden post on the nearby corner. Follow the fence along the open space at the east bank of the brook between 25 paces (men) or 32 paces (women).
Then turn right (90 degrees) and pass through some thorn bushes to a tree (diameter 2 feet) covered with Ivy vines, next to the brook.
The letterbox has been buried at the east side of this tree. It is covered by a brick.

2nd Option
On the Uddelermeerweg after 250 meters: turn right and take the entrance to the 2nd parking lot (signposted) next to a large grass field.
Park the car and follow the signs marked with red and yellow colours at the start of the footpath to “De Witte Pauwen” (the white peacocks) for about 200 m. Pass the fenced terrain with the peacocks on your left till the path comes to a right turn at a small wooden bridge over a brook. Don’t cross this bridge. In front lay a (corn) field fenced with live wire and with a wooden post on the nearby corner.
Follow the fence along the open space at the east bank of the brook between 25 paces (men) or 32 paces (women). Then turn right (90 degrees) and pass through some thorn bushes to a tree (diameter 2 feet) covered with Ivy vines, next to the brook.
The letterbox has been buried at the east side of this tree. It is covered by a brick.