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Vecgulbene Manor Ensemble
The manor ensemble in the southern part of Gulbene spread out near the mediaeval fortified castle. From 1802 onwards the manor is property of Barons von Wolff. Beside the dwelling houses - the White and Red castles, also outbuildings have survived: a cheese dairy, a manège, a conservatory, the servants' quarters, barns and fodder cooking facility.
The White Castle was built in 1763 and, having been re-designed several times, has acquired the character of a Renaissance villa with a terrace and a vast staircase on the garden side. The house has been burned down several times, but always restored, not in its original splendour, however. Baron Heinrich von Wolff built the Red Castle for his wife in the late 19th century. During the same period, the Vecgulbene estate parks were also laid out, and those can be considered to be the work of the lifetime of Baron Heinrich.
The parks and plantings he created were in honour of his wife Marissa. Admittedly, one park was dedicated to the baron's father Rudolf. The Manor Park and Rudolf's Park were joined by a wooden bridge designed at several levels and decorated with carvings.
The year 2005 saw the start of the restoration of the White Castle. The ensamble includes servants' quarters, a manège, a cheese dairy, a conservatory (now the Gulbene Museum), a barn, a granary, the guard's cottage, a church, etc. In 2008, the Vecgulbenes Muiža Hotel was opened in the former manège building. Works are ongoing for the landscaping of the manor park and on the restoration of the gardening centre.