The word Sibbe has several meanings: in the old Germanic language it means ‘a relative or a group of relatives’ It is also attributable to the Latin word cippus meaning, 'overgrown with forest’ or ’young plants’. At the time, the plateau of Margraten was a big forest. The castle is first mentioned in the twelfth century. You can even find traces of the Roman era.
Our home is your castle. Our family is fully involved in all the arrangements and upkeep of Sibberhuuske. Our father lived in the main house for over 10 years. His love for the castle rubbed off on us all, and we decided that we wanted to share the experience of this beautiful location. Our wish is to make our guests feel right at home.
The essence of a castle lies not in its size or in its beauty, but in its resilience. Sibberhuuske was originally a castle fortress, a fortified house with thick walls, loopholes, a moat with a drawbridge, and two towers. In present time - even though itinerant gangs are no longer to be feared by the local lord and the huge difference between peasants, dignitary and nobility in the area has disappeared - Sibberhuuske did not loose its original character.
The current province of Limburg part of the Roman Empire for at least four centuries. Conquered by Julius Caesar around 50 BC it was the Emperor Augustus who officially declared the region as a new province of Rome. Due to its strategic location on a hill and the presence of water, Sibberhuuske's site was most likely to be of key importance.
Sibberhuuske was one of the first ‘rises’ on the plateau of Margraten. One thing we do know for sure is that the first written record of what was then a 'rise' was mentioned in 1381. This also means that the swelling - a shelter - is even older. The south - eastern corner of Sibberhuuske is the oldest part. This is where the Tower apartment is situated. In the courtyard, the original well is 75 meters deep and still holds water.
Dutch War of Independence (1568–1648) was a revolt of the Seventeen Provinces against the political and religious hegemony of Philip II of Spain, the sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands. The castle played a role in this war, since it was confiscated in 1570 by the Spanish General Alva.
Flames demolished the farm between the Great War and World War II but fortunately the main house was saved.
Three years of hard labour led to the current layout of Sibberhuuske
Our family wish to make our guests feel at home in the comforts of our castle walls. We would like to cater to your every need, ranging from providing you with information on the area and activities, to where to savour the local flavours. We can also cater for your breakfast, lunch or dinner to be eaten in the castle. We are always available and at your service.