Gardens and the historical environment
Gammel Estrup stands in a complete historical environment. To the north of the manor house lies the symmetrically laid-out baroque garden, which functioned as an ornamental garden for the master and mistress. The garden was re-established in 2003 according to the 18th century ideals, and today also contains beautiful herbaceous borders, together with the original orangeries from the 18th century. Behind the baroque garden lies the apple orchard with its many old varieties and the manor’s kitchen garden, which supplies the manor kitchen with vegetables.
Southeast of the manor house are the carp ponds, which held fish intended for the table, and the ice house, which shows how ice was stored to keep food cool before the fridge and freezer were invented. Further to the east runs the river Allingå, and beyond that are the boggy meadows that, in former times, protected the manor from hostile forces.
To the west, the manor is enclosed within a double moat, and on the other side stand Gammel Estrup’s farm buildings, which today house The Green Museum. On the other side of the main road is the hill Helligbjerget and the old manor woods, with the Scheel family cemetery, and the small forester’s cottage in the small grove Lunden. Here, visitors can see how the estate workers lived almost a century ago.
The areas around Gammel Estrup are also open to the public outside museum opening hours.