Queen Louise’s Tea House
The house was originally used as guest accommodation for Bernstorff Castle during the reign of Christian IX (1863-1906). Here his wife, Louise, created an impressive rose garden in front of the house, which you can still enjoy to this day. Here she raised her many children, who would later form the backbone of many of Europe’s royal families, and make herself known as Europe’s mother-in-law.
Queen Louise took an interest in roses – a passion she lived out here in the beautiful Rose Garden, which she tended diligently and carefully. When she showed off the Rose Garden, she could also serve tea to her many guests in the cozy Queen Louise’s Tea House.
For many years the house stood empty, but in 2013 the fine, thatched pearl was renovated with great respect for both history and style. Today, the house appears reinterpreted in beautiful colors, with beautiful textiles on the upholstered chairs and a specially designed wallpaper on the walls that bears the house’s name. The opening of Queen Louise’s Tea House has taken place in collaboration with the Agency for Castles and Cultural Properties, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the entire Bernstorff Castle Garden, and it is leased by the tea company Chaya.
THE ROSE GARDEN
It was Queen Louise’s great passion for roses that, at the end of the 19th century, inspired her to plant a rose garden in front of the small thatched house, which had previously been used as guest accommodation for the castle.
Here she and King Christian IX spent many summers together with their six children, just as Queen Louise invited them to tea in the garden when guests came to enjoy her unique collection of roses. The roses are climbing roses, because the women at that time were dressed in crinoline dresses and therefore could not bend down to smell the roses. The roses are then also cut and shaped so that they themselves look like crinoline dresses.
In 2000, the garden was recreated based on a plan from Queen Louise’s time, diary notes from her palace gardener and a single picture of the garden as it looked in the 1880s.
Today, the rose garden appears authentic and unique with a selection of the historic rose varieties that also adorned the garden in Queen Louise’s time.
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