Queen Louise’s Tea House
Queen Louise’s Tea House is located in the southern part of Bernstorffsparken (Bernstorff Park) close to Vældegårdsvej. From Vældegårdsvej you can walk down the small street called Ved Slotshaven with the park on your left-hand side and the beautiful greenhouse Paradehuset (Parade House) on your right. At the end of the street you will find the pretty little house with a thatched roof.
The tea house was originally used as a guest cottage for visitors of Bernstorff Slot (Bernstorff Castle). During the time when Christian IX was king, from 1863 to 1906, his wife Queen Louise laid out a beautiful rose garden in front of the house. She spent many summers here with Christian IX and their many children and she often hosted tea parties.
Four of their children were later married into the royal families of Europe why Christian IX was nick-named the father-in-law of Europe.
For many years the house was empty but in 2013 it was completely renovated preserving both history and style. Today, the house has been renewed with beautiful colours and fantastic textiles on the upholstered furniture. A wallpaper has been designed specifically for the tea house and now carries its name. Afternoon tea is served in the Tea House and in the Rose Garden every weekend all summer.
The Agency for Culture and Palaces, Kulturministeriet, is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the entire Bernstorff Slotshave (palace garden) and the tea house is leased by Chaya.
The Rose Garden
It was Queen Louise’s great passion for roses, which inspired her to lay out a rose garden in from of the small house with a thatched roof that used serve as guest cottage for visitors of the castle. She spent many summers here with her husband King Christian IX and their six children and she often hosted tea parties so people could admire her impressive collection of roses.
The roses were standard roses because the ladies at that time wore crinoline dresses and were therefore unable to bend down and smell the roses. Queen Louise’s Rose Garden is a parterre garden in a unique design, where all standard roses are cut and shaped to look like crinoline skirts.
In 2000, the garden was recreated based on an original plan from the era of Queen Louise, notes from her head gardener as well as one photograph showing the garden in the 1880s.
Today, the garden is both authentic and unique with a selection of historic roses, which used to adorn the garden at the time of Queen Louise.
When Bernstorff Slotshave (the garden of Bernstorff Castle) was laid out in the 1760s, there were many greenhouses of which Paradehuset (the parade house) was the biggest.
Paradehuset was built under Christian IX who ruled from 1863 to 1906, and it was originally used for wine. Over the years, the house has been known as both the tomato house, the rose house and the peach house – and today it is known as Paradehuset.
The decor is rustic and unpretentious with long farm tables and benches and has a great view of the sky and the garden through the many glass panes creating a particularly pleasant atmosphere.
The house is leased by the tea company Chaya and can be hired for private and professional events.