Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren, dating from the middle ages, is situated on a country-park
that dates back mainly to the 19th century. The park,
after a design partly of G.A. Blum and L.P. Roodbaard, is laid out in English
landscape-style. In this, remains of the previous formal baroque outlay have been saved,
like the characteristic middle axis.
On the front terrain stands the 'schathuis' in which is now established a restaurant. On
the opposite site stands the coach-house. Behind the
coach-house stands the orangerie where tropical plants survive in winter.
The borg was founded in the middle ages as stone-house and developed till an impressive
building with influential inhabitants The last nobles, the family Thomassen à Thuessink
van der Hoop van Slochteren, sold the borg in 1972 to the Gerrit van Houten Foundation.
After restoration the Fraeylemaborg became a museum. In addition to being style-rooms,
rooms are also used for exhibitions. The Large Hall is used for concerts and receptions,
while the Small Hall is in use as wedding-hall..