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Picked upload! Craenesteijn Castle - A Dutch 18th Century Castle

by King Candy Posted 2nd Dec 2013 at 3:41 PM
15 Comments / replies (Who?) - 4 Feedback Posts, 11 Thanks Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
The Castle was originally built in the mid-18th century by Jacob Craene as a hunting lodge. As this period saw the decline of the Castle as a fortification, the house has been designed entirely to function as a residence with elaborate architectural features and room for staff and horses. An extensive French garden was added so as to accomodate those ladies that did not enjoy to hunt. Although the Craene family preferred their main residence for family gatherings, the castle was almost continually occupied by young family members that tried to get away from their hectic political careers.

The Castle itself has three floors and a cellar. The cellar contains wines, beer, dried fruits and other cooking ingredients. On the bottom floor you may find the kitchen, the staff common room, a hallway and corridor and both the living and dining room. On the first floor there is another corridor, a guest room, a bathroom, the master bedroom and a smoking room. Finally, the attic serves as the bedroom for any staff that may be present. Stables may be found in the coach house. The castle has been designed to keep owners and staff separate, and as such the staff has personal stairs and corridors. The whole lot has been landscaped.

This castle is based on Ruurlo Castle in the Netherlands

All custom content was done by Mutske and may be found here:

House price unfurnished: 120.854

Lot Size: 6x6
Lot Price: 301,952

Custom Content Included:
- Dutch Bridge by Mutske at TheSimsResource
- Dutch Facade 1 by Mutske at TheSimsResource
- Dutch Facade 2 by Mutske at TheSimsResource
- Dutch Facade 3 by Mutske at TheSimsResource
- Dutch Flag by Mutske at TheSimsResource
- Dutch Shutters Open by Mutske at TheSimsResource
- Dutch Shutters Closed by Mutske at TheSimsResource
- Dutch Facade 4 by Mutske at TheSimsResource

Additional Credits:
Various youtube tutorials related to bridges & leefish for guidance on landscaping

Number of bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build and Buy Mode Content
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Built with Game Version: 1.55
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Craenesteijn Castle.rar

Size: 6.33 MB · Downloads: 1,112 · 2nd Dec 2013
6.33 MB 1,112 2nd Dec 2013
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1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

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15 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 3 Feedback Posts, 11 Thanks Posts
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Constant Contestant
staff: moderator THANKS POST
#2 Old 2nd Dec 2013 at 5:53 PM
So pretty, thank you for sharing.
Sesquipedalian Pisciform
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#3 Old 2nd Dec 2013 at 7:49 PM
That is looking good, well done.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#4 Old 2nd Dec 2013 at 9:51 PM
Thanks both! I came up with a lot of further ideas during this one which didn't fit in due to the size / design, but I ll put all those ideas in a different castle later
Forum Resident
#5 Old 3rd Dec 2013 at 7:49 AM
This fabulous Castle Looks absolutely authentic and - from inside - cozy. It's without question a must-have. I really thank you for sharing!
Constant Contestant
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#6 Old 3rd Dec 2013 at 11:01 AM
Congratulations on the 'Pick'!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#7 Old 3rd Dec 2013 at 11:12 AM
Thank you! I was rather thrilled when I saw that ^_^ Happy that people like it. I'll probably also do the Craene main residence at some point so you can have the two as a set (and just download the CC once)
Test Subject
#8 Old 3rd Dec 2013 at 3:08 PM
I can't believe this! Some time ago I started building this castle too, so I recognized it immediately, but I gave up because it was too much work I'm glad to see somebody had the patience to finish it, it looks really great
Test Subject
Original Poster
#9 Old 3rd Dec 2013 at 3:42 PM
Haha, genius! It's only based on the Castle though. I like throwing in some personal elements (Such as the fireplace. Do check back when the main residence is done, since that will include some more intruiging fireplaces in the kitchen and living room).
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 17th Dec 2013 at 12:05 AM
Wow! Other people's build-mode creativity always astonishes me. I never play with these kinds of lots (my old lappy would suicide in protest) but I love that they exist and I loooove looking at them on MTS
Thanks so much for sharing
#11 Old 5th Jan 2014 at 8:06 PM
This looks just awesome. It reminds me of a castle I've been to (near Amsterdam). You did a great job on creating it, the interior and the landscaping is lovely, too. Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward seeing more creations from your. :)
Test Subject
Original Poster
#12 Old 26th Jan 2014 at 9:59 AM
Thanks! You should keep an eye out for my newest upload - it ought to be online soon (submitted yesterday). If you like this, you'll without doubt love that.
Test Subject
#13 Old 28th Apr 2015 at 6:19 PM
Thanks, but where can I find it in the game?
Test Subject
#14 Old 14th Jul 2015 at 11:15 AM
The interior design is just beautiful.
Test Subject
#15 Old 10th Sep 2017 at 8:24 PM
Beautiful, that must have been a lot of work. Thank you so much!
Mad Poster
#16 Old 21st Jan 2018 at 7:43 PM
Looks absolutely wonderful. You nailed the old-timey Dutch look!