In an epic old-world-meets-new-world design, Danish mogul Knud Erik Hansen has transformed his 17th century castle into a modern oasis.

The nine-bedroom, one-bathroom mansion was severely outdated when Hansen and his wife purchased the property. The couple has spent the last decade updating the home with modern conveniences, essentially gutting the interior.

The new kitchen, in its original basement location, respects the past while incorporating the latest in design. “At one end you have the wood-burning fireplace, where they used to cook in the 17th century, and on the other a brand-new Bulthaup kitchen, all in oak.” The addition of five more bathrooms was a must for a house that sees a constant stream of visitors, including the couple’s two grown children.

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