Couples queue up to manage 14th century castle

At least 400 couples have applied for the job of running the 14th century Slot Loevestein castle in Gelderland after the government’s building department advertised for new managers.

The castle was built by knight Dirc Loef in 1361 and is most famous as the location for lawyer and rebel Hugo Grotius’ (Hugo de Groot) dramatic escape in a book chest in 1621.

The job involves working seven days a week in the high season, includes running the bed and breakfast operation, and is only open to couples, Trouw reports. 

‘We are looking for a jack-of-all-trades, who is flexible and resistant to stress,’ a spokesman for the castle authorities told the paper.

The pay is up to €2,729 a month, plus €1,000 a month for living in the castle itself. The new managers can also claim €25 for every B&B guest.

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