The original castle here was built in 1216 by the Bishop of Roskilde. During the Middle Ages it was upgraded to a full fortified castle.
In 1539 during The Reformation the castle was taken by the Crown – as were all other properties of the Catholic Church – and used as a prison for those who committed crimes against the King.
In 1694 the Frederik Adeler bought the site and built the castle we see today over the ruins left after it was blown up in a war with Sweden. The Adeler’s died out in 1932 and Danish Government sold the castle to the Bottger family who own it to this day.
The castle is now run as a boutique hotel with a Michelin rated restaurant.
Many claim the castle has hundreds of ghosts from its long history. Mediums have consistently identified 4 ghosts in the castle.
The White Lady
The White Lady who walks through the castle frequently crying and wailing in anguish is thought to be Celina Bovles. She was a noblewoman who was to be given by her father in marriage to another noble family in order to forward his goals. Celina, however, was in love with a commoner and when her father found out he allowed it to continue until her wedding day.
Unfortunately, Celina became pregnant before her wedding quickly ending her father’s dreams. Celina was chained to a wall in basement as punishment. Eventually she would be walled completely up resulting in her death.
In the 1930’s a walled-up skeleton was found in the basement during renovations which seems to prove this story true.
When the King took possession of the castle and kicked out the Church, the Bishop in residence needed to be dealt with. The King’s solution was to lock him up in one of the cells in the castle’s centre for life. Today, those cells have been converted into high end luxury hotel rooms.
Guest staying this area – the second floor - frequently report unexplained moans and wails coming from the hallway.
The Grey Lady
The Grey Lady was a servant at the castle who developed a tooth ache. The Master of the castle gave her a poultice to help with the pain which it did. Unfortunately, it did nothing to stop the infection which would result in the lady’s death.
Her ghost is said to roam the castle helping anyone she can as a way of saying thank you to the Master who alleviated her horrible pain.
The Earl of Bothwell
The Earl of Bothwell was James Hepburn; the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. He escaped Scotland to Norway where he was arrested and imprisoned because his ex-wife – a Norwegian noblewoman – wanted her family’s dowry back.
He was also wanted for murder by the English and the Danish King managed to get him sent to Denmark. Definitely not a popular man Hepburn, who had no friends and many powerful enemies, was locked up in Dragsholm. He was basically chained to a pillar left there to die.
His ghost has chosen to haunt the courtyard. His apparition is seen in the courtyard riding a horse and the phantom sounds of horse’s hooves have also been heard. There have been no live horses at the castle for many years.