According to data of the State History Museum, beginnings of Mārciena Castle (the ruins are located around 10 km from Madona and 1.5 km from Mārcienas muiža SPA Resort) may be found in the 16th
century, when the first master house was built.
Around 1830, Mārciena Castle has supposedly been a large three story building with vaulted cellars and tile roof. Photos of the luxurious castle may also be seen at the library of Mārcienas muiža SPA Resort. Once again referring to the research of the State History Museum, experts have a certain belief that many of the items found in the interior - furniture, woodcarvings, and other items – were made by the masters from Mārciena area.
According to the tales, the castle was destroyed by fire in 1918. Baron von Maidel supposedly has set it on fire and then shot himself to death, not being able to accept the Red Terror of soviets that was raging in Vidzeme at the time. Both of his sons and his wife were sent to a safe place in Germany before the event. Unfortunately, there are no historical documents that would prove these facts. In 2007, Mārciena was visited by the direct descendants of Maidels from New Zeeland, after they had accidently found out about their ancestor’s ties with Mārciena on the internet. Unfortunately, neither did they have any information about the destruction of the castle, death of the baron and further life of the family.
Some of the buildings from the castle have survived - gardener's house, stable ruins, and a barn. The stable is a beautiful building featured with columns, which was used as an apartment building up till 1978. Unfortunately, all that is left now are ruins. There is a vaulted cellar underneath the stable and small cattle-sheds attached to it, which are still used by the people from the neighbouring houses. An apartment building was built over the location of the castle during the soviet times, while the ruins were removed and built into foundation of the Madona Cultural Center already in 30s. Ruins along with the former castle park are owned by the municipality.
Mārciena Manor, which houses a hotel and SPA resort, is not the Mārciena Castle. They are located 1.5 km apart. According to data from archives, during the reign of Baron von Maidel this manor was separated and sold to von Hanschmann under the name Lejas Patmalnieki. He finished reconstruction of the buildings as they look now in 1908. The whole historic building complex has remained unharmed, except for the mill near to the lake, which was bombed during war.
Hotel in the Master House and SPA Facility: 13 comfy rooms DBL/Twin in the style of a luxurious, but cosy manor with all amenities. King size beds, all rooms also include a junior bed (90x170 cm), baby cribs available, interior decorations made from all-natural materials - wood and wool. TV, WI-Fi, electric kettle and herbal teas. Pool is available from 8:00 to 11:00 free of charge.
Apartment in the Blacksmith’s House: Cosy rock building with wooden beams and a fireplace – the former manor’s smithy. Two connected rooms – living room and bedroom, WC with under-floor heating and shower, equipped kitchen area, beautiful tableware. The bedroom is equipped with a DBL bed, living room with 2 140cm pull-out sofas. The apartment can accommodate 2-4 adults, not including the children. Outside of the Blacksmith’s House you may find an outdoor table, lean-to, Chinese style glass lodge (6-8 persons), and a beautiful panoramic view on River Arona. Pool is available from 8:00 till 11:00 free of charge.
Hostel in the Stone House: 19 rooms with 2 or 3 comfy king size beds, TV, Wi-Fi. Cotton bedclothes and towels. Nice and convenient shared bathroom, WC, and hair drier.
Conference/ Seminar / Wedding / Banquette room / Paintings Gallery
Rock House, 1st floor: 260 m2, equipped with video and other equipment, Wi-Fi, tables, and chairs. Capacity – up to 140 pers.
SPA Resort, Treatment Facility
The only medical facility in Baltics which offer treatment with Biomechanical Stimulation – for intense rehabilitation of joints, blood-vessels, spine, vertebra, and motoric functions.
For relaxation – cosy relaxation area near a warm and hot pool with a view on the lake and park. Needle and stone steam bathhouse, sauna, bubble bath for 6 persons on the porch, Mill – contrast shower, resting chairs. Bathrobes, towels, slippers, and herbal teas.
For health and beauty: wide range of classic and relaxing massages and cosmetic procedures – with Biomechanical Stimulation, hot stones, silicone gloves, bamboo sticks and other spa novelties. Hydro massage bath for spine problems. Procedures are carried out by certified and professional specialists with relevant higher education and experience. We only used bio products and cosmetics.
Royal holiday for two – Romantic Night at the SPA: candles and proper atmosphere – white tulle, champagne and strawberries, couple massage on two massage tables near the pool, beautiful music and eastern Kamasutra cosmetics for happiness… Advance booking required.