The Castle of Beloeil and its garden is a perfect location for classic music performances
I had the occassion to participate a piano concert of Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort in the Castle itself.
Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort successfully participated in many national and international competitions. He is a highlight of belgian players featuring and playing Chopin and Bach
Next to the famous library of 25.000 books, the interior of the castle shows a lot of furniture of french style. For this room the previous owner found his inspiration in Asia.
And not to forget, a room dedicated to our first King Leopold I
Come and visit this jewel of the Province.
Besides the inner castle you have to stroll around in the French styled garden and his artificial lakes. During the night of music on the 7th of august many places were illuminated and around midnight we enjoyed a fabulous firework.
Entrance fee for adults 5 Euro, children 4 Euro
Scutcheons of the lords and Dames of Beloeil.A long tradition going back to medieavel glory of many families
- Messire Gerard of Berlaymont
- Dame Jeanne D'Abbeville
- Dame Beatrice de Clèves
and many more
The garden of the castle is perfect for this kind of festival. Several performers on different and well spreaded platforms are playing the music of J.S Bach.
Tip : take with you a handy chair and a coolbox for picknicking. Use the chair for listening to the performers - use the coolbox
for lunch somewhere near the artificial lakes
and enjoy the local specialities like beer,
bread and cheese
Beloeil was the site of a 12th century fortress, but the castle standing on the site today was built mainly over the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The main building burnt down in 1900 but heroics by castle staff and local townspeople saved almost all of the valuable art and furniture collections, which are now back in place
The Chateau can be visited every day from 1/06 until 30/09 from 10 am until 6 pm.
It is also open on weekends and holidays from 1/04 until 31/05.
The price is 5€ for an adult.
This picture is taken at the end of the lake, where you have a nice view of the backside of the chateau.
In the river of the Chateau, there are lots of enormous fish, called carps. For 1€ you can buy bread at the reception, in order to feed them. When you do, some of them jump so high, that they actually scared me ;-)
Another inhabitant of the lake and the river is the swan, elegant as always.
This picture was taken at the backside of the chateau, on the small bridge to go to the lake.
The famous French gardens are 25 ha and they date from the 17th century. In the 18th century English gardens were added. You can visit the gardens by foot or by a small train that drives every half hour. If you choose to walk through them you pass from one garden to another through high hedges.
When you have finished exploring, there is also a tea room and an excellent restaurant in the grounds which serves superb meals using local produce.
This is a detail of one of the many statues that decorate the gardens. The biggest part of the garden is the large lake, surrounded by lots of statues and as a masterpiece the Neptunus statues ( see picture above) It is very nice to sit on a bench, in the sun, and see other visitors pass by.
The Chateau also offers the possibility to do wedding receptions and the gardens are an excellent place to take the wedding pictures.
The castle is inspired by 17th French architecture features. Still it keeps a bit of it’s middle age pride because of the four corner towers. In 1900 the main building was destroyed by a fire. The inhabitants of the village were luckily able to save most of the furniture and the priceless art.
You can walk freely in the castle and it is filled with art and 17th century furniture. The library holds over 20,000 books.
The history of this castle goes back to the beginning of the 12th century. It was the property of the Lords of Beloeil until it came in the hands of the family of the Princes The Ligne. This noble family enlarged and beautified the old castle. They only kept the four towers and now nothing is left of the original view. The castle as we see it now was built by Claire-Marie van Nassau the Princess de Ligne in 1680.
The entrance to the castle, property of the Princes de Ligne since the XIV-th century. Completely furnished, it shelters numerous
art collections like books, gobelins and paintings.
The French style garden measures about 25 hectares.So this means - a perfect scenary for a classic music festival. Many corners - different performers. A lot to walk - but a lot to enjoy as well