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Report - Chateau Rouge, Wallonia, Belgium, April 2018

HughieD

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
1. The History
Not too much info around about this lovely rural chateau nicknamed “Château Rouge” (a.k.a. red Castle) and one derived from the red painted brick. It is situated below the Tihange Nuclear Power Station and is just on the outskirts of the Tihange Forest. One thing that is for certain, however, is that it was built in 1889 in a park of 7 hectares. The eclectic brick and limestone construction was erected for the Lattre family replacing a castle of the XVII century, destroyed after a fire. The original castle on this site was built around 1100 and was owned by a religious community. There were 12 clerics living in the castle. In 1760 one of the abbots spent more time in the castle than at the monastery and rebuilt it, spending more money than the monastery could afford. In 1768 the Prince-Bishop cancelled the authority of the abbot allowing him a pension of 1500 florins so he could stay at the castle. Just before the French revolution in 1768, the castle was then sold to the Abbey Saint Laurent. Over the next few years several families bought the castle, but over the years the buildings fell more and more into decay. In 1885 the castle was demolished and a new castle was built on the same site. Some of the old walls and two of the original fireplaces were saved and used in the newly built castle. In 1891 the Flemish renaissance-styled castle was ready.

Having served as a family home for over half-a-century, it was then converted into a luxury hotel after World War II. In 1997, Madame Edithe Van den Troost had become the owner and was running the place as an 18-bedroom guest house. See the old website:HERE for an insight into what this place used to look like. Apparently at some point subsequently it then became a retirement home for the elderly. It was closed in 2009 for financial reasons and has been empty since. It has gone down hill rapidly over the last few years and now is little more than a shell inside. The grounds around the house are used for airsoft at weekends.

Archive pictures:

Chateau Rouge 02
by HughieDW, on Flickr

Chateau Rouge 04
by HughieDW, on Flickr

Chateau Rouge 03
by HughieDW, on Flickr


2. The Explore
With Chateau du Noisey’s demolition early last year and Chateau D’Ah gone too this was third choice for a bit of Belgium chateau action. When I first rocked up to this place it was crawling with airsofters in the grounds. Hence it was a complete no-go. Not to be beaten, I revisited early one weekday and I had the place to myself. Looking back at reports from several years ago it’s sad to see how far this place has gone downhill. Very few of the internal features remain and the interior is now in a very sad and sorry state. Never-the-less this place is worth the effort for the externals alone, hence I was glad I gave the place a second go.

3. The Pictures

The aptly-named chateau comes into view:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

Full frontal:

Red chateau 01
by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

The date stone:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

And round the side and back:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

The former kitchens area:

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

Obligatory door of hinges:

img6498
by HughieDW, on Flickr

Inside, downstairs it is now a bit of a mess:

img6526
by HughieDW, on Flickr

Red chateau 03
by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6525
by HughieDW, on Flickr

Not much left in the way of original features:

img6508
by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6499
by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6496
by HughieDW, on Flickr

Up-stairs and it doesn’t get much better:

img6507
by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

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by HughieDW, on Flickr

This spiral staircase is nice though:

img6503
by HughieDW, on Flickr

A couple of roof details:

img6521
by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6490
by HughieDW, on Flickr

Next to it are some out-buildings used by the airsofters:

img6515
by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6513
by HughieDW, on Flickr
 
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