Imagine: an elegant castle overlooking Hoyoux valley from a height of 60 metres. This enchanting setting is Modave Castle. Listed as major heritage of Wallonia, it takes you through its impressive buildings and splendid gardens.
Built in the Middle Ages, it has seen a succession of many owners: Maximilian Henry of Bavaria, Prince-Bishop of Liège, the Cardinal of Fürstenberg and the families of Montmorency, Lamarche and Braconier, as well as the Count of Marchin to whom we owe its current appearance with its classical façade. It finally became the property of the Compagnie Intercommunale Bruxelloise des Eaux (now Vivaqua) in 1941. When you come, you’ll set off to explore its many rooms (more than 25!) with an audio guide, moving from the ground floor to the first floor, then the basement. On the programme: sculpted wainscotting, tapestries, ornate ceiling, exquisite furniture, etc.
Outside, another spectacle awaits with its French-style landscaped gardens and restored terrace overlooking the valley. Walk along its alleys, breathing in the sweet perfume of the rose bushes that decorate the location. Don't hesitate to visit its old stables, converted into a picnic area, or to walk through along its signposted walks that unfold in the heart of the 450-hectare nature reserve.
Copyright pictures: Ardennes-étape / Visit Wallonia
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