Kasteel Beauvoorde, Beauvoorde

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Beauvoorde Castle (Dutch: Kasteel Beauvoorde) is a castle in Wulveringem, which since 1977 has been part of the municipality of Veurne, West Flanders, Belgium.

The first identified owner of the castle, in 1408, was Jan de Valuwe. In 1584, during the early part of the Eighty Years' War, the castle was burned down by bandits. It was rebuilt in 1617 in the Renaissance style. At that time the castle was owned by Jacob de Bryarde, and it remained in the Bryarde family till 1828, by which time the family fortunes were in decline and the castle was falling into a state of increasing disrepair.

In 1875 a new owner, Arthur Merghelynck, undertook an extensive restoration. The interior fittings and furnishings inside it today date from Merghalynck's time. The building was expanded under plans drawn up by an architect from Veurne called Jozef Vinck. The interior was remodeled in the seventeenth-century style using a combination of recovered and replica elements. The reworking was topped off with a new garden in a Franco-English style.

Merghelynck died childless in 1905 and the castle was bequeathed to the Belgian state on condition they made it available to the (subsequently renamed) Royal Academy of Dutch language and literature (KANTL). Merghelynck's widow died in 1941 at the height of the Second World War, but after the war ended in 1945 his wishes were implemented. The castle was promoted to historic monument status in 1987. In 1998 responsibility for the castle was transferred to a regional level, coming under the remit of the Flemish Heritage foundation.

At certain times the castle can now be visited with the support of an "audio-guide". A "heritage shop" and "visitors' centre" complement the experience.

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  • A blustery Belgium day, but nonetheless, yet another pleasant hour spent relaxing in the grounds of the Kasteel, with a colleague. Located in the idyllic and peaceful village of Beauvoorde - there...  more »
  • We visited whilst on our way to Ieper. It is a very nice place to stop and visit. We walked aroud the castle and then tried to enter by ringing the bell, but nobody answered. We were a bit...  more »
  • Very nice, cozy, quiet, picturesque place with interesting art program for children (of any age). For 8 euros you receive entrance ticket (september 2019) and audioguide. Descriptions in audioguide are quite short and very informative. Pity, the device is not convenient - you need to keep it all the time in hand. The castle is small and very beautiful. I was quite upset, that it was not possible to visit the highest floor on the top of the tower. All the other rooms, especially kitchen, look very authentic. So, if you pass by - make a detour and enjoy the visit to the castle.
  • Splendid place to visit. Interior from all points of view little interesting. Could become a fantastic hotel.
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