The Château de La Hulpe, was built by the Marquis of Béthune in around 1840. At the end of the 19th century, Count Ernest Solvay, a wealthy industrialist, acquired the property, which now belongs to Wallonia. Only the grounds, and not the castle itself, are accessible to the public.
The castle's parc is 227 acres big and contains woods and ponds. Almost all types of vegetation and habitats of the region are represented. Both place of refuge, roosting site, feeding, breeding, nesting and migratory stopover for birds, the Domaine Solvay (as it is also called) is perfect for small and large mammals.
The Domaine Solvay and castle host regular shooting of films, serials, television programs and commercials.
You can rent the dining room or living room of the castle to organize dinners, cocktail receptions, seminars, conferences, weddings and other special events.
Today I take you on a visit through the domaine.
The castle from far
The guardians and employees house at the entrance. Not bad, I would like to work there !
and here we go for a long walk ! It takes about 30 min to get to the castle.
the views are so beautiful
approaching the castle
and here it is
Must be nice to have a round room in the tower
and a party here on the terrace (from one side)
and from the other
a wonderful garden
and a breathtaking view from the castle over the domaine
When I arrived at the horse stables, I read that they had been transformed into a riding school for autistic and other mentally disturbed children. It is called today "Les rennes de la vie" (the reines of life)
and inside, where I could watch the children
on my way back, the poor geese realized that I didn't have any food and ran away
The end of my promenade