The Water Castle of Laarne (Belgium)
Water Castle of Laarne, dating back to the 13 th century, is one of the
best preserved medieval castles in Belgium. One wing is still
inhabited. Entering the Castle, you will be confronted with an
interesting collection of historical art: magnificent furniture, exquisite tapestry, paintings.
The main attraction is without any doubt the "D'Allemange Silver Collection", famous throughout Europe.
The ponds and the surrounding woods.
B&B also means a paradise for fishers and nature lovers. You'll
find a large pond (part of an old arm of the river "The Schelde") with
wood surroundings at the end of the gardens, which gives our guests the
opportunity to rest, picnic or fish.
A late evening walk or an early walk by sun rise, barefoot in the wet grass....you'll keep profound memories of it.
Fien Van Rentergem, an old farmer who lived here, swore to everybody
that he has seen the noondevil in the summer of 1732. The dry grass was
collected in heaps and the wet ground was making fog in the heat, when
he came out of his farm after the noon. Suddenly he saw 3 huge black
dogs with flaming eyes and burning mouths at the edge of his drying
He closed the door, washed his eyes and looked very carefully outside;
The heaps and the dogs came slowly to the farm. Pale from fright, he
made 3 times his cross and cried:"Jesus, Mary, Joseph". The black dogs
disappeared and the next moment everything was normal again ..... (*)
(*) Dirk Van Damme, Christine Lostrie: Het Kasteel en de Meersen. 1987.
(Dirk Van Damme, Christine Lostrie: The Castle and the Wetlands. 1987.)
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