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“Ancestral home of the Beaufort family”
Review of Chateau de Freyr

Chateau de Freyr
Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Ancestral home of the Beaufort family”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

Freyr castle was erected by William of Beaufort from 1571 onward on the site of an older fortification. The edifice was significantly expanded between 1604 and 1637 and modified in the second half of the eighteenth century.

Visitors are warmly welcomed by a multilingual staff. About twenty rooms can be admired with the help of information leaflets.

The tour tells the history of the Beaufort family who have held the castle for twenty generations. Various characters are portrayed in amusing and vivid anecdotes. Simultaneously clever references are made to major historic events from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.

The information regarding furniture and paintings is basic enough for novices but offers a little extra for people with advanced knowledge. A perfect balance !

After the tour of the castle visitors can relax in the eighteenth century French gardens, crowned by a rococo belvedere and renowned for their orange trees.

Hint for the staff : Start the tour with a an architectural evolution of the castle supported by drawings so as to gain insight in its present layout. Also equip visitors with a family tree in order to distinguish generations and point out kinship.

Hint for visitors : Check out the castle website after your visit. It lists even more fascinating anecdotes about the former residents.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
242 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Look at the bus times before coming- beautiful!”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

Everyone here was so nice- we had a warm reception and every question we had was answered. We even were given some great historical facts not part of the tour. The castle was worth coming to if you are visiting Dinant. Just a warning though- if you don't have a car and are taking a bus-- look at the bus times! There are some 2-3 hour gaps and you are dropped off in the middle of a busy highway-like road. We had to wait over 2 hours for a ride home! Besides that, the gardens were the best part of the castle. The inside wasn't grand but it was nice and informative.

Visited August 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Quick 45 minutes is all you need, nice gardens and cool history”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Fair price, great location and garden. I would say definitely check it out. If you take the bus make sure there are frequent times back to Dinant. We were stuck for two hours waiting for the bus back to town. The trip takes at most 45 minutes and the garden really is awesome. The staff is friendly and the price is worth it.

Visited August 2013
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Ghent, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Interesting history and beautyfull gardens!”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

I visited this chateau this weekend, and I loved the gardens that made you feel like you were really away from everything and you were in total solitude.

Visited May 2013
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Hoofddorp
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“The past is present: it fills the rooms as well as the visitor's heart”
Reviewed 31 March 2013

There was a day when this was a grand place visited by grand people. Many signs of this are still there to be admired. And yet it's the fine storytelling, bringing to life ordinary and less ordinary people and their endeavours in prosperous and difficult times and the humorous anecdotes shared, that really persuaded us to love and enjoy this place. We were here on a bitterly cold spring day, but those two oranges which grew on the centuries old trees which had been stored for winter, the cheerful faïence china, the stories about the Gilda's that once lived there and raised their children and managed the big house, the silly add-ons which were made by less talented local painters to paintings which had become too small for the extended room... but also the very friendly volunteer staff... it all warmed our hearts and made our visit a wonderful experience! No, it's not Versailles with its grand splendour, but we enjoyed the quiet charm of this place more!

Tip: We recommend you call the castle to check out if it is open or not. The opening hours mentioned in brochures and on the website do often not correspond with the actual opening hours.

Visited March 2013
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