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Surrounded by trees we find the castle and the old monastery of Bois-Seigneur-Isaac nearby the famous Waterloo battlefield. This romantic green oases is situated on a grim plain. The history of the castle goes back very far in history. The first owner was Isaac van Valenciennes. After him came other families. One of them the Huldenbergs constructed a fortified house on this spot. Later on the Daves turned the castle into a more comfortable house. We thank the current look of the castle to Madame de Belhomme, the widow of a Provincial councilor who turned the medieval castle between 1732 and 1737 into this elegant residence surrounded by charming grounds.
The father of the present owner, Count Snoy et d'Oppuers, who was one of the founding members of the European Community has maintained the castle in pristine condition. The inside of the castle is filled with family mementoes, and worth a visit. You can visit the castle the last two Sundays of June and the first Sunday of July between 2pm and 6pm. The castle is also open on the yearly Open Monument day. Furthermore you can visit the castle all year around with groups (minimum 20 people) on appointment.
Take exit 23 on the ring around Brussels, take a left in the direction of Bois-Seigneur-Isaac and after 2km you will see the castle.
(The middle picture is scanned from a postcard)