Beauvoorde Castle

Kasteel Beauvoorde

Beauvoorde Castle is one of the best kept secrets in the Westhoek. The castle dominates the picturesque village of Wulveringem.

About Beauvoorde Castle

One of the best kept secrets in the Westhoek is undoubtedly Beauvoorde Castle. The castle, which probably originated in the 12th century, dominates the picturesque village of Wulveringem. Although the village has only 336 inhabitants today, the castle plays an important role in village life.

At the beginning of the 17th century the castle was thoroughly rebuilt for the first time by high bailiff Jacob de Bryarde. At the end of the 19th century Arthur Merghelynck bought the castle. He had the castle restored to 17th century standards. Today the castle still stands as it did in 1908, when Arthur died. By will, the eccentric Arthur bequeathed the castle site to the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature.

Kasteel Beauvoorde

A vibrant castle site

Herita owns Beauvoorde Castle. There is therefore no external operator involved. A strong team of volunteers mans the reception and maintains the park.

The former coach house with accompanying attic was furnished as a modern space that can be used for various purposes. On the one hand, the coach house with its attic is a unique location for company events such as meetings or study days; on the other hand, it is also perfectly suited for private events such as family or communion parties.

Cyclists, walkers or casual passers-by can also visit Beauvoorde Castle for a snack and a drink. The cozy terrace with drinks vending machine and play area is a relaxing stopover during cycling or walking tours. A nice extra is that E-bikers can recharge their bikes there.

Visitors who want to take a piece of the picturesque village home with them can visit the shop for tasty local produce. You can also buy books and publications about the castle in the shop.

Kasteel Beauvoorde

Sharing the castle with the public

Beauvoorde Castle, with its unique furniture and curiosities, was recognized as Open Heritage in 2018. The visitor center is a central function in the experience of the site. A glass corridor connects Huize de Bryarde with the Coach House and serves as an information desk, where entrance tickets are sold and audio guides are made available.

The various summer events on the site ensure that coastal tourists leave the coast for a while and head further inland.

In addition to being a castle owner, Arthur Merghelynck was also city archivist and author of various publications. This is a good reason to play out the literary character of the castle. The literary festival in the summer and the neighboring writers' home strengthen the site's literary DNA. For the writers' house Herita collaborates with Passa Porta.

Conservation and management

The management vision for Beauvoorde Castle includes, on the one hand, a consolidation/restoration section and, on the other hand, an access section with the aim of maximizing the preservation of valuable structures and the lasting experience of heritage elements. The three main objectives are: the preservation of the historical structure, the preservation of the archaeological background and the enhancement of the experiential value.

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