Guided tour of the Park.
Mainly in april and May, the Count or one of our guides holds a limited number of guided walks for groups of minimum 15 persons.
A visit to the park (5 Euro) lasts about one hour. It boils to a healthy walk in a dreamlike nature.
You can visit the Raveel painting as well (5 Euro).
A combined visit to the castle and the Raveel painting costs 10 Euro.
For more information, call +32 (0)9 356 81 82 or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover the 10 most beautiful places during a walk through the park!
(P) If you come by car or by bus, the best way to reach the domain is via the Toverstraat. At the end of this street you will find the Coach House car park (parking Koetshuis).
1. You can find us at the Admissions office, in the courtyard of the Coach House (up the steps). Tip: in earlier days, the blue stone troughs were used to feed cattle and the stables accommodated horses.
2. The park was laid out in 1873, in the English landscaping style of the romantic era. Ever since that time (for over 230 years), the park has remained the property of the same family. In a relatively small area (in Beervelde: 25 ha), the basic concept is to bring together all the elements one would ideally want to see in a natural landscape: romantic vistas, rolling meadows, the illusion of an opening in a large forest, winding paths, whimsical water features, small bridges, fairy-tale buildings …
The golden rule is: "Although the park is landscaped, it should look natural".
3. Despite the fact that this tree is felled, it gives this place a fairy-tale atmosphere. A charming location.
4. This damp clearing in the forest is occupied by Ostrich Ferns (Matteucia struthiopteris) which stop blooming when the soil is drier. They are exquisite at the beginning of May, when leaves resembling ostrich feathers grow at the heart of the plant. They are less beautiful later on.
5. In the nineteenth century, refrigerators did not exist. To be able to preserve food, blocks of ice taken from the pond during the winter, were collected in an underground cellar: the icehouse. Today, this cellar is a haven for a few bats. We kindly ask you not to disturb them as this is detrimental to the bats.
6. This part of the undergrowth is very beautiful at the end of May, when the deciduous azaleas bloom. In this place, to our regret, several large oaks have died in recent years. We are now looking for a solution to remove the wood without causing too much damage to the forest itself.
7. In this part of the woods, you can find several witch hazels, they have gorgeous colours in the autumn. In the months of January and February they become especially interesting, because during these months they are full in bloom, when nothing else is flourishing.
Tip: you can find a special specimen on the right-hand side, planted a little too close to the road. A Hamamelis 'Jelena', named after Jelena De Belder (Arboretum Kalmthout), an enthusiastic woman who has inspired many people. This witch hazel has gorgeous orange flowers.
8. In this open space, we recently planted young deciduous azaleas. The variations you find here are all old varieties from the region known as the 'Hard Ghent' (shortened from 'Winter-hardy Ghent azaleas). They are not as spectacular as the newer varieties, but they have been planted according to their historical value.
9. After a short walk through a shady part of the forest, where only spine ferns (Dryopteris) grow under the trees, we arrive at a new clearing surrounded by rhododendrons and large wild azaleas (Rhododendron luteum, formerly Azalea pontica). Particularly beautiful late April, early May.
10. We leave the forest suddenly. From here, there is a beautiful view of the Coach House (formerly, the garages for the family's vehicles). Sometimes it is said that there is no castle in Beervelde (the castle was demolished in 1948). To which the Count replies the domain may not have a castle, but it does have the most beautiful 'garages' in the world.
11. The pavilion. Many people wonder what purpose this construction serves. The answer is: this construction is there to catch the eye and only to be beautiful amongst the landscape. It is also a central point which offers the walker the facility to pause awhile and take a break during his exertion. From the terrace, there is a beautiful view of the villa (built in 1948, on the site where the castle once stood).
12. In several places in the Beervelde Park, you can find adjustments have been made for the occasion of the Beervelde Garden Days. An example of this is the braid of yew and linden trees surrounding the garden room.
13. Here you will find the autumn flower beds, planted and maintained so that their full splendour can be admired throughout the second weekend of October during the Garden Days. Another tip is the water pump, designed so it can be worked by a pulling dog.
14. End of the visit. We are looking forward to welcoming you again at our Garden Days, during the second weekend of May or the second weekend of October.