This Castle is For Sale With VK Real Estate
Wijer Castle (CHATEAU DE WIJER PAR STEVOORT)
In the shadow of the church of Wijer, hidden in the greenery, lies the glory of the castle of Wijer. The original castle tower with outbuildings is surrounded by a fish-rich pond. The entrance gate is on the opposite side of an arched bridge.
Before you enter the massive oak gate, let’s not suspect what a cozy home you can expect! The current residents, the Vanhees-Haenen family, bought this estate in 1995 and replaced all the ‘disturbing’ elements of a less successful modernization. Gyproc walls and suspended ceilings were removed to restore the high ceilings and stately walls. Roofs were completely renovated and insulated. Beautiful materials were selected in consultation with an interior designer who was not ready for his test piece with castle renovations. The castle now meets all modern comforts and has been transformed into a cozy family home with over 500 m2 of utilized area.
The ground floor comprises: the beautiful entrance hall with cloister floor and ceiling height of up to 4 m, on the left there is the very spacious office with fireplace, on the right a cloakroom with built-in cupboards, two spacious toilets and original hand wash basin. From the hall you look inside a beautiful spacious orangery with to the left the salon with historic ceiling in stucco with original images. There is also a historic fireplace in the salon. Throughout the entire house, the ceiling heights are approximately 3.10 meters high.
Both from the hall and from the salon you can go to the dining room and kitchen, both of which can be separated with double high doors. This is a custom-made castle kitchen with grandma’s stove “Lacanche” and all modern appliances, including American fridge, ovens, etc. The spacious dining room is bathed in sunlight and overlooks terraces and swimming pool with large sun terrace.
From every room you also have a view of the pond and the surrounding greenery. On the other side you see the sheep pasture, which once again underlines the rural character. The terraces are laid out in Old Dutch Klinkaart and bordered with boxwood and yew. The domain is surrounded by wire and trees that guarantee everyone’s privacy. From the entrance hall one also enters the downstairs guest room on the right into the hall followed by the laundry room.
On the upper floor is the immense master bedroom with a fireplace and huge oak dressing room in the style of an English library with ladder. From this room you can go directly to the bathroom with bath, shower, double washbasin and separate toilet, as well as to the stair tower that opens onto the knight’s hall on the second floor, also with a fireplace. On the first floor there are two more spacious bedrooms, one with fitted wardrobes. The central bathroom with toilet is accessible through both rooms along the night hall. Above the bedrooms is the fully restored accessible attic that serves as an archive room. The total estate covers 2.5 to 3 ha. In the outbuildings there is a spacious garage, a private café with authentic wooden counter and a number of storage spaces. Finally, there is the heated outdoor swimming pool of 12m by 6m.