In 1875, the young aristocrat, Arthur Merghelynck, aged just 22, purchased Beauvoorde Castle, which was falling into disrepair. The château is situated in the charming village of Wulveringem, not far from Veurne (Furnes), in the Westhoek region of Flanders. In true romantic style, Merghelynck had the château rebuilt in the way he thought it would have looked in the 17th century. Once completed, he built up a superb collection of furniture and works of art. He also developed the estate grounds to create a stunning new park. Nearly 30 years later, in his will, Merghelynck decided that time should come to a standstill at the château. His wish was granted. Welcome to the wonderful world of the aristocrat, Arthur Merghelynck!
A very easy-to-use audio-guide in four languages (French, Dutch, English and German) is available free of charge in the entrance hall.
Guided tours for groups (in French, Dutch, English and German) are possible, subject to booking in advance.
An enthralling family tour, called ‘Op ontdekking met ridder Arthur!’ (‘A journey of discovery with Sir Arthur!’), has been created specially for families with children. The young ones take on the role of the mysterious knight, Sir Arthur, and set off on their journey of discovery with building blocks, recipes, coats of arms, guessing games, disguises and much more. There’s even a game of croquet! The château stages an additional activity during the summer months, taking children on a much-loved treasure hunt, with the treasure itself carefully concealed somewhere in the château. Will you find it?
Unfortunately, the packages for children (the ‘Op ontdekking met ridder Arthur’ family tour and the treasure hunt), are available in Dutch only.
VISITOR SPACE, MUSEUM SHOP, SUMMER CAFÉ and CASTLE GROUNDS
The Visitor Space provides a whole range of information about the cultural, tourist and recreational attractions on offer in the region. In the museum shop, you will find a surprisingly wide range of picnic items, regional products, books and hiking maps, as well as bike excursions.
Cyclists and ramblers are also very welcome at the château. The castle grounds, which blend French and English styles, are the ideal place to relax and unwind. Don’t forget to visit the orchard and admire the standard apple trees, which grow a whole range of old apple varieties. The grounds feature a picnic site, as well as restroom facilities.
During the summer, the Summer Café invites you to take refreshments outside on its lovely terrace or inside the totally restored coach house, with outstanding views of the château and its grounds.
Because there are so many steps to negotiate, the castle regrettably cannot be accessed by wheelchairs and pushchairs.
- First Saturday in April to 30th June: Wednesdays 2.00 – 5.00 pm – Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, all day 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
- 1st July to 31st August: Wednesday to Sunday, plus public holidays, all day 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
- 1st September to 31st October: Wednesdays 2.00 – 5.00 pm – Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, all day 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
- 1st November to 31st March: closed for the winter
- Easter holiday and autumn half-term: Wednesday to Sunday, all day 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
- Standard rate: 8 €
- Discounted rate: 6 € (children aged 6 to 11, 65+, groups of 10 or more (no guide), teacher’s pass, disabled visitors and their escorts)
- Free entry for children under the age of 6
The family tour and audio-guide are included in the price of entry.