Where water meets land - a lesson in gravity and communicating vessels.
I love the sound of pounding water. Wether it’s the waves, a waterfall or a fountain.
Ten generations of the “de Montpellier” family, whose roots go back to the middle of the fifteenth century, have contributed to create this gem in a beautiful and lush green valley between Namur and Dinant on the left bank of the Meuse.
The “de Montpellier’s” made their fortune in the forges and foundries industry, and around 1758 one of the sons, Charles-Alexis, started the works on the famous Gardens and extending the castle around 1758, the bulk of the work being finished around 1776.
Later generations of the family expanded the gardens and adorned them further with a combination of French, Italian and English styles.
In the 1930’s the gardens opened for the public and is now part of Wallonia’s heritage.
No water no life, no blue no green. The gardens of Annevoie are truly unique in Belgium and are all about water. There is water everywhere you look or step. Small lakes, canals, fountains, cascades… the water in Annevoie has been flowing non-stop for the last 250 years - there are 4 water wells on the grounds - and all this magic without any pumps or other mechanical or electrical devices.
Some 50 fountains, cascades and water jets, and 20 ornamental ponds make Annevoie one of the most delightful gardens in Belgium and certainly worth a visit.
Especially if you’re able to visit on a weekday avoiding the crowds who would otherwise spoil the unobstructed views of the alleys and without the noisy kids spoiling the sound of the rustling leaves, birds and rushing water.