Perched dramatically on a rocky outcrop overlooking the pretty village of Celles, the Castle of Vêves is a fairy-tale (Sleeping Beauty) turreted castle dating back to Pepin of Herstal (AD 670-714)
From the 12th century on, the story of the castellany of Celles-Vêves is linked to that of the Sires de Beaufort and their descendants, the Counts of Liedekerke Beaufort de Celles.
If you’re in Celles embark on the Castle of Vêves hike (about 4 miles - start at the Hermitage and hike up the first hill keeping the Hermitage on your left) after about 2 miles you will al of a sudden get a spectacular view of this castle right in front of you.
Destroyed in 1200 then rebuilt in 1230, the castle of Vêves was used as a fortress until the end of the Middle Ages. This is a must visit castle, housing some superb 18th century furniture and a rare porcelain collection (interior photos are not mine but from the Castle’s website)
During the castle’s restoration works, between 1969 and 1979, great care was taken over the castle’s interior decoration. Visitors are able to cross time barriers and imagine what it would have been like during the different periods from the middle ages to the present day. The rooms in the castle were brought back to life, partly through the 18th century period furniture given by Countess Athénaïs de Mortemart to Count Hadelin.
The Castle of Vêves (also known as the Castle of Celles) has won the European Historic Houses Award in 2013 in recognition of the work achieved since the restoration works that didn’t end in 1979 but continue to this day.
Unfortunately the Liedekerke-Beaufort family was unable to save from destruction another jewel: the Castle Miranda which was destroyed in October 2017 - but more about this in another post on this same blog so just click here to find out.
(the interior photos aren't mine but come from the site www.valdelesse.be/en and www.e-travelmag.com)