In the midst of a natural region with undulating countryside, rich in forests and grasslands.
Small irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches cover this ecologically preserved land, with its wealth of biodiversity, where animals are raised and cheese is made.
It is dotted with traditional houses constructed from stone or brick inlaid with stone and topped with slate roofs.
Hordes of architectural and historic heritage between medieval buildings and fortified churches.
Facing a church, near to a small stone bridge and an original wash-house on the banks of a fast-flowing stream.
Near to a peaceful village, surrounded by woods, rivers, fields and pastures.
Just a few minutes from a small town, 30 minutes from a large regional town, an hour from Belgium and some two hours from Paris as well as other European capitals.
The south-facing abbey stands more-or-less in the middle of the property.
Spanning a little more than 500 m² of living space spread over a ground floor and an upstairs section, it has been but partially restored and converted in great accordance with its authentic abbey character. Modern-day home comforts are relative.
The stone buildings have slate roofs. All are still in need of works.
The edifice has almost perfect unity and symmetry.
At each end is a pavilion, flanked by a wing which meets an impressive and outstanding dovecote in the centre.
The facades feature small-paned doors and windows, with wooden doors on the outbuildings.
The pavilions have hip roofs whilst the octagonal dovecote has an eight-sided dome.
The facade of each roof is still adorned with the original bull’s eye roof dormers.
The rear facades are more sober.
On the left-hand side, in one of the pavilions, the living space begins on the garden level via a small-paned French window opening into a first room.
Next to it, reached directly via another French window on the facade, is another room. A wooden stairway is at the end.
Upstairs, a large bedroom features terracotta floor tiles.
Next is the old living room from another time, filled with old-fashioned charm, with a monumental stone fireplace, an old wall cupboard, an alcove, adorned with a moulded panel, an old bread oven, a small built-in cupboard in use as a larder and an outstanding, cast iron wood-burning stove. The floor is covered with very old terracotta bricks. The garden is reached via a French window.
Then, a large room, no doubt once used as an outbuilding, is now in use as storage space.
In the centre, a round, through room, with two openings on either side, forms a vaulted hemispherical room topped with a cupola, with a central orifice and the dovecote at the top.
On the right-hand side, a vast room currently converted into an exhibition hall, with a wide picture window at the back.
Another room next to this currently houses the stone waiting to be used for restoration purposes.
And at the back are a little room, with a toilet, and an annex storage room housing the coping from an old well.
This is followed by the other pavilion comprising two outbuildings used as a barn and a storage area. They have attics upstairs.
The attic space awaits conversion.
It is also worthy of note that numerous authentic and traditional features exist, some of which are outstanding; these include roof dormers and roofing frameworks.
Outside on the parklands side, it is possible to access an old ice cave near to the property entrance.
The old outbuildings adjoining the living space, in use as storage space, could be converted.
On the garden side, in front of the buildings, are several stone vestiges such as an original apple press, a period basin for washing hands or feet and an old capital.
Stone walls are all around.
At a short distance, another, more recent and much bigger building was once used for industrial purposes. It comprises a few rooms and several vast floor surface areas.
There are also some small annex buildings and a carpark.
The surroundings are peaceful and the property astonishing.
Such a mysterious place gives the impression of having been dreamed up from ancient times. The desire to meticulously rebuild the entire history of the place is very strong. The last resident respected the buildings by preserving their authenticity despite adding some modern-day home comforts. A more recent section will lend itself to a variety of uses. A possible on-site activity would immediately be aided by the surroundings, both near and further away, courtesy of their abundant nature and picture book rurality. There are streams, grasslands, tall trees, hedges and herds, everything that a romantic poet could invoke in an ode to the countryside.
590 000 €
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|Main building surface area||500 m2|
Bruno Van Montagu       +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.