The castle was inherited by Jehan Holmant deSart and in 1492, Jehanne deSart, Holmant's daughter, married Arnold de Merode. For more than two centuries the castle remained in the hands of this family whose members were the main restorers. In 1680, de Merode sold the castle to Francois de Gand-Vilain van den Steen, Baron of Saive and "grand Mayeur de Liege". In 1998, while researching my Desart family history, my wife Martha and I met the Count Guy van den Steen, who gave us a tour of the grounds. He pointed out each of the weathered bronze statues he sculpted and related the history of the property. We were fortunate to be able to take numerous photos of the Count and the castle. We shall forever remember the pleasure of meeting Count Guy van den Steen and these momentos as we continue to research the Desart family in hopes of connecting our family from Liege, to his.
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