As a Belgium local tour guide I recently got a request from 2 american ladies for a "castle tour". They were very much interested by a visit to the castle of Jehay. However, the "season" was off and the castle was only open for groups upon reservation at this time of the year. I still sent an email to Jehay and explained these 2 ladies came all the way from Maryland to visit the beautiful Ardennes region. So they opened the castle on a Sunday morning just only for the 3 of us! It was fantastic; nobody in the gardens, no one in the castle, a beautiful sunny day .... The castle is a unique example of local Renaissance style from the 16th century. It houses splendid collections of furniture, silver and gold plate, lace, china and tapestry. The wonderful chequered façade is a mixture of white and grey stones, unique in Europe. When you cross the moats, you access the wonderful gardens including paths, arbours and fountains waterfalls and fantastic sculptures (nymphs). An absolute must!
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