Discover Benelux | Historical Venue of the Month | Belgium
HISTORICAL VENUE OF THE MONTH, BELGIUM
Kasteel De Rozerie: Celebrate in history TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: KASTEEL DE ROZERIE
The feeling of historical grandness overcomes you when driving up the stately driveway surrounded by centennial beeches. At the end of it lies Kasteel De Rozerie: a century-old castle that combines the mystery of historical heritage with the peace and quiet of the countryside. Kasteel De Rozerie is one of the last surviving castles and manors in the region of the Dender and the so-called Land van Aalst. Built in 1852, the castle serves as the beautiful backdrop for all sorts of society events. Whether it is a wedding, a reception, a baptism, a dinner party, an incentive or a business event, Kasteel De Rozerie elevates any day or night to something to remember. Formerly known as Château La Roseraies, Kasteel De Rozerie was commis-
sioned by industrial magnate Cornelis Eliaert (1801-1854). The castle was constructed on the ruins of an old farm. “That is something you still can see today,” begins Bart Vanfleteren, chef at De Rozerie. “The lower and upper floors have a completely different layout, as they were built centuries apart.” To know the story behind the castle’s name, we also have to look back into history: one of the last barons of the castle was a perfervid breeder of roses. The historic features of Kasteel De Rozerie shine through in everything, exuding a beautiful romantic atmosphere. Each of the five rooms within the castle take you back to 1851. The spaces all have their own character and can host either smaller parties or bigger ones for up to 180 guests. The castle’s very own private chapel, built in 1870, is an exquisite venue for any
wedding ceremony or communion party, boasting fine stained-glass windows, a decorated altarpiece and neo-gothic wall decorations. The leafy park and terrace (comprising 1,100 square metres) are the perfect addition to any celebration. Free parking is available. For the culinary story, Kasteel de Rozerie works together with their preferred partners. Guests can completely create their own party, from classic menus and buffets to walking dinners and live cooking, to barbecues in the beautiful park. Serving a beautiful piece of history in combination with today’s standards: Kasteel De Rozerie is a fairy tale come true.
Issue 45 | September 2017 | 83
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