Discover Benelux, Issue 58, October 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  The Inspiration Guide  |  Fabulous Belgian Wedding Venues

W O LV E N B O S

Welcome to wonderland TEXT: XANDRA BOERSMA  |  PHOTOS: WOLVENBOS

The perfect wedding starts with a perfect location: like Wolvenbos. In the middle of nature, a private and magical place arises: a castle from the 1900s accompanied by a fairytale garden. It is a wonderland where the best day of your life can unfold. The experience of Wolvenbos starts at the entrance, at the stunning wrought iron gate featuring the name and weapon of the estate. This is followed by a long path surrounded by large trees. The castle is nowhere in sight just yet, but will be soon: when you turn right, it arises through the branches. “A magical sight,” says Valerie Christiaen, who is in charge of this remarkable location. 16  |  Issue 58  |  October 2018

You have arrived at a beautiful castle, built and lived in during the 1900s. Attached is a spacious terrace, overlooking a large field of grass, a forest and some meadows. You can see it all, yet no one can see you. “That is one of the great aspects of Wolvenbos, it is very private. All 42 hectares are only accessible to wedding guests. You also get your own entrance and parking, belonging to the castle.”

Feeling right at home Back at the castle entrance hall, a great fireplace warms the room. If you go beyond the salon and walk a little further down the hall, you will find a cosy space with a cabinet filled with classic Delft Blue, and an antique bar. The library is not easy

to spot, but definitely worthwhile seeking out. The most important room is the grand hall, with a large dome in the middle creating a comforting light. “On the wall, there are paintings and tapestries; in the middle we can put beautiful round chairs and a table of honour. This is where the dinner usually takes place,” Christiaen says, and adds: “We can place 150 people here for a seated dinner. Throughout the entire castle we wanted to create a warm interior, like you are in someone’s home. Guests have to feel completely welcome.” For those preferring an outdoor wedding rather than being inside for most of the day,