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Old 08-18-2003, 03:25 PM
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Castle of Fenffe, Fenffe

There's also the castle of Fenffe, belonging to the king and queen.
They like to go there for a quiet weekend, or to receive guests.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:30 PM
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There's also the castle of Fenffe, belonging to the king and queen.
They like to go there for a quiet weekend, or to receive guests.
Does the chateau in Fenffe now belong to Philippe and Mathilde?
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No, the Castle belongs to the Royal Trust.
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:25 PM
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No, the Castle belongs to the Royal Trust.
Thank you. If the chateau were in my usage, I would use it more because Philippe and Mathilde go to France for their hols instead of just going to Fenffe.
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Thank you. If the chateau were in my usage, I would use it more because Philippe and Mathilde go to France for their hols instead of just going to Fenffe.
Philippe and Mathilde own a house at the Belgian coast, this is their favourite place it seems. Then there is the castle of Ciergnon, very close to Fenffe, with lots of space and comfort for all family members. E. g. Queen Paola installed a large playroom for her grandchildren there. And finally they also spend time at Losange, the castle of Mathilde’s family. It’s not that surprising that the castle of Fenffe is rarely used these days.
Recently there was a tv report about it. The royal family occasionally receive guests for their annual hunt in Fenffe, but that’s it. The castle got a new roof to avoid damages, but would need extensive renovations if the royals would intend to use it frequently. Fenffe was the favourite retreat of King Leopold and Queen Astrid it was said.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:26 PM
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A short description of Fenffe
Fenffe la rose joue les discrètes

and three pictures
http://www.chateauxdebelgique.eu/nam...ge/Fenffe1.jpg
http://www.chateauxdebelgique.eu/nam...ge/Fenffe2.jpg
http://www.chateauxdebelgique.eu/nam...ge/Fenffe3.jpg
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Philippe and Mathilde own a house at the Belgian coast, this is their favourite place it seems. Then there is the castle of Ciergnon, very close to Fenffe, with lots of space and comfort for all family members. E. g. Queen Paola installed a large playroom for her grandchildren there. And finally they also spend time at Losange, the castle of Mathilde’s family. It’s not that surprising that the castle of Fenffe is rarely used these days.
Recently there was a tv report about it. The royal family occasionally receive guests for their annual hunt in Fenffe, but that’s it. The castle got a new roof to avoid damages, but would need extensive renovations if the royals would intend to use it frequently. Fenffe was the favourite retreat of King Leopold and Queen Astrid it was said.
Dear Mara, Thanks very much for the info and for the photos. I had not known that the chateau de Fenffe was in a bad state of repair. Also, I had not known that Philippe and Mathilde had a seaside home. I still feell, however, that Royals need to use more the homes that they do have instead of going abroad although it's probably nicer for them to travel abroad.
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It looks more like a manor than a castle
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Dear Mara, Thanks very much for the info and for the photos. I had not known that the chateau de Fenffe was in a bad state of repair. Also, I had not known that Philippe and Mathilde had a seaside home. I still feell, however, that Royals need to use more the homes that they do have instead of going abroad although it's probably nicer for them to travel abroad.
You are welcome. And you raise a valid point. I can imagine though, that spending holidays abroad is a much needed escape from the attention royals get in their home countries.
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A more recent candid shot of the backside and garden of Fenffe.

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King Albert apparently finds the maintenance costs of the castle too high. That is why the castle can now be rented by others. The king and queen will use the vicarage in the village, which they recently converted.

Onderhoud te duur: koning Albert zet kasteel te huur - HLN.be
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The chateau would make a lovely retirement retreat for King Albert,pity the maintenance costs of Fenffe are too high!
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