Castle Park d’Aertrycke




If you explore the countryside around Torhout you will almost certainly end up at the d’Aertrycke grounds. As from 1865, Ghent politician August de Maere d’Aertrycke converted these grounds into a spacious country residence. He entrusted the construction of the neo-Gothic castle to Antwerp architect Jozef Schadde. Garden architect Louis Fuchs was recruited to design the surrounding landscape park.

The vast pastures and the ponds were visually separated from each other by means of oak woods. At the edge various tree species were planted to reinforce the picturesque effect of the park. The idyllic atmosphere of the landscape park is furthermore reinforced by two follies at the edge of the pond, places where a boat could moor or where the residents could retire to.