Castle Park Loppem


Prologue

 

 

 

The neo-Gothic castle of Loppem is one of the most beautiful examples of a summer residence built by a noble family of Bruges. The picturesque castle is located on an artificial island, hidden in a vast landscape park. The design of the park was entrusted to garden architect Jean Gindra in 1851. A couple of years later, Charles van Caloen and his wife had plans drawn up for the spacious neo-Gothic castle, the walls of which are reflected in the ponds of the park. In 1873 the children of Charles van Caloen laid out a labyrinth in a corner of the castle grounds in which visitors can still get lost.

Visitors can nowadays stroll around the grounds at leisure. Wide avenues and dense stands of trees only give away their secrets sparsely, until a pasture at the edge of the woods gives a first view of the castle or until when suddenly a farm castle appears. It is hard to imagine a better invitation to pay a visit.