Abandoned Château Rouge – Red Castle in Belgium

Château Rouge or Red castle is situated in the province of Liege, Belgium. It is a more impressive manor house than a real castle. A combination of its bright red exterior walls is the reason for its name of “Red castle”, as well as this manor house situated on the site of an old castle that had been destroyed.

According to history, There was a castle before this Château Rouge stood here. That old castle had been built in the 11th century and there lived a religious community. After the french revolution there lived several families in the old castle. After a fire, the castle was destroyed, and later this Chateau Rouge was built in its place.

The new building takes the Flemish Renaissance style, which belongs to the architecture of 17th century Europe. After some time Belgium architect Emile Janet used this Flemish Renaissance style for the Belgium Pavilion at the World Exposition in Paris in 1978 and after that, this Flemish style became popular.

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This Château Rouge is situated in an estate of seven hectares (17 acres). Before this Château Rouge turned into a hotel, it was a home until the second world war. In 1997 it was turned into a luxury hotel by Madame Van den Troost.

We can witness how was this luxury hotel in its heyday from an old website. There was a swimming pool, a bar, a jacuzzi, and 18 luxury rooms with all luxurious furniture. You could have stayed overnight at the cost of 42 Euros with a ten Euro supplement for breakfast. Not only that, they offered a gastronomic weekend with two nights, two breakfasts, and two fabulous meals.

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The guests of Chateau Rouge could enjoy the day by encountering deer and gees. And as well as there was a playground for children to play. Not only that there was a chapel in the ground. Even though the main building is not in use, the chapel seemed to be used. After some time this hotel turned into a nursing home and because of financial issues, it has been removed forever from this place.

You can see some of the photos of this hotel just after it closed. You can find the carpets, chandeliers and personal items as well. Now the giant Château Rouge has been added to the past with everything that happened in the castle.