Charges: entrance to the park is free!
Opening times: in winter: from 08.00 to 18.00
In summer: 08.00 to 21.00
Ernest-John Solvay, the grandson of Ernest Solvay, was passionate about the castle and its park. He transformed it, giving it its current prestige and layout.
It was he who undertook major landscaping work, planted exotic plants, created the belvedere and its strange staircase, and constructed the farm lake and the rectilinear opening that opens on to the curious 36 metre high artificial obelisk.
Lastly, it was he who in 1968 donated the result of a life-long passion to the State, that is to say, to each of us, so that it could always remain as a complete unit. He lived there until his death in 1972. The estate is also currently home to the FOLON Foundation which has been based in the farm since 1998.
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On the outskirts of Brussels, the park reveals its lawns, woods, amazing trees, massed banks of rhododendrons and so on - over 450 species of wild plants have been recorded on site.
Family visits: with its duck pond, broad walks and large open spaces, the park is particularly suitable for families with young children.
Garden lovers: Established in the 19th century on part of the Forest of Soignes, the property was bought by the famous industrialist, Ernest Solvay, in 1893, and then bequeathed in 1968 to the Belgian State by his grandson, Ernest-John Solvay. The rich plant life in the park has been the subject of many studies by scientists from the Belgian National Botanic Gardens, the Belgian Royal Institute of Natural Sciences, the Ecology and Biogeography Unit at UCL and so on.
First visit to an "outstanding" garden: absolutely not to be missed is the cathedral-like beech grove, the belvedere, the massed banks of rhododendrons and azaleas, forested valleys, lakes, the formal garden, the amazing trees and the varied wildlife.