Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy, Belgium

Château Miranda aka Chateau de Noisy is a fairytale castle in Celles, Belgium. The building has fallen into a severe state of disrepair but is still stunning!

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy
 

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History

Château Miranda, also known as Château de Noisy is a castle built in the 19th century in Celles, Belgium.  The  Liedekerke-Beaufort family had left their previous home, Vêves Castle, during the French Revolution and in 1866 commissioned the English architect Milner to build Chateau Miranda.

The castle remained occupied by the same family until World War II when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS) who used it as an orphanage. It remained in use as an orphanage until 1980.

The building has stood empty since 1991 and has fallen into a severe state of disrepair. The municipality of Celles have offered to take over the building but the family have refused. They now plan to demolish the building later in 2014.

Our Visit

This was the last stop on the first day of the “Missing Man Tour” along with Kriegaffe9 and Proj3ct M4yh3m. This was one place I’d wanted to visit for a long time and loved it! Although the place is very derelict inside there are still a few nice bits remaining and the place looks amazing from the outside. The stuff fairy-tales are made of!

Highlight of the visit was the death-defying walk across joists with a two-story drop below to get to the twin baths. The route is becoming very decayed and dangerous. Not an experience I’d want to repeat, but pleased to have seen those baths.

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - Approaching the fairy tale castle you are greeted by a stunning view

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – Approaching the fairy tale castle you are greeted by a stunning view

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - Front view with the dominating clock tower

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – Front view with the dominating clock tower

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - The stunning ceiling in the entrance hall has stood the test of time better than rest of the building

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – The stunning ceiling in the entrance hall has stood the test of time better than rest of the building

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - Detail in the archways of the reception hall

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – Detail in the archways of the reception hall

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - The reception hall and staircase

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – The reception hall and staircase

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - View down the hallway with the stunning arched ceiling

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – View down the hallway with the stunning arched ceiling

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - Ceiling detail

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – Ceiling detail

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - The red ornate plasterwork of the ceiling in this room was amazing

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – The red ornate plasterwork of the ceiling in this room was amazing

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy -Detail of the ornate ceiling

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy -Detail of the ornate ceiling

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - The main features stand firm while the castle slowly decays

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – The main features stand firm while the castle slowly decays

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - The main staircase viewed down a first floor hallway

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – The main staircase viewed down a first floor hallway

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - Most of the rooms are in a similar condition to this

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – Most of the rooms are in a similar condition to this

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - The twin baths were a bit of a hidden gem - out the way and risky to get to, but worth the walk across the open joists!

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – The twin baths were a bit of a hidden gem – out the way and risky to get to, but worth the walk across the open joists!

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - Clock tower rising above the rest of the roof

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – Clock tower rising above the rest of the roof

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - View from the roof across the castle

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – View from the roof across the castle

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - View across the lake

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – View across the lake

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy - View of the castle from  the back

Castle Miranda aka Château de Noisy – View of the castle from the back

If you liked this report please check out Proj3ct M4yh3m's Castle Miranda Report too.

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