THE ABANDONED, DECAYED AND FORGOTTEN!

CHATEAU NOISY- MIRANDA

AUGUST 2007 - 27 PHOTOS
ABANDONED AND DECAYED

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Deeply hidden into the forests of the Ardennes lies the admirable castle Château de Miranda. The château is built in 1866 and has been designed by the English architect Milner, although the architect died before the building was completed. The task where continued by the French architect Pelchner. The Château was extended largely, in the beginning without the clocktower. The hugh clocktower was finished in 1903 and is 183 feet tall. The year 1907 marked the end of building activity. Initially Chateau Miranda served the family Liedekerke de Beaufort as a summer residence.

The castle has had several tasks. During the Ardennen offensive in World War II, the château was briefly occupied by German troops. As from 1950 the NMBS/SNCB (Belgium railway company) has used the castle as a holiday home. Around these days the castle is named Home de Noisy. Equipped with 200 places the "holiday camp" gave shelter to the children, who suffer from worse health conditions.

The fresh air, a fabulous playground, the swimming pool and the good food had its effect. The life on the Chateau Noisy was strictly, everything undertaken and run by female officials. At that time the clothes of the children where uniformly. After 1970 it was used for outdoor activities and sport holidays for children and was well known in Belgium. In October 1975 it served also as film scenery for a TV production. When exactly it was closed, is not to be said clearly. Into the 90ties the owners tried to find investors which could transform the château into a hotel, but the plans failed. Because high costs of the maintenance of the château and the enterprise of the holiday home had enormously risen. Since 1991 it has became empty, abandoned and is quickly falling in ruins since...