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Room with a View ~ Chateau Noisy by Josephine Pugh

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The ravishing, abandoned Chateau Noisy, Belgium. My first overseas urbex…

Featured in ‘Mysteries of the Past and Present’, August 2011.

Featured in ‘All Things Photographic’, September 2011.

Featured in ‘Unwanted, Abandoned & Saved Through Preservation’, January 2012.

Featured in ‘Feel, Don’t Copy’, April 2012.

Some loose research has revealed the following: The official name of the castle is Chateau Miranda, it was only later named Chateau Noisy. The architecture is in the Neo-Gothic style and was established in 1866 by an English architect named Milner, commissioned by the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. Unfortunately Milner died before seeing it completed.

The castle served in the beginning as a summer residence of the Liedekerke-Beaufort family who otherwise lived in the Chateau de Veves which stands opposite on an adjacent hill, both castles surrounded by lush forests and rivers. In the Second World War, Chateau Noisy was taken and used by the Nazis. Following this the Chateau then served as accommodation for children of Belgian rail employees (National Railway Company of Belgium; NMBS) as a holiday hostel and orphanage until 1980. Little is known of its fate from 1980-1991.

Now, however, since 1991 it has lain abandoned in an ever-diminishing state due to a fire in that year. It is reported that although the local municipality has offered to take it over, the family has refused. What is certain is that the enormous building languishes in the surrounding forest, completely concealed from the road and the outside world. It truly is a site full of beauty and mystery.

(Note: the site is heavily and actively guarded by security patrols and an armed forester, both of whom we saw but thankfully didn’t see us, and is atop a very steep hill making access very difficult!)

A photograph is a trace of its subject. The viewer and the image belong to each other. Capturing these traces is a passion, an obsession for me. I hope the thrill comes through in my images.

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 3 years ago

    Perfect vintage treatment for this evocative scene, Josephine. Beautifully composed.

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 3 years ago

    Beautiful. Love the green in this.

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago


  • laruecherie
    laruecherieover 3 years ago

  • Your support is hugely appreciated. Thank you!

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 3 years ago

    Wonderful tones and settings…great work Josephine :)

  • blottie
    blottieover 3 years ago


  • Tamara  Kaylor
    Tamara Kaylorover 3 years ago

    This is awesome! Please come join us in International Women’s Photography

  • I would love to Tamara! Thank you for the invite.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Kim Slater
    Kim Slaterover 3 years ago

  • I’m totally thrilled Kim! Thank you for having me among them, your green selections are beautiful!

    – Josephine Pugh

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreover 3 years ago

    wonderful work, congrats on the feature!

  • Tracy Friesen
    Tracy Friesenover 3 years ago

    Fantastic photo – wonderful image! Congrats on your feature!

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