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    Default Château de la Cense au Bois, Mons, Belgium, November 2019


    1. The History
    Located in the heart of fifteen hectares of woods between Mons and Nimy, Château de la Cense au Bois was built during the 1860’s after the French Revolution by a wealthy family who resided here until 1984. In 1999 it became a high-class hotel with ten rooms and 20 beds. The owner, Raymond Beck, was as a well-renown baker from Jurbise. The hotel also included a restaurant, “The Gray Osciètre”, overseen by head chef Pierre-Yves Gosse where you could get the luxury meals drink from an extensive wine list. The interior was exquisitely detailed and offered much in the way of comfort. The.

    However, with the costs of up-keep of the manor high, early in the new century Raymond Beck moved on to start business ventures elsewhere and Pierre-Yves Gosse (who sadly died earlier this year, aged 52) left to start the 5th Season restaurant in nearby Mons. Although records are sketchy, the Château was in a state of abandoned by 2005 and has gradually gone downhill as the vandals and thieves have done their thing.

    Talk of renovations and re-purposing have come and gone since then. Most recently, in 2014, it was mooted that the chateau may be converted into a well-being centre. However, the project that was estimated to create 150 jobs never materialised as it failed to get past the planners and was dropped in 2016. The house is now open to the elements and the only guests the occasional urban explorer, who have dubbed the ex-hotel “Chateau Cinderella” due to its very “princess” feel and its large blue room.

    2. The Explore
    A bit of residential relief on an otherwise industrial day. Fifth stop on a full day’s exploring. Arrived here a bit later than I wanted to, and the sun was starting to go down. A really curious place. It’s a very nice house and it is very much in the open and access is just a walk in. It’s been explored many a time but there doesn’t appear to be a previous report on here. It’s been smashed up a bit but has escaped complete trashing. As a consequence, it is still very much saveable. Hence, it’s strange that it hasn’t been sold and returned to use as a hotel. The previous hotel and restaurant were very high-class and there are a number of papers scattered around the place that refer back to then. Other than that, the place is pretty empty back the odd broken chair or chest of draws. It’s spread over four floors – five if you count the mini-wine cellar under the main wine cellar. It’s a really shame this lovely house has come to this as the only way is down. It made for a nice and relaxed wander as the sun came down on a busy and successful day of solo exploring in Belgium

    3. The Pictures

    Into view she comes:

    img4233 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Externally, she’s very pleasing on the eye!

    img4186 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4232 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cinderella 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Back view:

    img4230 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4199 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cinderella 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This canopy is a nice little touch:

    img4228 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Nice chimney embellishments:

    img4227bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the railings don’t look like they were gilded too long ago:

    img4225 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In we go:

    Cinderella 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cinderella 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cinderella 19 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4201 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cinderella 14 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Decent nick fireplace:

    img4194 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And one not so decent nick:

    Cinderella 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    Nice moulding detail:

    img4195 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    View from inside looking out:

    img4224 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Up to the first floor and a nice fireplace still in situ:

    img4206 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Assorted paperwork:

    img4212 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This dating back to 1994:

    Cinderella 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cinderella 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And one of the old menus:

    img4213 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    One of the many smashed up bathrooms:

    img4207 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And another:

    Cinderella 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Picture window:

    Cinderella 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Up to the top floor:

    img4205 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4210 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cinderella 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And then right back down to the kitchen area:

    img4222 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4221 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Wine cellar:

    Cinderella 16 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And safe:

    Cinderella 17 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Bye-bye Chateau Cinderella:

    img4188 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cinderella 22 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    I had a look at the menu but I couldn't find fish 'n' chips or a cheeseburger. But it must have been a nice hotel at one time. Still has a few features intact. The fireplaces are nice.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    I had a look at the menu but I couldn't find fish 'n' chips or a cheeseburger. But it must have been a nice hotel at one time. Still has a few features intact. The fireplaces are nice.
    Ha ha, or even moules et frittes

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    Yes; the chimney embellishments are very decorative, however they are needed to support the large stacks and stop them being blown off the roof in gale force winds! Otherwise the brickwork could not be as slender as it is; the roofline would look much heavier, with the whole building loosing the slender beauty it exhibits even today.

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    It's a shame there was none of that wine left in the cellar!

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    Ace photos as usual! Lol, I visited last month, but haven’t got round to putting the pics up yet!
    Brilliant report, thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX View Post
    Ace photos as usual! Lol, I visited last month, but haven’t got round to putting the pics up yet!
    Brilliant report, thanks for sharing!
    Thank you kindly Mr X! Looking forward to see your take on the old girl...

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    Bloody lovely that mate
    Don't panic, be reet!!!

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