The official name of the castle is Chateau Miranda, it was named only later on with the name Noisy. It is a property established in the neogothic style of build. It was established in 1866 by an English architect with name Milner,unfortunately he never had the experience to see the completion of his building . he passed away too early.
The castle served in the beginning as a summer residence of the family Liedekerke de beau’s fort. In the second world war the Chateau Noisy was taken by Nazis. Then the Chateau served as accommodation for children of the Belgian road employees as a holidays hostel. Now, however, since 1991 due to a fire it has lay abandoned. from the outside the property still gives a very good impression. Unfortunately, it goes to ruin in the interior increasingly with rotting floors and decay , The elements of time are taking control of this sad chateau.
Mission – Chateau Noisy, Belgium We set off from London at 10.30PM in heavy rain to catch the 12.30AM train from Folkestone. Driving through France into Belgium the rain kept pouring. We met two other members of Mission Abandoned who had also travelled from the UK via Holland. At 4.50AM we arrived at their hotel in Denant Belgium and after freshening up and several strong coffees we let the comfort of their hotel to start our quest. Finding the abandoned Chateau Noisy. In darkness we followed the instructions from our GPS to the small town near Celles. After circling the woodland surrounding the Château, we found a suitable place to park our English registration car in a small village as not to attract attention. At approx 6.30AM we made the uphill hike through dense the woodland. On our first sighting of the chateau we became aware of the distant sound of what sounded like a quad bike. After reading about over-protective grounds man, and owner, we all looked at each other in disbelief that he could be arriving at such a time in the early hours of the morning. As the quad bike drew nearer our worst fears were confirmed. It was the gun-touting mad grounds man. We immediately dived into the grass which was not the best idea since it was only one foot high. The grounds man circled near us and around the chateau.
To this day we still cant believe how he did not see the five of us. Once he left, we made our dash across the open grounds to the front entrance. This was locked. Then we spotted a broken door and ran like rats inside. Upon entering the Chateau it was beginning to get light and we caught our first glimpse of the splendour of this 18 century castle. The smell of decay was evident. Nobody spoke for five minutes as we found a place to hide until it was light enough to begin our exploration. The floor boards on nearly the entire upper floors were missing and there was obviously a high level of danger. So we navigated our way around carefully taking as many photos as possible. The ornate ceilings were breathtaking and yet tinged with sadness.
You can only imagine how beautiful this all once looked. Everywhere you looked the detail and love that had once gone into the design of this building was so very evident. You can only ask yourself one question. How could such a beautiful, even fairytale like, castle become so lost and derelict. The rows of sinks and classroom furniture were all that was left of the former school. A school for the railway mens children.
Upon further investigation, the kitchens were surprisingly still intact. We all split up so we could cover all the Chateau including the clock tower to which the views were breathtaking. As the winds bellowed through the many broken windows we could hear shot gun fire from outside. The hunters were shooting in the Woodlands.
We realised that it was time to leave this very special place to which we could have easily spent many more hours.