Posted 11 February 2012 - 12:51 PM
Just to elaborate on Ian's comment about Elverdinghe Chateau. Yes, it is a very imposing building and the gate to the driveway leading to the chateau seems always to be open. Last year I took a friend there as his relative had been billetted there at one time. As it looked empty, I drove down the long drive admiring the views and went to the rear of the building. As we pulled up a man appeared carrying a shotgun, accompanied by a very large, vicious, barking dog (it turned out he was the handyman/gardener/security guard while the family are away). We kept in the car and he asked us what we were doing there. I explained that we just wanted to take a photo. He reluctantly agreed and warned us that it must not be published. As the dog didn't seem to be inclined to take its attention away from us, we stayed in the car and took two or three photos. If you stand at the main entrance, it is possible to get a very good photo of the building from there. I also believe that Ian is quite correct in saying that the building was not damaged during the war. Shells fell in the grounds, but apparently none of them hit the chateau.