Cleydael Castle is a moated castle in Aartselaar originally dating from the 14th century. The four towers are called Fox tower, Chapel tower, Owl tower and Cat tower. The castle was the home of the lords of Cleydael until the end of the 18th century. After being part of the golf course, it is now private property again.


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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium


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Viviane Philippens (2 years ago)
Dommage que se soit fermé le lundi. Avons été manger à 8 autre part!
J dR (2 years ago)
Goed restaurant en prachtig terrein.
Beatrice van de Weyer (3 years ago)
On a decide de jouer a cleydael. Arrive la, on a fait du practicesur un driving range absolument minable. Interdit d employer de bois ou de driver. Pour se reposer il y avait deux bancs plein de fiente d oiseaux. On a paye notre green fee tre cher au secretariat ou il y avait in personel apathique. Une porte de prison aplus de charisme. Partout des poubelles qui debordent de tousles cotes. On a commence a jouer. On a mis 5heures a nous deux. Partout il fallait attendre. Le terain etait archi plein.aucun bunker n etait ratisse alors que le "marshall " etait assis ecoutant son I pod au lieu de faire avancer les flights qui ralentissaient tout. Les greens avaient la grandeur de mouchoirs de poche et etaient couvert de moissure.apres on a quitte le terrain. Les pistolets de haute pression pour nettoyer les chaussures ne marchaient pas. On a pris une douche, pas de savon. Les douches ressemlaient a ceux que j avais chez les scouts! Pas de savon. Les toilettes puaient horriblement. Apres aon a mange dans le resto ou les serveurs etaient incompetents. Paye tres che. Mal mange. La vue sur le chateau est magnifique, mais ce nest pas pour ca qu on va jouer au golf. Puis on est rentre a bruxelles. Un bel exemple de terrain de golf avec mauvais management. Plus jamais
Frank Mangelschots (3 years ago)
Zeer mooie golfbaan
Patrick CLAEYS (4 years ago)
Cleydael Golfcourse is een zeer mooie baan met een goed restaurant men kan er dus een mooie dag van maken. De greens spijtig genoeg zijn echte maanlandschappen waardoor ik pars en bogeys miste, niet aanvaarbaar. Maar toch hadden we een mooie dag
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