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DE PINTE

In the small village De Pinte we find several small castles. One of them is Grand Noble (picture on the left) which is hidden mostly behind the luscious leaves of the trees in the park. The domain was once property of the abbey Sint Pieter they gave it in loan to Geraard de Duivel. In 1763 it was bought by knight Soenen. Through inheritance it comes in the hands of the De Giey family in 1802. Their decedents still live in the chateau. The castle was between 1850 and 1860 rebuilt into this imposing neo classical building.
On the picture in the middle we see castle Viteux. You find the chateau in the middle of the village across the street of the church. A farm was in 1857 rebuild into a summer residence. The park was modeled in 1881. The castle and out buildings are currently beign restored and turned into apartments.
Chateau Scheldevelde (picture on the right) is now part of a retirement home. The domain is for the first time mentioned in the 8th century. The land is in the hands of the monks of the Sint Pieters abbey from Gent since 1259. They don't pay much attention to it as the land is barren. It's only in the 18th century that it becomes more important when a castle and farm is built. The French occupier confiscate the domain and sells it to the De Potter Surmont family. The replace in 1846 the old castle by a new neo classical chateau designed by architect Leo Minard. The village inherent the domain in 1846 with the will stating that it should be used as a retirement home for the eldery. A fu!nction it still has today.

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