Domaine Allard

Firmly rooted in Eclecticism with a marked predominance for the neo-_Renaissance style, the handsome brick and stone dwelling overlooking the Allard Estate was built in 1898 for architect Charles-Eugène Loicq, who apparently also constructed Uccle town hall. An imposing fireplace takes centre stage in the entrance hall, which leads into a vast space composed of a succession of three rooms. The first, in a French classical style (late 18th century), retains a delightful decor of floral garlands on the upper part of the panelling as well as over the bay windows. The second room, with its neo-Renaissance fireplace, is crossed halfway up by a leather frieze of sculpted ivy leaves that travels around the room. To the rear, a huge lawn lined with flowerbeds slopes gently towards a country garden, part of which, unmown, gives way to underbrush. An amusing giant cement mushroom serves as a shelter from the rain, as does a gloriette, typical of the time, made from cement and designed to imitate wood down to the smallest detail. At the back, a pond, its banks lined with aquatic plants, is an invitation to daydream. The estate, which contains a number of remarkable trees, including a London plane and two beautiful horse chestnuts, is bordered by Chemin du Delleweg/De Delleweg, one of the last remaining vestiges of the ancient network of Uccle byways, along with Chemin du Crabbegat/Crabbegatweg and Chemin du Château d’Eau/Waterkasteelstraat.

Guided tours. Saturday and Sunday at 10h00, 12h00, 15h00 and 17h00 (French) and at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00 (Dutch). In cooperation with the owners, Arkadia and Itinéraires, sur les Sentiers de l’Histoire.

Practical information

  • rue Victor Allard 88
    1180 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 18h00
    • T
      Globe
    • B
      Aulne/Elzeboom