Hougoumont, Waterloo

Belgium

About this Landmark

The course of British and European history changed here on 18 June 1815. Today it is an atmospheric Landmark furnished to evoke the Napoleonic era.

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  • 4 nights from £506
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A strong sense of place

2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo.

The course of British and European history was determined on 18 June 1815 here at the gates of Hougoumont, a walled farmyard in quiet fields at Waterloo, some 10 miles south of Brussels. This place was inadvertently caught up in momentous events: the Duke of Wellington himself declared that ‘the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo depended upon the closing of the gates at Hougoumont’.

The Battle of Waterloo ended over 20 years of unprecedented warfare as Napoleon Bonaparte occupied most of continental Europe, Britain’s conquest clearly in his sights. Newly escaped from exile on the island of Elba, the confrontation at Waterloo was his last stand. Wellington, commanding the combined British, Dutch and Prussian forces, had no choice but to fight a defensive battle, his hastily assembled army outnumbered and outgunned by the French. The open terrain offered few defensible points: only Chateau Hougoumont and a little farmhouse nearby, La Haye Sainte, could prevent Wellington’s Allied line being outflanked.

Throughout this June day, gallant British troops defended the walled farmyard of Chateau Hougoumont, as waves of Napoleon’s soldiers beat against its massive gates in fierce hand to hand fighting, the chateau itself burning down around them. As light faded, it became clear that Napoleon’s army was defeated. The Napoleonic guard fled into the woods and fields: Hougoumont had held, and the Allies had won the day. 

An atmospheric apartment

This simple first floor apartment in the former gardener’s cottage beside the south gates is furnished to evoke the Napoleonic era and looks out on ancient sweet chestnut trees that also witnessed the bravery and sacrifice here.This is a unique place to ponder the famous Battle of Waterloo by day and night. 

Read Anna Keay's blog on her impressions of Hougoumont.


Floor Plan

‘it was impossible not to be deeply moved.’

Anna Keay, Director

Map & local info

Hougoumont is an ideal base from which to explore Brussels, Bruges and Ghent as well as the World War One battlefields.

A commemoration programme of events to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo can be found on the Waterloo 2015 website.

The Lion Mound is a monument erected on the spot that the Prince of Orange, heir apparent to the throne of the Netherlands, was injured. You can see the whole battlefield from the top of the hillock.

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Hougoumont, Waterloo
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    What you need to know about this building

  • How is the property accessed?

    Via an estate track.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Braine L'Alleud - approx 2 miles.  The journey from Bruxelles Midi takes 15-20 minutes.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    Yes – there is parking on site.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    There is gas fired central heating.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc. There is also a gas cooker.
  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There is wetroom with a shower.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    There are steep stairs from the entrance to the first floor and tight, steep stairs from the first to the second floors.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is no private garden.

    Booking and Payment

  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
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    If you have not used the Landmark online booking facility before and you wish to register in advance, you can set up an on-line account by following the instructions below:

    Go to the Landmark home page and click on Gift shop (located at the top of the home page in red).

    Select a gift (e.g. Landmark Handbook or Anniversary Mug) and complete the ‘Amount required’ box. There is no need to complete the purchase but this step is necessary in order to bring up the registration page.

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  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
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    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
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    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will be able to tell you whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to prepare it then we consider that it is open and available for guests. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, depending on what we have available. It may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking. If the building is accessible but the customer cannot travel due to poor weather in his/her local area then please be aware that Landmark will not provide a refund. However the customer may be able to claim on his/her own travel insurance. We recommend that all guests take out travel insurance when they first secure a booking.

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    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • Am I insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Are there televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).

A Landmark that determined the course of European history

The course of British and European history was determined on 18 June 1815 here at the gates of Hougoumont, a walled farmyard in quiet fields at Waterloo, some 10 miles south of Brussels. This place was inadvertently caught up in momentous events: the Duke of Wellington himself declared that ‘the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo depended upon the closing of the gates at Hougoumont’.

‘Keep Hougoumont’ – the Duke of Wellington’s battle plan

The Battle of Waterloo ended over 20 years of unprecedented warfare as Napoleon Bonaparte occupied most of continental Europe, Britain’s conquest clearly in his sights. Newly escaped from exile on the island of Elba, the confrontation at Waterloo was his last stand. Wellington, commanding the combined British, German and Dutch forces, had no choice but to fight a defensive battle, his hastily assembled army outnumbered and outgunned by the French. The open terrain offered few defensible points: only Chateau Hougoumont and a little farmhouse nearby, La Haye Sainte, could prevent Wellington’s Allied line being outflanked.

Throughout this June day, gallant British troops defended the walled farmyard of Chateau Hougoumont, as waves of Napoleon’s soldiers beat against its massive gates in fierce hand to hand fighting, the chateau itself burning down around them. As light faded, it became clear that Napoleon’s army was defeated. The Napoleonic guard fled into the woods and fields: Hougoumont had held, and the Allies had won the day.



Photograph of musket shots in brickwork - Damian Entwhistle

Restoration work to the Hougoumont Farm began in October 2013 under the management of the Intercommunale de Bataille Waterloo 1815 and in consultation with Landmark, to be completed in time for the Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary in June 2015.

The walls of the courtyard have been limewashed but the brickwork of the external elevations has been left exposed, as it was during the battle.

The great barn was made weather tight and the massive timbers of the internal structure cleaned and repaired. This has become the main visitors centre.

Future plans included replanting the wood through which the French first attacked and of which only three great sweet chestnuts remain.



Interior court photograph - Damian Entwhistle
All other restoration photography - JF Schmitz