A bit of history !

One of the oldest owners of the site was the de Glimes family in the 14th century.

In 1462, the de Vaulx family became one of the most important families in the county of Namur when they combined the castle of Aische and its various lands and outbuildings to form the landed seigneury of Aische, still under the jurisdiction of the landed court of Walhain, while the high seigneury, i.e. the right of high justice, belonged to the Counts of Namur.

Owned by the du Bois family since 1647, the castle was extended between 1760 and 1780 by Simon de Neuf, husband of Philippine du Bois, who added two wings, raised the tower, widened the moat and built a new bridge.

The arms of the de Neuf family can still be seen above the entrance of the château :
“d’or à trois hures de sanglier au naturel”.

The coat of arms of the du Bois family is engraved above the entrance door to the Croix-Monet chapel.

The farm adjoining the château dates from the late 16th century.

After 1830, the château was no longer permanently inhabited and ceased to be so after 1865. Relatively well preserved until 1917, it was then damaged during its occupation by French refugees who used the doors and panelling for heating. During the German debacle in 1918, it was occupied for a few days by Russian prisoners.

Finally, after the armistice in November 1918, Canadian soldiers set up quarters here for several weeks.

Many of the beams and stones were then salvaged and used to embellish the farm or sold on.

Le Soir Illustré 23/10/1952
History of Château d’Aische-en-Refail

The ruins have been listed as a site and monument since 1977 and 1982 respectively :

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