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Gatehouse Cottages in Barbençon

 Gîtes de Wallonie 


Barbençon ... Close to the French border, Barbençon is one of the prettiest villages in Wallonie. The surrounding countryside has plenty to offer: a rich cultural heritage, a colorful folklore, its medieval and Napoleonic history, and of course Belgian gastronomy. Whether you are in for sightseeing (Thuin, Chimay, Abbey of Aulnes, ...) or for outdoor activities (hiking, (mountain)biking, fishing, water sports, ...), Barbençon is the ideal starting point. Our rentals "La Couronne d 'Or” (The Golden Crown) and  “Les trois Lions”' (The Three Lions) have  a capacity of 4 and 9 people respectively, and draw on the local medieval patrimony to offer you a unique experience in all seasons.

The Gatehouse ... In the XIIIth century, the Gatehouse of Barbençon was guarding the entrance of a mighty castle. Its lords were respected within the entire Province and beyond, and their influence was large and far reaching. Seven centuries later, only part of the medieval walls and the Gatehouse itself remains. The Gatehouse was transformed in the first part of the XXth century and has been used as rentals and vacation houses ever since. 


Les Trois Lions

3 bedrooms, 9 guests

La Couronne d'Or

1 bedroom, 2/3 guests

Freshly renovated, our gîte “Les trois lions d'e Gueules” overlook the lake of Barbençon, and offers a breathtaking view on the lake and its surroundings. With three bedrooms of 2, 3 and 4 persons respectively, and two sofa beds, it ideally accommodates families, groups of friends and colleagues up to 9 guests. The gîte has two bathrooms, a living-room, a fully furnished kitchen, and a large terrace.

The Silver Shield

2 bedrooms, 5 guests

The gîte “The silver shield” occupies the second floor of the Châtelet de Barbençon and is characterised by an  interior space following the outline of the two towers. Its hexagonal living room offers a magnificent view of Lake Barbençon. The two rooms for 2 and 3 persons can accommodate up to 5 guests. Finally, a comfortable bathroom and a bubble bath will maximise your pleasure and guarantees you an ideal setting to relax with family or friends.

Protected my 4-feet-thick walls, our gîte “La Couronne d’Or” offers an authentic medieval atmosphere. Entirely renovated, it is located on the first floor of the Gatehouse, the appartement includes one 2-persons bedroom in the North-East tower and a sofa bed in the living-room. The kitchen is fully furbished, and the living room will enchant you with its high, vaulted ceiling. Ideal for individual travellers and couples.

La Chambre des Pairs

2 bedrooms, 5/7 personnes

Our gîte "La Chambre des Pairs" occupies the top floor of the Châtelet. The half-moon rooms and the small small openings in the North facade contrast with the luminous central platform built in the past century. A fully equipped kitchen, a modern shower room and a spacious living room guarantee you comfort of the 21st century. Our gîte "La Chambre des Pairs" can also be transformed into a meeting room and accommodate your seminars, presentations and other events in an exceptional setting.

The photos of each gites can be viewed on the reservations page.
Our gîtes can be combined to reach a total capacity of 21/24 people.
Contact us for group rates and corporate rates.



Free Wifi


To stay connected with family members, friends et colleagues and to share your best memories.

Terrace and playground area

A breathtaking Lake view, a barbecue and a swing so that everyone can relax in the Sun.

Washing Machine


Available in our storage room, because our kids too tend to spill their hot chocolate all over.

Bike "Shed"


To store your bikes and other bulky equipments away from the weather in the underground passage leading to the castle.

Easy Parking

Three private parking spots for “Les Trois Lions de Gueules”. One private parking spot for “La Couronne d'Or”.



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Find the inspiration ...



Within 30min by car: Sint Lambert Church (1km), Salamandre Tower (4km), Abbey of Aulnes (8km), Beffroi of Thuin (UNESCO site, 15km), Bois du Casier (30km), and Numerous Museums, Abbeys, Castles et Medieval Cities.

A pied et a vélo

Walking, Hiking and Biking trails.

Touristic trails: “Véloroute des Lacs”, “1000 bornes à vélo”, ... 

Discover the NaturaParc: Mountain bike renting, Tree climbing cours and more (10km).

To Drink

Enjoy the local specialties and the numerous Belgian beers. Do not miss the Beers of Beaumont (4km), 

the Distillery of Biercée (10km),

the Trappist Beers of Chimay (30km),

the microBrouwery des Fagnes (30km).

Folk Events

The boot of Hainaut and the Lake District have a rich and colorful folklore. Participate in Barbençon's Big Fire, in one of the local Carnivals & Ducasses or in one of the famous Folk Marches that are so specific to the area between the Sambre and Meuse rivers.


Fish in Barbençon's Lake (350m), discover Golf and other Water Sports at Lake l'Eau d'Heure (10km), take-off in a small plane or  ULM (15km), enjoy a professional Karting racing circuit (30 km).

To Eat

Have lunch or dinner at the neighbour Lake's Inns (350m and 1km). Discover Beaumont's Escavèches (fish) and Macaroons (sweet) (4km), the many Belgian Cheeses and the Walloon Gastronomy.

Even more... The area is so rich that it is impossible to provide a full list of the many things to do, to see and to discover.
To find even more ideas, 
visit the sites of the Lake District, or the Walloon Tourism.


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“For your confort and safety, we are entirely renovating the Gatehouse indoors, and we are refurbishing our two Cottages. We will be reopening them in April and in the Summer 2019.

     Coming Soon     


Be inspired by the historic setting and the authentic ambiance of the Gatehouse. Organize your retreats, corporate seminars, product presentations, photo shoots and other events. Our cottage "The Three Lions Gules" will soon ve equipped with a multimedia infrastructure and can be be converted in a meeting or seminar room for up to 20 people.

Contact us to discover our conditions.

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