Where is Madame?
Seeing this chair, you would think that, just a moment ago, someone was sat here reading. And all the other furniture, heavy wood with intricate carving made between the 18th century and the Jugendstil period, also appears to be in regular use. The Renaissance chateau in Beaufort has a magic all of its own. Make an appointment for a guided tour that brings the past to life.
A magazine about roses lies on the little table. Next to it, a vase containing blooms of the queen of flowers. You would think that, just a moment ago, someone was sat here reading. And all the other furniture, heavy wood with intricate carving made between the 18th century and the Jugendstil period, also appears to be in regular use. Everywhere there are pens and other writing materials, books, ticking clocks, fine crockery and silver cutlery. However, the lady of the house will not be coming back – Madame Anne-Marie Linckels passed away in 2012. Nevertheless, visitors to the Renaissance chateau in Beaufort still get the feeling that she may come through the door at any moment. Today, you can visit her rooms and walk in the footsteps of the chatelaine, who lived here until her ninety-eighth year. The black telephone with a dial that she used to use, the photographs – everything has been kept the same. You can literally feel the presence of Madame Linckels here.
That is without doubt partly thanks to Jacqueline Kuijpers, who looks after it all and guides visitors through the rooms. She knew the old lady very well; she was her housekeeper and she has lived in the chateau since 1980. Indeed, she has spent most of her life here and saw her three children grow up within its extensive walls; she knows every corner of the castle and, of course, the garden, too.