Five hundred years after the first stone of Hof ter Groene Walle was laid, this unique piece of heritage in De Pinte is being revitalized. The farmstead, steeped in history, is getting new purposes: a boutique, a gallery and a pub. All mom to convey culture and heritage, all honour the philosophy of conservation. All because Hof ter Groene Walle must remain standing for the next five hundred years. At Least.
History and heritage
The oldest designation of the farmstead – ‘s Graven Hazele – dates back to 1249 and can also be found under that name on the ‘Kaerte figurative of Nazareth’ from 1658. Between the seventeenth and nineteenth century, the rectangular, moated farmstead with farmhouse and parallel buildings underwent various conservations and developments, but since then, the farm and the adjoining unbuilt grounds have remained untouched. In 2011, the Flemish government recognised the historical value of the entire site and made it a monument. Click here for more history.
Today, both the farmhouse and the parallel barn and perpendicular stables remain. They are now facing a new and remarkable future as, together with the municipality of De Pinte and Flanders Heritage Agency, a lively project was developed. Today, Hof ter Groene Walle is a landmark where living, working and relaxing go hand in hand and where the past echoes in the present.
Today, the eighteenth-century stables serve as an office building.
The elongated barn is split into two sections. Both segments have been converted into houses.
3.1. Boutique Ayako
In the original residential area of the farmhouse, you can find the boutique “Ayako”, which adheres to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi maintains that nothing is eternal, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. This way of life honors simplicity, openness, and tranquility and embraces the beauty of imperfection. Both the interior and products reflect that same austerity. Take a look at www.ayako.be or make an appointment to visit the boutique here.
3.2. Art gallery – Kunst op Zolder
The fully restored attic has been transformed into a sophisticated art gallery where artists form different disciplines can present their work. In Kunst op Zolder, artists interact with each other and with the unique location. Make an appointment to visit the gallery: www.kunstopzolder.be.
3.3. Café Cnudde
Café Cnudde is De Pinte’s smallest pub. Its name is a tribute to its previous residents, who have been eternalised in De Pinte’s history books. The Cnuddekes were well-known to everyone in the neighbourhood and symbolizes the local population, which the pub also targets. The small, picturesque pop-up café aims to be a cozy living room where local hikers and cyclists can come and warm up to culture and heritage. Feel free to take a look on our website: www.cafecnudde.be.