Perhaps no other region has such a high density of country houses and castles as Flanders (the northern part of Belgium). Historically, this region has always been one of the most densely populated regions in Europe. In comparison to most other regions, Flanders was characterized by a high density of smaller scale estates - many of them several hundreds of hectares in size. Over the course of the last centuries, this situation has slowly changed. These properties are now much smaller and much more fragmented.
The Marnix de Sainte Aldegonde estate in Bornem, Belgium (photograph: Steven Heyde)