Superior room

25 à 35m2 with double bed, bathroom with shower, television, internet connection and phone

Roomo 006 : Emile Herman (Fayt 1846 – Fayt 1935)

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Emile Herman was a pioneer of the socialist and cooperative movement, and one of the founders of the Belgian Labour Party in 1885. He was also one of the first socialist communal councillors in Belgium. In 1921 he became mayor of his native village, remaining in the role until 1935, despite his advanced age. A sand caster and blacksmith by trade, he was not highly educated, contrary to his architect son, who was also called Emile (1882-1962) and who was one of his successors as mayor of Fayt.

Room 105 : Emmanuel de Gongnies (Fayt 1693 – Fayt 1763)

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Emmanuel de Gongnies, the most prestigious Lord of Fayt and Escaille, was born at the castle in 1693. He was an influential member of the Chamber of Nobility of the States of Hainaut for almost 30 years. At the same time, he was appointed Provost-Marshal of Binche in 1739, giving him dominion over 42 villages in the region and enabling him to maintain a special relationship with the governors of the Austrian Netherlands during their stays in Mariemont, as well as with other high ranking statesmen. He was authoritarian and full of his own self-importance, and stopped at nothing to promote the interests of his fiefdom as if they were his own. He therefore played a key role in the construction of the great Nivelles-Binche road in around 1760, which he had pass through Fayt, as his role as financial backer of the emerging coal company of Haine-Saint-Pierre and La Hestre dictated. He died without leaving a male heir in February 1763.

Room 106 : Léon Guinotte (Morlanwelz 1870 – Bruxelles 1950)

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Léon Guinotte was a lawyer by profession, as well as being the right-hand man and successor to Raoul Warocqué, of whom he was a close friend. He was mayor of Bellecourt from 1908 to 1947, and a senator from 1920 to 1931 and from 1936 to 1949. He also built Pachy Château near Morlanwelz and Chapelle, around which he laid out magnificent gardens. On the death of Warocqué in 1917, he took over as director of the powerful Mariemont-Bascoup coal-producing company.

Room 206 : Raoul Warocque (Morlanwelz 1870 – Morlanwelz 1917)

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Raoul Warocqué was the last of a dynasty of great industrialists, which began at the beginning of the 19th century with Nicolas, his great grandfather. Nicolas founded the Mariemont coal-producing company, which soon made its mark as one of the most powerful in the country. The family also gave us the current grounds of the magnificent Mariemont estate, which had previously been the property of the governors of the Austrian Netherlands. In addition to his industrial success, Raoul also stood out due to his keen patronage of the arts, collecting many works of art during his travels around the world. His collections, which were bequeathed to the state on his death, were the starting point for the Mariemont Royal Museum, which is an important cultural hub in the central region.

Room 207 : Jules Carlier (Haine-Saint-Pierre 1863 – Fayt 1954)

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As a son of one of the most powerful families in Haine-Saint-Pierre, Jules Carlier was surrounded by business even as a child and adolescent. In 1891 he married the daughter of Fayt master brewer Emile Lechien, whose concern was located at the entrance to the Escaille grounds. He then took on a key role in his ageing father-in-law’s brewery, rapidly taking control of the entire Fayt brewing sector. In the inter-war period, his Amitié Brewery became one of the jewels of village industry. Carlier was a prosperous business owner when he was appointed director of the federation of brewers of the central region. He also acquired the Escaille château, farm, yard and gardens, which he occupied in 1909 and which he gave a second ‘golden age’. The brewery barely survived him, limping on for only a few years after his death.

Room 209 : Adrien Apollinaire Bougard (Estinnes-au-Mont 1819 – Manage 1885)

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Adrien-Apollinaire Bougard was first employed in a glass factory in Laeken and then in another in Jumet, before founding the first glass factory in Manage in 1851 with a French associate. His company enjoyed success partly due to its proximity to the station, which was one of the busiest in Belgium at the time. In 1880 he was also involved in the creation of the commune of Manage, which had been the hamlet of Seneffe up until this point. His sons took over from him on his death, but they were less gifted and were unable to prevent the company’s demise in 1907.

Overnight in a Superior room : 89€

Pack wellness in a Superior room : 110€

Buffet breakfast : 10€ per person / night

Room-service breakfast : 5€