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The Country Lifestyle Museum

Coordinates

Montquintin (Rouvroy)
+32 (0)63/57 03 15
www.musees-gaumais.be
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The Country Life Museum offers a unique view over the Gaume countryside and its three geographical ?cuestas? or rocky ridges. The whole site at Montquintin, with its fortified castle, dovecote, little Romanesque church and tithe farm, has been given special Walloon heritage status.
Monseigneur de Hontheim, the feudal lord and anti-establishment bishop, known in literature under the pseudonym Febronius, had the tithe farm built at Montquintin in 1765. This small, three-block farm is typical of the traditional medieval tripartite form of rule bringing together administration, justice (upper and lower courts) and religious power, and is also a perfect example of the type of preserved rural architecture in Gaume. Under a Roman tile roof, flanked on both sides by flat stone tiles (cladasses), the main residential building, with its white lime rendering, houses the kitchen with its old furniture and the hearth with all the household utensils, as well as the pèle (the best or reception room) with an alcove and cupboard. The rebuilt classroom is a reminder of the former Montquintin school built in the 19th century.
Under the hayloft, the barn and cowshed house examples of rural means of transport, farming tools, yokes and parts of harnesses, tools for working hemp, washday, pig slaughtering, beekeeping and for preserving and storing foodstuffs.

Prices: Adult 2 € / Groups (15personnes) and seniors 1.50 € / 1.50 € Students / Under 12 Free.
Guided tours (max. 25 persons): 30 € (per week), 40 € (night), 50 euros (weekends and holidays).
Bus parking: Yes