Mineral water as the basis for the hotel-castle
Martin's Château du Lac was built in 1906 by the Société des Eaux Minérales (Mineral Water Company) – so, its original name was ‘Etablissement des Eaux’ (Water Company). This castle in romantic Lorraine style would become a mineral water bottling plant.
Even though the springs had been commercialised, the castle was run only as a health resort until Schweppes Belgium hired the building in 1934 to make it a production plant for water and lemonade.
In 1952, the Martin family bought the castle and continued the industrial activities until 1981, when John Martin moved the production plant to another location. Four years later, the idea was put forward to create an exclusive luxury hotel on the shores of Genval Lake.
Thus, the plant became a castle-hotel that combines both traditional and contemporary luxury in an oasis of tranquillity surrounded by nature. Through the years, a restaurant and several banquet rooms (for dinners, meetings and wedding celebrations) were added to the hotel. The most recent addition is a spa and fitness club.
Martin's Château du Lac has already received a whole host of celebrated guests – including the Emperor of Japan, Albert II of Monaco, Paul-Loup Sulitzer, Al Gore, and even the French national football team. We invite you, too, to continue the golden legend of Martin's Château du Lac.
A 5-star hotel in unique surroundings
Today, Genval Lake is a very popular spot for taking special promenades. All around the Lake are numerous gems from the Belle Époque. Luxurious homes adorn the Lake’s shores – like "la Bastide", the house where Victor Horta lived.
Martin's Château du Lac is also ideally situated in the heart of Walloon-Brabant. The hotel-castle is the perfect home base from which to discover this region that is so steeped in history. Go back in time to the Stichting Folon, the Abdij van Villers-la-Ville, or to the battlefield of Waterloo.
Walloon-Brabant holds many special attractions for nature and sports enthusiasts as well. Take a breath of fresh air in Solvaypark, the Sonian Forest (Brussels’ green lung), or the Bois des Rêves domain. Or play a round of hotel golf. The hilly landscape is a splendid succession of woods and valleys, picturesque villages and beautiful vistas. A magnificent piece of paradise, where time has stood still.
Martin's Château du Lac distinguishes itself in the hotel world by its personal approach – so characteristic of Martin’s Hotels – but also by its unique location in the middle of nature with a view over Genval Lake.Local sights of special interest around Martin's
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