The history of the Estate
L'Ardoisière La Plet
A little history …
In the Middle Ages, the place called “Laplet, was a peeled hill away from the village. The inhabitants feared this place called the “Mont d'Alle”, because it was said to be the place of the witches' sabbath.
The Ardoisière "Laplet" is a former slate extraction factory which has not been in operation since the beginning of the 20th century.
The initial building probably dates from the 17th century, when the exploitation of the “LaPlet” slate quarry in Alle-sur-Semois is attested.
The ensemble consisted of the main building, administrative buildings, today “Escaille”, probably of more recent construction, of a smaller holding communicating with Laplet, located a few meters away.
The advertising panel for the Laplet slate quarry in full operation in the 19th century.
To the left of the building, the arcades where the rails of the wagons brought up from the basement by the steam engine ended, which was anchored on a plinth of schist blocks in the heart of the building.
At the bottom of the ground, forming an "L", the splitting workshops.
On the right, the covered ramp goes down to the water pumps
Today, the maze of galleries that run through the basement of the estate are flooded, nature has taken back its rights. But with a bit of luck you may come across one or the other explorer who likes to come and dive into the heart of the Ardoisière mine.
The swimming pool
A swimming pool dating from the 70s, completely renovated by us, large bay windows to enjoy the view of the Ardennes, and beautiful colored lights to splash around in the water.
The 17 m long by 5 wide swimming pool is bordered by a fresco left to us by an illustrious artist, testimony to the rich past and full of history of the Ardoisière estate.
Going into the heated swimming pool all year round, riding a go-kart or electric scooter in complete safety are the domain's major assets.
The lawn in front of the suites hosts football and shutter matches.
The nearby forest and the banks of the Semois invite hikers and walkers to follow the many marked trails for experienced or beginners.
Separate spaces are set up in the relaxation area and invite, for example, to watch by the fire under the starry sky.
In this green setting where softwood, leafy trees, bushes and wild berries alternate freely roosters and chickens born here for the most part, but also three cats, two bitches, two donkeys, Paloma and Fleur and two donkeys, Anatole and Archibald. Birds, squirrels, rodents and small birds of prey have also taken up residence at the Compagnie des Bois.
This small world receives appropriate nourishment for their full development.