Borssele

Borssele, the village – different to Borsele council, with one ‘s’! – is a pleasant spot in the Zuid-Beveland polder land. The village itself has a monument status. The symmetrical street grid, tall trees, flower beds and beautiful old homes all embrace the village square like old friends.

Much to see here, the 1849 church on the square, for one. Or the cattle-watering place, a so-called vaete. A sculpture of playing youngsters – made by A. Beysens, a sculptor from nearby Goes –complements this idyllic scene.

The square is home to the Viskot, or ‘fish hangout’: a building with a replica of the original 19th-century fish bench. The local youth club once used the building for their meetings.

Borssele boasts a working corn mill, the ‘De Hoop & Verwachting’, dating from 1714, on the village outskirts. You can visit, Saturday afternoons, or by appointment.

An old refuge mound can be found at the edge of the village, the Mountain of Troy (‘Berg van Troje’. This small hill reminds us of the former local castle. In the 13th century, the aristocracy of Borselen lived here, three centuries before a ruthless springtide wrecked the castle entirely.