Visitors to Beaufort in Luxembourg’s romantic Haupeschbach Valley can immerse themselves in two distinct periods of history by experiencing its twin castles. The medieval building broods with martial austerity, a ruin that sends the imagination racing back almost a thousand years to when its defensive walls were begun; its Renaissance counterpart, still furnished and decorated for habitation, exudes elegance and civilisation, art and comfort. Beaufort’s contrasting castles sit together as an illustration of changing times and changing priorities. Jacqueline Kuijpers has lived in the Renaissance building for more than 30 years, stretching back to the time when the last chatelaine, Annemarie LinckelsVolmer, resided in its opulent surroundings.