Unique B&Bs in Belgium
1) Nuit Blanche
The artist David de Graef has created a fabulous guest house in a historic Bruges house he bought in 2007. The two guest rooms are designed in the style of a Jan van Eyck painting with old stone fireplaces, stained glass windows and huge oak beds. They look out on a mediaeval walled garden and a little canal, while breakfast is served in the owner’s art studio.
2) Van Wassenhove House
Architecture enthusiasts can spend a weekend in a striking brutalist house designed in 1974 by the Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens. This astonishing private home in the artists’ village of Sint-Martens- Latem was built of raw grey concrete, wood and glass for the Ghent teacher Albert Van Wassenhove. The house is now managed by a local art museum as a weekend B&B and artists’ residence. But it’s not for anyone who needs privacy. The bedroom is a simple wooden circle within the open plan design. Two bicycles are provided to explore the peaceful river landscape of the Leie. The house can be booked for two people from May to October. Contact the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens for details.
3) Huyze Elimonica
Filip Deschacht, a former chef, runs a sublime B&B in a fin-de-siècle town house built in 1899. He spent three years restoring the house and redecorated the rooms with rustic white furniture, contemporary paintings and maritime details like jars of seashells. The breakfast is a spectacular spread served at a long wooden table in the basement, or out in the garden if it is warm. There is even a garage across the road where you can leave your car.
This stylish B&B occupies an old watermill on the River Jeker just a few metres from the Dutch border. The building was restored in 2016 to create four guest rooms, along with a library, wine cellar and waterfront terrace. The owners have carefully renovated the historic mill wheel, which is used to generate electricity and grind flour. The B&B is a short walk from the acclaimed Château Neercanne restaurant and 15 minutes by bike from Maastricht.
Davy Verbeke and Sophie Vercammen have created a relaxed B&B in a converted 19th-century stable building. Located in the woods south of Brussels, this is a beautiful spot that feels like the middle of the countryside, yet you can get into central Brussels from Groenendaal railway station in just 30 minutes. The rooms are located in the old stables with little terraces at the back looking out on meadows where horses are kept. You can also sit with a book in the library or try one of the local beers in the bar.
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