Cooking & Wine
These gastronomic hotels are happy to share their kitchen secrets and passion for the best wines with you. An exclusive tasting from an expert sommelier, discovering treasures in the wine cellar or looking over the chef's shoulder during a private cooking course.
Alpin Lifestyle Hotel Löwen & Strauss,
Surrounded by the imposing peaks of the Allgäu Alps, Alpin Lifestyle Hotel Löwen & Strauss is in the centre of the picturesque and stylish town of Oberstdorf. In the cosmopolitan town of Oberstdorf he has created Löwen & Strauss, a contemporary hotel and restaurant, with a modern ambience. In typical Alpine style with lots of wood and rustic elements, the hotel makes a perfect base to explore this area of nature. Jeunes Restaurateur Peter A. Strauss is an acclaimed chef who has won many culinary prizes. A welcoming place for both young and old, holiday-maker or local resident. The hotel rooms and suites are all unique, with design furniture and decorated with materials from Tirol Living Collection. Start the day with a delicious "Alpine" breakfast. In the wellness-oasis Casa Alp, with panorama sauna and tepidarium, you can finally relax at the end of a day filled with sport activities.
Auberge de Temple,
Gallery hotel Auberge de Temple is nestled in the undulating landscape of Johannesberg, a quaint village half an hour south-east of Frankfurt am Main. Günther de Temple and Christine Wondrak meticulously restored and refurbished the inn which dates to 1854. Auberge de Temple transcends the ordinary - it’s a feast of flavours, colours, styles and above all quality. In designing the interior, Günther de Temple and Christine Wondrak have ingeniously applied ideas gleaned from their extensive travels. Each stylish and spacious guestroom is named after a famous artist. The result is stunning from the moment you enter. Art is the prevailing theme, with bold contemporary work wherever you look – the hotel even has its own gallery. Helbigs Gasthaus, the restaurant run by Ludger and Nicole Helbig, offers an entire evening’s entertainment packed with huge flavors, from saltcured pork cheeks and sea bass to cherry clafoutis with lavender ice cream and an excellent selection of cheeses.
Bij Jef Restaurant & Hotel,
There’s one thing you notice immediately when you stay at Bij Jef: you’re on an island. There’s something about the fresh colours, clear light and hip but comfortable decor that perfectly complements the Dutch island atmosphere, and the hotel is just a short walk from the beach. At Bij Jef on Texel not only can you enjoy exceptional dining but also wake up refreshed. The contemporary design merges with the restaurant’s innovative and unconventional character. The individually designed unique suites are well appointed with double rain showers and boxspring beds with the famous Texel duvets made from local lambs’ wool. The suites offer beautiful views of the island’s green fields. Chef Jef and sommelier Nadine are true culinary royalty. His dishes gain their distinctive flavours from the pure and naturally saline local ingredients. The perfect place for a gastronomic break with international flair.
Boutique Hotel Puur Zee,
Imko Binnerts, master chef, and the most famous fish restaurateur in the Netherlands, has settled at the foot of the dunes in Wijk aan Zee, on the coast northwest of Amsterdam. He and his partner, wine specialist Cathy Moerdijk, welcome guests at Villa De Klughte, a chalet-style building with more than a century of history. The restaurant is called Puur Zee, meaning Pure Sea, and serves a menu based on fish from the neighboring North Sea. And it goes without saying that the dishes are accompanied by outstanding wines. The suites are named after famous Dutch seaside resorts and this theme is carried through in the styling of the room. Each room has a king-size bed in which you can dream away after dinner. On the other side of the dunes, around 300 metres away, is one of the widest beaches in the Netherlands. It’s a real family beach, which also popular with kite surfers, so there’s always something to keep you entertained. There’s an outdoor swimming pool in Villa De Klughte’s garden.
Château St. Gerlach,
Château St. Gerlach is imposing, but there is a homely atmosphere. The estate is located in the middle of the nature of Geul Valley, just outside Valkenburg. Upon arrival, you immediately see the spectacular grand castle and feel surrounded by its beauty. Château St. Gerlach's classically furnished rooms and suites are housed in the former farmhouse. The hotel residences, like Spa & Wellness St. Gerlach, are located in the former marker building and in the granaries. The château is the setting for Les Salons. In the former living quarters of the baron, dishes are served using products from his own garden and orchard as much as possible. In the homely castle farm, located at the entrance of the estate, you are welcome for a drink or lunch. On the fruit arboretum, a rose garden and a vineyard.
Château Wittem is a place where old charm and modern fine dining come together. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V stayed here, as did William of Orange. The Wilden family transformed this historic castle into a contemporary boutique hotel with an excellent restaurant. From the 18th century to the 1950s, the castle was the residence of the Merckelbach family, and they were the last to use it as a home. The atmosphere of the decor in the 12 guestrooms is ‘French chic’ and boast classic elegance. Each room has a name and a story related to important figures in the castle’s long history, which goes back to 1125. Restaurant Julemont is named after knight Winand van Julemont, who moved into the chateau around 1200. Chef Guido Braeken brings energy, new ideas and top gastronomy to Wittem. The restaurant serves French classics and regional favourites. Wittem is located between Maastricht and Aachen, but Belgium is also just around the corner.
Die Sonne Frankenberg,
Die Sonne Frankenberg in the city of Frankenberg (Eder) is in the fairytale region Ederbergland, the homeland of the brothers Grimm, not far from National Parc Kellerwald-Edersee. The hotel is part of meticulously restored half-timbered houses, with the 500-year-old city hall at the centre. The bright rooms and suites of this historic hotel have a charming and mediterranean feel to them. The orientally inspired Sonne Spa is the place for ultimate relaxation.The vicinity of Frankenberg is a paradise for nature lovers.
Hotel & Restaurant Die Mühlenhelle,
This idyllic hotel is small but perfect. The meticulously restored 18th century townhouse is delightful, both inside and out. Die Mühlenhelle boasts 2 wonderful restaurants. Among them is a Michelin starred restaurant called Restaurant die Mühlenhelle. You can also visit the Bistro die Mühlenhelle for classic dishes, such as Wiener schnitzel and Kaiserschmarren. The bistro has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, the mark of exceptionally good food at moderate prices. The comfortable luxury rooms at Die Mühlenhelle have crisp interiors and are well appointed, just like the rest of the hotel. Gummersbach’s surroundings are idyllic and include scenic reservoirs. The cultural and shopping city of Cologne is within easy reach.
Grand Hotel de Draak,
The oldest document mentioning Herberg De Draak – now Grand Hotel De Draak – dates from 1397. It proves that this is the oldest hotel in the Netherlands. Spend the night in one of De Draak’s historic and characterful buildings – as you might expect, no two rooms or suites are the same – and enjoy breakfast in the classic setting of the breakfast room. After a long walk or bike ride, you can relax in the hotel’s spa and beauty centre. De Draak also has a large terrace with a view of Bergen op Zoom’s historic marketplace.
Hôtel Le Grand Bellevue,
In the heart of Gstaad village, Le Grand Bellevue was originally built in 1912 as a cure house and spa. The dynamic young owners Daniel and Davia Koetser re-launched Le Grand Bellevue after a year-long renovation. Chef Francesco De Bartolomeis inspires diners at LEONARD’s restaurant with his sophisticated combination of international haute cuisine and modern bistro style. Treat yourself to expertly hand-rolled sushi and curated salads by Tokyotrained Sushi Master Takehiko Yoshikawa at the Sushi Bar. At Le Petit Chalet, you will be treated to Swiss traditional specialities. The hotel also features an art-deco bar, cocktail lounge, cigar lounge and a private cinema.
Hotel TwentySeven, a modern, exceptionally warm, iconic suite hotel, creates the illusion of a dream in timeless surroundings. In the heart of Amsterdam, right on Dam Square, next to the National Monument and Royal Palace, the hotel offers 16 individually designed suites. They vary in size from 43m2 (463 sq. ft), to the Imperial Terrace Suite mea- suring no less than 219m2 (2,357 sq. ft). This suite has three bedrooms and bathrooms, three double Jacuzzis, two living rooms and a spacious private terrace. With fabrics, furnishings and materials from sources ranging from Nepal, to Paris, Venice and Belgium, every corner of the lavish interior has been brought to life by the finest and most beautiful design.
Hotel Villa Ruimzicht,
The monumental building of Villa Ruimzicht was built in 1853 and became property of the Christelijke Philantropische Inrichtingen (Christian Philanthropic Institutions) in 1868 and served as a training institute for ministers. The building has been completely transformed into a 4-star hotel, with spacious guest rooms decorated in mainly white tones, two restaurants, a bar and a cooking studio. Hotel Villa Ruimzicht is surrounded by its own park with unusual trees. There is a 140-year-old Sequoia tree and several lawns. There is a large terrace and several verandas. When the weather is nice, breakfast, lunch or dinner is served here.
Hotel Waldhaus Ohlenbach,
On the southern slope of the 841 metre high Kahler Asten – far from the world’s hustle and bustle – lies the charming hotel Waldhaus Ohlenbach. In the summer it is an excellent starting point for cycling and walking trips - and in winter time for alpine or cross-country skiing. At 700 metres above sea level, leaving the hotel you step straight out into nature. The Winterberg ski lifts are nearby. All rooms face either south or south-west and have a wonderful panoramic view of the hills of High Sauerland, the ‘land of the 1000 mountains’. The individually styled rooms range from classic Sauerland pine wood décor to crisp contemporary with bright colours.
The interior of Hotel PURS, with its 11 guestrooms, is the work of the world-famous Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt. With his minimalist approach, he has created timeless spaces with a deep feeling for history. The 17th-century chancellery was built by the prelate of Cologne. All the classic elements, from the slate roofs to the richly decorated plaster ceilings and grand windows, have not only been preserved, but have also gained new stylistic relevance thanks to Vervoordt’s masterful upgrade. If you like good food, wine and culture, you’ll love this wonderful old town on the Rhine. Andernach has rapidly developed into a culinary paradise, with a wide choice of restaurants.
Hotel Restaurant Langgenhof,
Your hosts at Hotel Langgenhof are the Mutschlechner family. Peter Mutschlechner continues the tradition handed down by his parents – it was his mother Greti and father Robert who once transformed their family farm into a place to welcome guests and serve good food. For 30 years, Greti put her heart and soul into cooking delicious traditional and regional dishes. Meanwhile, Robert stocked the wine cellar with local gems. Hotel Langgenhof is now a paradise for wine lovers: Peter’s wine list features more than 500 wines. The newest part of the hotel, which includes the panoramic wellness area and swimming pool, as well as the complete renovation of the main building, was designed by Peter's cousin Martin Mutschlechner, his partner Marco Bucci and Peter's sister Verena.
Enjoy the historic ambiance of this impressive castle on the edge of the Veluwe. At Kasteel Engelenburg you can eat, drink and sleep to an exceptional standard and have a splendid 9-hole golf course at your disposal. The English Lounge at Kasteel Engelenburg houses the largest collection of single malt whiskies in the Netherlands. Wine lovers will not be disappointed here either. In the 16th century the first owner of the castle, Jacob Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, traded in German wines. Nowadays the hotel specialises in South African wines. The rooms and suites are furnished partly in antique style, and are situated in the Coach House, the Orangery or in the Cape House, which has the atmosphere of a Cape winery. The fairytale view from the 19th century conservatory restaurant over the moat and golf course will transport you back to another era. Dinner is of course complemented with excellent South African wines.
Landhuishotel De Bloemenbeek,
Landhuishotel De Bloemenbeek is on a 12 acre estate on the rippling brook Bloemenbeek in the gently sloping Dinkel valley. A tasteful boutique hotel with history, style and allure. Most suites have their own terrace with a view of the theatrical landscape. Five suites are deemed ‘Grand’ as they have - in addition to sleeping quarters - a magnificent living area with sofa, armchairs and writing desks. The Manor Hotel’s grounds include a beautifully laid out restaurant garden and terraces, a romantic inner courtyard bordered by plane trees, a kitchen garden, environmental-friendly ornamental ponds, works of art and mature fruit trees. You will also find beehives from local beekeepers on the estate.
Kronenschlösschen is set in a private park in the picturesque town of Eltville-Hattenheim, not far from Wiesbaden, between the Rhine and the vineyards. The rooms and suites are tastefully and comfortably decorated. The Turmsuite in particular has an extraordinary history: it was here that in 1947, Konrad Adenauer, Theodor Heuss and Carlo Schmidt spent weeks writing the German constitution. The Rheingau region boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany. In the immediate area there are plenty of sights to see and historic buildings to visit.
In Maastricht city centre, in the former Kruisheren monastery, you will find the Kruisherenhotel Maastricht. A unique place uniting ancient history and design. The comfortable and contemporary rooms are in the 15th century monastery, the gatekeeper’s house and adjacent Casa Nova. The reception, boardrooms, a library and wine bar with ‘aboveground wine cellar’ are situated in the monumental gothic church of the monastery. The modern interior is designed by interior architect Henk Vos and the German lighting artist Ingo Maurer. Every morning, noon and evening you can enjoy various culinary surprises with accompanying wines in the nave of the church, on the mezzanine.
L'air du temps,
Chef Sang-Hoon Degeimbre is a true cosmopolitan. He was born in Korea, studied pharmacy, Latin and Greek in Belgium and then became a sommelier and Star Chef. He knows how to distinguish flavours like no other. All this led to his apotheosis: L’Air du temps. Located in a beautiful white farmstead built around a square courtyard in the fields of Liernu you will find this two Michelin starred restaurant with 11 bedrooms. Not only does the restaurant have two stars but was also awarded a green Michelin star. Taste, technique, an excellent sense of style and knowledge of outstanding regional produce make L’Air du temps what it is today: a temple of taste. The restaurant is an architectural tour de force, with wood and glass as the prevailing theme. The panoramic view of the garden brings nature to your table.
La Table de Maxime Hôtel & Restaurant,
Nestled in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes lies the hamlet Our, taking its name from the little river that flows through it. The village has only some 30 granite houses and the two small hotels of Maxime Collard. La Table de Maxime is in a renovated manor house. The modern interior combines authentic details harmoniously resulting in a superb balance between classic and modern. A stone’s-throw from La Table de Maxime is Maxime’s other hotel – La Fabrique du pré Maho (the factory on Mr. Maho’s meadow). The modern five-storey building has four rooms built into the hill.
The tiny village of Meisenheim has been left unscathed by Europe’s conflicts, and the historic buildings are beautifully preserved. This wine hotel in Baroque style has been welcoming guests since 1699. A number of comfortable guestrooms are named after famous local vineyards or historical figures who have played a role in Meisenheim’s history. The bar in the atmospheric vaulted cellar, serving a wide selection of gins, tonics and whiskies, is well worth a visit. Chef and host Markus Pape, a Jeunes Restaurateur member, remains down-to-earth despite having spent years learning from the best chefs in the country. You can follow one of his cookery courses at Kochhaus Nicolas Appert. Café Meisentörtchen serves its own delicious house-made patisserie.
Reber's Pflug, Restaurant mit Hotel,
Reber’s Pflug is located in a farmhouse from 1805. The charm of the building’s past with the elegant, modern interior create a sense of well-being. Reber’s Pflug is only a 10 minute walk from Schwäbisch Hall town centre, The small historic town is surrounded by idyllic lush greenery. The staff is remarkably pleasant: not too obtrusive and always friendly and helpful. The gently undulating landscape with valleys and rivers around Schwäbisch Hall, is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits.
Merlet lies at the edge of the pleasant village of Schoorl, surrounded by the widest area of sand dunes in the Netherlands. You can explore the picturesque dunes, woodlands and beach from the hotel. This unique hotel is now run by a dynamic second generation of the Bourgonje family. All the luxurious rooms have balconies, and in the souterrain you will find a heated swimming pool, as well as a spa and beauty salon, sauna, steam room and fitness area. Merlet’s culinary heart is its completely restyled Michelin-starred restaurant. Diners delight in the dishes created by Jonathan Zandbergen and served in an interior by designer John Breed - you can see the chef and his team at work in the open kitchen. The menu changes along with the seasons and offers classic and inventive dishes. Picnics and walks with a forest ranger are available on request and there are countless cycle paths and bridleways through the pine woods that cover the dunes.
Once you have had a meal on the terrace of Schloss Eberstein you will realise: this is a unique place. The views over the Murgtal and the Black Forest are unforgettable and will inspire you to go for long walks or bicycle rides or a stroll through the historic town of Gernsbach.
Kasteelhoeve de Kerckhem,
Nestled in the beautiful undulating Limburg landscape in the Haspengouw region lies Kasteelhoeve de Kerckhem. The Courtyard’s tranquil atmosphere is soothing and relaxing. The coat-of-arms above the front door refers to 1648 when the noble De Kerckhem Family restored the medieval farm house. This country house is the perfect starting point for discovering Belgian Limburg. The region is full of surprises such as blossoming fruit trees, venerable castles, antique markets and beautiful golf courses. The comfortable country style hotel rooms feature richly adorned warm hues and tasteful furnishings. Apart from the charming tower room, the hotel also features a library, open fireplace, honesty bar and dining room for festive dinner parties.
Steinheuers Hotel Restaurant,
Hans Stefan Steinheuer’s Restaurant is in Germany’s Top-10 restaurants. Conoisseurs consider it one of the best in the world. The renowned top chef defines his own culinary art as follows: ‘I love bringing things together that are made for each other’. For Steinheuer the best products are those that find their way most quickly from origin to kitchen. Chef Steinheuer has a profound love for his own region so it is not surprising that regional produce are key ingredients for his cuisine.
On a tributary of the Mosel river, between the vineyards of the Mosel and the Saar-Ruwer, you will find RÜSSELs Landhaus. For wine lovers this romantic valley of the river Dhron is a wonderful place. The varied surroundings feature woodlands and meadows, as well as vineyards are well worth a visit. The individually designed rooms and suites in this beautiful country house are rustic, modern or themed, such as a Mediterranean. Each suite has a large, luxurious bathroom with bathtub. The hotel’s large garden at the rear is at the edge of the forest. Relaxing in one of the loungers, you are sure to enjoy the sun and lovely scenery.
You will be hard pressed to find a nicer place for leisure or business meetings. Villa Beukenhof has so much to offer, the cosy bar is ideal for an aperitif or after dinner drink, a charming restaurant and a bistro with a touch of Paris, a grand terrace in the middle of the garden, a centuries old venerable beech tree, relaxing lounge chairs, wonderful hotel rooms, meeting rooms, venue rooms and a cigar room. The comfortable suites are well appointed. The suites are individually styled and have international names, such as Paris, New York, Dubai or Tokyo. Whether your preference is ultramodern and high tech, including shower with mood lighting or old-world charm with a four-poster bed from 1740, it is all there for you to discover and enjoy!
The Winselerhof from the 16th century was originally a charming country manor. Currently the manor farm is a unique hotel with Italian restaurant. Winselerhof is renowned for its wonderful atmosphere, traditional farmhouse charm and warm hospitality. Most of the rooms are located around the characteristic court yard. The hotel offers the perfect ambience with a crisp interior and marvellous view of Limburg’s countryside from the restaurant.
De Nederlanden Restaurant & Boutique Hotel,
This small boutique hotel is located in a historical building from 1680, on the banks of the river Vecht. Located in Vreeland, a small idyllic town centrally located between Amsterdam and Utrecht. Spend the night in one of the 11 minimalist designed rooms and suites that are inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese style. In the restaurant you can enjoy culinary creations at Michelin star level by Wilco Berends, meanwhile his wife Caroline Berends runs the hotel and restaurant. In the summer we recommend to take a dip in the river Vecht, use the swimming ladder provided by De Nederlanden to easily get in and out of the water.
Located along the dike, in the watery landscape between the Maas and Waal rivers, lies Flicka. Thomas and Merlijn made their dreams come true when opening Flicka with great success. Flicka is Swedish for girl. This name was chosen because of the love Thomas has for his three girls: his daughters and his wife Merlijn. Flicka's top priority is their guests experience. The atmospheric suites and the restaurant have been decorated by Merlijn, the hostess. Thomas and Merlijn are a true dream team. While Thomas, being a perfectionist, is completely focussed on his cuisine, Merlijn makes sure that the guests are pampered.
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