A complete escape surrounded by an oasis of greenery, peace and quiet. With a love for nature, these hotels show you the way to endless walking or cycling through the most beautiful local nature reserves with forests, dunes, heathland and historic villages.
't LansinkHengelo, The Netherlands
Enter the timeless grandeur of Hotel 't Lansink, where history and contemporary luxury harmoniously blend. This charming hotel in Hengelo, steeped in the heritage of C.T. Stork, invites you to an unforgettable stay in one of its 25 stylishly appointed rooms and suites.
Auberge de TempleJohannesberg, Germany
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 & HotelDen Hoorn Texel, The Netherlands
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 ZeeWijk aan Zee, The Netherlands
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.
Burghotel SchnellenbergAttendorn, Germany
Burg Schnellenberg Castle, which towers imposingly above the Hanseatic town of Attendorn, is surrounded by 240 hectares of forest and meadows. The history of the castle dates back to the year 1222 and is now one of the best maintained castles in Westphalia. The stylish hotel in a fairytale atmosphere welcomes its guests with open arms as evidenced by the Latin saying 'stranger does not stay outside, my door opens to the travelling ' above the door. The classically furnished guest rooms all have lovely views. The hotel has a spa and a beautiful chapel where weddings are performed. Dine, like the knights of old, under the crossbow vaults or in the romantic courtyard. The menu features a variety of local and international dishes.
Château St. GerlachValkenburg aan de Geul, The Netherlands
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 WittemWittem, The Netherlands
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.
Culinair landgoed Parc BroekhuizenLeersum, The Netherlands
Culinair Landgoed Parc Broekhuizen offers a very special combination: it is centuries old, yet at the same time contemporary. The hotel, Carriage House and park are rich in historic grandeur. During the restoration, however, contemporary design elements and modern art were added to the splendour of the past. The natural light inside is beautifully atmospheric, and the views of the surrounding parkland and countryside are inspiring. The Parc Broekhuizen country estate is in itself a wonderful place to spend time relaxing. Culinair Landgoed Parc Broekhuizen has five charming salons for meetings, events and private dining.
Das Schulhaus HotelSchwelm, Germany
The former primary school dating from 1915 on Westfalendamm in Schwelm got a bright new future as a fine hotel. The classrooms have been converted into 35 inviting and well-appointed hotel rooms. The former gym is now the restaurant Die Turnhalle – meaning simply ‘the gym‘. By creating this lovely boutique hotel, Berlin hotelier Kurt Hermandung and his partner Marc Konopatzki have made their dream come true. The distinctive stone, slate and plasterwork building now houses a charming contemporary hotel and restaurant. From two historic drinking fountains the guest can get ‘vitalized‘ fresh drinking water pumped into carafes. Instead of minibars in the rooms there is an honesty bar in the form of a traditional schoolhouse kiosk where you can get drinks, snacks and gifts.
De HavixhorstDe Schiphorst, The Netherlands
Château hotel and restaurant De Havixhorst is housed in a manor from 1753 in the beautiful Reest Valley. With spacious suites, an exclusive restaurant and an authentic Courtyard – where lunch and dinner are served in fine weather – this hotel- restaurant is magnificent in appearance. Perhaps this is the reason why the storks return to their nest on the chimneys each spring? In the castle’s gardens, landscaped in French baroque-style, you will find art from prominent contemporary artists. The former Coach House has been transformed into one of six classy reception areas. The vaulted cellar is home to a great collection of wines, in which regular wine tastings are held. The restaurant serves many dishes using regional products: vegetables, herbs and fruits come from its own garden as much as possible. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Take a lovely walk through the Reest valley, visit the stork station De Lokkerij, go punting in Giethoorn or look for ancient dolmens.
De Nederlanden Restaurant & Boutique HotelVreeland, The Netherlands
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.
De Rooi Pannen TilburgTilburg, The Netherlands
In a green suburb of Tilburg, you will find the characteristic monastery of De Rooi Pannen Tilburg. De Rooi Pannen owes its name to the striking red roof tiles that are on the monastery. While the outside of the building breathes history, the inside is completely contemporary. The hotel rooms are furnished by well-known hotel chains such as. The dynamics of the young student community that runs the hotel, led by passionate professors, create a professional and hospitable atmosphere. De Rooi Pannen Tilburg is the perfect base from which to explore the surprising city centre of Tilburg or to enjoy the green surroundings.
Die Hirschgasse HeidelbergHeidelberg, Germany
Within the walls of this monumental building in Heidelberg, statesman Otto von Bismarck once raised his sword as a student and Mark Twain found inspiration for his book "A Tramp Abroad". There are still tangible reminders of the generous history of this special establishment, especially in the hotel's two restaurants.
Die MühlenhelleGummersbach, Germany
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.
Espace Medissey / l'Eau ViveProfondeville, Belgium
In the green heart of the Belgian Ardennes, you will find hotel Espace Medissey, in the tiny hamlet of Bois de Villers. The five guest rooms in this modern villa are luxurious and are well appointed, including mood lighting in all rooms for your convenience. The large garden has a heated swimming pool. Inside is a fitness area with cardio equipment and a full-size pool table. Weather permitting you can have breakfast on the terrace and enjoy the beautiful view of the Maas valley. Enjoy fine dining in two-star restaurant l’Eau Vive, situated in an old 17th-century watermill only five minutes from the hotel.
Forsthaus HeiligenbergBruchhausen-Vilsen, Germany
In the official clean air region of Bruchhausen-Vilsen, surrounded by beautiful gently rolling hills, lies Forsthaus Heiligenberg. The Forsthaus offers a mixture of history, splendid nature and culinary delights and is within an hour’s drive of Bremen and Hannover. In the Middle Ages the Norbertine monastery Heiligenberg, from which the hotel derives its name, could be found here. The magical surroundings featuring ravines, wells and picturesque fields, offer countless opportunities for picnics, cyclists and hikers. The roomy and luxurious guest quarters are stylishly furnished. The suites have private terraces. Weather permitting, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on the large terrace. The 4-hectare grounds allow plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Flowers, fruit and herbs in delightful colours and soothing fragrances will surely boost your senses. Your taste buds will be tickled in the restaurant, where regional and seasonal dishes are served.
Fort Resort BeemsterZuidoostbeemster, The Netherlands
Once part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and a Unesco World Heritage Site, Frank Bart has transformed this historic fort into an eco-chic resort. Historic and modern complement each other perfectly with an impressive end result. Blending heritage with contemporary design, the former military building is now an oasis of hospitality and serenity. Anyone entering Fort Resort Beemster will experience the warmth, hospitality and special ambiance of the place. The unique Spa & Wellness includes seven saunas, saltwater pool, herbal bath, sandy beach, wellness island en meditation garden with sunbathing area and indoor and outdoor pools. In the luxurious spa, enjoy special massages, facials and hammam ritiuals.
Gasthof ZufriedenheitNaumburg, Germany
Gasthof Zufriedenheit is situated in Naumburg in the south of Saxony-Anhalt, known for its grand baroque townhouses. Artist Max Klinger described this area as ‘Tuscany of the north’, with vineyards covering the slopes’ fertile limestone soils. Romantic villas evoke memories of bygone years. Already since 1853, an inn has been kept at the address of Gasthof Zufriedenheit. Today, there is still a welcoming atmosphere in the boutique hotel's wine bar and restaurant. The spacious guest rooms and suites are stylish and modern. The near 1,000 year old town of Naumburg has many points of interest. The well-stocked library houses many books on the fascinating area around Naumburg.
Herangtunet Boutique HotelHeggenes, Norway
Surrounded by untouched nature and the wild mountainous landscape all your senses will be stimulated. Marco Robeerst makes Hotel Herangtunet a Norwegian oasis of calm, a place where you recharge and where you can get in touch with you creativity side. This philosophy is translated in the individual character and tastefully furnished suites. Each individually furnished themed suite boast a wood stove, a luxurious bathroom and the finest beds. This really is the perfect Scandinavian base to start a walking holiday, culinary travels or a very romantic skiing trip.
Hof zur LindeMunster, Germany
At the foot of the tower of Münster, surrounded by lush greenery is the romantic Hotel Hof zur Linde, rooted in the tradition of Westphalia. The third generation is now at the helm of this family hotel, which has grown into a renowned Country Manor Hotel. The building dates from 1648. The romantic interior contains antique and contemporary furniture. The individually furnished rooms vary from a small double room with French bed, to a suite with private balcony or terrace, or a suite with a fireplace or a spa-junior suite with a sauna and whirlpool. Hof zur Linde offers an oasis of tranquillity for those who want to get away hustle and bustle of everyday life to relax in nature.
Hofke van BazelKruibeke, Belgium
Bazel is a picturesque village in the countryside along the river Scheldt, where open polder with beautiful panoramas provides the scenery for long walks or bike rides. On the medieval Church Square – one of the most beautiful in Flanders – is Hofke van Bazel. The romantic interiors make the luxury suites ideal for private dining. Each suite, designed by the hostess herself, offers something unique: a private terrace or a view of the lovely garden, where you can relax in the summer. Dining at Hofke van Bazel is always pure indulgence, thanks to the huge vegetable garden, the seasonal fare and the passion for culinary excellence. Outstanding classic cuisine is served with a modern touch and special emphasis on ‘100 percent green gastronomy’.
Hotel & Restaurant WildthoutOmmen, The Netherlands
Originally, Hotel Wildthout was a mayor's residence built around 1900 by the then mayor of Ommen, Mr. Bentinck. He named this stately home "the Villa Henan", after his two daughters Hennie and Anna. Since June 2015, Niek and Petra van Duuren have been the proud owners of this warm family business, and they have grasped the challenge with both hands to expand the stately building into a pleasant hotel where guests will feel particularly at home. In a historic building like Hotel Wildthout, no two rooms are the same. Everywhere, the corners, windows, beams and sloping roofs are different. This also contributes to the cosy and homely atmosphere. All rooms have a view of the green surroundings.
Hotel DuinhofDe Haan, Belgium
De Haan, also called Le Coq sur Mer, is a charming, old-fashioned seaside resort with beautiful belle-époque villas, pleasant restaurants and the well-known over 100-year old Royal Ostende Golf Club. The beaches of de Haan are genuine family beaches with colourful beach huts. Duinhof is situated at the edge of this lovely coastal village. Duinhof is an attractive small-scale country house hotel where English ambiance meets Flemish Hospitality. All rooms are furnished with antique furniture and king-size beds. The English style furnishings immediately catch the eye. Each room has a private terrace with a view of the larger gardens and the heated swimming pool.
Hotel Flora BatavaNieuwersluis, The Netherlands
The Vecht region is a beautiful, diverse area with numerous estates, castles, forts, windmills and nature reserves. Enjoy water sports activities in the Loosdrecht lakes and afterwards seek the blissful tranquillity. Park the sloop at the dock and follow the footpath through the enchanting garden. That is where you will find boutique hotel Flora Batava, a real eye-catcher on the banks of the river Vecht.
Hotel Jagdhof GlashütteBad Laasphe, Germany
Jagdhof Glashütte in the idyllic Rothaar mountains in Sauerland was once a simple inn. Local lumberjacks, hunters and nobility from the region went there for a good glass of beer or Schnapps at the end of the day. In 1975, 20-year old Edmund Dornhöfer took over the business from his father, who had passed away. Over the past 40 years Edmund has transformed the inn into a five-star hotel that is exceptional in every respect. It is one of the best in Germany and a pearl of hospitality where culinary enjoyment and authenticity reign supreme. Just like the other areas of the half-timbered hotel, the rooms of Jagdhof Glashütte are luxurious and rural, but above all romantically decorated. Right down to the rose petals on the bed and champagne in the cooler.
Hotel Le Val d'AmblèveStavelot, Belgium
Le Val d’Amblève is located at the edge of Stavelot, one of the oldest cities in Belgium in the heart of the forests of Liège’s Ardennes. The guest rooms are located in the stylish main building, the modern annexe and Le Jardin des Princes. The large picture windows offer beautiful views over the rolling hills surrounding the hotel. The hotel has a sauna and Turkish bath with a panorama roof terrace. Couple Lars & Karin Roxs oversee Le Val d’Amblève. The chef is Laurent Léveillé. The classic French-Belgian menu is exquisite, light and contemporary. The dining room is in the sun room. The stylish romantic interior offers beautiful views over the parkland garden, both in the evening and during the day.
Hotel NobelBallum, The Netherlands
For four generations the hospitality of Nobel has been legendary on the Dutch Wadden island Ameland - and far beyond. The historic hotel is in the heart of quaint historical Ballum. Nobel successfully merges history and contemporary luxury. A few years ago the entire hotel was renovated but the café was kept in its original state. Throughout the years hotel guests and island dwellers have come together to play cards, celebrate or just have a beer. Most of the uniquely designed hotel rooms have a private patio or balcony. Lunch or dinner are very enjoyable here too.
Hotel Restaurant Klein ZwitserlandSlenaken, The Netherlands
Klein Zwitserland (little Switzerland) is the name of the hilly region where the little river the Gulp flows into Southern Limburg from Belgium. The hotel lies in the centre middle of this beautiful region rich in woodlands and meadows and offers breathta- king views over the surrounding hills, also known as the ‘garden of Maastricht’. Klein Zwitserland is a small-scale family hotel with the perfect balance of hospitality, comfort and gastronomic delights. The stylish contemporary interior will quickly make you feel at home. The Wellness Suites and Wellness Superior Rooms are located in the modern wing. Some suites can be used as family rooms
Hotel Restaurant ValuasVenlo, The Netherlands
Hotel Restaurant Valuas is located just outside Venlo, on the banks of the river Maas. The love of the hospitality industry has been ingrained in this family business from an early age. The dynamic and contemporary company has its home in a beautiful building. The comfortable rooms, which are well suited for both private and business stays, are beautifully and warmly decorated. Some overlooking the river Maas. The true lover of the traditional Dutch croquette should definitely visit Valuas. Eric Swaghoven is known for the Valuas Kroketterie where only the very best homemade croquettes in a wide variety can be tasted. Only prepared with the finest ingredients. Valuas has a restaurant and a brasserie. Brasserie La Vie by Valuas has been awarded with a Bib Gourmand by Michelin.
Hotel StiemerheideGenk, Belgium
Hotel Stiemerheide is uniquely situated in the Limburg Kempen, bordering on the Maasland. The hotel was built in the late 80s in an English cottage style. This charming hotel is one of the most important gateways to the Hoge Kempen National Park. The cottage-style hotel is strategically located at the 18th hole of Spiegelven Golf Club, which is situated on the grounds of the hotel. The golf course surrounds a lake known to locals as ‘the mirror of heaven’. Each hole has a character of its own, and the unforgettably picturesque views in this hilly natural landscape of woods, heathland and water are so varied that you’ll never tire of playing on this challenging course.
Hotel StörmannSchmallenberg, Germany
The historical Hanseatic town of Schmallenberg in Sauerland is just a short drive from the ski resort of Winterberg. Hotel Störmann was built when the town was reconstructed after a devastating fire in 1822. For many years it served as the royal Prussian coaching inn. This renowned hotel has welcomed many famous figures, including the former chancellors Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl. The hotel was in the Störmann family for eight generations, and now the Deimann family is writing the next chapter of its rich history. Hotel Störmann has recently been extensively restored and tastefully refurbished in keeping with the character of the building – the striking cast-iron inn sign makes a good example.
Hotel Villa RuimzichtDoetinchem, The Netherlands
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 VitznauerhofVitznau, Switzerland
There are few places on earth where all the beauties of nature converge. At the foot of the Mount Rigi (1,797 metres) stands Hotel Vitznauerhof. The boutique hotel with historic walls, art nouveau details and modern design elements is harmoniously embedded in the imposing surroundings at the edge of the crystal clear waters of mystical Lake Lucerne. The host Raphael Herzog runs the Hotel Vitznauerhof with great passion and is supported by an equally dedicated team. 53 stylish rooms and suites, glamping tents as well as three first-class restaurants and a bar - all with unique views of the lake and the enchanting mountain panorama - invite you to enjoy and experience gastronomy at a high level. Restaurant Sens, the culinary flagship, serves regional specialities and modern creations.
Hotel de SterrenbergOtterlo, The Netherlands
Hotel de Sterrenberg is located close to the western entrance to De Hoge Veluwe National Park, the heart of the Veluwe. The hotel’s warm interior is above all inspired by the beauty of nature. Natural materials such as natural stone, sturdy concrete and wood feature prominently in the hotel’s interior. Even the art work reflects nature. Hotel de Sterrenberg offers a lot of extras; there is a large indoor swimming pool, a warm relax pool with bubbles and jets, a fitness area, a tepidarium, a steam bath and saunas. Hotel de Sterrenberg offers the use of electric bicycles to discover the Park’s many attractions. Such as, the Kröller-Müller Museum, the Museonder and St Hubertus Hunting Lodge. National Museum Paleis Het Loo, with its stately palace garden and park, is a 15-minute drive away.
Hotel-Restaurant HippocampusMol-Wezel, Belgium
Hippocampus was built around the 1900s and was for decades occupied by the managers of a local factory. In 1992, the current host and chef, Francis Scheyvaerts, bought the villa – located between Eindhoven and Antwerp – and transformed it into a gorgeous manor. He first opened a restaurant with the emphasis on refined dining. The furnishing of the restaurant and the rooms betray an English influence. This contributes to the friendly atmosphere in the former management villa. The jolly and likeable host also plays a defining role. The rooms, named after desserts, have all the creature comforts of home and are furnished partly with art-deco furniture. On cold, wintry days the bar/lounge is the place to be to really relax next to the crackling wood fire.
Kasteel EngelenburgBrummen, The Netherlands
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 one of the largest collections 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, they have an excellent collection of various 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 wines.
Kasteel KerckeboschZeist, The Netherlands
It was in the early 20th century that Jonkheer Egbert Lintelo de Geer set about the construction of Kasteel Kerckebosch, a splendid castle in the woodland around the town of Zeist. Antiques and ornaments from restored churches and castles in the area give the interior its dis- tinctive style. There are two antique doors with cast iron knockers from the cathedral in Utrecht, and the fireplace in the salon came from an 18th- century Amsterdam canal house. During the recent refurbishments of the hotel, owners Cynthia Schell and Hans van Triest stylishly complemented the original interior with contemporary elements. The authentic hotel rooms are spread over two sections with a total of 5 different room types.
Kasteel de WittenburgWassenaar, The Netherlands
Kasteel De Wittenburg was built in 1899 by the aristocrat Helenus Marinus Speelman, a descendent of Cornelis Speelman, a 17th-century governor of the Dutch East Indies – modern-day Indonesia. Designed as a country retreat, this stately home has been run since the 1960s by the De Wittenburg Society as an international meeting centre, and has welcomed countless captains of industry, ministers, and foreign dignitaries. Each of the ten stylish guestrooms has an atmosphere of its own, an excellent bathroom and a view of the surrounding estate. The basement houses the contemporary French and Asian restaurant Sophie, named after Speelman’s wife, Sophie Adriënne baroness Sloet van Oldruitenborgh. The couple travelled widely as you can still see from the exquisite Chinese vases they brought home as souvenirs.
Kasteelhoeve de KerckhemNieuwerkerken, Belgium
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.
Kasteeltje HattemRoermond, The Netherlands
The smallest castle in the Netherlands, Kasteeltje Hattem, nestles in Roermond city park. Surrounded by trees and greenery, complete with a moat and pond, this authentic castle now is a little paradise for connoisseurs. The former coach houses have been converted into comfortable hotel suites, spacious and light in colour with crisp interiors. The stylish restaurant is in the castle, open for lunch and dinner, featuring a gastronomic à la carte menu as well as a smaller lunch menu. In fine weather relax on the sunny terrace. The restaurant and the hotel are closed on Sundays after breakfast.
KronenschlösschenEltville am Rhein, Germany
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.
L'air du tempsÉghezée, Belgium
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 Butte aux BoisLanaken, Belgium
In the middle of National Park Hoge Kempen’s lush greenery, lies La Butte aux Bois. Originally built for Sir Lagasse de Locht in 1924, it was converted into a modern hotel almost 60 years later. The spacious and fashionable guest rooms are located in the Manor, the opposite Villa or in La Forêt. The ambience is of a large French Estate, with magnificent gardens and terrace. La Butte aux Bois’ unique location with many amenities create a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy the new state-of-the-art 1,350 sq.m. The charming location and many facilities make La Butte aux Bois the ideal place to relax. With Spa 'Shiseido Institue', La Butte aux Bois has an unprecedented 1350 m2 spa landscape including private fitness club that takes the concept of wellness to a new level. The beautiful spa garden blends into the landscape of National Park De Hoge Kempen.
La Fabrique du Pré MahoOur, Paliseul, Belgium
Chef Maxime Collard, of La Table de Maxime, opened his second hotel in his native village Our, in the Belgian Ardennes. The modern five storey building is constructed against a hillside. An architectural masterpiece, full of modern subtleties. Its roof is covered in solar panels and the building’s timbered exterior, providing excellent insulation, ages beautifully with time from a rosy orange to a silver grey. The hotel was christened ‘La Fabrique du Pré Maho’, meaning The Factory on Mr. Maho’s Field. The sturdy interior features unpolished wood in the rooms and slate tiles in the bathrooms.
La Table de Maxime Hôtel & RestaurantOur, Paliseul, Belgium
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.
Landgasthof LindeStumm, Austria
Hotels that have preserved the authentic atmosphere of a historic inn or tavern are few and far between. You have to hunt for them, but they do still exist. An excellent contemporary inn needs an excellent contemporary innkeeper, and that is precisely what Landgasthof Linde has got. In good innkeeping tradition, Hannes Ebster is not only the owner, but also the chef, together with his brother Georg Ebster, and the life and soul of this welcoming Landgasthof, or country inn. We all love Austria for its snowy Alpine slopes, of course, but Landgasthof Linde is just as nice in summer, with its magnificent garden – an immaculate lawn, charming summer house, and fruit trees for delicious home-made jams and apple strudels.
Landgoed De UitkijkHellendoorn, The Netherlands
In the 1930s, this friendly hotel was a tea house, a stopping place for people, horses and carts. From the wooden lookout tower on top of the hill (‘uitkijk’ means ‘lookout’) you could gaze out over the landscape of Salland, with a view stretching far into Germany. Helen and Lars Kijftenbelt offer the same warm hospitality as the guests enjoyed in the olden days, but now in contemporary surroundings. And the view is as beautiful as ever! The hotel is surrounded by nature; you can cycle straight into the woods to enjoy the peace, quiet and gently rolling landscape. The terrace is tempting for a tasty lunch or a leisurely dinner. The decor in the hotel is warm, contemporary and refined, in English country house style. A splendid open fire with comfortable chairs create a homely atmosphere.
Landgoed Hotel & Restaurant CarelshavenDelden, The Netherlands
Carelshaven had an important function in the region from as early as 1772. It lies on the grand Twickel estate, which covers an area of forty-three square kilometres, and includes 150 farmhouses. The name Carelshaven refers to the harbour on the Twickelervaart, a waterway that once connected the little town of Delden with Amsterdam, via the river Regge and the Zuiderzee. The canal was constructed by Carel George, count of Wassenaer Obdam, who lived in Twickel castle. Carelshaven began as a modest bargeman’s inn, and has developed over the centuries to become a celebrated hotel. Its symmetrical shapes, wide veranda and white rendered walls give the hotel a 19th-century appearance. For many years the interior was in classic style, but in recent years, the new owners Alco and Evelyn van Berkel have gradually brought this illustrious hotel into the 21st century. A number of the guestrooms have been modernised, as have the restaurant and bar. The cuisine is contemporary, but the menu also includes classic seasonal dishes.
Landgoed LauswoltBeetsterzwaag, The Netherlands
Landgoed Lauswolt and the Michelin-awarded restaurant De Heeren van Harinxma are an ultimate place of pilgrimage for bon vivants and are renowned for its relaxed atmosphere. Here, in the heart of Friesland, you have nature, top gastronomy and a variety of top facilities at your fingertips. The Golf Course of Golf & Country Club Lauswolt meanders pleasantly over the estate. Ultimate relaxation can be found in the health & spa. The dishes of chef Arjan Bisschop in the restaurant De Heeren van Harinxma are based on a classical style and prepared with the most beautiful Frisian seasonal products, whether or not from their own vegetable garden. De Heeren van Harinxma one of the only restaurants in Friesland with a Michelin star. The second restaurant, Bistro Nijeholt (Bib Gourmand), brims with conviviality and tempts with catchy dishes and wines. The estate has everything in-house and invites to be discovered.
Landhaus BärenmühleFrankenau, Germany
This former, partially wooden water mill with its monumental annexes is located on the southern edge of National Park Kellerwald-Edersee. It feels as if time has stood still here. The history of the Bärenmühle goes back to the 16th century. Over the past years the complex has been lovingly renovated and now houses comfortable rooms, suites and apartments. The furnishings in the Bärenmühle include a combination of antique manor style beds and Biedermeier furniture. The whole appears spacious, elegant and rustic.
Landhuishotel De BloemenbeekDe Lutte, The Netherlands
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.
Le Cor de ChasseDurbuy, Belgium
In the forested hills and valleys of the Ourthe and Aisne region lies the authentic village Wéris. Here you will find Le Cor de Chasse, a veritable family hotel in a manor farm from 1681. The interior is contemporary, luxurious and in harmony with the history of the building. The standard rooms are located in the former sheep barn, the suites with private terrace are in the central wing. Modern cuisine is at the heart of the one-star restaurant. The dishes are seasonal and have a signature touch that is both personal and pleasantly surprising. Dining is a true voyage of discovery!
Manoir KasselslayClervaux, Luxembourg
The name Kasselslay means: rock overlooking the river banks. The hotel is in a tiny village in the heart of National Park Our in the Ardennes of Luxembourg. From the hotel you step right into the breathtaking nature of this area. You can discover this magnificent natural environment via the numerous walking, cycling or mountain biking trails. Hans Poppelaars serves seasonal dishes using mostly organic products from the region. These dishes reflect the spirit of time, culture and his love of special food. He knows the provenance of every ingredient he uses and is only satisfied with top quality produce. The spacious hotel rooms all overlook either the garden or the beautiful landscape surrounding the hotel. Each room has its own ambience. Clervaux is nearby, as is Vianden, where you can visit the impressive castle of the same name.
Meisenheimer HofMeisenheim, Germany
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.
MerletSchoorl, The Netherlands
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.
Nidum BoetiekhotelGrave, The Netherlands
Spending the night in a monumental building becomes reality at Nidum Boetiekhotel. The 16th century building was transformed into a house of inspiration. The overall concept Nidum, which is Latin for 'nest', is a place for inspiration and awakening new ideas, where the focus is on interior design and art, it feels like a 'warm nest' here. This beautiful location, the Arsenaal and Grave, is where several showrooms, stores and Restaurant Ovum come together. A new addition is Nidum Boetiekhotel, the Arsenaal has been transformed into 6 beautiful rooms decorated by different interior designers where you can enjoy an overnight stay. As a result, that each room has its own unique character.
Reber's PflugSchwäbisch Hall, Germany
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.
Restaurant-Hostellerie VivendumDilsen Stokkem, Belgium
On the shores of the river Maas in Limburg lies the idyllic village of Dilsen-Stokkem. Alex and Marianne Clevers renovated old chaplain’s residence, built in 1734, to make their dream come true in transforming it into a restaurant and hotel. Meticulously restored, the building’s history was fully preserved, including the age-old mantelpieces and vaulted ceilings. At the rear of the restaurant you will find Vivendum's terrace which has been awarded as the most beautiful terrace in Belgium by Gault&Millau.
Royal Mougins Golf ResortMougins, France
Life on the French Riviera has so often been celebrated in song and prose. The blissful climate, the glorious landscape and, of course, the food made with sun-drenched ingredients are enough to put anyone in the best of moods. Royal Mougins Golf Resort is a place of peace and relaxation – whether you’re a golfer or not, because there’s so much to do at this resort. The widely acclaimed golf course features on many lists of the best golf resorts in Europe.
RÜSSELs LandhausNaurath (Wald), Germany
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.
Schloss EbersteinGernsbach, Germany
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.
Schlosshotel HugenpoetEssen-Kettwig, Germany
Take all the time you can to enjoy this treasure of cultural heritage. Schlosshotel Hugenpoet can genuinely be described as unique, a place that meets your every expectation. The impressive interior of this elegant castle has a history stretching back over centuries – Hugenpoet has been passed down through generation after generation of barons in the von Fürstenberg family.
Stadspaleis OldRuitenborghVollenhove, The Netherlands
Historic Vollenhove is perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the eastern Netherlands. For centuries, fishermen set sail from the harbour on what was once the open sea, but today is an inland waterway – the little town has been enveloped by reclaimed land. In the 17th century, Vollenhove had no fewer than 17 stately manor houses, which earned it the name ‘City of Palaces’.
Steinheuers Hotel RestaurantBad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
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.
Suitehotel PosthoornMonnickendam, The Netherlands
In the small historic town of Monnickendam you will find Suitehotel & Restaurant Posthoorn. Napoleon Bonaparte stayed at this stately yet hospitable house in 1697. Upon entering this national monument building, you immediately sense the riches and opulence of the golden age. The small-scale hotel, only 12 km from Amsterdam, has luxurious suites and rooms where comfort and well-being are priorities. The owner, Marc Boeljon, was inspired by the most beautiful boutique hotels in Europe. Posthoorn’s restaurant is a culinary hotspot. The Head Chef combines classic French cuisine with ingredients from all over the world in a bold distinctive touch. For those who look for tranquility and natural wetlands, but with a big city within reach, Posthoorn is ideally located.
Tandreas Hotel - Restaurant - WeinloungeGießen, Germany
Here in the middle of Germany, the enchanting north meets the hospitable mountainous South. Hospitality, charm and comfortable rooms are Tandreas Hotel’s trademarks. The family run hotel embodies the best of attentive service. The hotel is located in the university city of Giessen.
The Duke SuitesNistelrode, The Netherlands
This enchanting villa, nestled in a tranquil wooded setting, envelops you in the ambiance of an ancient English country estate. The 18 generous suites, each with over 70 square meters of space, a view of nature, and the golf course, offer you the ultimate place to relax or be productive.
Van Rossum Stadshotel WoerdenWoerden, The Netherlands
The arsenal in the centre of Woerden is a listed building dating from 1762. Carefully restored and sustainably renovated, it has been transformed into Van Rossum café and restaurant and Stadshotel Woerden. This boutique hotel in Holland’s rural Groene Hart area, within easy reach of the major cities, has spacious rooms in individual style, with atmospheric oak beams and comfortable beds. The cafe terrace and restaurant are on a lively square, Kerkplein. Van Rossum knows how to make its guests immediately feel welcome.
Villa KranenberghBergen, The Netherlands
Discover Villa Kranenbergh, the most enchanting Boutique Hotel in picturesque Bergen, North Holland. Here, a paradise awaits on the edge of the forest, just a 100-meter walk from the charming town center - the perfect destination for an enchanting stay on the Dutch coast.
Waldhaus OhlenbachSchmallenberg, Germany
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.
WinselerhofLandgraaf, The Netherlands
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.
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