This beautiful venue and B&B with some 3500 sqm of fascinating works of art, was created by artist duo Sofie Lachaert and Luc Dhanis on the site of a former shipyard.
How would you describe Hôtel Verhaegen in a nutshell?
Hôtel Verhaegen is a private mansion turned into a beautifully restored Bed and Breakfast or hôtel particulier in the historical centre of Ghent, Belgium.
As interior designers we had become interested in this wonderful house from the 18th century. Once we realized that it was too big for only two people, we decided to open it as a five-room boutique B&B.
The house was bought in 2004 and we opened Hôtel Verhaegen one year later. We would have preferred to not change a single thing about the house and therefore only did some renovation work that gave it a homogenous atmosphere of the 1760s as well as some classical styling. None of the flooring, panelling nor any of the marble was changed, as we wanted it to retain its historical feeling.
Please tell us about the interior design at Hôtel Verhaegen.
It’s an eclectic mix, with Chinese vases and classical clocks on the mantles, tastefully mixed with some modern elements. The colours were chosen carefully to resemble those of the 18th century.
The front doors are very large and the rooms have high ceilings, but at the same time it’s not too big. The house has an aristocratic pedigree with Chinese antique wallpaper, frescoes, and amazing marble fireplaces.
The furniture is a mix of antiques and modern pieces. Some items were custom-made for the B&B such as the carpets, which we designed ourselves. You will notice that there is beautiful detailing everywhere waiting to be discovered little by little.
I would say that rather than feeling like an untouched palace, Hôtel Verhaegen provides a very homey atmosphere. It is not bold but talks to you very softly.
What’s been the biggest reward since you opened the Bed and Breakfast?
It is so much fun to talk to all the interesting people that stay with us at Hôtel Verhaegen. Hearing about what they’re doing and learning about their lives is always a very special treat for us.