Hôtel Verhaegen is an 18th century mansion turned into a beautifully restored hôtel particulier in the historical centre of Ghent.
You’ll stay surrounded by dunes on the Belgian coast’s most beautiful beach, with the city just around the corner.
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
In case of official travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests can cancel and receive a voucher for the amount paid.
Ostend Villa is located at the beach of Ostend. A little boat takes you to the bustling city of Ostend.
There are 10 bikes available to explore this trendy neighbourhood with many restaurants and shops.
Ostend is the only city on the Belgian coast and is therefore very lively all year round with all its museums, shops and restaurants.
How would you describe Ostend Villa in a nutshell?
Ostend Villa is a luxury loft that occupies a former military hospital in Oosteroever and offers direct access to the beach. It’s surrounded by blissful dunes while being close to bustling Ostend.
What is the story behind Ostend Villa, what was your inspiration to create it?
Firstly, to inspire our guests. There is nothing nicer than offering the experience of an unforgettable weekend or enabling guests to learn something from you. As an architect, I first and foremost want to inspire through my architecture and interior design. But I also have an enormous love for photography, gastronomy, travel and graphic design.
At Ostend Villa, we are able to tap into all of these passions. We work with some of the region’s best photographers and we provide high-quality breakfasts, lunches and dinners. We like to introduce our guests to new places through our travel books and we try to do everything in a very personal, graphic style.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Ostend Villa?
Ostend Villa is housed in one of the original infirmaries of an old military hospital and has been stylishly renovated, without losing any of its character. It features solid brick walls and has been brightly decorated with robust materials. Black sets the tone and is softened with a touch of pink here and there. It feels like a holiday home that you might find in either Brooklyn or Sweden, all while being close to the beach.
We were inspired by Scandinavian design and worked with a lot of wood, fresh colours and black upholstery. Combining this design with the history of the building (with its high walls and visible brickwork) makes the boutique home very authentic. The wall paintings by Eva Mouton give it an extra cachet.
To you personally, what is so special about Ostend Villa?
I particularly like the fact that at Ostend Villa, you don't have to choose between staying in nature or in the city — you have both! It’s an opportunity to stay surrounded by dunes on the Belgian coast’s most beautiful beach, with the city just around the corner. A ferry boat catapults you from nature into Ostend where there is always something to do.
What do you particularly like about this part of Ostende?
I like that it allows you to experience the Belgian coast as you prefer — find a quiet beach or explore the bustling city and the shops of Oosteroever, which are never far away.
Are there any restaurants in walking distance? Any supermarkets?
There are many restaurants and supermarkets in the neighbourhood. As we have lived in Ostend for a long time and know all of its hidden pearls, we have created a travel guide for our guests. In this guide, you will find all of the hotspots and best places in Ostend.
What’s your policy on children?
Children are most welcome and will have a great time at Ostend Villa. We have games, puzzles, colouring books and beach toys for the little ones and they can go wild at Hangtime, the trampoline park around the corner.
The house is set across three floors. One lies partially underground, with the entrance, an honesty bar, a shower room, a toilet and the first bedroom. Above is the living room and kitchen while the top floor has three bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside there is a garden with a gate that offers direct access to the dunes and the beach of Ostend.
There are 4 bedrooms and two of the bedrooms have an additional mezzanine bed for an extra person.
There are 10 bicycles and a wagon at the disposal of our guests, plus an underground car park for their vehicles. We have everything you need for an ideal beach experience (chairs, a windbreaker and toys), as well as complimentary Rituals bath products.
The kitchen is stocked with unlimited tea and coffee from a local roaster and there’s an honesty bar stocked with the best soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. We can also provide room service, with an extensive choice of local breakfast, lunch, aperitif and dinner options.
All of the bath and kitchen linen is supplied and the bedrooms boast Auping box-spring beds. Aside from having very good internet access at the house, there is also a super large television with Netflix.
Wake up in your blissful Auping bed, make some coffee with locally roasted beans or enjoy one of the many teas a volonté from Harney & Sons. Then refresh in the shower with our complimentary Rituals products and head outside — our beach chairs and cart are ready and waiting!
In the immediate neighbourhood we have a surf club that organises a lot of water activities or you can explore along the endless cycling and walking routes. With one of our “granny bicycles”, you will reach the beach in no time. Alternatively, you can ride to the ferry that will take you to Ostend’s centre in style (and for free). It’s easy to switch between beach relaxation and city vibes.
For the children, we have a large trampoline park next door where our smallest guests can jump for free.
Ostend Villa is located on the car-free site of an old military hospital, which was renovated by the renowned Belgian architect Stephane Beel. When you walk out through the garden gate, you arrive at a beautiful beach where you can stroll endlessly in the dunes or along the seafront.
You can walk or cycle along the dyke to the ferry, which will bring you to the centre of Ostend. So you have everything here: nature, sea and city! This part of Ostend is called Oosteroever and in recent years, many trendy shops and restaurants have established themselves here.
Ostend is nice to visit throughout the year. In many other coastal municipalities, there is little to do outside of the summer season. But Ostend is always buzzing! There are many events and cultural activities organised throughout the year, which we are happy to inform our guests about.
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