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Shelter 7 is managed by Laurent, the owner.
140 - 170/night
Suitable for 2-3 people

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Shelter 7 bedroom - Shelter 7, in Ghent, Belgium
— Stephanie: “The house is very unique and special because of its architecture. It makes a statement in itself as being different. It is just a place where you walk in and open your mouth immediately.”
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— In a nutshell, how would you describe Shelter 7?

Stephanie: “Shelter7 is a spacious, intimate three-level holiday apartment rental in the historical center of Ghent. The house is very unique and special because of its architecture. It makes a statement in itself as being different. It is just a place where you walk in and open your mouth immediately. The apartment sleeps up to 3 people. Shelter7 is like a gallery, a showroom of designer furniture. We thought it would be nice for other people to enjoy the design during their holiday and build up a good feeling with it.

I don’t think it’s to everybody’s taste, but what you’re really buying into is a personal house. It’s not the idea that you’re staying in a hotel room.”
Shelter 7 bedroom - Shelter 7, in Ghent, Belgium
— Shelter 7 bedroom

— Shelter 7 is a mixture between a holiday apartment and an exhibition space. What was your inspiration for that?

Stephanie: “On the ground floor there is a commercial space. In the beginning we wanted to rent out this floor on a temporary basis. A pop-up, a place to cook and have dinner with friends, an exhibition space for artists, etc. Now, the concept is a little bit different. From April, the shop space will be transformed into a showroom for Blanco bikes, so within a few months, we will have our own Shelter bikes to rent out for guests.

The holiday apartment is also a commercial space. The vintage and designer furniture selected by interior architect Frederic Hooft is for sale. The apartment is filled with names as Van Severen, Joe Colombo, Arne Jacobson, etc. Every 3 months we change something, a new sofa, a new table, a new chair. I think its important to do that and see it as your own house. The personal touch and details I find very important. Those personal touches include for example, Aesop soaps, monthly new design and interior magazines, a sweet welcome present...”
Living area - Shelter 7, in Ghent, Belgium
— Living area

— You say that Shelter 7 is a place with distinct soul and great design...

Stephanie: “The architect, Raymond Jacquemyns, magically converted the old space. Not concerning square meters but in experience. He left the facade untouched but took the interior walls backwards several meters. This opening to the street creates very interesting light and space. It also assures more privacy from the neighbors.

The apartment mixes modern and old elements. Authentic features like the staircase and wooden floor are left untouched. With its 95 square meters, it’s a cosy and very comfortable apartment. It has the atmosphere of a snug chalet in the mountains: fireplace, qualitative materials like stone, concrete and wood, and it is very, very quiet. On the other hand, the apartment is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the shopping area.”
Staircase and kitchenette - Shelter 7, in Ghent, Belgium
— Staircase and kitchenette

— Please tell us a bit about the facilities at Shelter 7 and the services you offer.

Stephanie: “Shelter7 is in intimate 3 level apartment. On the first floor you’ll find the living room, dining room and a small, but fully equipped kitchen. On the second floor there’s a small concrete bathroom with views over Ghent, a space to relax and read one of the many design books at Shelter7, and a terrace to dine in summer. The bedroom is on the third floor, facing Ghent’s three renowned towers (Belfort, Sint Baafs Cathedral and Sint Niklaas Cathedral). Its a place where people can relax by cooking, reading in front of the fire or listening to music.”
 - Shelter 7, in Ghent, Belgium

— To you personally, what makes Shelter 7 so special?

Stephanie: “The silence and rest you can experience in the apartment is special, especially considering its location. It is also great to have a huge sun terrace where the only thing to disturb you are the local birds. Of course, the architecture makes the apartment very special and unique. When we bought the apartment, it was obvious to us to use it as a rental apartment. I think it would have been a shame if no one except us had been able to experience this lovely place.”
 - Shelter 7, in Ghent, Belgium
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