Hôtel Verhaegen is an 18th century mansion turned into a beautifully restored hôtel particulier in the historical centre of Ghent.
How would you describe Tielrode in a nutshell?
Tielrode is an oasis of tranquillity where you will have an unforgettable and above all a hospitable, very personal stay. It is embedded in a beautiful river landscape and situated on the site of a reinvigorated shipyard. The venue was founded by my husband, Luc Dhanis (painter) and myself, Sofie Lachaert (silversmith). When you stay with us, you can experience art in a new way by sojourning in an artwork by us as an artist duo.
The venue’s interior looks really beautiful. How would you describe the style of the interior?
It’s minimalist, as in pure, poetic, and sensible. With a keen eye for even the smallest detail, all spaces are set up in a contextual scenography. The venue is situated on the site of a reinvigorated shipyard. Tracks of the industrial past were laboriously processed in the contemporary setting it is today. This crossbreeding of the here and now with the past makes for a transcendental atmosphere.
Many of the pieces in the rooms are part of the venue’s collection and can be bought. Tell us a bit about the different artists and designers that you exhibit.
We offer our guests a unique experience amidst boundary breaking objects by ourselves and by befriended artists in a dialogue of the mundane and the sublime. The art is a mixture between design and applied art that borderlines with fine art. The artists and designers are from all over the world, an attractive mix of internationally recognised names as well as young emerging talent.
How would you like your guests to remember their stay?
As one to never forget! We believe that staying with us, is the perfect opportunity for celebrating something or someone special, enjoy time together at a leisurely pace and gain an unforgettable moment to cherish.