Schuddebeurs is a beautiful village with the Hostellerie fitting in perfectly, It is quaint in a lush setting with some old school finesse. It is 3 km from the closest town, so after a big bike ride be prepared to just stay at the hotel and enjoy their first class restaurant.
This hotel is lovely. Our luggage was placed in our room before we arrived. The rooms are small with no air conditioning. This is extra hard after cycling all day in the heat. A small fan was on the side table. Breakfast was good. The restaurant is very nice ..though expensive. The little village of Zierikzee is gorgeous. It is only 4km away...though this is a hard task when you have cycled all day. If you are cycling keep the dining issue in mind.
The hotel room was clean, spacious, and quiet. There were beautiful gardens to wander through before and after dinner in the hotel restaurant, which was one of the best of our 3 week trip in France, Belgium, and The Netherlands. We were happy to celebrate our anniversary there with good food and better wine. Good service all around.
This hotel is perfect for the Hyacinth Bucket type but less so for the rest of us. In fairness, it is what it says it is. The wifi works. The beds are too soft. The water pressure could be a lot better. So could breakfast.
My wife and I had planned a day trip to Zeeland to visit a lovely fish restaurant that we know in Yerseke. However, to avoid driving over four hours in one day, we decided ultimately and at short notice to travel the day before, and spend one night in the area, before going for the aforementioned lunch the next day. We looked at many properties, but since my parents had visited this one before (although the last time many years ago), and it offered both the availability and the combination of lodging and in-house fine dining, in spite of some of the less than sterling recommendations by fellow travellers on both this site and some other travel related review sites, we decided to choose Hostellerie Schuddebeurs. Its website promised a fine and comfortable stay, so we chose the combination Senior Suite with the Lobster Arrangement. We arrived about an hour early on the day of arrival, and the room (nr 10) was not ready yet, so we elected to have a late lunch on the terrace outside the restaurant of the hotel. The staff was very friendly, throughout our stay really, and proved to be one of the highlights. The food was reasonably priced, and delicious. The quaintness of some English chickens and rooster rummaging around the outside dining area was lost on us, however. After three o'clock, we moved the car to nearer our room, as the Suite in question is located in the luscious gardens, separate from the antique and quite lovely-looking auberge-style main building. The 'garden rooms' can be reached by car via a separate entry way, but do require a fine knowledge of the dimensions of one's vehicle, as manoeuvring space is somewhat limited back there. The separate 'garden quarters' building is in fact two stories tall, and couldn't be more different in style from the main one. Our room turned out to be quite spacious, but that was roughly where the good news ended. There was a separate hallway, toilet, bathroom with separate cabin-style shower, and corner jacuzzi bathtub, and a large sitting-room annex bedroom, with garden style doors towards an outdoor terrace with some garden furniture. As the temperatures during our stay were tropical, we were looking forward to sitting here, but the heat was too overpowering, and the lush vegetation prevented any coastal wind from diminishing the heat. Cushions for the garden furniture were found in a storage room off the hall, but both them and the parasol were musty at best, and we were not brave enough to touch them. This mustiness was all pervasive throughout the room, and would be so overwhelming that my wife was never able to relax comfortably. The bathroom was not spotless, with mould residue present on the shower doors, and the toilet was not clean either, with the toilet seat being of a different shape than the bowl, and the hinges of such a type as to prevent adequate cleaning. Cobwebs and spiders were present throughout the room, despite it having been cleaned less than an hour before. The garden style doors were not easy to close again either, after we had opened them to let in some fresh air. The furniture in the room reminded us of a cross between Louis XV and Austin Powers back to the 70's. There's no arguing styles or tastes, for sure, but this amalgam looked decidedly dated, and was not entirely clean either. Finally, the bed itself proved to be as hard as a rock, and prevented either one of us from enjoying a good night's sleep. I woke up after a few hours feeling as if a truck had run me over, and my dearest wife had in fact gotten no sleep at all. So, up at the crack of dawn, knackered we both were. Breakfast was foreseen from 8am onwards only, unless otherwise coordinated. We had had enough by now, and decided to skip breakfast and call it quits at this stage. As the reception was not open either before 8am, we left our key in a safe location, and cancelled our remaining plans for the day, to return home exhausted and disappointed. Disappointed because we had higher hopes for our stay, and had planned a lovely two day trip to an otherwise really lovely region. Disappointed because this establishment's prices and descriptions lead one to expect more than what we received and experienced. Disappointed that the accommodation was so dismal. Disappointed that the original reason for the trip had to be cancelled due to our tiredness and inability to appreciate the region any further. I contacted the hotel upon our return to apologise for our hasty and early departure and to settle our bills. I explained to the kind receptionist the same story as before, and she promised me the owner would be in touch, and that she was surprised about our experience, as we had had the best room in the place. If that is so, I fear for the others. Sure enough, I did get to speak to the owner, who assured me that the room had been freshened up recently, that it was the best room, and that no expense was spared. I have no reason to doubt that, but our experience was nonetheless very disappointing. As I said, the personnel was extremely friendly and the lobster dinner was a treat, but I would seriously consider staying somewhere else. A man forewarned...…