The De Havixhorst is one of the most memorable, comfortable and hospitable places I have ever lodged in 40 years of business travel. I have stayed for about 20 nights in the last 20 years.
Arrival is a delight. A large, welcoming firegrate warms the driveway and then you look up and see the classic architecture of the mid-18thC main building. Look up again and you will in all probability see the storks nesting on the chimneys!
The staff is courteous but not obsequious and entirely professional.
The food is 5* and the wine list exemplary.
If I had to criticise, my only grounds would be the size of the bedrooms. They are enormous and it is easy to lose one's way to the bathroom.
A great and hidden gem!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at a 5-minute drive from the town Meppel in the natural reserve Het Reestdal, Havixhorst Estate features a Chateauhotel and restaurant. Each suite has an individual style. The suites come in different colour decoration and have high ceilings and exposed wooden beams. It offers a seating area, minibar, desk, and free WiFi. The bathroom is fitted with a shower. During nice weather, the terrace and castle gardens provide a relaxing setting for a drink. Guests can have a high tea in this setting or walk around in the sculpture garden. ... more less
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