We spent a week in Belgium on our way home from a trip to Bhutan and Nepal. Since I would be celebrating my bithday there, we decided a castle was in order. I booked Chateau de Vierset through Booking.com before we left home. As we were leaving the country, the credit card I had used to secure the reservation was cancelled due to fraud. I sent an e-mail to the owners explaining the situation, terrified that they would cancel the reservation. (especially after having read the review by the gentleman who felt discriminated against because he had used Booking.com.) I couldn't have been more wrong. Marlene, the hostess and co-owner couldn't have been more gracious. She not only welcomed us but bumped up our room because she had unexpectedly gotten a castle full of tv people filming a cooking reality show in the area.
When she learned it was my birthday she offered to make dinner reservations for us, and did. The restaurant, La Rosseur (I think) was about 4k away and was spectacular. We had a 10 course meal.
The next morning, Marlene's husband, who is a Ghent architect and is restoring the castle gave us a tour for an hour and a half. He explained not only the history of the castle, but the fascinating architectural and engineering details from the 11th and 18th centuries. His restoration respects the original builders ingenuity and incorporates modern energy saving innovations without detracting from the castle vibe.
The castle is filled with abundant artwork that is a mix of ancient and very modern. It is eclectic but in a cohesive way that makes a statement about life through the ages.
Breakfast was a generous European style breakfast with breads, meat, cheese, juices, eggs and the lot. Not gourmet, but definitely tasty and filling.
I highly recommend the Chateau for both its comfort and its history.
This is not a full service hotel with lots of staff. It is a family run bed and breakfast castle, and much more personal than a big hotel.
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