— How would you describe Hôtel Verhaegen?
As interior designers we had become interested in this wonderful house from the 18th century. Once we realized that it was too big for only two people, we decided to open it as a five-room boutique B&B.
The house was bought in 2004 and we opened Hôtel Verhaegen one year later. We would have preferred to not change a single thing about the house and therefore only did some renovation work that gave it a homogenous atmosphere of the 1760s as well as some classical styling. None of the flooring, panelling nor any of the marble was changed, as we wanted it to retain its historical feeling.”
— Hôtel Verhaegen dining room
— Please tell us about the interior design at Hôtel Verhaegen.
The front doors are very large and the rooms have high ceilings, but at the same time it’s not too big. The house has an aristocratic pedigree with Chinese antique wallpaper, frescoes, and amazing marble fireplaces.
The furniture is a mix of antiques and modern pieces. Some items were custom-made for the B&B such as the carpets, which we designed ourselves. You will notice that there is beautiful detailing everywhere waiting to be discovered little by little.
I would say that rather than feeling like an untouched palace, Hôtel Verhaegen provides a very homey atmosphere. It is not bold but talks to you very softly.”
— How would you describe the rooms at the Bed and Breakfast?
In one room, which was originally completely white, we added Pompeii red tapestries to complement the lighting. Our Italian room holds all the Italian furniture and is painted sky blue with very soft beige. Our very spacious suite features contemporary art panels. Then there’s the cosy room in the attic with its old beams and a wonderful mix of the old and new.”
— Hôtel Verhaegen bedroom
— What services and facilities do you offer as part of the B&B?
— To you personally, what’s so special about staying at Hôtel Verhaegen?
Our intention was to create a very soft and gentle atmosphere, which the house by itself already provides; we didn’t have to add a lot to that.”