The distinctive nights of Zeeland
You’ll spend overnight stays of some exception in Zeeland. Your gilt-edged options include a night in a castle. Or a refurbished bakery shed. Or how about the water tower of Vlissingen? No other view quite like it. The evidence that Zeeland is a land of contrasts is all around you: the rugged sea, the soft fruits of summer. And these particular places to stay.
Let the sounds of the waves wash over you, as you lie amidst the peace and quiet around you. It is quite something to sleep in a beach hut in Zeeland. When you wake, the endless sea unfurls before your very eyes, the white horses dance on the horizon. When the sounds have ebbed away, and you raise that last glass of wine to the prodigal sunset.
Slot Moermond in Renesse
You’ll recognise Slot Moermond from your dreams of the perfect castle. The splendidly broad driveway, the handsome moat. Dating from the 13th century, it stands majestically in a estate. You’ll stay in Landgoed Hotel, elsewhere in the grounds. The castle itself is reserved for special events.
Castle Westhove in Oostkapelle
You can see that Westhove was once a mighty castle. In the Middle Ages it had a bailey courtyard and main keep, with moats, walls, bridges, gates and towers. All that remains now are the bases of some towers, and some walls. Impressive it is, still. Part of it is occupied by a hostel, with rooms in the new main building and the two coach houses. Two terraces offer a fantastic view of the dunes nearby. Kids love it here.
Bed-and-bakefast in Kloetinge
The old farmhouses of Zeeland often had an outside bake house, used for bread and roasting meat, and heating water for the washing. Now a standalone holiday home and B&B, at the nicely restored Op ’t Hof Olmenstein farm you can stay in the bake house, and enjoy the large garden. On nice days, the tea garden opens and serves some great home-made cakes.
Old prison tower in Vlissingen
Overlooking the boulevard in Vlissingen, the Gevangentoren is a relic of the old 16th century Westpoort gate. The tower is nicknamed 'Bomvrije', after the method of shrapnel-proofing a building. Upstairs is your luxury suite, a room with four views, fantastic vistas of the streets below and over the Westerschelde estuary. You are allowed outside to walk on the battlements, get some more views and pause a while to dream, perchance of far away.
The Vlissingen water tower
Another of the town’s towers is the old water tower, built in 1896 – and recently restored. Just imagine staying here, the 360° horizon includes the multi-tasking island of Walcheren below. And there’s more. Atop your tower lodgings, at a height of 36 metres is a unique lookout post. You can stay there with a group of up to 16 people. The beach and the boulevard are just a walk away
Waterlodge in Goes
Floating houses are in, in the Netherlands. Yours in Goes bobs, just a bit, among the boats in the trendsetting Goese Sas marina. Enjoy all the boats without heading out to sea. Your water lodge – think: a fancy chalet on floats – is just perfect for divers and anglers. Or step ashore and tour the countryside on your bike. The marina is at the entrance of the harbour canal heading from Goes to the Oosterschelde. The dike there is popular amongst bathers, the canal banks too. A good place to sit if diver-watching is your thing. And if you want a decent bite, the folks at ’t Loze Vissertje will seat you on their terrace. It’s got a bit of a name amongst locals, and abroad.
Count on a great stay in Ovezande
A mathematical monument, this one, called ‘’t Hof Acht is meer dan Duizend’. Named after the enigmatic statement that Eight is More than a Thousand, this farm in the pretty Zak van Zuid-Beveland welcomes you as their Number One. Its Wagenhuis building is available as a holiday home, for up to 11 people – and three horses, with fancy stalls. You’re just steps away from winding dikes, quaint villages, old polders and sunny orchards.
Gypsy (traveller) wagon in Stellendam
All the fun of the farm at the Woutrinahoeve farm campsite. You’ll sleep in a real gypsy caravan, a holiday home on wheels, amidst the old fruit trees. What a thrill for the kids! Down the road, Stellendam is proud of its shrimps – we call them ‘hornet’ -- and its splendid fishing harbour. You’ll remember the beaches for a long time too: 25 kilometres long!