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LANDGOED HOTEL ALTEMBROUCK

l2I first came across the Landgoed Altembruock Hotel on the internet while searching for wedding venues in Belgium. While the country setting and old manor house seemed pleasant enough, what really grabbed my attention was the mention of the hotel restaurant’s menu featuring wagyu beef and mangalica pork sourced from the estate’s very own stables. Billed as “House of Wagyu, Home of Mangalica”, I quickly dismissed any notion of wedding research and booked a table for dinner at the Restaurant Fogo. At a little under two hours’ drive from Brussels, I thought it prudent then to make a reservation at the hotel too.

Located in the Flemish municipality of Voeren in the Belgian province of Limburg, we found the Estate sitting at the end of a long and narrow windy road that opened up to a magnificent view of the 18th century villa estate surrounded by spacious hilly paddocks. The Estate greeted us with a historic style and atmosphere that made us feel as though we had stepped back in time.

We received the warmest of welcomes at the front desk from our host Olaf, who escorted us to our Deluxe Room overlooking the pond, with views of wagyu cows grazing in the distance. The room was luxuriously large and included a sitting area as well as a desk and small dining table. Decorated in country-style, the room was complimented by halls which showcased an interesting mix of antique furniture and contemporary artworks. The beautiful pastoral surrounds could be viewed from every window, bringing nature into focus. This beauty and calm seemed to infect the entire interior space of the hotel villa which was warm and welcoming, and extremely relaxing.

Other guest amenities offered at the country-style manor house included an inviting sitting room/library and a bar offering generous scoops of spicy peanuts in little terracotta pots. In addition to the Restaurant Fogo, the hotel also offered a casual dining space offering lunch and brunch as well as a daily breakfast buffet which included their very own mangalica ham and wagyu prosciutto. The close-knit team of staff were attentive and sincere and made us feel very much at home with their warm and personalised service. Olaf even took a break from the reception desk to treat us to a private tour of the Estate, including a much-anticipated visit to the wagyu and mangalica stables.

With nothing around to distract us but nature, old-fashioned country comforts and the most hospitable team of staff, we were able to step out of our usual busy state, and simply enjoy being. The Altembrouck Estate is an ideal spot for a quick country getaway that is simple and luxurious all at once.


Landgoed Hotel Altembrouck
Altenbroek 4, 3798 ‘s Gravenvoeren
http://www.altembrouck.com

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