Looking for a special place to stay in Belgium? Near Ghent is a beautiful castle park with five brand-new Tortigas since this summer. These unique hotel rooms in the middle of nature are the perfect base for a trip to Ghent, but especially for lovely walks in Park van Beervelde. We had to chance to enjoy those unique cabins for two nights and fell in love with this fairytale place.
Continue reading: we wrote about many other amazing places to stay around the world, from tiny houses and nature houses to treehouses and glamping.
Fairytale castle park in Beervelde
Beervelde Park is a fairytale location in Flanders, half an hour’s drive from Ghent. On arrival you might think to stand in front of a beautiful castle, but that building with its fairytale towers is just the coach house. The real castle is no longer there: it was demolished a few decades after its construction and replaced by a monumental mansion. The original park is still intact.
Beervelde Park is an absolute must-visit if you are around Ghent. This summer is the first edition of Summer in the Park. The entrance fee is € 5, including two drink coupons of the same value to spend on one of the terraces. One terrace is located at the coach house at the entrance, where you can also dine extensively during the weekends. The other terrace is the sunset lounge bar with sofas, cozy tables and a stage where concerts are given on beautiful weekend days. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets.
Tip: Park van Beervelde can also be visited throughout the rest of the year. Admission is free then, but there are no facilities. Please contact the park in advance to arrange your visit.
But let’s not forget a walk through the park, because that’s what you should come here for in the first place. The lush landscape park was created in 1873. The castle park had to combine all the elements of an ideal natural landscape. From a fairytale forest to monumental buildings, from winding paths to romantic bridges, from a large lake to a meadow. That is what Beervelde Park still looks like, still owned by the same noble family.
That means a walk around all kinds of landscapes in a short time. Every new landscape feels natural, but everything is created that way by the park gardeners. We especially love the pavilion along the lake – you can already see it from the lounge bar – is an idyllic place where we kept coming back.
Tip: you can not only dine at Park van Beervelde, but also book a picnic basket or luxury barbecue package to take with you into the park.
Tortiga nature cabins
Five special nature cabins have been placed in the castle park this year especially for Summer in the Park. The cabins are a new concept of the newly founded company called Tortiga. The modular cabins are almost the same, yet all unique. The same goes for the picturesque surroundings of each Tortiga cabin.
We stayed at Tortiga 5, or: the Mirror Island Tortiga. This cabin is lined with mirrors, making the Tortiga disappear into the environment which reflects in the mirrors. We have a great view of the small creek that leads to the lake; a romantic bridge crosses the creek near our Tortiga. There’s a private outdoor area as well with a bench, table with chairs and a parasol. We were lucky with the beautiful summer weather during our days at Park van Beervelde and enjoyed this outdoor spot a lot.
Our Tortiga is like a trendy hotel room, but located in the middle of nature. It is decorated with designer chairs and furniture. The walls are soft pink. The large bed has luxurious hotel linen and the best pillows and mattress you can imagine. Behind the bed is the bathroom with a toilet and a rain shower. There is a coffee maker as well. Exactly like a hotel room, so without a kitchen or refrigerator.
It is amazing to wake up in a peaceful castle park before it opens to visitors. The bird sounds are all you hear, occasionally disturbed by the train passing by close to the park. That perfect morning is completed with a fantastic breakfast. Our breakfast basket is delivered each morning at our Tortiga. It was still a bit chilly in the morning during these July days, so we took the breakfast inside. We had breakfast inside, unpacking several small breads, two juices, home-made yogurt, fresh strawberries and all kinds of cheese and cold meats.
Make a day trip to Ghent
If you are also staying at Park van Beervelde for several nights, it would be nice to make a short trip. Ghent is just around the corner, only a 30-minute drive away. The historic city isn’t famous with tourists like Brussels or Bruges are, but it is a beautiful place to visit.
The historic center with its characteristic streets, monumental churches and cozy alleys is nice to walk around. But you don’t have to look far for modern elements either. Ghent is one of the best street art cities in the world and at the tourist office you can pick up a free map to find all the murals.
Continue reading: we wrote a bucketlist guide to the 25 best street art cities in the world and Ghent is definitely on that list.
Of course we also understand if you don’t want to leave the park at all. You can walk for hours in a fairytale environment or relax at your Tortiga or the sunset bar. Beervelde Park offers a unique holiday experience with its Tortigas in hotel room style and lush park.