Chateau de Harze is one of my top three favorite hotels I’ve ever stayed at. Whomever conceived of the design process for converting this historic castle into a hotel was brilliant. The grounds and interior ooze charm and history, yet modern conveniences are masterfully incorporated for guests’ comfort.
My only regret regarding this hotel is that we were only there for one night. Along with my husband and young daughter, we stayed in a castle superior double room. The website was somewhat unclear as to whether three people would be permitted in one of these rooms, but we wanted to stay in the castle (rather than a triple room in the “adjoining building”) badly enough that we planned to book two rooms in the castle if required. However, as we went through the online reservation system, I found that there was an option to pay extra to add a cot, and I spoke with the front desk in advance to confirm this was acceptable.
Upon arrival, we didn’t even want to venture inside – the castle grounds called out for exploration! The main entry featured classic stone and arches of which I’m still fondly dreaming, and ancient wood was visible above in the high ceilings. Definitely set aside some time in your itinerary to wander the castle grounds. We even used the picturesque setting to try to get a photo for holiday cards.
At check in, we were greeted by a friendly, English-speaking staff member who kindly provided local restaurant suggestions and also let us know that she could serve us drinks from the bar until 10 pm. We encountered a handful of other guests during our stay, but the property was either at very low occupancy or is just naturally a quiet place.
Our room was jaw-droppingly beautiful. The ceilings were probably ~12-15 feet tall, and the huge windows opened out onto a picturesque courtyard and surreal views of the rest of the castle. (One thing that was a little odd was that the headboards visible in the property’s online photos are merely faux images created with wallpaper…not something that actually matters, but it seemed out of place.) The bed was incredibly comfortable, and there was a desk and plenty of storage and seating space. The bathroom was gleaming, and the shower featured amazing water pressure and plentiful hot water.
The included breakfast, served in the charming, cave-like restaurant, was delicious. It featured a variety of warm foods (e.g., scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and something vaguely pancake-like) as well as plenty of pastries, yogurt, and fruit. Unfortunately, the onsite Musee de la Meunerie-Boulangerie wasn’t officially open while we were there…but we saw a tour group enter, so you may be able to make arrangements in advance if it’s important to you.
Overall, we can’t wait to find an excuse to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Château de Harzé (Aywaille) - Located in the "Ardenne," this castle (17th century) is settled down in a marvelous area surrounded by nature. Families, couples as staff members will find there a peaceful break with a lot of activities : walking, e-bike, bakery museum, mountain bike, kayak, visit of the castle of Logne, Monde Sauvage (zoo), caves of Remouchamps, near Aywaille, Spa-Francorchamps and Durbuy. The warmness and the simplicity of the welcome will charm you. Free parking place available. ... more less
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