AU VIEUX DURBUY & SANGLIER DES ARDENNES
Two Romantic Hotels in the Belgium’s “Prettiest Town”
The origins of Durbuy (pronounced duer-bwee) are not really known, though most of the villages and towns along the Ourthe River in the hilly woodlands of the Ardennes date back to the Middle Ages. The first mention of Durbuy and its chateau come from the 11th Century. In the 12th and 13th centuries Durbuy was among the lands of the Counts of Luxembourg, who included the town with its river crossing into a defensive system that included La Roche (see Castle La Roche en Ardennes) the “Terre de Durbuy” and Bastogne (see Bastogne WWII Touring). Although the town lost its gates and ramparts in the 18th Century and the Château shed its defensive towers and walls, Durbuy is now recognized for its period atmosphere, retaining its original layout and buildings from the 1600s making it very popular destination for tourists.
Au Vieux Durbuy
This home built in 1800 in the heart of the old town of Durbuy is located along a pedestrian street in the center of the atmospheric village. Since its renovation in 1998, this charming little hotel offers 12 rooms with walls of half-timber construction featuring the aged original patina and wooden parquet flooring. The two salons, on the ground floor, as well as the covered terrace, offer the relaxed vantage of people watching and conducive to relaxation and leisure. The original woodwork and the typical Belgian architecture of the building, the regional stonework, antique furnishing, all contribute to a romantic stay in Durbuy.
Offered as a packages after arrival, for just a little extra, you’re greeted with the personal touches of flowers, champagne, a fruit hamper, and gifts from the boutique. All rooms provide a warm and traditional atmosphere, heightened by modern comfort, equipped with bath room with bath tub, some with additional shower, mini-bar and television. Au Vieux Durbuy
Hotel Sanglier des Ardennes
Overlooking the pretty little town of Durbuy , standing above the Ourthe River bend, the Hotel Sanglier des Ardennes offers one of the most beautiful hotel settings in Belgium. The restaurant terrace on the side of the hotel offers a view of the river with its unique topiary park and chef Fréderic Caerdinael's delicious cuisine in the restaurant. A new, fully-heated modern terrace, the gives the façade of the historic hotel a more contemporary appearance. Located on the side of the hotel with a view of the river Ourthe, the terrace of the gourmet cuisine restaurant offers an opportunity to savour the flavors of Belgium. Entirely renovated 2005, the hotel has two junior suites, two family suites, and 17 rooms. Sanglier Des Ardennes
Stays at the Vieux des Durbuy or Sanglier des Ardennes can be combined with gourmet gastronomic dining packages or golf packages. The Golf Course of Durbuy forms part of the Blue Green association with 18 other courses in France. And the Five Nations Golf Club, with its complexity and magnificent views of the Ardennes woods designed by Gary Player is located in nearby Méan. © Bargain Travel Europe
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