Hotel d'Hane Steenhuyse tuin
© Karen Borghouts

An oasis of peace and quiet

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Veldstraat and relax in the magnificent walled city gardens of this eighteenth-century city palace. Enjoy a summer aperitif concert and imagine that you are a guest of the noble d’Hane de Steenhuyse family. Soon you’ll be mixing with nobles and enjoying a delightful cup of coffee!

City Palace d'Hane Steenhuyse

A city hotel full of natural beauty

The d’Hane Steenhuyse hotel is a manor house full of natural beauty. Natural beauty is in abundance, from the street wall to the back door, although you might not think so at first sight. The families who resided there enjoyed not only the garden, but also the natural beauty which literally came indoors, but as an ornament to make urban life more pleasant. The garden was a vital element in urban life for the nobility.

An ornamental garden with an orangery, a greenhouse, and an orchard

Valérie van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie (1839-1902), widow of Count  Borluut, was not only a lover of art, but she also had a passion for gardens. She converted her somewhat dull eighteenth-century lawn into a delightful ornamental garden with an orangery, a greenhouse, grapevines, rose gardens, and lofty fruit trees. Close your eyes and imagine you are a guest in the Lady de la Potterie’s urban paradise between the blossoming fruit trees and aromatic flowers! Since the final old pear tree disappeared, the current lawn has been awaiting further development.

Arnold Vander Haeghen house

A picking garden for green fingers

After your visit to Vander Haeghen House, take a quick look in the little picking garden. Indulge yourself and pick some splendid fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs.

And this in the busiest shopping street in Ghent!