The distinctive nights of Zeeland
You’ll spend overnight stays of some exception in Zeeland. Your gilt-edged options include a night in a castle. Or a refurbished bakery shed. Or how about the water tower of Vlissingen? No other view quite like it. The evidence that Zeeland is a land of contrasts is all around you: the rugged sea, the soft fruits of summer. And these particular places to stay.
Castle Westhove in Oostkapelle
You can see that Westhove was once a mighty castle. In the Middle Ages it had a bailey courtyard and main keep, with moats, walls, bridges, gates and towers. All that remains now are the bases of some towers, and some walls. Impressive it is, still. Part of it is occupied by a hostel, with rooms in the new main building and the two coach houses. Two terraces offer a fantastic view of the dunes nearby. Kids love it here.
The Vlissingen water tower
Slot Moermond, Renesse
You’ll recognise Slot Moermond from your dreams of the perfect castle. The splendidly broad driveway, the handsome moat. Dating from the 13th century, it stands majestically in a estate. You’ll stay in Landgoed Hotel, elsewhere in the grounds. The castle itself is reserved for special events.
Old prison tower in Vlissingen
Overlooking the boulevard in Vlissingen, the Gevangentoren is a relic of the old 16th century Westpoort gate. The tower is nicknamed 'Bomvrije', after the method of shrapnel-proofing a building. Upstairs is your luxury suite, a room with four views, fantastic vistas of the streets below and over the Westerschelde estuary. You are allowed outside to walk on the battlements, get some more views and pause a while to dream, perchance of far away.
Also ‘in’ in parts of the Netherlands is Mongolian-style cooking. So too is overnighting, without the chill of the Mongolian highlands. At the Kunstwei ‘real outdoor’ campsite, you can overnight in the ‘Knoert’ tent – there’s only one. It’s the brainchild of local artist Rob Hebing, looking like an oversize Zeeland button (‘knop’) and inspired by the yurts of nomadic Mongolians. If ‘Knoert’ has been booked up before you, choose another creation like the Tipi, or the B-one outdoor box bed, dreamt up by another artistic son of Zeeland, Gertjan van der Hoev
The Waterfront in Tholen
This B&B promises sound sleep, a good awakening and a safe landing. Its name paints a thousand pictures: Waterfront. The comfortable rooms looks out over the marina and the town of Tholen. The terrace is at the waterside. You can come by boat, you’ll have your own jetty. There are freshwater and seawater spots nearby for anglers, and bike routes aplenty.