It may be known as the world’s smallest city but that doesn’t mean Durbuy doesn’t pack a punch. Lose yourself in its romantic cobbled streets before exploring the countryside and impressive rock formations. For culture vultures, there’s the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art to wander around in, too. Here, we’ve rounded up the best hotels and cottages to stay in while you’re here – now bookable on Culture Trip.
Foodies will love Le Sanglier des Ardennes as it boasts three on-site restaurants, each with their own concept and all managed under the watchful eye of chef, Wout Bru. The hotel also has two bars and, for an additional fee, you can visit the incredible wellness centre featuring a steam spa, an outdoor jacuzzi and a sauna with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Try some psammotherapy – a wellness treatment given on a table filled with warm quartz sand.
Set in the suburbs of Durbuy, this gorgeous bungalow makes the perfect retreat for families or groups of friends. With two double bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and a terrace and barbeque area, it’s ideal for adventure lovers keen to try out the kayaking, rafting, cycling and hiking the Durbuy countryside has to offer. Or, you can just laze around in the manicured garden and enjoy the magnificent views of the River Ourthe.
If it’s a taste of the countryside you’re after, then check out Azur en Ardenne’s Majorelle restaurant – with specialities such as pheasant, wild boar and doe stew on the menu. The hotel complex itself is set in the hills of Barvaux-Sur-Ourthe and comprises 54 stylish rooms and 14 individual holiday homes designed for parties of six or eight. There’s also a wellness centre where you can try out the spa’s “well-system hydrojet” hot water massages.
Couples can enjoy a romantic getaway to this cosy one-bedroom cottage in Septon, 6km (3.7mi) from Durbuy town centre. It’s fully equipped and has a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking a lush garden. The Sir Hugh Fraser of Lovat monument is a three-minute drive away or, if it’s an adrenaline buzz you’re after, then Durbuy Adventures is nearby where you enjoy activities such as rafting, ziplining, tube sliding and high ropes. There’s also an escape room to test your nerve in.
From the boat-shaped shelves in Oostende to the Moroccan lamps in Marrakesh, each of A L’Aise’s four rooms have their own theme and style. You can also relax in the communal living room and warm up next to the pellet stove. Relax in the jacuzzi and infrared sauna before trying out some of the tasty dishes on offer. On Fridays, Saturdays and during the holidays, you can order an amazing, freshly cooked three-course meal if you book in advance.
The countryside is on your doorstep when you stay in this Septon chalet, surrounded by dense forest. Spend an evening with a picnic on the banks of the nearby lake or spark up the barbecue and enjoy the peaceful views from the heated terrace. The chalet can accommodate eight guests and has a sauna for those chilly evenings. Durbuy centre is only 5km (3.1mi) away – where you can sample some of the many restaurants in the smallest city in the world.
Perched on a hill two minutes outside Durbuy, La Lisière comprises a gîte – which sleeps three – and a cabin for two. Both overlook woods and vast grasslands and if you’re lucky you might catch sight of a roe deer, hare or badger. The properties both have cosy wooden interiors and ample space to cook your own meals. But make sure you’re on the terrace as the sun goes down, as some of the sunsets here are spectacular.
With its wood-burning stove shaped like an engine block, boules court and tree trunks nestling in the rooms, this three-star cabin will win the hearts of those who prefer to stay somewhere on the quirky side. The property can sleep seven and feels like a glamourous cave, complete with a staircase that looks like rocky steps. Don’t forget to explore the buzzing little town of Wéris, which is 2km (1.2mi) away.
Ideal for larger groups, this beautiful vintage five-bedroom farmhouse has been converted to accommodate 11 people. Gather on the roof garden, where you can all enjoy a meal together and take in the views of the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, there are plenty of lovely restaurants nearby. During the day, you can walk to the Megalith Museum in three minutes or see if you can solve the Labyrinth of Barvaux-Sur-Ourthe, which is an eight-minute drive away.
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