Belgian Design Style Inspiration: The Little Monastery B&B Near Bruges!

I first learned of The Little Monastery years back in the treasured book I own Quiet Living: Unique Country Interiors as well as in Milieu magazine where Belgian designer Greet Lefèvre is a contributing editor. This magical property in Belgium has a rich history and was restored artfully and thoughtfully by antiques dealers Brigitte and Alain Garnier. Belgian Design Style Inspiration: The Little Monastery B&B Near Bruges may just inspire you to put this destination on your bucket list and someday visit!

The Little Monastery near Bruges - a delightful vacation getaway.
Belgian Design Style Inspiration: The Little Monastery B&B Near Bruges…certainly lovely indeed. Belgium Travel Ideas: Stay at This Exquisite Guesthouse With History and Charm as Well as Interior Design by Brigitte Garnier.

Photography: Claude Smekens & The Little Monastery

Belgian Design Style Inspiration: The Little Monastery B&B Near Bruges!

Can I stay here as a guest? Oui! The Garniers have created a restful, exceptionally designed oasis for guests to enjoy.

Colorful upholstered cushions and weathered dining table at The Little Monastery, a wonderful B&B near Bruges. Come enjoy photos and a tour of Belgian Design Style Inspiration from antiques dealers Alain and Brigitte Garnier.
The Little Monastery…certainly charming indeed.
Climbing roses on old brick at The Little Monastery, a wonderful B&B near Bruges. Come enjoy photos and a tour of Belgian Design Style Inspiration from antiques dealers Alain and Brigitte Garnier.
Belgian Design Style Inspiration: The Little Monastery B&B Near Bruges…certainly lovely indeed. Belgium Travel Ideas: Stay at This Exquisite Guesthouse With History and Charm as Well as Interior Design by Brigitte Garnier.
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Where is it? Deep in the countryside with unique views, The Little Monastery is situated in picturesque surroundings near Damme.

Breathtaking architecture and boxwood gardens at The Little Monastery, a wonderful B&B near Bruges. Come enjoy photos and a tour of Belgian Design Style Inspiration from antiques dealers Alain and Brigitte Garnier.
The Little Monastery…hello lovely gardens indeed.

Beautiful Belgian Gardens & Historic Buildings

Rustic planked door, old brick, and historic buildings at The Little Monastery, a wonderful B&B near Bruges. Come enjoy photos and a tour of Belgian Design Style Inspiration from antiques dealers Alain and Brigitte Garnier.
Belgian Design Style Inspiration: The Little Monastery B&B Near Bruges…certainly lovely indeed. Belgium Travel Ideas: Stay at This Exquisite Guesthouse With History and Charm as Well as Interior Design by Brigitte Garnier.

What can I expect as a guest? The property’s romantic setting comes with lovely restored buildings from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, interiors graced with collected antiques, and also gardens dotted with hydrangea, boxwood, and happy chickens squawking about!

Arched steel and glass doors, old brick, and an ancient wood bench at The Little Monastery, a wonderful B&B near Bruges. Come enjoy photos and a tour of Belgian Design Style Inspiration from antiques dealers Alain and Brigitte Garnier.
The Little Monastery…in case you admire European country charm.

The Little Monastery Near Dammes

Glowing with warmth, this rustically refined dining area with candle style chandelier sings with beauty at The Little Monastery, a wonderful B&B near Bruges. Come enjoy photos and a tour of Belgian Design Style Inspiration from antiques dealers Alain and Brigitte Garnier.
Belgian Design Style Inspiration: The Little Monastery B&B Near Bruges…certainly lovely indeed. Belgium Travel Ideas: Stay at This Exquisite Guesthouse With History and Charm as Well as Interior Design by Brigitte Garnier.

What makes the property extra special? A gift of Margaretha of Constantinople in 1275, the property became a small monastery in the late 16th century with ten Cistercian monks. The monks did more than practice silence–on a mission to protect the land from flooding, they labored to build dikes.

Historic buildings and garden beauty shine at The Little Monastery, a wonderful B&B near Bruges. Come enjoy photos and a tour of Belgian Design Style Inspiration from antiques dealers Alain and Brigitte Garnier.
The Little Monastery…in case you appreciate Old World style.
Old World design style with rustic refinery at The Little Monastery, a wonderful B&B near Bruges. Come enjoy photos and a tour of Belgian Design Style Inspiration from antiques dealers Alain and Brigitte Garnier.
Inspiring Belgian Interiors and Gardens at a Belgian B&B…certainly charming indeed. Photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting as Well as Lovely Craftsmanship to Admire.
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We feel lucky to have the chance to live in a magnificent place called ‘Vaucelleshof,’ where the light is strong and the Flemish country feeling is present. –Brigitte Garnier

Weathered walls, antiques, and rustic beauty at The Little Monastery, a wonderful B&B near Bruges. Come enjoy photos and a tour of Belgian Design Style Inspiration from antiques dealers Alain and Brigitte Garnier.
The Little Monastery

Old World Style, European Antiques & Belgian Design Style Inspiration

Rosy plaster walls, character rich wood steps, and exquisitely decorated interiors grace The Little Monastery, a B&B by Brigitte Garnier. Come see more!
Inspiring Belgian Interiors and Gardens at a Belgian B&B…certainly charming indeed. Photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting as Well as Lovely Craftsmanship to Admire.

What was the property like when the Garniers became its caretakers? “The abbey had become a farm and then was abandoned. It was a wreck.” -Brigitte Garnier

A breathtaking vignette from a Belgian style interior at The Little Monastery. Come enjoy photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting.
The Little Monastery…certainly lovely indeed.

Serene, Rustic, and Refined Belgian Interiors

Serene Belgian linen and charcoal grey accents anchor a Belgian style interior at The Little Monastery. Come enjoy photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting.
Inspiring Belgian Interiors and Gardens at a Belgian B&B…certainly charming indeed. Photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting as Well as Lovely Craftsmanship to Admire.

What can I expect in a suite at The Little Monastery? Serene, sophisticated interiors with a living room, fireplace, bedroom, and bathroom as well as antiques which are for sale!

A breathtaking vignette with natural light, a curvy chair, and gourd style lamp in a Belgian style interior at The Little Monastery. Come enjoy photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting.
The Little Monastery…certainly charming indeed.
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The Little Monastery in Belgium.
A suite at The Little Monastery B&B in Belgium.
Inside a cupboard at The Little Monastery B&B in Belgium.

Peek Inside The Little Monastery

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Detail of weathered paint on a breathtaking antique in a Belgian style interior at The Little Monastery. Come enjoy photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting.
Inspiring Belgian Interiors and Gardens at a Belgian B&B…certainly charming indeed. Photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting as Well as Lovely Craftsmanship to Admire.

Are there restaurants and special places to visit nearby? Bruges and Knokke are a ten minute drive. The Garniers have also organized for visitors their favorite restaurants and places to see.

Warm rosy plastered walls and ceiling in a Belgian style interior at The Little Monastery. Come enjoy photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting.
The Little Monastery…certainly breathtaking indeed.
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European Country Style Design Inspiration from Belgium

A breathtaking mix of age, craftsmanship, and Belgian design at The Little Monastery. Come enjoy photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting.
Inspiring Belgian Interiors and Gardens at a Belgian B&B…certainly charming indeed. Photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting as Well as Lovely Craftsmanship to Admire.
The Little Monastery in Belgium.
The Little Monastery in Dammes.
The Little Monastery…certainly rustic and refined indeed.
A breathtaking setting at The Little Monastery. Come enjoy photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting.
Inspiring Belgian Interiors and Gardens at a Belgian B&B…certainly charming indeed. Photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting as Well as Lovely Craftsmanship to Admire.
A breathtaking peek beyond steel and glass doors at potted bliss at The Little Monastery. Come enjoy photos of Old World Style and Rustic European Antiques in a Serene Countryside Setting in Belgium.
The Little Monastery…certainly romantic indeed.

Romantic Moments Inside and Out at This Dreamy Vacation Getaway

Roses climbing one of the historical buildings at The Little Monastery in Dammes, Belgium.
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Tour the Property Here

The lovely LeAnn of Linen and Lavender shared a gorgeous tour of the property including peeks at the kitchen below HERE.

Inspiring Belgian Kitchen Design!

Exquisite Belgian kitchen of Brigitte Garnier, an antiques dealer and owner of The Little Monastery near Bruges.
Design: Brigitte Garnier. Photo via LinenandLavender.
Exquisite Belgian kitchen of Brigitte Garnier, an antiques dealer and owner of The Little Monastery near Bruges.
Design: Brigitte Garnier. Photo via Linen and Lavender.
Belgian design style inspiration from Brigitte Ganier and The Little Monastery.
Design: Brigitte Garnier/photo via Linen and Lavender…certainly breathtaking!
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The Little Monastery lingers on my list…is it now on yours?

Magical Book With Unique Country Interiors

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Quiet Living: Unique Country Interiors by Piet Swimberghe (Lannoo)

For more Belgian design inspiration, see THIS and also THIS.

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-michele

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6 Comments

  1. July 22, 2019 / 7:42 am

    This looks like a truly magical retreat and I love the history of it. It’s beautiful when an old abandoned place is given a new life!
    xo
    Holly

    • Michele
      Author
      July 22, 2019 / 10:24 am

      I agree and am so happy that the Garniers were generous enough to welcome their property to guests who can soak up beauty, timeless charm, and tranquility here. I can’t imagine living in a place with such a holy background–truly this is a labor of love!

  2. Connie
    July 22, 2019 / 9:33 am

    In a word: Lovely! Purely lovely!

    There are elements of French in Belgium but with a much “visually quieter” look. So very relaxing and beautiful.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 22, 2019 / 10:09 am

      Truly Belgian style is graced with a quiet like no other, and it’s why I am so drawn to it as it adds such rich harmony to my contemplative life. Quiet serenity, peaceful tranquility, and so pleasingly restful to the eye. 🙂

  3. Mumbai
    September 3, 2020 / 10:29 am

    I love Belgian style and the country itself. Thank you for collecting and brought out so many beautiful photos.
    Whenever you come to Belgium you have to go to Brugge too.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 3, 2020 / 1:22 pm

      Really want to go to Bruges! Thanks for visiting and enjoying this Belgian beauty.

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