I first learned of The Little Monastery years back in a treasured book I own called Quiet Living: Unique Country Interiors as well as in Milieu where Belgian designer Greet Lefèvre has contributed as an editor. This magical property in Belgium has a rich history and was restored artfully and thoughtfully by antiques dealers Brigitte and Alain Garnier. Belgian Interior Design: The Little Monastery B&B Near Bruges! may just inspire you to put this destination on your bucket list and someday visit!
Photography: Claude Smekens & The Little Monastery
Belgian Interior Design: 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.
Where is it? Deep in the countryside with unique views, The Little Monastery is situated in picturesque surroundings near Damme.
Beautiful Belgian Gardens & Historic Buildings
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!
The Little Monastery Near Dammes
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.
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
Old World Style, European Antiques & Belgian Design Style Inspiration
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
Serene, Rustic, and Refined Belgian Interiors
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!
Peek Inside The Little Monastery
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.
European Country Style Design Inspiration from 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!
The Little Monastery lingers on my list…is it now on yours?
Magical Book With Unique Country Interiors
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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!
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!
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.
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. 🙂
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.
Really want to go to Bruges! Thanks for visiting and enjoying this Belgian beauty.