Experience a different way of life in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, known in English as "Zeelandic-Flanders". Hospitality is in our blood, and the quality of life in this region is second to none. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, sandwiched between the Netherlands and Belgium, is an unexplored paradise. A tranquil, rural idyll where you can take your time to genuinely unwind. In Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, everything is possible, nothing is obligatory.
Guesthouse Ensenada is located in the heart of West-Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. This region is characterised by its polder landscape, which has developed over the centuries in areas below sea-level. Many sections of sea have been enclosed by new polders, creating dozens of inlets and coves that are the jewels of Zeelandic-Flanders nature; a paradise for many rare species of birds and amphibians. Guesthouse Ensenada, Spanish for cove or inlet, is situated along one of the inlets.
The rural retreat has been held by the family of your host Robert for centuries. Robert and his wife Tine have achieved a life-long ambition: a guesthouse offering untold luxury and rustic ambiance. Five highly original rooms, each with a distinct theme; small-scale, and intimate. Add to this a Mexican outdoor bar, an apple orchard, a flock of Devonshire sheep and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Guesthouse Ensenada radiates an authentic atmosphere of yesteryear, yet is equipped with all modern facilities. The windmill, used by Robert's parents and grandparents for four generation to mill grain for local farmers, forms the special backdrop to the rural idyll.
It is this ambiance which makes Guesthouse Ensenada a one-of-a-kind experience. For a short relaxing break, it is in principle not necessary to leave the retreat. It would however be a shame not to explore the wider area, because Ensenada is the epicentre of pure, unadulterated pleasure. On a sunny day, why not explore the surrounding area by bike, or the cleanest beaches of the Netherlands; all are within a few kilometres from Ensenada. Ensenada is also an excellent base for golf enthusiasts; the surrounding area is renowned for its many excellent golf courses.
Treat yourself to an evening of culinary excellence. The best restaurants of the Netherlands are only a fifteen-minute drive away, including the three Michelin-star Oud Sluis, run by Sergio Herman, one of the best chefs in the world. Robert and Tine maintain close ties with Sergio as well as with Edwin and Blanche Vinke, proprietors of the two-star restaurant De Kromme Watergang in Slijkplaat.
Ensenada is also within easy reach of the historic and picturesque city of Bruges. Situated in Flanders, Bruges is arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Europe. Tine, who is an official guide to the city, would be only too happy to offer a guided tour of the jewel in Flanders's crown. The world-renowned seaside resort of Knokke, with its chique boulevard and famous casino, is also within easy reach.
A stay at Ensenada is unforgettable experience for those who demand the very best. Robert's and Tine's personal approach, coupled with the many special arrangements for exploring the surrounding area, guarantee the perfect holiday.
Combine your rustic stay at Ensenada with a top-quality game of golf. A not-to-be missed opportunity for any golf enthusiast. Ensenada can arrange golf packages in Knokke, Damme and Oostburg, each with a distinct character.More info
World-class culinary delights are only a few kilometres away from Ensenada. Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening, courtesy of Sergio Herman and his restaurant, Oud Sluis (***). Here, Ensenada guests will be welcomed as old friends and treated to a delicious meal, prepared especially for them.More info