Hippocampus was built around the 1900s and was for decades occupied by the managers of a local factory. In 1992, the current host and chef, Francis Scheyvaerts, bought the villa – located between Eindhoven and Antwerp – and transformed it into a gorgeous manor.
He first opened a restaurant with the emphasis on refined dining. The furnishing of the restaurant and the rooms betray an English influence. This contributes to the friendly atmosphere in the former management villa. The jolly and likeable host also plays a defining role. The rooms, named after desserts, have all the creature comforts of home and are furnished partly with art-deco furniture.
On cold, wintry days the bar/lounge is the place to be to really relax next to the crackling wood fire. Hippocampus also has an impressive collection of 80 single malt whiskies. In the summer you can eat your meal on the terrace and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings and the view of the pond.
Francis Scheyvaerts was the chef in Cheval Blanc (Reims) and Comme Chez Soi (Brussels). As a member of the Belgian Masterchefs and honorary member of Les Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe, his good reputation ensures a culinary adventure in his charming period style restaurant. The menu is traditional with a modern twist. Francis Scheyvaerts sources everything locally with fruit and vegetables depending on the season.
The bar is well known for its extensive collection of malt whiskeys.
Opened Tuesdays through Sundays.
A beautifully maintained garden surrounds the hotel. The garden pond with its flowering water lilies is a must-see in the summer. The terrace is situated at the front of the hotel and overlooks the ornamental pond. Weather permitting, lunch and dinner are served here.
The hotel lies in the Kempen region. The lovely surrounding countryside is ideal for walking and cycling. Try nearby National Park Hoge Kempen. It consists of more than 14,000 acres of pine forests and moorland.