Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day draws near, the special day for so many couples around the world. If you are struggling to think of a way to celebrate, do not fear. Rosie Khdir has a few wining and dining specials for you in the Dutch city of Maastricht.
Château Neercanne is beautiful terraced 17th century castle in the Jekerdal Valley between Maastricht and the Belgian border. The castle boasts four levels of Baroque gardens that are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the highest of which offers a gorgeous view over the valley.
The castle’s L’Auberge restaurant is famed for its wonderful French cuisine, and guests can dine on the terrace at the front of the Château with a view of the park in good weather – a delightful and romantic setting for a Valentine’s meal. You an also enjoy a unique wine-tasting experience in the marl cave wine cellars.
If you are looking for a more cosy setting for your intimate Valentine’s meal, then why not try the restaurant Petit Bonheur.
This farm house style restaurant is situated just to the south of Maastricht, and offers wonderful regional French cuisine. There is a wide choice of French food and wine, served in a rustic, warm atmosphere.
The former 15th century Kruisheren cloister of this monastery has been converted into a stunning designer hotel, complete with library and above ground wine cellar.
The hotel has been decorated by famous interior designer Henk Vos and features beautiful pieces of light installation artwork by German artist Ingo Maurer. His creations float above the dining tables in the hotel’s restaurant on the mezzanine level, which offers a variety of culinary surprises and wines from all over the world.
The chancel of the former church is the setting for a very unique wine bar and cellar; hundreds of bottles lie in a glass decorative wall.
If good seafood is what you are into, then Restaurant O is the place you need. Located on the right side of the river, in the area of Wyck in Maastricht, Restaurant O reveals the very best of the city’s waters.
Here you can order shrimp, lobsters, crab and of course oysters for your romantic meal. The seafood here really is as fresh as can be, and is served in classy yet lively setting.
If you fancy visiting any of these romantic locations then P&O Ferries can help you on your way. You can get a Hull to Rotterdam service for as little as £149 each way!
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