When a dream turns into reality
The Beversluys Mansion
The Beversluys Family has been significant in the city of Bruges , notably around 1700.
At that time Sir Frans Beversluys ( Treasurer of the courthouse of Bruges) and his wife , Maria-Magdalena van Westveldt lived in a magnificent “Mansion” – dated 1692 – located at Predikherenstraat 25.
This monumental house still exists.
The Beversluys Backyard houses
In 1714 , at the back of their house’s garden they endowed a “Godshuis” which is called “ Het Pelikaanhuis” , situated on the Groenerei .
The endowment allows widowed women without financial means to live the last part of their lives in this house, for which privilege they are in turn expected to pray for Frans & Maria-Magdalena.
The “Pelikaanhuis” still operates nowadays on the proceeds of that endowment.
De Katte van Beversluys
After her man died in 1717. She offred a Treasure by the name of “ De Katte van Beversluys”
in 1725 to the Church of Our Lady in Bruges. It’s considered the most valuable of all of Belgium’s monstrances. At 64 cm height and a weight of 3 kg with several hundred diamonds and pearls it represents a significant monetary value, but the real worth is the work of Art, made by Jan Beaucourt.
The legend of this lavish donation
The Secret Garden has been restored in 2015 and transformed into a luxury Guesthouse by the family Valkenburg
To keep the authenticity and old charm of the building, they restored with old building materials from all over the world.
The Secret Garden is decorated with luxurious furniture, sumptuous fabrics and authentic antiques which make you feel at home.
Experience the charm of the past and the luxury of today.
Piece of Heaven
Far away from the busy hunted life. Relaxing in the hot tub with customized music and burning fireplace
Here at The Secret Garden your favourite pastime will be daydreaming
Haven of peace
Enjoy on a sunny day from your lounger by the heated swimming pool of a glass of champagne. Whereby your eyes will be caressed by the beauty of the landscaped garden and where the whistle of the birds sounds like music to your ears.