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Maîtres de Maison Relais & Châteaux

Jolien & Karen De Pooter

Maîtres de Maison - Relais & Châteaux

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Can you tell us the story of your property ?

In the early 14th century, a pond located above the hamlet of Reeth draws the attention of the Lord of Berckelaer. He deems it the perfect location to build a farm. ‘Het Hof’ develops into the rural burgh of Retergoed that, in turn, will become the presbytery of Reet. Seven centuries on, this presbytery is at the heart of our restaurant. Pastorale is a place with a (hi) story. It is something we really wanted to maintain after the renovations to give the restaurant and the culinary delights an extra dimension.

What is your trademark in terms of the art of generosity and warmth?

At Pastorale restaurant, the guest is our main priority and we create the entire experience around them. We really want to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.

What memories do you want to give your customers?

Our guests tell us often that our restaurant feels like some sort of getaway, that you have got the impression to stay in another world and that you get immersed into Bart’s biotope. And that’s exactly the type of feeling we want them to remember.

What passions do you share with your guests at your property?

Our passion for art is reflected in Pastorale’s interior. A piece of art on the plate tastes even better in relation to real art. If you look up from your plate, you will notice you’re surrounded by ‘My house.’ An installation of the famous Belgian artist Arne Quinze. The wooden structure crosses the whole restaurant and connects the various ground floor salons. In this way, he enters into a dialogue with the floor and merges the rooms into one entity. But also Jan Fabre, Atelier Vierkant, Kirsten Spuijbroek and Arno De Pooter are present.

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