Claessen – Van Dijck (be)
This garden, with a surface of 5000 sq.m, surrounds a farmhouse and is situated on the countryside. The natural frame and the beautiful views were of great influence on the design of the garden, made by the owners themselves, who are both garden-achitects.
The clearly designed base-structure and the conscientious division of space, was influenced by the long and dominating lines of the building and the estate. Parallel lines and perpendicular axes were developed. Overgrown walls, wattled hedges and beech-hedges make different ‘outside rooms’, which results in an abundant variety of styles and impressions when one walks around the garden. Every window of the house lets you see the garden in a different way. In each of the countless gardenrooms, one feels a quantity of atmospheres. We enter through the japanese-like garden in front of the house, where organic forms of Buxus, Taxus and Fagus silently compete with rugged french stones, resulting in a oasis of calm. On the side of the driveway, the springtime-flowers under the trees leave you light hearted. Further on, the ‘Blue-Violet-Room’, pleasantly surrounded by great, firm hedges, strikes you with its colour and smell. Moving along, you’ll be swept away by an authentic countryside feel, when you walk into the orchard, where the sheep gently graze. And than there is the kitchen-garden, warmly surrounded by big Ligustrum-hedges as a shelter for the lurid wind of the open fields. The sense of being at home, taking a rest on one of the many lovely retreats around the house, moving with the sun and enjoying the beautiful views, with the cows grazing on the surrounding meadows. At last, the rustic’ water-garden’ gives you the opportunity to study nature in and around the pond.
Or as Marc Demesmaeker puts it in his book ‘Dreamgardens 2’: ‘It is a natural architectural garden with a well considered nonchalance, where it is nice to abide.
Open Garden 2019
Saturday and Sunday 25 – 26 May
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 30 – 31 May and 1 – 2 June
Saturday, Sunday and Monday 8 – 9 – 10 June
Saturday: 10 a.m – 9 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
During the open days exposition of the artworks of LUT BRACKX.
Admission fee: 3 euro
Groups: by appointment: consisting a minimum of 10 persons. Admission fee: 8 € including guided tour and coffee/tea with homemade cake
How to get there
Coming from Hasselt direction Eindhoven: exit Peer Direction Peer: in the built-up area of Wijchmaal just after a yellow/black pedestrian crossing marked above the road: turn to the right = Achelmansstraat. After 1 km: you arrive at a crossway with a white little chapel From there: follow the sign ‘Atelier’ (about 2 km)
Coming from Eindhoven direction Hasselt: exit Peer Direction Peer: the same as above.
Coming from the East (Bree): in Peer: direction Hechtel In the built-area of Wijchmaal just before a yellow/black pedestrian crossing marked above the road: turn to the left = Achelmansstraat After 1 km: you arrive at a crossway with a white little chapel From here: follow the sign ‘Atelier’ (about 2 km)