Inspired by this post at smarksthespots.com, one sunny weekend we capitalized on the sunshine and ventured out to the municipality of Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, a short car ride from Brussels.
From the middle of May to the end of September, the rose garden around the Coloma castle is open to visitors – free of charge! It’s easy to describe it in one word: Idyllic.
You have the 16th-century castle with some water around it, the beautifully constructed rose garden with flowers from all over the world and on top of that enough lawn to have a picnic or just snooze in the sun or shade.
If you’re in the mood for a coffee (or something stronger), there’s also the restaurant/cafe De Koetsier, which has a wonderful little terrace with a great view of the castle.
You can get there very quickly by car, but it’s also manageable by public transport: De Lijn has three buses (144, 145, 170) that will bring you to each side of the castle grounds from Gare du Midi (more info about getting there here).
Two more things: Yes, this place is prettiest when the roses are in full bloom – but it’s also very, very nice to just come here, see the castle and enjoy its green surroundings. And: No, it’s not always as crowded as you might imagine – we were here on a very sunny weekend and were virtually alone for an hour or so until two other couples arrived …
Coloma Castle, Sint-Sebastianstraat 18, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw // Website