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Huis Empire

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The Venue

Huis Empire-The Venue

With its landmark tea pavilion, and situated in the heart of Bruges, the magnificent classical maison de maître Huis Empire is the perfect location for your event. Huis Empire was built in 1822 and offers three opulent, Empire style salons.

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Come to absorb history and authenticity and hold your event in this beautifully restored Bruges mansion.

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Staircase hall

Huis Empire-The Venue-staircase hall

Through the superb archway of the carriage entrance, enter the central hall to the impressive vista of the split spiral of the imperial staircase.

Connecting all salons, the grand main hall, with its marble floor and cascading light, proclaims the space and splendour of the building. There is approximately 550m² of floor area to do with as you wish.

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Huis Empire-The Venue-salons

Three stately Empire style salons, in subtle colours and with exquisite 19th century plasterwork, provide the perfect setting for your event.

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The salons have been restored with an authentic colour palette to recreate their original ambience. Fine 19th century paintings add to the overall impression.

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Within this fine location, there is wireless internet access and perfect mobile reception.


Huis Empire-The Venue-salons

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Huis Empire: Host to 20 to 100 guests.

The joy of an elegant, 19th century interior includes sensitively chosen period furniture. Catering and all other facilities can be provided either by you or by your host, as you wish.


Huis Empire-The Venue-Exterior

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event venue Bruges

The carriage gate, entrance to the large, south-facing courtyard and to the boxwood garden, with its elegant tea pavilion and canal.

Have a seminar break, a reception, or simply a walk at dinnertime, in the picturesque historic centre of Bruges. Some suggestions >

Your event

Huis Empire-Your event

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Just imagine...

VIP / Networking events

Seminars / Colloquia / Symposia

Shareholder / Board meetings

Press conferences, Readings

Award ceremonies

Trade shows

Business / Private Receptions / dinners

Art exhibitions

Fundraising parties

Music performances

Family reunions

Wedding receptions / Banquets

Our History

Huis Empire-Our History

192 years

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192 years

Huis Empire was built between 1822 and 1826 to the commission of Joseph and Jeanne van Zuylen Nyevelt Arents de Beertegem.

Many prominent families have lived in the house since that time, among them those of De Man, Gilliods, Macquart de Terline, Van Damme and Vander haert.

Huis Empire and its boxwood garden were restored to their original magnificence. The current owner gave up his legal practice to run the house, and is now available to facilitate any kind of event.

The mansion is frequently used for both still photography and film-making. It attracts a connoisseur audience during busy Heritage Days, and the exquisite pavilion is also famous as the setting for the Canal Festival (Reiefeesten).

Why not add your event to the roll-call of successful events and celebrations at Huis Empire?

Contact & booking details

Huis Empire-Contact & booking details



Huis Empire

Hoogstraat 28

B-8000 Bruges


Free download

'Huis Empire'
information booklet
[PDF 4Mb]


Booking & enquiries

Marianne De Clerck

+32 (0)477 622 156 (mobile)

Email the owner directly

Features & Facilities

English spoken - also French and Dutch

Catering and Logistics – supplied by client or host, as preferred

Electronics – Free wireless internet access. Perfect mobile reception. International plug converters.

Wheelchair access – Terrace, garden and tea pavilion fully accessible; indoor ground level accessible with some assistance.

Parking and public transport – No parking on the premises, nearest public parking 150 yards. Bus station 50 yards. Bruges central station less than two miles.

Short distance to the coast (16 miles), Ypres and Ghent (20 miles), Brussels (60 miles)



   3 spacious salons (36+48+52 m2)

   Central hall with staircase (40 m2)

   Semi-equipped kitchen

   3 separate lavatories


   Archway and large terrace with adjacent boxwood garden (250 m2)

   Tea pavillion (9 m2)

Capacity: 20 - 100 guests, depending on the nature of your event

Bookings from half a day to +1 days. Recurring bookings possible. Rarely closed.


Free download

'Huis Empire'
information booklet
[PDF 4Mb]


Booking & enquiries


Marianne De Clerck

+32 (0)477 622 156

E-mail the owner directly

Guest Forum

Huis Empire-Guest Forum

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"Adorable intimate seminar venue with a chateau atmosphere and pristine accoustic quality! "

James Hickey / CEO Alliot Group

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