During the so-called Dutch intelligent Covid-19 lockdown we were strongly advised not to travel anywhere, so within those weeks I looked for new places to visit very close to home. It is then that I found out about Landgoed Meer en Bos, an elegant park in The Hague city district Loosduinen that used to be part of a large 17th century estate. Passing flowering bushes of rhododendrons, listening to birds singing and watching the sun set between the trees… After all those days mostly spent indoors, it literally made me dance.
In a way, Park Landgoed Meer en Bos reminds me of the French capital. That is probably because it is well hidden within an urban area and originally designed as a baroque garden. It has changed of course during the centuries. Nowadays it has a lot of windy sand paths in English-landscape style. Landgoed Meer en Bos is quite small, still it is very complete. Apart from the surprising trails and the beautiful planting, there is a pond: Het Segmeertje, a playground, a bird shelter called De Wulp and a restaurant: Taveerne Meer en Bosch.
Bird shelter De Wulp is usually closed to the public, but you can always check if by chance they organize anything interesting during your stay. Restaurant Taveerne Meer en Bosch serves classic traditional food and stands out by its extensive wine collection of more than 8.000 bottles. So you can return here many times and still try something new.