What we can offer you

 

We are both early-retired high school teachers of 60 and 61 and enjoy exploring other parts of the world. The Homelink basic principle of swopping houses seems to us the best way to do so. We are very experienced exchangers - over 25 successful exchanges since 1994 - have made lots of new friends and are non-smokers.


Being very considerate people ourselves, we will look after your property as if it were our own. Our guestbook only shows positive comments.

Our house

 

Built in 1985 our detached house is situated in a very quiet, residential estate in Blankenberge, a renowned sea-side resort on the Belgian coast 15 km northwest of Bruges.

The house is equipped with all modern appliances, e.g. Miele washing machine, tumble drier & dish washer, micro wave, gas hob and electric fan oven, LCD HD cable TV, WiFi, lots of CDs/DVDs as well as a piano.


Also on the ground floor is the master bedroom (super king-size box spring bed). The downstairs bathroom - totally revamped in 2012 - has a double washbasin, a bath tub with shower and a toilet. There is a second toilet in the hallway.

Furthermore, there are bikes in the garage. You can enjoy meals on the terrace using our new garden furniture under the gigantic parasol. There is a Weber kettle BBQ.


Our street is a very safe one and children can easily play outside. We have plenty of toys to keep the young ones happy.  























     

  


hallway

              
downstairs toilet
 

first floor


upstairs you’ll find 2 more bedrooms: another super-king bedroom and a hobby/storage room with 1 or 2 single beds, a bathroom  with washbasin and shower cubicle, a separate toilet and our large study/hobby room.









    












  
 
 

Our neighbourhood, shops, etc ...

Locally are 2 bakers, 2 butchers, a grocery, a news agent, an excellent Belgian ‘friterie’ (chips shop). A bit further down the road is a supermarket and down town you’ll find numerous good restaurants and shops of all kind. There’s a circular city bus service only 5 minutes away from our house which can take you to the railway station and town centre. The large sandy beach and the promenade are definitely the focal point of touristic activity but our city can offer you lots more: sports & leisure facilities, cultural events, a casino, a Sea Life centre, 2 marinas, 2 piers, etc. For more go to www.blankenberge.be

The region - out and about

The medieval city of Bruges is obviously the most exciting place to visit and stroll about. Marvellous atmosphere, canals, lots of museums, churches, concerts, cultural events, restaurants and chocolate — and upmarket — shops galore only a 15min. drive away. A bit further afield are more cities embodying Flanders rich medieval heritage, eg. Antwerp — visit the original place where Rubens lived and worked — Brussels, the capital of Belgium and Europe and all her famous landmarks, or Leuven — old university city - as well as Ghent. Of special interest concerning the history and numerous authentic WW I sites is the city of Ypres (http://www.toerisme-ieper.be/en/home.html). All are within a 1 hr drive on the motorway.


Amsterdam or Paris - and even London - are a mere 3 hr drive away or even faster when using the Superfast Railwaylink. For a comprehensive website in several languages on all those Flemish cities visit www.visitflanders.co.uk

Blankenberge beach

                                                   Bruges belfry

Bruges town hall

Brussels market square and Atomium

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We leave you with a selection of the many comments from our guestbook.

 

The garden  


Having green fingers we have landscaped our garden to high standards and use it as the summer’s “outdoor living room”. The amount of annuals in containers has been reduced over the years to make the garden more “low maintenance”. Most remaining pot plants/hanging baskets are on an automatic watering system.


There is plenty of garden furniture (new since 2012) to enjoy a BBQ or simply to relax in. (the new garden furniture is different from the one in the pictures)    

the garden seen from different angles

Ground floor 


Dining and sitting room, as well as the kitchen, have direct access to the patio and garden.

       lounge area                                                                               dining area


master bedroom

downstairs main bathroom

kitchen