House in WW1 area,Ypres,Flanders,Belgium - Peaceful Location 5 Minutes driving to Kemmel, 20 Min. to Ieper & Passchendaele
PETRA DE SMET
- english, french, german, spanish, Dutch
About PETRA DE SMET
Hello! We are a family with three growing children. In hunting for a home of our own, we decided to look for a house with outbuildings or a second home nearby. When we found "Den Ouden Speelberg", my long-held dream of opening a B&B became a holiday home. We spent 2010 to 2012 renovating the property and in 2013 we were finally able to welcome our first guests. We always do our utmost to offer visitors a wonderful experience. Would you like information on points of interest in the region, or local insider tips? We would be happy to inform you as accurately as we can. Would you prefer to be given the privacy to discover things for yourself? We can certainly respect that as well.
PETRA DE SMET purchased this House in 2002
Why PETRA DE SMET chose Heuvelland
The location of the holiday home makes it well suited for visits to commemorate World War I. The In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper (Ypres), the site of the Christmas Truce in Ploegsteert, the Bayernwald Trenches in Wijtschate, the Mine Crater Memorial in Mesen, the commando bunker in Kemmel, Hill 62, the many cemeteries and notably Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passendale, the Tower of Peace in Mesen, Talbot House in Poperinge... So many familiar names from the history books. And well worth a visit!
What makes this House unique
We renovated the house itself with loving care, creating the kind of holiday home that we would want to rent for ourselves: not cluttered with bric-a-brac, just discreet luxury, with a place to sit outside no matter what the weather, privacy and plenty of breathing space. We may be a little biased, but we think our holiday home is something special: for the house itself as well as its location. Will we soon have the pleasure of welcoming you to "Den Ouden Speelberg"? We certainly hope so! Kind regards, Bart & Petra
Check-in: 4:30 pm
Check-out: 10:30 am
no smoking inside the house
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Second stay here.
This is the second stay in the property for myself and my wife, and like last time it was amazing.
The cleanliness of the property is off a very high standard both inside and outside. The property itself is beautiful and so are its surroundings. `
Petra and family are lovely and always happy to help, with information and other queries if needed.
The location of the property was ideal for my wife and myself to visit the war memorials, and the surrounding towns and areas were lovely to explore.
There is absolutely nothing negative to say about the property, both the first and second time have been a joy to experience
Thank you for your hospitality.
Great central location for WWI site visits. Quiet country side and very nice owner.
We had a great time at this location. We used it as a central location to visit WWI and WWII sites.
The cottage is very well renovated and maintained. The property owner was very nice and easy to deal with. I would recommend this spot to anyone willing to drive to where they want to go or just sit back and enjoy the countryside.
This is our second visit, again an amazing
Petra is the most accommodating of hosts, from the booking to the actual visit , communication has been excellent, the property is exceptional, it is in a beautiful setting, we had the most relaxing enjoyable time, Petra has thought of everything.
Stay From 18-6-2018 To 2-7-2018 Agreat Holiday and House
The house itself was very clean and well set with a beautiful interior and exterior.
The surrounding area had plenty to see and do to ensure that our holiday was filled with great memories.
Lastly the family were incredibly welcoming and helpful at every turn.
I would 100% recommend the accommodation and would stay there again any time
Mr & Mrs L. & J. Whyte
The lovely Petra had thought of everything,
The house is superb, clean comfortable beds , lovely hot shower, all our needs were met, we were so impressed by the house, the views and how easy it was for me to drive to where we needed , the owner Petra had even printed out information on petrol stations and supermarket , where they were located and times of opening , this was invaluable to us, if we neede anything we only needed to ask, we will definitely be going back , we feel in love with the house and it’s area .
Modern, Clean & Perfect location for exploring WW1 History
My Family and I greatly enjoyed our 4 nights in this modern, clean and welcoming holiday home, located literally a few metres inside Belgium, overlooking the French border. The location was perfect for exploring all of the WW1 battlefields, museums, monuments as well as Ypres being just a 20 minute car journey away. The 10 minute car journey back into France for the nearest large supermarkets also made life easy to purchase food to cook back at the house. The main living area was spacious, so too was the very large shower / utility room. Both bedrooms were equipped with a double bed and full size bunk beds (suitable for adults if required!). I would say the only facility missing from the property was the lack of TV / DVD player. It would have been nice to be able to "wind down" after a busy day exploring by watching a film etc. Petra speaks/writes excellent English and was extremely helpful both before and during the stay. I would thoroughly recommend this property to any family or small group looking to explore the Flanders region and will definitely look to hire this property again for a future trip to the area. Thank you Petra.
Coast: +/- 50 km (Northern France e.g. Bray Dunes, or Southern Belgium e.g. De Panne)
Calais: +/- 80 km
Dunkerque +/- 55 km
Lille Lesquin (airport) +/- 40 km
Lille (station) +/- 40 km
Nearest villages in Belgium: Dranouter (3 km), Nieuwkerke (4 km), Kemmel (6 km) Wijtschate (12 km)
Nearest cities in Belgium: Poperinge (15 km), Ieper (20 km)
Nearest city in France: Bailleul (4 km)
First World War Remembrance:The In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper (Ypres), the site of the Christmas Truce in Ploegsteert, the Bayernwald Trenches in Wijtschate, the Mine Crater Memorial in Mesen, the commando bunker in Kemmel, Hill 62, the many cemeteries and notably Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passendale, the Tower of Peace in Mesen, Talbot House in Poperinge...
Sights and culture: Rode berg, Zwarte berg, Kemmelberg, Casselberg, Catsberg, city of Ieper, city of Poperinge, city of Bailleul, city of Lille, Museum Louvre Lens, picturesque villages of the Heuvelland district,...
Sports and leisure within a radius of 20 km: swimming pool, riding stables, bicycle rental (also electric ones!), walking routes, cycling routes, tennis court, chairlift, amusement park Bellewaerde, French cinema, brewery, zoo in Lille,...
Shopping: Bailleul (4 km)
Restaurants / cafés : within a radius of 5 km, there are many cafés and restaurants, in range of price classes