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Reviewed 25 July 2014

This is a good quality, clean house with spacious bedrooms and comfortable mattresses. Lots of shower gels, hair shampoo and towels to keep you going. The little terraced garden was a shady spot with table and chairs for alfresco dining. Menin Gate is a 3 minute walk away. The surrounding area is full of museums', churches, lots of war memorial to take you back years....

The cemeteries are beautifully looked after and is super respectful. We visited Passendale, Hooge Crater Museum, and the local hotel next door has an underground tunnel which is very close to the real thing. Essex Cemetery houses the body of the 15 year old boy who lied about his age to sign up! Unsurprisingly, covered in lots of flowers and teddy bears. The trip was a lovely reminder of what people gave up and can thoroughly recommend it.

Room Tip: the bedrooms are at the front of the house so you will experience some traffic noise, along the cobbled streets....but its worth it!!
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Bayliss5
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

It would be difficult to find a fault with this accommodation. It is convenient to the centre of Ypres only 3 mins walk. It has a little oasis of a secluded quiet walled garden very empathically designed you would never know you were in the middle of a town. Everything you would need is thoughtfully provided with beers wines, bottled water and fruit juices at very reasonable prices. The bedrooms were large and the showers were excellent with plenty of towels, and if you wanted, shower gel was also there to use. Alain was a very pleasant, hospitable and discreet host. We took advantage of his very reasonably priced tour which we thoroughly enjoyed. He is extremely knowledgeable about WW1 and the battlefields/ cemeteries and gives a poignant insight into what Ypres and surrounding areas was like. I would definitely recommend this accommodation and intend to return in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Jeanette R
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a good base to stay when visiting Ypres. Very central and within easy walking distance of the Menin Gate. Lovely and clean with all amenities that you need.
The downside of this is the way the owner likes to 'oversee' your stay. On arrival he makes a point of telling you to never leave the keys in the inside of the front door when locked. We followed this instruction and on one evening four girls were in the house chilling out and at 10 o'clock he unlocked the door and came in but did not knock or shout out just appearing in the lounge which startled us. This was an invasion of privacy. Paying guests should be allowed that privacy.
I would not stay in this house again.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Di C
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

My son (age 14) and I stayed here from 7 - 10th April 2014. We didn't meet Caroline but Alain was extremely welcoming and extremely knowledgeable about WW1 history and the area ... We went to Passendale Museum (easy to get to by local bus from Ypres Railway station - was 4 Euros each way for me and my son) .. this was the best museum since it also had dugout and trenches. The Flanders Field Museum at The Cloth Hall was also good - however if you suffer from vertigo beware or paying to go up into The Belfry Tower ! The first section of snail staircase is enclosed and fine but once in the bell tower there is a tall metal staircase, snail-like but open and you can see straight down ...before another section of enclosed staircase with windows out to open (lot of wind) before roof .....Too scary for me - dreadful vertigo ! Menin Gate ceremony was excellent - you need to get there at least 45 mins before and stand at the far side of the gate (away from the main square end) by the final pillars. If you look on the ground there is a round white mark where the trumpeters stand. Nearest supermarket called GB is on the far side of the Cathedral (side of where the train station is) Opens 8.30am till 6pm. Best Waffles - sweet & no need to add extra toppings are from the Waffle & Ice cream shop (has large ice cream cone outside) opposite Flanders F Museum on the corner of the street. We came by Eurostar from London to Lille and walked to Lille Flanders station (5 - 10 min walk, well signposted) and bought a return ticket to Ypres for the two of us for 58 Euros .. was very easy .. 1 train change .. you can see the train schedules under TGV website.You can't pre-book but can just buy at the ticket office at Lille Flanders. We had a wonderful time ...

Room Tip: “We stayed in the first room on the first floor (spacious and had 3 single beds) , bathroom across the hallway clean, good shower and two sinks next to each other, plenty of towels, shampoo & shower gel plus a powerful hair drier. Room was on street side but not noisy. Kitchen well equipped, has microwave, electric hob , fridge & freezer, kettle & coffee maker. Living room has TV with lots of English channels. Also has a dining room. Home from home ...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Carey B
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

What to say,, This year was our 7th year visit on the trott!! and very much look forward to returning again for 2014 :)

I now, after all this time count Alain & Caroline as good friends, always helpful, accommodating, nothing too much trouble,, Just need to fit the swimming pool and fitness centre now Alain then would be 5 stars all the way

A very short walk from the famous town square,
Thank you both, see you in June :)

Room Tip: All good, Top double reserved for me :)
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Tim J
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