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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Handzame, West Flanders Province

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julesgric...
Chichester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely fully equipped house with very pretty view from the garden!”
Reviewed 12 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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This house was absolutely spotless and had everything you could possibly need in it. Marie is very informative, answers queries by email promptly before you go and lives in her detached house next door - so is always on hand if you need her. Fantastic to have the use of the washing machine and dryer, and despite there being 5 of us, the energy bill for 4 days was only an extra 10 euros which I thought was reasonable. There are a lot of brochures and books at the house for exploring the local area. The house is ideally situated for train trips to Brugge and Ghent - half an hour to Brugge and parking is free at Kortemark Station. Only around 9 euros return per adult. (kids under 12 go free) We especially enjoyed the garden which was a nice size, with a lovely view and a BBQ. Our Eurotunnel journey was delayed on the way there, and shops close between 6 and 7.30pm, so do bring food with you if you are arriving later. There is a take-away about 3 min drive from the house, which was useful, although many places are not open on Tuesday evenings for some reason. We went to the beach - 30 minute drive - plenty of beaches to choose from and they are lovely, with free parking nearby. Also saw many Flanders Fields sites: trenches, Pool of peace etc nearby, all the WW1 sights were very informative. Ypres was well worth a visit, especially the museum next to the information centre. Marie has a little booklet with discount codes in for many of these sights, well worth making use of! The satnav got a little confused in the local area, so worth having some good local maps instead. It is worth mentioning that we got quite a bit of road noise from the master bedroom - the road outside the front of the house is a bit like a "B" road in the UK, not massively busy, but might affect the light sleepers. It was certainly not enough to put us off though, and we would certainly stay again.

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Liked best: Great location for station to Brugge and local attractions, very clean house, loved garden
Liked least: road noise
Travelling group: Teenagers
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john e
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Place”
Reviewed 4 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Lovely cottage with creaking floors and stairs but who cares because it's in a Lovely area with a fantastically helpful owner

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Liked best: We were close to everything we wanted to see
Liked least: The rain at times
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Damien S
Salford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Very Nice but does have a few issues”
Reviewed 17 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We stayed here for a week in May 2015 to allow my father to visit the WWI war sites. My mother found the cottage over the internet and booked it due to the location, cost and reviews.

The cottage is easy to find, very clean and large enough for the 6 people it sleeps. Although when we were there we did find a few faults. I'll start with the faults and then move on to the good bits :)

1. While we did have excellent weather this did cause an issue with the outside drains. By the driveway is a drainage ditch and water from the kitchen does drain into this (nothing nasty just the washing up water and dishwasher), but due to the low volume of water whenever we used the sink and then went to get into the car there was a very nasty stagnant water smell.
2. The seating in the living room is very uncomfortable and you cant sit there for very long.
3. The house does sleep 6 but the beds consist of only one double with the other two rooms having only bunk beds (Which I had trouble getting in and out of due to hurting my foot)
4. The floorboards do squeak a lot in the upstairs area so if you are up at 6am everyday like me but everyone else likes to sleep in it means you do wake everyone up trying to get downstairs (or even if you wake in the night and need the toilet as the only bathroom is downstairs).
5. You pay extra for use of the electricity and gas which wasn't declared on the booking website. While this may be standard it would be nice to have it listed for clarity.
6. The road outside the cottage while looking like a country lane in the UK is always very busy with cars and trucks which go past very fast not sticking to the speed limit.

For the pros of staying here

1. Its very central, we could get the Brugges in less than an hour. It is close to shops although please take note of opening times of both the bakers, butchers and supermarkets. (All larger shops are closed Sunday except for the Carrefour in the town next door, Kortmark, which is open Sunday morning until 12:30 but then closed Monday Mornings)
2. Its very warm and comfortable and has a nice little garden that looks out over the fields and does have some children's play equipment although the slide needs a scrub!!
3. The owner is very friendly and helpful (Although when you get in she has a lot of rules to explain) and will even offer to get you fresh bread on the first morning after you arrive.
4. She has a lot of guides and information about the local area in the property which you can search for great ideas on what to do.
5. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need, although it can be hard to find things and the pans are not well suited to things that can stick like eggs.

Over all it was a nice place to stay but I do not think I would go back just due to the fact that the bathroom is downstairs (My mums disabled so it was hard for her in the night and there is a wasted room upstairs that can be used for dressing that would make a perfect ensuite) and the fact it only has one double bed which means its unsuitable for two couples but great for a family with children.

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Liked best: The shower, its powerful, hot and very nice
Liked least: The smell from the drainage ditch outside when you used the kitchen sink
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Belen733
Madrid, Spain
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“Very comfortable. Excellent according to its price.”
Reviewed 13 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We loved to stay in this comfortable cottage that we used as a place to sleep while during the days making trips to visit Brugges, Brussels and Ghent (all between 45-75 minutes driving). Heating and shower worked very well.The house was very clean. The two non so good things are the sofas in the living room (which are very little and no comfortable for watching TV for more than 45 minutes) and that the only toilet is in the bathroom downstairs -while the bedrooms (really nice) are upstairs-..
Marie Therese, the owner who lives next door, is very nice and helpful.
You need to have a car. There's nothing within walking distance to enjoy. But very clase, it is Diskmuide, which Museum of the War and Trenches of Death are really worth visiting.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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tuppence1...
Norfolk, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect cottage, perfect location. :)”
Reviewed 23 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015

homely , spotless clean ,charming host. It is the perfect location for sightseeing and everybody made you feel very welcome . The cottage is a perfect retreat after visting the many historial sights of Flanders and surrounding areas , very easy to vist;
We will be returning again this year to see more delights of Belguim and of cause the wonderful charmimg Marie who makes you feel so very welcome . Maria knows all the places of interest and nothing is a problem . She even got into her car to find us when we got lost on the first day! little suggestion need more information on directions how to reach the cottage as most people have sat navs but still had fun driving round Belguim trying to locate the cottage.

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: getting lost
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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