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Exhange for summer 2017 agreed!The ideal starting point for visits to Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent, Amsterdam, Paris, Leuven, Cologne,...! House with sauna in a quiet neighbourhoud.
Open voor exchange proposals summer 2017.
Welcome in Flanders, Belgium! (You can communicate with us in: Nederlands, english, français, deutsch, italiano). We are Ilja, Veerle, Alexander (9), Andreas (7). We did exchanges with The Basque Country in France, Paris, Finland, Tenerife, Munich and Iceland.
Why choosing Belgium?
1 Everything very close to you; Western Europe, lake, sea, nature, great gastronomy, museum, culture, shopping, sports,..
2 Car and public transport all around
3 Often great temperatures in summertime
Near Brussels and Antwerp, in Flanders: within 2 hours from Germany (Köln, Aachen,..), France (Paris), The Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam), Great Britain (London). At 1,5h from the sea and the mountains. Very good public transport but also car exchange possible. You can travel around Flanders, The Netherlands and France with trains easily. Belgian Airports Brussels and Brussels South are nearby. Summer temperature in Belgium is often around 25 °C.
Lying in a peaceful village central in Flanders, Belgium, our house is an excellent way to join nature and visit the wonderful villages of Brussels (capital of Europe) (30'), Ghent (1h), Bruges (Unesco) (1h30'), Antwerp (45'), and Leuven (University) (20'). If you want, you can do everything by train. All shops and supermarkets are within 2km. Are you a cycling fan? Two cycling cross world champions (Sven Nys and Niels Albert) live in our village. They have their shop and cycling terrain. And maybe you want to explore the great cycling roads of the Ronde van Vlaanderen).
The nearby river Demer (8 min) is ideal for biking and walking because it's a very long track without cars. You can make a stop alongside this river to visit cities like Mechelen, there are restaurants, pubs, ice-cream bars,... Have a look at the pictures and our map. Community pool: 2km and a bigger one: 10km.
Our house in Tremelo (hometown of Father Damien) on 7,7 are is a new building (2009) with 2 double bed rooms and 2 child bedrooms, big bathroom, living room, kitchen, 2 toilets, 1 storage, summerhouse, carport,... All the comfort is there: dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, microwave oven, steam oven, big flatscreen tv, computer with free WIFI even outside, bath, shower, 2 toilets, a recent car (Volkswagen) with airco, carport, bikes for both adults and children... There is also a new Yamaha U3 acoustic piano. The house is a nearly passive house, with 3 double glass, strong isolation, floor heating everywhere. In the garden, we have a large new sauna and a new big trampoline!
You won't miss anything here and we'll do all the effort to make you feel at home and have a very pleasant journey.
Having all the facilities for kids, In summertime, we often go to the nearby lake with a beach in only 10 minutes! The water quality is very good and the lake is safe and guarded. Of course you can also enjoy the beach (1h45' driving) where you can swim and go windsurf.
Several playgrounds, new athletics track, parks, tennis, golf (2 beautiful golf courts nearby), squash, wall climbing, surf and sailing (1,5h) thermae sauna and 3 swimming pools (1 open air) are nearby. A zoo lies within cycling distance. Our region is also excellent for its nature so walking and biking in forests and along the river is often seen here. At the end of june/begin of july, you can experience the ambience of the best rockfestival of the world: Rock Werchter (only 5 min. driving).
Finally, Belgium is of course well known for its chocolates and waffles. You won't resist the very good Belgian kitchen in general and more specific the famous french fries with one of Belgiums famous beers (1000 types!) like the Trappists. Maybe you like Jacques Brel (museum Brussels), Adolphe Sax (museum Dinant), Permeke (museum Jabbeke), Damiaan (museum Tremelo), Jan De Kock (contemporary art), Luc Tuymans (painter), René Magritte (museum Brussels)....
Our location is an ideal spot to start your citytrip to Paris (3h30'), Amsterdam (2h15'), Rotterdam (1h40'), Cologne (2h) or London (4h30')... But also Trier, Aachen, Düsseldorf,... Belgium is the center of Western Europe!
10 things you should do here:
1 Visit Leuven, a very beautiful city with great shopping opportunities
2 Drink a famous belgian Trappist beer like Chimay, Orval, Westmalle,... in the brewery.
3 Visit the nearby moated castle of Horst and walk along the vineyards just 10 min. from us.
4 Plan a daytrip to Bruges, Unesco protected and most beautiful city of Belgium
5 Eat mussels with french fries at the adresses we give you
6 Go see the Lam Gods painting (Van Eyck) or modern museums like the SMAK (Ghent) or the MAS (Antwerp)
7 Have fun with the Bonobo primates at het Planckendael Zoo or the Antwerp Zoo
8 Relax in the orient styled thermae of Grimbergen with plenty of baths and sauna's
9 Don't miss the Atomium in Brussels
10 Go to the beach at De Haan, a famous village in strictly conserved Normandian style
We are a young family, both working as psychologists and our kids Andreas and Alexander are 7 and 9 years old. We don't smoke and do not have pets. Please keep in mind we're allergic to dust mites so we prefer NOT to exchange with inhouse-pet owners.. Note that we like clean houses! If your house is not very clean, please do not make an exchange with us! We will respect your house very well and clean it very good. We expect the same from our intervac friends. We are looking forward to exchange homes with you!
Thermae Grimbergen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlklywBNOGE
- 2 Adults
- 2 Children
- 6 Exchanges made
- House Type: Single storey home
- Environment: In a small town
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 1
- Sleeping Capacity: 6
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- Home exchange
- Baby equipment
- No smoking
- Use/Exchange of car
Our Destination Wish List
- Open for all offers
- Scotland, UK
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Galway, Ireland
- Paris, France
- Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Nearest Airport: Brussels Airport -
- De Plas, Rotselaar (5.0 km)
- Demer (9.0 km)
- Meetshoven (7.2 km)
- Okay (1.5 km)
- Golf Keerbergen (5.2 km)
- De Plas, Rotselaar (9.0 km)
Tremelo lies within min. 15 min. and max 1,5h driving to all beautiful cities in Flanders: Bruges, Antwerp, Leuven, Ghent, Brussels. The house lies in a quiet village outside the centre. You can walk or bike to all facilities like warehouses, bakery,... In the environment you find a zoo, parks, a lake, a golfspot, 3 swimming pools (1 open air), a river and several playgrounds for all ages. Maby you want to visit the birth house of Father Damien in Tremelo.
- Boy - Age: 10
- Boy - Age: 8
- We do not have pets.
About Our Family
We both like nature in combination of interesting cities. We are sportive but also like culture in a broad sense. Veerle is a long distance runner in an athletic club and likes summer and winter sports. Ilja is interested in philosophy, sport, films, plays piano improvisations,. Alexander (9) is very fond of swimming, Andreas is 7. They both run in an athletics club.
Sport, films, culture, music..