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Excellent 5/5 9 reviews

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 28km

Averulle (the roaring beetle out of the “Averulle en de Blomme” by Guido Gezelle) is a romantic cottage totally renovated, situated in a patchwork of fields and meadows with cows, horses, sheep and birds. Cyclists and walkers will have the possibility to stretch their legs and discover the hidden charms of our idyllic countryside.

Handzame is situated along the cycling route connected to the West Flanders cycling network. It is also an ideal environment for Nordic walking. Initiation courses and trial lessons are given at local clubs. 2 pair of solid poles are also available for the sports walker.

The Hanzame Valley has for twenty years been a European Birds protected area, and is known for its waterbirds and waders.

Handzame is a central start to a large number of war-sites Vladslo, Koekelare, Houthulst, Merkem, Poelkapelle, Diksmuide, to cities such as Ieper, Veurne, Brugge and the West Coast

Extensive touristic information, including a large number of cycling routes and walking routecards is at your disposal.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach De Panne 28 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Ostend 30 km, Nearest railway: Kortemark 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Averulle can accommodate 6 people.

1 living room

1 kitchen

1 bathroom

1 WC

a basement

1 garage

1 storage room

3 bedrooms (1 room with a double bed, 2 rooms with bunk beds (for adults), 2 cots are also available)

a dressing room

The house has a spacious living room with flat screen TV, DVD player, radio, free wireless Internet, games, comics, etc. The kitchen is fully equipped with all modern comforts (dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, icemaker with delicious recipes, poffertjespan, waffle iron, wok) with a starter kit (basic products like coffee, tea, sugar and milk).

The bathroom has a washing machine and dryer, and there is also a hairdryer available. There is a separate toilet.

For children following facilities are available: 2 children’s cots, high chair, play pen, toilet seat reducer, potty, bicycle seat.

Further details outdoors

Averulle also features a sunny terrace with panoramic views in the enclosed garden with wooden garden furniture, barbecue and swing.

Further details

Bicycles, tractors and children bikes are available free of charge.

Energy is not included but is calculated according to consumption.

The West Flanders region

West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen) is the westernmost province of the Flemish Region, also named Flanders, in Belgium. It borders (clockwise from the North) on the Netherlands, the Flemish province of East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen) and the Walloon province of Hainaut (Henegouwen) in Belgium, on France, and the North Sea. Its capital is Bruges (Brugge). Other important cities are Kortrijk in the south and Ostend along the coastline. The province has an area of 3,125 km² which is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) containing 64 municipalities.

The whole Belgian North Sea coast, an important tourism destination, lies in West Flanders. A tram line runs the length of the coast, from De Panne on the French border to Knokke-Heist on the Dutch frontier.

The region has heavily suffered during World War I when German troops crossed the Belgian border near Arlon, then proceeded hurriedly towards the North Sea to secure the French ports of Calais and Dunkirk. The Battle of the IJzer started in October 1914. Thanks to the water the Belgians could stop the Germans. At the end of October the Belgians had opened the gates of the Yser river and flooded the area. As a result, the river became a front line throughout the First World War. The city was first attacked on October 16, 1914 and defended by Belgian and French troops, which marked the beginning of the Battle of the Yser. Colonel Alphonse Jacques de Dixmude led the troops that prevent Diksmuide from being taken by the German Army. By the time the fighting ended, the town had been reduced to rubble. It was, however, completely rebuilt in the 1920s.

Handzame

Handzame is situated along the cycling route connected to the West Flanders cycling network. It is also an ideal environment for Nordic walking. Initiation courses and trial lessons are given at local clubs. 2 pair of solid poles are also available for the sports walker.

The Hanzame Valley has for twenty years been a European Birds protected area, and is known for its waterbirds and waders.

Handzame is a central start to a large number of war-sites Vladslo, Koekelare, Houthulst, Merkem, Poelkapelle, Diksmuide, to cities such as Ieper, Veurne, Brugge and the West Coast.

It suffered heavily during World War I as it was just a few kilometers from the front at Diskmuide.

The earliest official mention of “Hansam” dates back to the year 1085. The name is of Germanic origin, meaning “spit in the middle of a flood area”.

Presumably it was the Frisian merchants who, on a peninsula jutting above the sea founded a settlement, where they traded their goods on the water.

Even centuries after the flood had withdrawn, Handzame was a significant seaport.

At high tide, medium-sized vessels entered into the “Aarsgat”. From here, the Flemish cloth was transported via the Krekebeek to the Torhout market. Till the end of the 19th century, every Monday “Cogghe” vessels transported farmers’ wives to the Butter Market in Diksmuide.

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Review 1-9 of 9

24 Jul 2014

5/5

"Perfect location for a family visiting WW1 and WW2 sites near the Belgium/France border"

The house is a refurbished farm property set in a beautiful rural setting with easy access by car to food shopping and a number of WW1/WW2 sites. The food shops are also an easy bike ride. 4 bikes a… More

9 Jul 2014

5/5

"A welcome country break with wonderful hospility"

We were delayed by nearly 12 hours due to flights being cancelled, but that didn't put off our wonderful host, Marie, brightly greeting us at the door of the cottage at midnight in then to pourin… More

26 May 2014

5/5

"extreemely well equiped cottage in a great location"

very clean and well equipped cottage, owner very helpful without being intrusive. Stairs narrow and steep with downstairs toilet which was a challenge for our elderly parents but would still happily s… More

1 Sep 2013

5/5

"Good value, clean and a great base for exploring a very interesting area ."

Really delighted with this rental. It was clean and well equipped. The owner lives next door and is helpful without being intrusive.… More

6 Jan 2013

5/5

"Un havre de paix..."

Nous sommes restés 4 nuits à l'Averulle cottage afin de visiter Bruges et Gand.La maison est située à moins d'une heure de route de chaque ville. Quel bonheur après une journée de vis… More

28 Sep 2012

5/5

"LOVELY PLACE, PERFECT FOR FAMILY HOLIDAY"

Absolutely beautiful location ideal for family holiday. We really enjoy riding bikes and visiting surroundings and trying to fond nearest windmills. Cottage well equipped and the owner Marie Therese w… More

9 Aug 2012

5/5

"A lovely property. Homely, well equipped and surprisingly spacious."

We have just returned from the cottage and felt we should let everyone kinow how lovely it was. Prettier and more spacious than it looks in the pictures, this felt like a real home from home. Everything you need is already there including all your towells and linens for the bathroom and the kitchen. There are bikes to use in the garage and the surrounding area is so flat everyone can have a go. Marie Therese , the owner, was lovely and really helpful finding out information for us before we went and while we were there and generally made us feel very welcome. Highly recommended.

23 Jun 2012

5/5

"Family friendly, wonderful location, lovely host Marie Therese"

Stayed here for 4 nights to go and visit some WW1 sites and Brugge. We had our own car so it was good to be able to use the driveway and garage. Marie Therese was very helpful in providing all sorts o… More

21 Apr 2012

5/5

"Excellent, clean and very well equipped accommodation."

The cottage is absolutely lovely and the owner Marie Therese made us very welcome and made us feel very much at home. The property is absolutely spotless and the kitchen is the best equipped kitchen I have seen. I think everything is there that anyone would want. It is a perfect place to relax and to use as a base to visit many places in the area. You do need a car to get there but you can use the train (station not far away) to visit say Brugges or Brussels. The beds are comfortable and includes linen and towels in the bathroom. The bathroom is downstairs so you do have to go downstairs from the bedrooms - which isn't really a big issue. I would certainly recommend this lovely and friendly cottage and we would certainly hope to stay there again.

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