Pulling into the very rural setting of Varlet, you are greeted with an idyllic cluster of farm buildings on a tidy working farm.
The greeting from Dirk was very warm, with apple pie, tea and coffee. The rooms, the family suite for me and two mates on a trip to visit the Ypres war graves and trenches, was perfect. The suite had a full sized batthroom, two twin beds, a lounge area with a homely feel, Book cases with WW1 books and stories, pictures of old heros, and other memories of the great war, were enough to make you feel at home and allow you to get into the history of Ypres and Passchendaele.
I cannot find any fault with this booking. The barns have a mini museum showing some of the artefacts and finds form the Great War, and highlight the immensity of the war. Dirk had some interesting artefacts and couple with his knowledge of the area and its history was a fabulous introduction to the region.
The beds were clean and comfortable, the bathroom was clean with hot heavy flow showers. The breakfast in the morning was an enormous selection of continental cheese and hams with cereals, fresh tea and coffee, eggs toast and the ability to make your own sandwiches and rolls, with cling film on tap to pack your lunch for a day out.
Also there was a well stocked beer fridge with cold beers for the evening, which were not only very tasty and more'ish but once we counted the bottle tops and handed them in for payment, we were wincing wondering how much and we were in disbelief when the beer worked out at €1.50 a bottle for something you would pay £3-4 for inthe UK. We wished we had a few more... Don't think of this as a mini-bar. Very good value..
I had the trip to the trenches and war graves on my bucket list, and the stay at Varlet Farm, made this a perfect stay. My Many thanks to Dirk and his family for a warm welcome and their hospitality.
If you are planning this trip, you need to stay at Varlet Farm. I do not have any other terms of reference as this was my first time in Flanders, but to be honest, I wouldn't look any further than Varlet Farm, and if they are fully booked, I would change the dates of my break to make sure I could stay there again.
Finally, watching the sunset over the Passchendaele Church from our room windows added a poignant reminder of why we were in Flanders, and added a perfect backdrop in tribute to the fallen heroes from both sides of the war.
If you are a group of 4 or less 40 something males on a "boys" WW1 tour, then the family r...
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