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Farm Stay for family near Brugge, Ieper region

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Farm Stay for family near Brugge, Ieper region

Hi,

we will be travelling in the West Flanders area in October as part of a European holiday. We would like to visit Australian sites of interest concerning WWI. But we would also like to see the area / towns in general. We are planning on staying for about a week and we are travelling with two little children and their grandma as well.

We are looking for something like a nice farm stay in the area, where we can base ourselves comfortably with the kids and then explore the surroundings through day trips. Can anyone recommend a farm stay or similar in the area? And would there be some recommendations for things to do with younger children as well?

We appreciate any input. Thanks a lot, Kat

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1. Re: Farm Stay for family near Brugge, Ieper region

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g188675-d5… (actually on the Passchendaele battlefield): www.varletfarm.com . Also recommended on here which may contain more information that is relevant to your trip: fodors.com/community/europe/ypres-australian…

I'm not sure just how little the children are, but Ieper has an amusement park, called Bellewaerde (Meenseweg 497, 8902 Ieper), see http://www.bellewaerdepark.be/ or as that is not in English, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellewaerde. And this restaurant has a playground and "beach": www.pacificeiland.be/index.cfm?langue=EN

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2. Re: Farm Stay for family near Brugge, Ieper region

Although October can be chilly, the seashore is at only 35 km. There is a wide distance between eb and tide, which gives kids the chance to build a large fort and see it invaded by the incoming waves, a couple of hours after.

The same seashore is scattered with remains of german occupation of WW II.

Other places of interest within 80 km / 50 miles:

Lille (30 km) - a thrilling city experience

Bruges (50 km) - if you like the middle ages, as well as contemporary art. Its downtown is UNESCO world heritage, as a whole.

Knokke (75 km) - a mondane beach resort, a half hour ride out of Bruges. Take the canal to get there. Affordable dining at "Gasthof Siphons", on a crossing of 3 canals.

Ghent (65 km) - home to over 40.000 students, was the center of the world in renaissance days. it is still a universe on a few square miles. Not many words here, but this mid size city will not let you go anymore. How old its buildings ever are, the city is for ever young and sexy.

Kortrijk (30 km) - a little city that was already inhabited in roman times. Through modern architecture and city planning, it escaped from banality only during the last 15 years.

Tournai (60 km) - an ancient city in the French speaking part of the country. The cathedral is almost 1000 years old and still dominates the skyline, with its 5 equal towers.

If you are interested to history, there is also a lot of reminders of the 80 Years War (1568-1648), which led to the independance of Holland and left what's Belgium today in the hands of the Spaniards and their inquisition. These religious disputes made Belgium and Holland so different until today. There is a line between Knokke and Antwerp (90 km) with plenty of old fortifications. Look at Damme, Sluis and Retranchement to get an impression, the three of them are feasible with a bicycle from Bruges and back.

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3. Re: Farm Stay for family near Brugge, Ieper region

Hello Kat,

Have a look at the following website:

hoevetoerisme.be/piv/…

It's the official website for tourism in the Flemish countryside. You can easily find accommodation that meets your wishes by ticking the appropriate boxes: child friendly, unique countryside location, experience life on a farm .....

To help you get started: you will find most WW1 sites in the region called DE WESTHOEK ( province/region) in West-Vlaanderen. "De Kust" is the coast area, "De Leiestreek" is the area around Kortrijk and going to Ghent, "Brugse Ommeland" is the region around Bruges.

Once you've selected your region you can further select a city or village, you can also just browse the list that pops up on your screen.

Near the Belgian/French border, close to De Panne you'll find another amusement park, mainly aimed at younger children, called Plopsaland:

http://www.plopsa.be/nl

Just outside of Bruges there is the Boudewijn Seapark:

www.boudewijnseapark.be

Hope this information proves useful!

Kind regards,

Sabrina

Edited: 28 April 2011, 19:56
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