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“charming rural retreat near Belgian sites”
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Vanhercke B&B
Ranked #3 of 3 Laarne B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 June 2010

In May, my husband and I along with another couple stayed at the two cottages of Van Hercke Bed and Breakfast near Ghent, Belgium. It provided a charming, spotless, quiet retreat in a rural setting, yet it was near the major higways so that we could take day trips to Ghent, Bruges, Oostende, Brussels, and Dunkerque. Ingrid and Daniel are wonderful hosts, but they don't intrude on one's privacy. Ingrid offers a full breakfast each morning in her flower-filled greenhouse. She also provides maps and pamphlets for visiting nearby sites. The cottages are comfortable and have small kitchenettes. We enjoyed our wine and cheese outside in the garden before going to nearby restaurants. Also nearby are grocery stores. We highly recommend the Van Hercke's B&B.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2007

First of all let me second the previous review by HReichel.

My husband and I, both retired, were looking for a place in the Netherlands or Belgium to spend a relaxed week in the country after a 2-week barge tour. This was a great choice.

The "green cottage" was the larger of the two accomodations and actually had a fair-sized bathroom, normal by U.S. standards. The adequately supplied kitchenette let us prepare our own breakfasts but we did enjoy a hearty breakfast the first a.m.

The stone/brick decor was lovely. We didn't use the fireplace as it was unseasonably warm. The TV was small-ish, but worked well (important since we kept our touring days short.)

The pond across the street and general rural atmosphere of the area was charming for walking. One downside is that you can hear highway traffic from the yard (not in the rooms), but we soon forgot about that.

We were able to take a trip into Ghent and get in some area bird-watching, including a day-trip to the coast and the Het Zwin reserve.

Ingrid and her family helped us locate all we needed and suggested some spots we might enjoy. One great suggestion was the nearby De Verseau tavern, with good beers and a great kitchen. Driving on the main roads took a bit of getting used to, but generally they are very well signed.

This was exactly what we were looking for and recommend it to anyone wanting a similar experience.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2006

My husband, 3 yr old son and myself stayed here in May of 2003. I like to go back and read reviews of places we've stayed (on tripadvisor) and I noticed nothing has been posted on this place in 3 years (written in Sept/06).

We were on a quick 5-day trip to Belgium and I stumbled across this place on Belgium's tourist board site. It appeared to be outside of Ghent and we knew nothing of the area. It was a perfect central location for our quick tour of Brussels, Ghent and Brugge. It was a perfect place for our "family" situation, having our 3yr old with us.

We rented the cottage and we were quite comfortable. It is very peaceful here. Our son loved running around the gardens and watching the ducks walk around (there is a pond across the street) and watching all the horse farms, as we drove around the area.

The breakfasts were very good and got us prepared for a good start each day. As with all good B&B's, The Van Hercke family was very helpful, providing maps, directions and suggestions. All the comments in their guest book were wonderful.

One note, you need to have a car. This B&B is not walking distance from any train station. It is located in the village of Laarne, just outside of Ghent. We had a rental car, that we would just drive to the train station to go into Brussels. We chose to drive to Brugge, not a big deal.

  • Stayed: May 2003, travelled with family
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1  Thank hriechel
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Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 September 2016
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 December 2012
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sanne W
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Reviewed 7 September 2011
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Antonio L
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Additional Information about Vanhercke B&B

Address: Meerskant 18, Laarne 9270, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > East Flanders Province > Laarne
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Laarne
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Vanhercke Family offers 2 charming studios in a luxurious Flemish cottage style. Explore the quiet old valley of the Schelde and the medieval atmosphere of ancient Laarne (Ghent). Stay a night, a week, or longer in one of our Guest Cottage Studios. Built like typical Flemish cottage, they adjoin our 18th century house and are nestled between the water castle of Laarne and the nearby wetlands. Built in the typical Flemish brick stone as luxury apartment bed and breakfast studios for 2/4 persons, the cottages are annexed to a 18th century cottage farm, which is located at the foot of a natural park, that was formed by an old meander of the river Schelde. Free parking at your cottage, easily accessible, big garden ... more   less 

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