Marianne and Louis will welcome you
in their Bed and breakfast in Maldegem near
Bruges fifteen kilometres from Bruges or
Damme by car, from the coast of the North
sea Knokke-Heist, from Sluis (the
Netherlands), 40 minutes from the medieval
University City of Ghent, one hour from the
main port Antwerp and the capital Brussels.
Maldegem is the key for a short or longer
cheaper stay in the Dutch speaking part of
Marianne en Louis have been teachers of
languages and Economics, they have studied
some German, Italian and Russian as a hobby
during their free time and they have always
liked to look after people
After having raised four sons who left the
house at due time, they have looked after
the two grannies for more than five years
and at their retirement they decided to
welcome people from all over the world.
They had experienced bed and breakfast in
Britain, France, Canada, the Netherlands and
the USA during their long school holidays
and they have enjoyed doing bed and
breakfast for a few years now.
Meeting people in their home from all parts
of the world, has widened their world and
have made them more active than ever.
And most of all, they have enjoyed the
respect, the gratitude, the helpful hand,
the friendship of all those wonderful people
who loved living in a private home for a
while, with their children or their parents.
Direct contact with the local inhabitants
has become quite popular in this part of the
world. Flanders is very small and most
visitors enjoyed being able to visit so many
medieval parts of the country in such a
Both Marianne and Louis will never retire as
long as they are able to welcome and be
useful to other people who respect them and
make life worth living.
The whole project was enthusiastically
backend by their oldest son Michael who
created a website in different languages.
They have two flats in the center of the
village, in a small building next to the
post office. They can offer three bedrooms
with private bathroom.
Maldegem near Bruges is a very big medieval
village in the country of Flanders. The
community tries to welcome tourists as well
and new footpaths, renovated buildings have
made the center quite attractive. You can
have a meal in one of the small restaurants
or pubs. There are some nice boutiques and
shops, not too expensive. And at the
outskirts of the center you have McDonalds
and many big department stores where you
really can find everything you can imagine.
At lower prices than in the cities for
Louis and Marianne have already welcomed
guests in their flats and all of them were
very satisfied. Their new home is situated
in a quite street near the center, just
opposite restaurant Krokant and a clothes
Not too far from Maldegem, you can do
excursions in Bruges.
Bruges is a medieval city near the coast.
All the possible has been done to maintain
the origins of the small city, the narrow
roads, the little houses and the huge
buildings: belfry, cathedrals, churches,
museums, the imposing town hall the
magnificent facades of the center of the
There are narrow little roads, romantic
little squares, hundreds of small
restaurants and pubs. Groups of museums are
visited by numerous tourists from all over
the world: Groeninge and Arentshuis. Forum,
Concertgebouw are for people who love art
Gruuthuuze, the museum of archaeology, the
Hospital museum near Our Lady’s Church. The
Diamond museum, the Brewery (1 000 different
kinds of beer in Belgium) and last not but
least the Chocolate Museum are worth
visiting. And so many other museums.
The North sea with Knokke, Knokke-Zoute,
Heist (fishmongers) Zeebrugge and its modern
port, Blankenberge till Ostend, the queen of
the coast, are attractive towns at the
seaside for a daytrip..
For a huge lunch or dinner you can go to the
medieval villages of Damme or Lissewege, the
white village with the church without tower
(very exceptional here). Very often
exhibitions of art or other events take
place in one of all these little points of
interest in Flanders.
For those who want to do one more country,
Maldegem near Bruges is five minutes from
the Netherlands, and 15 minutes further on
you can stroll in Sluis, a medieval little
town, totally different from places in
Flanders. The food is gorgeous and the shops
are small and attractive. The people are
warm-hearted towards tourists.