Our appartment of 100m2 on the first floor of the building is situated on the beautiful site of the Old Veterinary school of Brussels. Big windows all around let lots of light in, great view, a terrace in the summer, great for kids to play.
At 7 minutes walk from the South station, and 20 min walk to the Grand Place, the appartment is situated in a parc, hardly any traffic, therefore great for kids, and quiet.The appartment is entirely renovated with ecological materials. In the summer there is a private terrace and the rest of the parc to enjoy. The ancient features of the appartment with wooden doors, moldings on the 4m high ceiling and a marble mantelpiece in the master bedroom have been kept and restored.
Most walls have been insulated and with the underfloor heating and a wood stove give a very pleasant indoor climate. The ceiling in the guest room still needs to be insulated as it has directly a piece of roof above it. Until then we provide in the (website hidden) extra stove and blankets.
On the site live mostly expats from all over the world, so any language goes...
Depending on us being here or away you have either a bed and couch in one of the rooms for 1 (exceptionally 2) persons or access to the whole appartment for 3 to max 5 persons, including the living, kitchen, master bedroom, office/guest room and the children's room. There is also a separate toilet room and a bathroom that has a shower, 2 lavabos and another toilet.
If not otherwise indicated, in the next months we can host 1-2 persons, only during holiday season we will make the whole appartment available.
Please note: The bathroom is the only room that is not entirely finished, (e.g the door is currently still a curtain and the second level of the bathroom where a bathtub will come one day, is not finished yet).
Generally we (couple with a child of 5,5 years) love to interact with our guests, invite them for dinner, show them around. When we are not here we will provide you with all necessary information for an enjoyable stay in Brussels. Also we speak English, German, French, Italian, Dutch and some Spanish.
The neighbourhood is a special one, with this park area in the middle of a mainly old and new immigrant neighbourhood with a growing influx of young brussels couples as housing prices are still affordable. The area used to be the top address of Brussels 100 years ago. That's why you find the most beautiful art deco houses in this area. A mediterranean atmosphere in the neighbourhood provides for lots of little shops and makes it easy to talk to the people in the bakery, fruitshop, butcher, fish shop, pharmacy etc, all friendly and with good prices. The other side of the coin is some disorder on the streets.
The Brussels South station with Eurostar, Thalys, ICE high speed trains from all over Europe (London, Paris, Frankfurt), Metro station, lots of busses and trams. It is currently possible to park on our site next to the building.
I had a great overnight stay at Bettina and Collin's flat. The bedroom is comfortable, the whole flat is very cool and the area around, a former veterinary school, quite interesting and unique. Bettina and Collin are laid back and let you live your own life, while ready to share an interesting conversation as well. I had a great time at breakfast with them, with plenty of food for body and soul :)
I had my car, so for those who drive, central Brussels is about 10 minutes away, really quick to go there.
Bettina and Colin are really nice and interesting people. Their apartment is very nice and the room is spacious. It's a good location, close to Midi.
I recommend staying with them - they are generous and helpful and fun to talk with.
My experience at Bettina's was absolutely positive: she was kind and helpful in any possible way! She provided lots of blankets for the night and arranged a solution for an early check-in. Beside that she is a really cool person. A great host, I truly recommend her!
Bettina è simpaticissima e vi troverete sicuramente bene a casa sua. Assolutamente consigliata!
L'accueil de Bettina a ete tres chaleureux. Ce fut une exellente surprise de constater les points communs entre nous! L'appartement a recu un label ecologique pour sa renovation. Le lieu est bien place, calme et certainement agreable a partir du printemps
Bettina's place is about a 10-15 minute walk to the Brussels Midi station, from which you have access to many places (including the city, Intercity train to Bruges and Thalys train to Amsterdam). Keep in mind that her place is outside what I consider the city center, however this was intentional on my part as i wanted somewhere close to the Brussels Midi station. If you use a bicycle however, it is only a 15-20 minute bicycle ride to the city center.
I got the single bed in her home office, which was very comfortable! The room does get a little bit cold but she provides a lot of blankets and a heater. The bathroom as she has mentioned doesn't have doors, and only has a shower curtain as a door. This wasn't much of an issue for me but some people might be uncomfortable with it for fear that someone might walk in by accident.
Bettina is a very friendly and kind host. She gave me a great recommendation for a dinner place which served authentic Belgian food! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there!
I had a great stay at Bettina and Collin's place. The house is beautiful and its location just a couple of minutes from Gare du Midi was very practical. I would definitely recommend you to stay with them :)
Bettinas place was great. Very convenient due to its proximity to Midi which was useful as I was travelling on the Eurostar. Yes the coldness of the room as its close to the windows can be a problem at times but with 3 layers of blankets and a heater wasn't so much of an issue for me. Bettina and her family are great hosts and will definitely stay there in the future.
I stood two weeks with Bettina and her family. The family is very nice and the house and the surrounding are unique. The room in which I stood was a litte cold but Bettina gave me lots of blankets and a small electronic heater, so it was ok.
All in all, the stay was great and i hope to see you soon!
We was in Bettina house for the new year eve...and it was fantastic! The apartament is big, clean and cheap, maybe a little bit cold but Bettina leave us a lot of blankets.
Thank you for all, see you soon!