Incredibly central and well located 3 storey apartment (between the Grand Place and the Mannekin Pis if you know your sights). The apartment is 80m2 with a small south-facing, protected terrace and is exclusively yours for the time you are here.
My protected, private terrace to enjoy even for a ten-10 minute lunch between rain showers
It's on 3 floors - 1st living room/kitchen, 2nd large bedroom, 3rd bathroom (with a bath/shower and a window so natural light in the bathroom) and the optional sofa bedroom (if you are not a couple). The 'real' bed is a king size and the sofa-bed is a regular double. Despite two double beds I tend to limit the number of occupants to just 2 people except in occasional cases.
It's my home when I am in Brussels and I love it.
Triple-glazed so the street noise is cut to a minimum. It has a dishwasher, washing-machine, wifi and a piano (in case you want to practice).
The apartment is exclusively yours during your stay.
Interaction with Guests
As I am mostly away at the time of renting, you will be met by a friend to welcome and orientate you.
It's good to say your proposed itinerary when you reserve so that we can find the best solution. My cleaner and her daughter live nearby and are really very flexible and helpful but not available at all hours for check-in.
It's the very centre of the city next to the Grand Place. It's a lively neighbourhood with shops and bars and restaurants. At one end of the street is the 'gay village', at the other end is the Brussels Parliament. It's where a lot of people and things meet...
There is an online map of local amenities that I've filled out with restaurant and other suggestions nearby - the neighbourhood as I experience it, but please let me know if you discover some new top tips.
Basically as you will be in the very centre of the city it's perfect to discover the city on foot (and easy to find your way home for those, like me, with a poor sense of direction).
For public transport you have the tram/metro at the end of the street (La Bourse) and the Central Station is 8 minutes walk for the mainline trains. Oh and there's a Villo! station, for city bikes, in the street 25 metres away.
There's lots of other precise and detailed information about arriving by train or plane that you'll receive once you've reserved.
Other Things to Note
The fact that it's on 3 floors may not suit an older person - the apartment starts on the first floor (above a boutique) and there is no elevator. There are a lot of stairs - they are what keep the ceilings from being too low...
If check-in is not immediately available for when you plan to arrive or if you are leaving the city late and another guest is arriving, then there are lockers in the nearby central station that are very cheap (Midi Station too if that's where you are leaving from). Mostly we can work it out to leave the luggage in the apartment but it's good to know anyway.
I'm English but I speak French too. If you have any further questions in either language - just ask.
Unless you want to book for the entire month (never happened yet but possible) then I accept reservations 5 months in advance.
Otherwise I look forward to hearing from and maybe hosting you.
Smoking - only on the terrace please
Please carry (rather than bounce) your bags up the stairs when you arrive to avoid chipping the paintwork.
Some time ago I had several times people traveling "device free" who had trouble dialing from a payphone to alert us of their severe delays. If you are planning to travel this way then maybe let me know in advance and please make sure you have the necessary info and numbers to call if something goes wrong.
Perfect location, walking distance to all the main sights, great night life and restaurants. Right on the doorstep of the vibrant gay scene. The apartment is very comfortable, felt like a second home. Piano was an added treat! Beautifully decorated, clean and easy to navigate.
This apartment is in a brilliant location, comfortable, warm and welcoming. Owner left some great restaurant recommendations which we really appreciated. Would definitely stay here again.
Parfaitement situé dans le centre de Bruxelles, l'appartement a un certain charme, les meubles et la décoration sont de très bon goût, je me suis sentie très à l'aise (personnellement les 3 étages ne m'ont pas dérangée du tout). La petite terrasse est très mignonne, et doit être très agréable au primtemps/été.
He is very nice and the location is very good. I like it very very much. The house is clean and beautiful. I would like to go there once more.
Mark's apartment was a wonderful place to stay at. It is very cosy, clean and located in the very centre within walking distance of everything we wanted to see. Even though we didn't see Mark he was a great host, helping where he could and leaving recommendations for his favourite places to go to. I would definitely book this apartment again!!
We had a very nice stay at Mark's lovely appartment. Its perfect location made it easy for us to walk around the city without taking any transportation.
Mark's apartment was close to everything and it really felt like home. We found ourselves missing it after we left. Thank you very much for making our stay in Brussels so comfortable!
I am a contemporary dancer and choreographer living between Brussels, Toulouse and everywhere. Though originally from England I have lived in Belgium for 20 years. I love my job but all the travel means that my apartment is often unoccupied. It is my home so it's not a corporate-style lodging. I'm an organised tidy person so you won't feel like you are living in someone else's clutter but hopefully you'll feel very much at home too. I love living here and the chaos that is Brussels is yours to discover. I'll be away when you come to stay so please give details of your arrival so I can arrange for someone to be there to let you in and show you how things work, and if there's anything more you need, I will be on the end of the phone to help during your stay.