Charming little house close to vibrant Antwerp

Charming little house close to vibrant Antwerp

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 3
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

My charming, little house, is situated in Deurne, a suburb of Antwerp (4kms). Downstairs there's a hall, a small living room, annex veranda with great outlook onto the garden, a kitchen, a separate toilet and a door leading to the cellars. Upstairs, I have 2 bedrooms (one with double bed, another with a single bed with possibility of adding a comfortable inflatable bed or a child's bed), a bathroom (with bad and shower) and a storage room with a crosstrainer. All rooms are light and airy. I make it my priority for my guests to feel welcome and at home.

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Who we are

  1. My name is Rein. I am a 63year old female but young in spirit and with a passion for travelling. I have a 35 year old son, who lives and works in the UK. I studied journalism and worked in Amsterdam and in Antwerp in the theatre, television and film business. Later in life, I started my own film production company. In 2002 I swapped my life as a film producer for a life of travelling - a lifelong dream. I travelled and stayed for long times on end on the Orkney, Shetland and Faroe islands. Sometimes I worked for my keep: I wrote articles for the local newspaper, directed children for the Christmas' play, translated for the local tourist office, worked on a farm and ... cleaned holiday cottages. That's why I know perfectly well what it means to come home to a nice and clean house and am aware of the do's and don'ts of renting houses.
    Now I want to explore another way of travelling through house swapping. I love to stay in one place in order to get to know the local people and their ways of living.
    From my side, I will do everything to make your stay worthwhile and I will inform you on everything Antwerp has to offer.
    I am respectful to other people's properties and I hope for the same in return.
    I am a non-smoker and allergic to pets.

    USEFUL LINKS:

    http://www.antwerp.be
    http://www.visitflanders.co.uk
    http://www.brusselstourism.be

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Where is it?

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LOCAL ACTIVITIES a weekly fresh market on the square in front of the house. A library and a public swimming pool are just a few yards away.

TO VISIT LOCALLY: In the close vicinity of my house, there are 3 parks. In summer there's an open air theatre for theatrical performances, concerts and other musical events. Another park boasts having the largest ecological open-air swimming pond of Europe. Zurenborg district with its famous Art Deco Houses is listed World Heritage site. The Silver Museum of Sterckshof.

EASY ACCESS
By air:
45' drive to Brussels International airport, 45' by Airport bus express (www.airportexpress.be) and only 35' by direct train (www.railtime.be)

10' drive to Antwerp International airport (2kms from Antwerp city) with City Jet operating daily flights to and from London City and Manchester (www.cityjet.com)

By train:
6 ' to Berchem Railway station, from where it takes only 5' to Antwerp Central Station.

By tram and bus:
3' walk to trams and buses, leading you in 15' to the city centre

Although close to the city centre, it's an amazingly quiet place to come home to. Nevertheless, all major facilities are very close by: trams & buses, several supermarkets, a home bakery, a butcher, a pharmacy, swimming pool, library. The neighbours are friendly but discreet.

THE CHARM OF ANTWERP

The city owes its life to the river Scheldt and its soul to Rubens.
In 2011 The New York Times put Antwerp on the list of 'Places to go'.

With this charming city just 15' away by tram, there's something for each age, interest and taste in every season: culture (museums, architecture, theatres, opera house, cinemas), Antwerp port and harbour, the antique market and antique shopping street, the world famous designer shops and the Zoo, the traffic free shopping streets and last but not least: a myriad of restaurants and bars where you can savour Belgians cuisine and world famous beers.

What Antwerp lacks in sandy beaches and azure blue oceans, it largely makes up by offering a rich cultural heritage and the joviality of the Antwerp people.

Antwerp, being a multi-cultural cosmos has various quarters: Chinatown (with its shops and restaurants), the Jewish quarter (diamond trade center), the African quarter, all in the vicinity of Antwerp Central Railway Station.

Antwerp Station is the ideal starting point to get to Brussels: 42', the historical city of Bruges: 1h24', the Belgian seaside: 1h40' and to other major European cities: Amsterdam (Thalys): 2h14' - Paris (Thalys): 2h18' - (Paris Disneyland: 2h16')- London (Eurostar): 3h58' - Cologne (Thalys): 2h58' (www.nmbs.be)

During July and August Antwerp is filled with street animation, concerts, life performances, fireworks, music etc... during its annual Summer of Antwerp Festival (http://www.zva.be or http://www.antwerp.be).
Why not enjoy a free open-air film alongside the river Scheldt or venture to dance the tango at the rivers quays?
Antwerp: the city of Rubens, that never sleeps...

Languages spoken: English, French, German, Dutch

Main airport: Brussels National (36kms/22 miles), easy access by road, train and airport express bus

OTHER INFORMATION: NO smoking, NO pets, Use of car is optional.

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