Old renovated house in Antwerp (Belgium), the heart of west Europe

Old renovated house in Antwerp (Belgium), the heart of west Europe

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Mathilde

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

We have a nice old house in South-Antwerp (Wilrijk). We renovated the house completely and decorated it with love. We really love the Belgian lifestyle, the people are friendly, the food is excellent and there is so much to do in Antwerp.

The house is 150 square meter: the first floor has an open airplan of 100m2; the second floor has 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. One bedroom with a queen size bed and two small bedrooms with single beds. At the backside is a sunny surrounded garden with a veranda.

We have very friendly neighbors. In the morning we walk over to the bakery across the street to get fresh bread and delicious Belgian cakes. There are many shops around the old village-square in Wilrijk and on Tuesday you can find the weekly market here. There are markets every day of the week in other parts of Antwerp, including the famous Sunday-market.

In our street is still free parking so it is possible to have a car near the house. This is impossible in the center! But you can reach the center in 10 minutes by car or 20 minutes by public transport (Bus leaves in our street). In Antwerp center are a lot of parking-garages.

The highway is nearby, so it's only a 40 minutes drive to Brussels or Ghent, a 1 hour drive to Bruges, and only 20 minutes to Mechelen. You can reach the Netherlands within one hour (Breda), Amsterdam is only 2 hours away. Paris you can reach by train in 2-3 hours.

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Who we are

  1. We are Mathilde and Joost, we are a dutch couple living in Belgium. Mathilde studies to become an traditional upholsterer and Joost works as a medical doctor in Germany.

    Mathilde's parents (Anke and Henri) started with home-exchanges with this house in 2009 and since then we've exchanged over 20 times already. It has been a wonderful experience and we have met a lot of friendly people, some of them even became good friends.

    We are interested to travel to nearly every destination in Europe and Asia.
    During the summer, Mathilde will be staying at Joost' Apartment in Germany so we can do non-simultaneous exchanges as well.

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The neighbourhood is a rather quiet part of Antwerp, Wilrijk with very good connections to the city center. You can take a bus across the house, a car or even go by bicycle. It takes only 10 minutes by car or bus.

Antwerp is an international city and famous for its old medieval city center with the diamond shops, the museums, chinatown, the river de Schelde (with a beach in summer) and the harbour with all kind of cruises. A lot of restaurants, shops (especially at the Meir and the Keyserlei), theatres and an excellent nightlife are available. There are also very nice parks and a very special big Zoo.

Trendy quarters are "Het Zuid", "Het Eilandje" and the Quartier Latin. Whole year around there is a lot to do, in summer a lot of mostly free festivals, in winter the christmas-market and at new year a very big fireworks show at the Schelde. The surrounding villages have their own festivals in summer. These festivals are visited by the whole population of Belgians, despite their age.

You can also bike very well through and around Antwerp on special made bike-paths. The villages around Antwerp are beautiful. From our house you can go in a short while (by bike or car) through the country.

From Antwerp you can travel very easy to Brussels, Gent, Brugge -the Belgian, French or Dutch coast-, Holland, England,Germany or Luxembourg. You can reach all this destinations within 1 to 3 hours. Paris and Amsterdam in approximately 2 hours.

Very nearby our house you can find a nice green square where you can let your children play safely.

Belgium is a wonderful country, the people are friendly and polite. They always try to help you. Most of them speak at least french or english.
The Belgians like a burgundian way of life, they love good food and wine. The Belgian beer and genevers are worldfamous. They are still made in little breweries you can visit.

Antwerp is a gem with a beautiful centre, a lot of restaurants and pubs. Like a smaller, cozier Paris but not so expensive.

We are sure you will love it too!

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