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"Slow living at its best"

5.00 (1 review) Verified Ieper, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium

About this campspace #s005865

Your host

Niek
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    1 pitch

De Barak is an alternative holiday home with a special story. With us you get rid of all luxury and you live to the rhythm of nature. Just like 100 years ago. Far away from the hustle and bustle and all modern comfort, you experience the essence: you relax and make time for each other.
Just after the First World War, Baron Gaston de Vinck built a concrete emergency barracks to house his family on their return from France. Exactly 100 years later, the barrack of Baron de Vinck has been restored and is ready to receive you in the atmosphere of the past.

Does it appeal to you to live as much as a hundred years ago? Then book holiday home 'Barak de Vinck' and will be catapulted back to 1919 with a maximum of 4 people. The barrack has everything you need: all household goods, oil lamps, firewood, a water pump and a very good old-fashioned stove to warm you and to cook. In short, everything is there to have a perfect stay in 1919.

Do you miss the modern comfort? Then you can always open the emergency door and return to the modern world with all the comforts. But… then you lose the challenge, you don't win a prize, you don't get a certificate and you pay an extra surcharge on your accommodation costs.
With us you get rid of all luxury and you live to the rhythm of nature, just like a hundred years ago. Away from all modern comfort, you experience the essence again, you relax and make time for each other. As a quiet place, De Barak is also an ideal location to focus as an author, manager, actor, enjoyer...

And that doesn't mean you're going to get bored. On the contrary!

IN THE BARAK
Board games and card games are waiting in the barracks for hours of fun with the whole family.

You can also browse through the books and the rich history of the “Baron van Bellewaerde” is never far away. In addition, you will find enough sugar, flour, water and eggs in the cupboards to bake the perfect cake with the oven from ESSE Ironheart.

In the meantime, let water boil on the wood-burning stove for the best cup of coffee, which you pour over the coffee beans that you have just ground by hand. Your day can't go wrong with such a nice slow coffee and the accompanying artisan cake!
Around the barracks there is a herb garden, a sneukel hedge, an orchard and a 1 hectare playing field, where children can romp, run and climb trees.

Here children can really be children again, and play until the sun goes down. Or would they rather help with mom or dad, collect firewood for the stove in the evening?

The hammocks and loungers with a view of the beautiful Bellewaerde valley will delight young and old. The dexter cows and suffolk sheep in the pasture complete the rural picture.
The surroundings of the barracks are the ultimate for every nature lover. From the barracks you can start for a pleasant walk to the crater forest on Bellewaerde Ridge, where 16 original craters from WWI are still well preserved, but where many birds find their new home a hundred years later.

But you can also go the other way, to the Gasthuisbossen, for a 7 km walk through the Zillebeek nature. You can discover the rich history of the Green Ypres Salient on the basis of a beautiful story book “The very last witnesses”. Or would you rather stop at the neighbors of Hooge Crater museum? You can visit this unique private museum for free if you stay in the barracks. You can also quench your hunger and thirst in the cozy museum café.

Bellewaerde amusement park and Bellewaerde Aqua swimming pool are a feast for young and old and are within walking distance of the barracks. Ask for your discount cards at Ilse and Niek.

Tourism Ypres and Tourism Westhoek also have a lot to offer for relaxing activities.

Ways to spend the night

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    Tiny House

This campspace offers

Shared amenities

Food and drink

  • Icon Drinking water
  • Icon BBQ
  • Icon Hot water
  • Icon Gas stove

Comfort & Fun

  • Icon Fire basket

Sanitation

  • Icon Toilet
  • Icon Hot shower
  • Icon Cold shower

Electricity

  • Icon Electricity
  • Icon Phone charging station

For RVs

  • Icon RV electricity hookup
  • Icon RV Dump station

Heating

  • Icon Electrical heating

Pet-friendly

  • Icon Pets allowed

In case of rain

  • Icon Covered kitchen
  • Icon Rain shelter

Seating area

  • Icon Picnic table

Ways to spend the day

Niek's tips
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    Visit Hooge Crater museum, The Best private WW1 museum!

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    Be sure to take a look at the adjacent Kraterbos. Full of relics from WW1.

In the area
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  • Icon Wildlife watching
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  • Icon Off-road vehicles
On the campspace
  • Icon Making a campfire

What will you find in the area?

Landscape characteristics

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  • Icon Forest

Sustainability practices

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    Waste separation

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    Self-grown food

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    Food products from locals in the region

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    Solar panels

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    Green power

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    Solar water heater

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    Organic cleaning products

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    Water-saving measures

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    Charging station for electrical cars

Your host, Niek

5.00 (1 review)

Reviews

Scout Diana About the scout program

Tell us about your experience
It took some getting used to in the beginning to step all the way back in time to 1919. It was a really great experience and we really enjoyed going back to basics for a while. Everything was right and that really made this home one of my coolest nights. From cooking on a wood stove to playing board games with candlelight. It was fantastic - thank you Niek and Ilse.

July 2022 · Translated from dutch

Host Niek has responded

Dear Diana,

Thank you for coming and for your nice words!
Many greetings, Ilse and Niek

Translated from dutch · show original

Rules

Clean and well-behaved dogs are allowed, if the owners and the dogs have respect for this unique piece of heritage.

Cancellation Policy

Guests who cancel at least 30 days before check-in date will receive a refund of the amount paid by them (excl. Campspace fees). If they cancel between 14 and 30 days before check-in, they will receive a 50% refund. Otherwise they will not be refunded.

Checking in and out

Check-in between: 3:30 pm–10:30 pm
Check-out between: 7:30 am–10:30 am

Barak de Vinck

Arrival allowed on: Mo, Tue, Fr
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

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Barak de Vinck

Tiny House
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Max. people
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Just after the First World War, Baron Gaston de Vinck built a concrete emergency barracks to house his family on their return from France. Exactly 100 years later, the barrack of Baron de Vinck has been restored and is ready to receive you in the atmosphere of the past.

Minimum number of nights: 2
Maximum number of nights: 30
Child price applies from this age: 0
Children's price up to this age: 18
Arrival allowed on: Mo, Tue, Fr
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Minimum number of days that can be booked in advance: 0
Maximum number of days that can be booked in advance: 360

from € 215.00 per night

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