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Woodsy home

4.43 (7 reviews) Verified Roly, Namur, Belgium #s006725

Ways to spend the night

  • Tent

  • Van

About this campspace

Residential woods in which I live in my tiny house.
- The forest is a very fragile place. Unlike a lawn which is meant to be stepped on, the native plants do not survive under our shoes. Trees take many years to grow and it only takes one step to destroy them. Please watch your steps carefully so that saplings can grow into trees and I can continue sharing this lovely environment.
- Nudity is allowed anywhere that is not in plain sight of the neighbors.
- Pets are welcome but they must be kept away from the roads and the neighbors (there is no front/rear fence).
- A lot of birds sing during the day, there are some squirrels living here as well, a few frogs in some of the ponds, once in a while wild pigs will roam around, and I've met a hedgehog at night once. Please respect their space (and the neighbors): no loudspeaker, no littering, no loud noises after 10 p.m.
- I am not always home and my schedule changes often so I cannot guarantee that we will meet (Let me know if it's important to you.)
- It's rather quiet (besides the birds' songs) but there is a train track in the back which runs about twice per hour during the day (less often during the weekend).

Don't forget to read the rules below; most importantly be respectful to the neighbors and leave no trace.

Some of the species I share this space with include (but are not limited to) the following:

Birds:
* Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus, πŸ“·)
* Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
* European robin (Erithacus rubecula)
* Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius)
* Great tit (Parus major)
* Eurasian magpie (Pica pica)
* Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
* Common blackbird (Turdus merula)

Amphibians:
* Alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris)
* Green frog (Pelophylax kl. esculentus)
* Grass frog (Rana temporaria)

Trees and shrubs:
* Sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)
* European hornbeam (Carpinus betelus)
* Common hazel (Corylus avellana)
* European oak (Quercus robur)
* Norway spruce (Picea abies)
* Eurasian aspen (Populus tremula)
* Sweet cherry (Prunus avium)
* Cherry laurel (Prunus lauracerasus)
* Small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata)

Trees and shrubs (planted):
* Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana, 2)
* Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, 2)
* Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo, 2)
* Common box (Buxus sempervirens, 1-2)
* Franchet's cotoneaster (Cotoneaster franchetii, 1)
* Ebbing's silverberry (Elaeagnus ebbingei, 1)
* Cider gum (Eucalyptus gunnii, 1)
* European beech (Fagus sylvatica, 5)
* Fig (Ficus carica, 1)
* Leucothoe (unknown species)
* Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora, 1)
* Apple (Malus domestica, 2)
* Photinia (unknown species)
* Blue spruce (Picea pungens, πŸ“·, 1)
* Sitka spruce (Picea Sitchensis, 9)
* Austrian pine (Pinus nigra, 1)
* Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster, 2)
* Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris, πŸ“·, 2)
* Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii, 3)
* Himalayan pine (Pinus wallichiana, πŸ“·, 4)
* Plum (Prunus domestica, 3)
* Peach (Prunus persica, 2)
* Common pear (Pyrus communis, 3)
* Nashi pear (Pyrus pyrifolia, 1)
* Babylon willow (Salix babylonica, 1)
* Goat willow (Salix caprea, 2)
* Northern white-cedar (Thuja occidentalis, 2)
* Western redcedar (Thuja plicata, 1)

Other plants:
* Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
* Wood anemone (Anemonoides nemorosa)
* Farewell to spring (Clarkia amoena)
* Woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
* Wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides)
* Sticky willy (Galium aparine)
* Common ivy (Hedera helix)
* Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta, πŸ“·)
* Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)

Other plants (planted)
* Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta)
* Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
* Strawberry (Fragaria Γ— ananassa)
* Red raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
* Northern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Mammals:
* Dog (Canis familiaris)
* European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
* Cat (Felis catus)
* Human (Homo sapiens)
* Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris, πŸ“·)
* Wild boar (Sus scrofa)

Other animals:
* Spanish slug (Arion vulgaris)
* European garden spider (Araneus diadematus)
* Mullein moth (Cucullia verbasci)
* Multicoloured asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)
* Leopard slug (Limax maximus)
* Common earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris)
* Indianmeal moth (Plodia interpunctella)

Mushrooms:
* Bolbitius (unknown species, possibly titubans)
* Cyanosporus (unknown species, possibly caesius)
* Parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera, πŸ“·)

You are welcome to plant additional plants so long as they don't have thorns. Let me know if you identify any I've missed.

Perfect for...

Hippies, outdoor adventurers, tree huggers, nature lovers

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Your host

Benoit Go to map

Amenities

  • Drinking water

  • Hot water

  • Dishwashing sink

  • Electric kettle

  • Fire bowl

  • Decorative lights

About this campspace

Residential woods in which I live in my tiny house.
- The forest is a very fragile place. Unlike a lawn which is meant to be stepped on, the native plants do not survive under our shoes. Trees take many years to grow and it only takes one step to destroy them. Please watch your steps carefully so that saplings can grow into trees and I can continue sharing this lovely environment.
- Nudity is allowed anywhere that is not in plain sight of the neighbors.
- Pets are welcome but they must be kept away from the roads and the neighbors (there is no front/rear fence).
- A lot of birds sing during the day, there are some squirrels living here as well, a few frogs in some of the ponds, once in a while wild pigs will roam around, and I've met a hedgehog at night once. Please respect their space (and the neighbors): no loudspeaker, no littering, no loud noises after 10 p.m.
- I am not always home and my schedule changes often so I cannot guarantee that we will meet (Let me know if it's important to you.)
- It's rather quiet (besides the birds' songs) but there is a train track in the back which runs about twice per hour during the day (less often during the weekend).

Don't forget to read the rules below; most importantly be respectful to the neighbors and leave no trace.

Some of the species I share this space with include (but are not limited to) the following:

Birds:
* Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus, πŸ“·)
* Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
* European robin (Erithacus rubecula)
* Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius)
* Great tit (Parus major)
* Eurasian magpie (Pica pica)
* Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
* Common blackbird (Turdus merula)

Amphibians:
* Alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris)
* Green frog (Pelophylax kl. esculentus)
* Grass frog (Rana temporaria)

Trees and shrubs:
* Sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)
* European hornbeam (Carpinus betelus)
* Common hazel (Corylus avellana)
* European oak (Quercus robur)
* Norway spruce (Picea abies)
* Eurasian aspen (Populus tremula)
* Sweet cherry (Prunus avium)
* Cherry laurel (Prunus lauracerasus)
* Small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata)

Trees and shrubs (planted):
* Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana, 2)
* Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, 2)
* Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo, 2)
* Common box (Buxus sempervirens, 1-2)
* Franchet's cotoneaster (Cotoneaster franchetii, 1)
* Ebbing's silverberry (Elaeagnus ebbingei, 1)
* Cider gum (Eucalyptus gunnii, 1)
* European beech (Fagus sylvatica, 5)
* Fig (Ficus carica, 1)
* Leucothoe (unknown species)
* Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora, 1)
* Apple (Malus domestica, 2)
* Photinia (unknown species)
* Blue spruce (Picea pungens, πŸ“·, 1)
* Sitka spruce (Picea Sitchensis, 9)
* Austrian pine (Pinus nigra, 1)
* Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster, 2)
* Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris, πŸ“·, 2)
* Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii, 3)
* Himalayan pine (Pinus wallichiana, πŸ“·, 4)
* Plum (Prunus domestica, 3)
* Peach (Prunus persica, 2)
* Common pear (Pyrus communis, 3)
* Nashi pear (Pyrus pyrifolia, 1)
* Babylon willow (Salix babylonica, 1)
* Goat willow (Salix caprea, 2)
* Northern white-cedar (Thuja occidentalis, 2)
* Western redcedar (Thuja plicata, 1)

Other plants:
* Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
* Wood anemone (Anemonoides nemorosa)
* Farewell to spring (Clarkia amoena)
* Woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
* Wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides)
* Sticky willy (Galium aparine)
* Common ivy (Hedera helix)
* Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta, πŸ“·)
* Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)

Other plants (planted)
* Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta)
* Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
* Strawberry (Fragaria Γ— ananassa)
* Red raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
* Northern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Mammals:
* Dog (Canis familiaris)
* European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
* Cat (Felis catus)
* Human (Homo sapiens)
* Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris, πŸ“·)
* Wild boar (Sus scrofa)

Other animals:
* Spanish slug (Arion vulgaris)
* European garden spider (Araneus diadematus)
* Mullein moth (Cucullia verbasci)
* Multicoloured asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)
* Leopard slug (Limax maximus)
* Common earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris)
* Indianmeal moth (Plodia interpunctella)

Mushrooms:
* Bolbitius (unknown species, possibly titubans)
* Cyanosporus (unknown species, possibly caesius)
* Parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera, πŸ“·)

You are welcome to plant additional plants so long as they don't have thorns. Let me know if you identify any I've missed.

Food and drink

  • Drinking water

    Inside the house / when I am home. Make sure to bring a refillable bottle.
  • Hot water

    Outdoor hot shower. Let me know an hour in advance so that I don't use up all the hot water before you.
  • Dishwashing sink

    Inside the house / when I am home.
  • Electric kettle

    Inside the house / when I am home.

Comfort & Fun

  • Fire bowl

    Usually available upon request. Cannot be moved away from the house. Fire must be attended at all times and completely extinguished with water afterwards.
  • Decorative lights

    There are string lights at the first campspot that's by my house and teh fire bowl.
  • WiFi

    Ask if needed. It's extruciatingly slow.
  • Mobile reception

    5G signal on the Proximus and Orange networks. Base/Telenet is not so good.
  • Naturalism allowed

  • Barrier-free access to pitch

  • Barrier-free access to toilet

  • Barrier-free access to shower

Sanitation

  • Toilet

    Small composting toilet in the rear-right corner of the land. (Don't camp too close to it if there are other campers.)
  • Hot shower

    Outside shower. Let me know when you'd like to use it (at least an hour or two beforehand) so that I don't use up all the hot water. There is no privacy fence but you can move it.

Electricity

  • Electricity

    There is a power outlet outside on the left of my deck, next to where the string lights are plugged in.

Pet-friendly

  • Pets allowed

    There is no fence and three ducks live here freely

Family-friendly

  • Animals on site

    Three ducks decided to live here. They are not used to people, please don't bother them.

Parking

  • Parking on site

    There is a gravel parking with space for two cars back-to-back and an unpaved parallel parking spot. Don't block the street nor park on the neighbors' property.

Views

  • Forest view

Seating area

  • Picnic table

    Small wooden table, feel free to move it as needed but put it back afterwards
  • Outdoor seating area

    2 wooden chairs that go with the wooden table and some comfortably large logs, feel free to move them as needed

Available pitch types

Select check-in and check-out dates to see available pitches.

Hammock or tent outside

Bring your own
  • Tent

You are welcome to camp with a tent in one of the four designated area or with a hammock (with tree-friendly straps, min. 2 cm wide so no cords) anywhere.

from € 15.96 per night
Max. people
3 persons
Pitches
3 pitches
9m2

Hammock or tent outside

  • Tent

    With your Tent

You are welcome to camp with a tent in one of the four designated area or with a hammock (with tree-friendly straps, min. 2 cm wide so no cords) anywhere.

Check-in between: 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

Check-out between: 6:00 am–4:00 pm

Can guests place their tent/van wherever they wish? yes

Min. number of nights: 1

Child price applies from this age: 0

Child price applies to this age: 18

Guest can book the same day until: 8:00 pm

Size per pitch: 9m2

Surface

  • Other, namely
    Forest soil (clay)

Cancellation Policy

Guests who cancel at least 3 days before check-in date will receive a refund of the amount paid by them (excl. Campspace fees). Otherwise they will not be refunded.

Rules

Noise: πŸ”‡
Be respectful of the neighbors. No loudspeaker; if you can't enjoy the sound of birds (and let them live in peace) then this space is not for you. No loud noise after 10 p.m. (including wood cutting; plan ahead). Keep your pets on the property. A noise complaint from the neighbors will result in your eviction.

Fire:
Fire pits are not allowed anywhere and fires in general are only allowed close to the house by law. (In dry weather periods they may be forbidden altogether.) I have a fire bowl that is usually available upon request. You can move it up to 15 meters from the house. Make sure there is nothing flammable near the fire bowl (remove dead leaves, sticks, ...). Never leave the fire unattended; always keep a full watering can near the fire bowl and use it to extinguish the fire completely (!) when you leave. You can gather dead wood on the ground but it's may not be dry enough to start a fire and you must cut it so that it fits safely within the fire bowl. Do not burn your non-biodegradable garbage (it's hard to clean off the fire bowl and I can't compost the ashes). You are of course always welcome around the fire when I light it up.

Nudity:
Nudism is allowed as long as you are far enough in the back where the neighbors don't have to see you. ( I am usually nude whenever it is warm enough.)

Please send me an approximate time of arrival when you know it.

Most importantly: leave no trace! That means leave the space at least as nice as you found it.
- Minimize your impact on the local plants: avoid stepping on young trees and putting your tent on plant life, use hammocks with tree-friendly straps only (min. 2 cm wide; no ropes)
- Use only biodegradable toilet paper (ie plain, not scented). Likewise if using the outdoor shower use only biodegradable soap/shampoo.
- Don't leave any non-biodegradable garbage.

Pets allowed: yes
There is no fence and three ducks live here freely

Max. people
3 persons
Pitches
3 pitches
9m2

Van camping

Bring your own
  • Van

Sleep in or around your van on a handmade gravel parking (it's not perfectly level). No motorhomes allowed (too heavy)

from € 22.28 per night
Max. people
3 persons
Pitches
1 pitch

Van camping

  • Van

    With your Van

Sleep in or around your van on a handmade gravel parking (it's not perfectly level). No motorhomes allowed (too heavy)

Check-in between: 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

Check-out between: 6:00 am–4:00 pm

Can guests place their tent/van wherever they wish? no

Min. number of nights: 1

Child price applies from this age: 0

Child price applies to this age: 18

Guest can book the same day until: 12:00 pm

Surface

  • Gravel

Cancellation Policy

Guests who cancel at least 3 days before check-in date will receive a refund of the amount paid by them (excl. Campspace fees). Otherwise they will not be refunded.

Rules

Noise: πŸ”‡
Be respectful of the neighbors. No loudspeaker; if you can't enjoy the sound of birds (and let them live in peace) then this space is not for you. No loud noise after 10 p.m. (including wood cutting; plan ahead). Keep your pets on the property. A noise complaint from the neighbors will result in your eviction.

Fire:
Fire pits are not allowed anywhere and fires in general are only allowed close to the house by law. (In dry weather periods they may be forbidden altogether.) I have a fire bowl that is usually available upon request. You can move it up to 15 meters from the house. Make sure there is nothing flammable near the fire bowl (remove dead leaves, sticks, ...). Never leave the fire unattended; always keep a full watering can near the fire bowl and use it to extinguish the fire completely (!) when you leave. You can gather dead wood on the ground but it's may not be dry enough to start a fire and you must cut it so that it fits safely within the fire bowl. Do not burn your non-biodegradable garbage (it's hard to clean off the fire bowl and I can't compost the ashes). You are of course always welcome around the fire when I light it up.

Nudity:
Nudism is allowed as long as you are far enough in the back where the neighbors don't have to see you. ( I am usually nude whenever it is warm enough.)

Please send me an approximate time of arrival when you know it.

Most importantly: leave no trace! That means leave the space at least as nice as you found it.
- Minimize your impact on the local plants: avoid stepping on young trees and putting your tent on plant life, use hammocks with tree-friendly straps only (min. 2 cm wide; no ropes)
- Use only biodegradable toilet paper (ie plain, not scented). Likewise if using the outdoor shower use only biodegradable soap/shampoo.
- Don't leave any non-biodegradable garbage.

Pets allowed: yes
There is no fence and three ducks live here freely

Max. people
3 persons
Pitches
1 pitch

Your host, Benoit

4.43 (7 reviews)

Acceptance rate: 100%

Response time: fast

Happy camper

Tips

  • Fondry des Chiens is beautiful

  • There is a nearby market every day except Mondays (ask). Spar Mariembourg is the closest grocery store (6 minutes), they have some local products and they are attached to VracStore (bio).

  • Brasserie des Fagnes (local brewery and good restaurant)

Surroundings

At this campspace
  • Birds

  • Orchard

  • Forest

What you can find in the area
  • Lake

  • Forest

  • Mesa or canyon

Ways to spend the day
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    Hiking

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    Cycling

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    Wine or beer tasting

At this campspace

  • Birds

    See "About this campspace" for a non-exhaustive list
  • Orchard

    Growing cherries, pears, peaches, plums, apples, pawpaws, figs, and a few more. They are still small though. There are several wild cherry and hazelnut trees as well.
  • Forest

What you can find in the area

  • Lake

    Lacs de l'Eau d'Heure, Lac de Virelles
  • Forest

  • Mesa or canyon

    Fondry des Chiens
  • Caves

    Grottes de Neptune
  • Horses or ponies

    100 chevaux sur l'herbe (shelter)
  • Chickens

    My neighbors two houses down have chicken and ducks
  • Birds

Ways to spend the day

  • Hiking

    GR-12, GRP125, rΓ©serve naturelle de Dourbes
  • Cycling

  • Wine or beer tasting

    Brasserie des Fagnes
  • Horseback riding

    Centre Equestre La ChevauchΓ©e, Centre Equestre de Oignies
  • Swimming

    Lac de l'Eau d'Heure, and that spot previous campers have posted a picture of
  • Sightseeing

    Fondry des Chiens
  • Visiting nearby towns

    Roly (nearest village, no shops), Viroinval (great start to hike), Mariembourg (nearest village with shops), Philippeville
  • Wildlife watching

    Aquascope Virelles
  • Canoeing or kayaking

    Lacs de l'Eau d'Heure and Aquascope Virelles
  • Making a campfire

    in the fire bowl upon request
  • Board games and puzzles

    if I am available I would be happy to play board games
  • Wildlife observation

    There are many birds and squirrels. Sometimes wild pigs.

Sustainability

  • Waste separation

  • Self-grown food

  • Food products from locals in the region

  • Solar panels

  • Organic cleaning products

  • Water-saving measures

Tiny house, constructed wetland is a work-in-progress, dry toilets, minimal waste.

Additional info

Cancellation Policy

Guests who cancel at least 3 days before check-in date will receive a refund of the amount paid by them (excl. Campspace fees). Otherwise they will not be refunded.

Rules

Noise: πŸ”‡
Be respectful of the neighbors. No loudspeaker; if you can't enjoy the sound of birds (and let them live in peace) then this space is not for you. No loud noise after 10 p.m. (including wood cutting; plan ahead). Keep your pets on the property. A noise complaint from the neighbors will result in your eviction.

Fire:
Fire pits are not allowed anywhere and fires in general are only allowed close to the house by law. (In dry weather periods they may be forbidden altogether.) I have a fire bowl that is usually available upon request. You can move it up to 15 meters from the house. Make sure there is nothing flammable near the fire bowl (remove dead leaves, sticks, ...). Never leave the fire unattended; always keep a full watering can near the fire bowl and use it to extinguish the fire completely (!) when you leave. You can gather dead wood on the ground but it's may not be dry enough to start a fire and you must cut it so that it fits safely within the fire bowl. Do not burn your non-biodegradable garbage (it's hard to clean off the fire bowl and I can't compost the ashes). You are of course always welcome around the fire when I light it up.

Nudity:
Nudism is allowed as long as you are far enough in the back where the neighbors don't have to see you. ( I am usually nude whenever it is warm enough.)

Please send me an approximate time of arrival when you know it.

Most importantly: leave no trace! That means leave the space at least as nice as you found it.
- Minimize your impact on the local plants: avoid stepping on young trees and putting your tent on plant life, use hammocks with tree-friendly straps only (min. 2 cm wide; no ropes)
- Use only biodegradable toilet paper (ie plain, not scented). Likewise if using the outdoor shower use only biodegradable soap/shampoo.
- Don't leave any non-biodegradable garbage.


There is no fence and three ducks live here freely

Checking in and out

Check-in between: 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
Check-out between: 6:00 am–4:00 pm

Closing periods

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