On our farm (dated 1788) we converted a non-adjacent barn to an ecologically comfortable "tiny-house" with all amenities, such as kitchen, stone-stove, bathroom with toilet and rain shower. Three large windows and 2 roof-windows get sunlight in the room all day long. There is a covered terrace with beautiful views of our garden and orchard. A few other terraces are spread over the garden and orchard. It is a very quiet and beautifully located cottage. Ideal for 1 or 2 persons.
The tiny-house, as we call it, was an old barn dated 1788 which we turned into a guesthouse with respect to the old structure and special features.
The cottage has been renovated and insulated with ecological materials, and the walls have hidden sound panels, because the space is actually a semi-professional sound studio.
It is located in the middle of our garden of 1 hectare, on top of a hill of the Flemish Ardennes, over-viewing the small village of Munkzwalm. The Finish soap-stove (for wood) dominates the living space and is ideal during the winter months to relax around the stove, and to bake a pizza in the oven. The bathroom with toilet, sink and rain-shower is separated from the living room with a sliding door. All together, the space is only 40 m2 but very comfortable for 1 or 2 persons.
Adjacent to the tiny-house is a covered terrace, and 20 meters further an open terrace to watch the sunset or to have a campfire. A pick-nick table stands in the orchard (40 fruit trees) where you can freely walk around and serve yourself of fruit according to the season: nuts, cherries, pears, plums, apples and quivers.
Two large roof windows and the 3 large windows in the living space bring light and color into the cottage. The windows give view to the garden and orchard. The place breaths peace and serenity.
Smoking only allowed on the covered and open terraces
Pets not allowed
Other practical info:
Breakfast is not served, but coffee and tea are available free of charge; Water kettle and coffee machine are available.
The sofa is a bed for 1 person, but can easily be pulled out to make a double bed (see pictures); good quality mattresses ensure a comfortable night. So far, all our guests said that they slept well!
One can sleep in complete darkness: the darkening curtains of the roof windows are operated by remote control; and the 3 windows have blackout curtains.
Sheets and blankets are available; Also towels for bathroom and kitchen;
The fridge is a (soundless) electrolux camping box;
Hair dryer and plenty of cooking utensils (pots and pans) are available;
No WiFi (no radiation) present, but internet cables (to be plugged into the wall) to connect to the internet are available; there are 2 internet connection plugs in the house and 1 on the terrace for outside internet.
A few company games are available (card game, chess, dams, scrabble); Cub-game is also available and easily be played just in front of the house.
Hiking maps and information leaflets about the interesting area are available;
Parking-space for a car is next to the cottage; Bicycles can be parked in the garage next to the tiny-house.
You, our guests, have (of course) access to the room, and access to the garage for stalling bicycles. You can freely walk, jog or take sunbaths in the garden and orchard. Due to its location and the vegetation there is a lot of privacy at the tiny house. You have your own space and garden.
You can use the chairs and tables on the terraces, in the garden and in the orchard, and put them where you want (in the sun or shade).
The host lives in the main farmhouse at 30 meters from the Tiny-house and we respect fully the privacy of our guests.
Общение с гостями
There is almost always someone at home in the main farmhouse, and thus our guests are welcome to knock our door for info or for whatever reason.
Другие важные подробности
The tiny-house is located in the middle of the large garden of the owners. To find the house for the first time it is always a bit of a nice adventure.
IMPORTANT: If you indicate the address on your GPS (Krekelstraat 5 in Munkzwalm), you actually are directed to the main farm-house (where the owners live) but the tiny-house (where you will stay) has its own private entrance and to reach that you need to drive a few 100 meters extra. Thus, after the GPS says "destination reached" you should continue driving on the cement road uphill for 100 meters and then turn left; that road (with at your left a green hedge) is confusingly also called Krekelstraat. Drive on that road for 200 meters and you will see at your left the entrance to the garden and the tiny-house. The gate remains ALWAYS open, day and night. See the 3 pictures showing the road and the entrance gate.