The moment we arrived (my wife, two teenage daughters and myself) we felt relaxed. Only 90 mins from Dunkirk. We were greeted by the owners Dirk and Anne, who showed us around the cottage pointing out the safety procedures and how to use certain appliances - and they check on us from time to time to see if we needed anything (they live next door to the cottage). Rent the linen and towels for a small fee which makes life a lot easier than having to bring it all. The open plan kitchen is more than adequate with all the mod-cons and a large table for family meals - another on the terrace for al fresco meals. Two large rooms with mezzanine to accommodate the spare sofa beds and TVs - a third mezzanine in the lounge/kitchen area for younger children as it has toys, books etc. the nearest store for food etc is in Dentergem about 2-3 miles, we used supermarkets in Tielt about 10 mins away as it had more stores. We used the Carrefour and Corluyt stores - the latter does not accept credit cards. Tielt Station took us to Brussels - free parking opposite the Station, look out for the discounted "Weekend" tickets as these are half price, children and young person pay less as well. A quick change at Ghnet brought us to Brussels in an hour. Places we visited from here were Ghent, Kortrijk and Ypres - all easy to get to with Ypres being the furthest at 45 mins (Bruges is about the same). Highly recommended for those seeking a relaxing rural escape from city life. A bike is a must on these flat wide roads.
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