Discover Benelux, Issue 49, January 2018

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Landing twice at Brussels TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN  |  PHOTOS: LANDING POINT

It is very much possible to land twice near Brussels: once at Brussels Airport and then again at Landing Point in the neighbouring town of Melsbroek. What once was a chicory farm is now a fully-fledged bed and breakfast that is popular among the types who love to combine a business trip with a cosy and affordable stay, and tourists who want to sleep as close to the airport as possible. Some photos of the old farm remind people who arrive at Landing Point what it used to be, but other than that, it is a revamped and expanded building that has several rooms available, named after all the different landing strips of Brussels Airport. The owner is Elke Beyls, who wanted something different than a career in marketing. With a husband who works in the airport industry plus all the international contacts Elke gathered throughout the 16  |  Issue 49  |  January 2018

years, she came to one conclusion: “Start a B&B,” she grins. Elke continues: “I started out with Landing Point three years ago after hearing from different sides there’s a shortage of cosy and affordable places to stay in and around Brussels. Most hotels are just grey boxes and with my background in marketing, I set out to do some research and found out the stories were true. Now with Landing Point there’s a spot that is geographically perfect for so many people, especially with the office parks nearby and the shuttle that travels on appointment between the airport and our place.” She adds with a smile: “And there’s the personal upside of getting to see my six year old son even more.” With Landing Point, Elke has done her best to make the former farm a place guests love to return to. Her personal touch is everywhere, from the interior to all the small

details such as serving something different every breakfast time. As for any nuisances with all the airplanes nearby, there are audible sounds of departures and take-offs, but they are not even close to the volume of a car passing by. Elke confirms: “We offer nothing but the best stay and ensure that you get as relaxed as possible.”

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