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The perfect countryside getaway TEXT: ELLA PUT | PHOTOS: DE KLEINE BEVER
In the midst of the West-Flemish polder, De Kleine Bever offers guests a relaxing getaway, whilst taking care of the surrounding nature. Overlooking acres of land, Bed & Breakfast De Kleine Bever is surrounded by uniquely beautiful scenery; it is one of the last socalled open-space landscape in Flanders filled with all sorts of wildlife. Guests can find themselves waking up to the calming sounds of chirping birds and croaking frogs, whilst smelling the freshly baked croissants down the hallway. “We believe that each individual can make a difference,” co-owner of De Kleine Bever Ludwig explains. “My wife Liesbeth and I started a Bed & Breakfast in the midst of nature, where we help people find peace of mind, yet also respect the surrounding landscape.” Nowadays, guests can enjoy the sauna, Jacuzzi or steam bath overlooking the beautiful green-filled panorama or enjoy 52 | Issue 54 | June 2018
a nice glass of wine in one of the sitting rooms with a cosy fireplace. “We created our own oasis,” Ludwig explains. Situated between two unique bird landscapes, areas protected under European law, the couple started protecting the wildlife from the moment they arrived. And with great success. In the last few years, the deserted nature landscape, which originally was just a small meadow with cows, has reinvented itself and many new animals such as owls, pheasants and frogs have made a home for themselves there. “It’s amazing to see how nature can grow if humans allow it to.” The old bakehouse attached to the farm was given a new purpose when a wellness centre was built. Therefore, it has become a perfect resort to de-stress and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Ludwig: “Guests relax the moment they set foot here. The tranquility that can be found in this area, is just like the landscape, one-of-a-kind.”
De Kleine Bever is most certainly the ultimate place to relax. Just 15 minutes away from the coast and the town of Ieper and an hour away from the historic town of Bruges, this Bed & Breakfast offers the best of both worlds: a unique location with a peaceful atmosphere where guests can find the ultimate relaxation, and cultural activities just a short car ride away.
www.dekleinebever.be/cava - guests will get a free bottle of cava when booking through this link