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INFO : Call : 0032 14634107 or e-mail contact

Holiday - Apartment : - 't Breugelhof ' ****

You can rent the apartment for one night or for several days, weeks ... . Merksplas is located in a quiet environment, close to the city of Turnhout.
The main road, Antwerpen - Eindhoven (E34) exit 22 - BEERSE or exit 24 ( Turnhout) , is just 8 km away. ‘t Breugelhof is situated in Merksplas , a green village in "De Kempen" near the Holland border.
The apartment on the upper floor of our home has its own separated entrance on the outside of the house, so you may come and go whenever you like. We offer a very spacious suite ( 100 m²) : bathroom , living room, kitchen, wintergarden veranda with a nice view .., 3 bedrooms ( boxsprings 90 cm x 200 cm ), luggageroom etc. (Max. 6 people + child ).
Located within 7 km of the Turnhout Railway station, a 10 minutes ride takes you straight into the heart of Turnhout or Hoogstraten . (Antwerp is 42 km away, 55 minutes by bus.) In our village there are a few excellent restaurants.

Our comfortable apartment is equipped with wireless Internet access, radio, flatscreen TV with satellite receiver and DVD. The kitchen is fully equipped with a combi-grill magnetron,small oven , fridge, freezer,washing machine , dishwasher, coffee maker, hotel safe ,Senseo ; mobile airco and more. Guests may also enjoy the use of a separate living room, salon and bath room adjacent to the kitchen. Honesty-bar .Pets allowed .
We provide bed linens and towels. Bed linen and towels / cleaning / energy / fees: alll included. More info here

Breakfast not included

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Prices are per night all included, except breakfast

Check in from 15 PM --- check out 11 AM or by appointment.

number nights/persons

1 night
70 €
80 €
85 €
95 €
100 €
105 €
2 - 6 nights
65 €
75 €
80 €
90 €
95 €
100 €
from 7 nights
60 €
70 €
75 €
85 €
90 €
95 €

FAQ. : Are there any other guests in the apartment ? No! We rent the apartment only to one person, family or group of up to 6 adults. (+ Children) .You will never share the apartment with strangers ! We are unable to accept payment by credit or debit card, we apologise for the inconvenience.

Example : you stay three days with 2 adults, you pay 75 € /night ) . For longer stays, please contact us . Extra bed 10 €

= + 3 € / night

Conditions of cancellation

More information about us :

Chris has been a nurse for 37 years . Jos was a teacher and a fireman since 1972 until 2007. We are married for 48 years and retired now . We have one son , and three lovely grandchildren . Probably , you gonna hear them when they arrive !

We have build our home a few years after our marriage in 1971. Many years later , when our son met his wife , they have lived here on the first floor during 6 years . Two of our grandchildern are born here. A few years ago our son build his own house and our house became to large . We had the choice : sell our home or stay . Because we like to meet people , we started a Holiday-appartment . You're welcome ..

In de hall you see examples of lace (lace of Turnhout ) made by our grandmother .

about the apartment : 3 bedrooms ; livingroom; bathroom; kitchen,veranda; luggage room, car-port ...

INTERNET : If you want to make an wireless connection with your portable , please ask for the CODE KEY on the host.

Check in: from 3 PM - Check out: at 11 AM ( Or by appointment if the apartment before or after your reservation is not occupied . You may already store your luggage or bikes until the apartment is available. Ask for it , when you make your reservation )

Telephone : Most of our guests have a GSM /cell phone .

'Honesty'-bar : Feel free to help yourself to anything you want to taste from a number of Belgian beer varieties and just note down what you have had. Besides the assortment of beers, we also have some soft drinks and wines at your disposal.

BREAKFAST : You can make your own breakfast if you like to do so. There are cosy restaurants in the neighbourhood .

LAUNDRY :see instructions of the washing machine . Use only liquid detergent , no powder please ! You do not have to wash the towels/sheets we provide you. Leave it to the hostess . Bathrobes / linens included.

GARDEN : You can have your breakfast and meals outside in our garden if the weather is good of course. Contact the hostess.

Rent a Bike : Please ask your hostess .

TOWELS and SHEETS included: Once in a week we change the sheets an take the towels for the wash. But if you need anything else , please let us know.

Cleaning included : Once in a week the hostess cleans your apartment if you want so.

Energy : water , gas , electricity included .

Cancellation conditions

 We hope you enjoy your stay with us .

About the region :

Merksplas : where you still can hear the silence and if you hear the lapwings at night ..be happy …spring is back !

Merksplas is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp . The municipality comprises only the town of Merksplas proper. On January 1 , 2008 Merksplas had a total population of 8 027. The total area is 44.56 km² which gives a population density of 183 inhabitants per km².

- prison for + 800 prisoners ( > 28 languages) and a “closed” asylum seekers centre “refused admittance”

The oldest house in Merksplas is “ het pannenhuis” from 1654 on the “ Hoekeinde , it's private , you can not visite it in inside . Catholic church : mass on saterday at 6 PM / Sunday at 9.45 AM

Short walk : In the wood “ het Graafsbos ". Or in the park “ Carons Hofke” on Hofeinde and after that you can have a few cool drinks in the outdoor café or eat a steak grilled in the excellent restaurant : “ De Caron”

Most of the tourists come here to make beautyfull cycling tours or to take a (marked) walk . (Maps in the Tourist office VVV , market place ) . We show you the way and provide maps. You can also rent a bike

Our neighbours :

Turnhout ( at 8 km from Merksplas ) is a Belgian municipality located in the Flemish province of Antwerp . The municipality comprises only the city of Turnhout proper. On January 1 , 2006 Turnhout had a total population of 39,791. The total area is 56.06 km² which gives a population density of 710 inhabitants per km². Turnhout, is famous as the world center of the playing card and is both legally and administratively the capital of the Kempen region and of the local district. It is also the economic and cultural center of its region wih more than 40 schools. There is also an important services sector with 2 hospitals, a 2 stage theatre and an 8 screen cinema.

Museum of playing card : Nationaal museum van de Speelkaart
Druivenstraat  18 – Open : Tuesday t.e.m. Saturday van 14:00 tot 17:00 u.
sunday van 11:00 tot 17:00 u. monday closed

- beguinage : The beguinage of Turnhout (13 th century) is an unique oase of peace in the middle of the town.Together with twelve other Flemisch beguinages is it since 1998 on the list of Culturel Word Heritage of the UNESCO. The authentic houses , the baroc church worth a visite on a real village in a town

- ice skating rink / market on Saturday/swimming pool ( Parklaan – Stadspark (Citypark)) – shopping street : Gasthuisstraat/ Railway station

AZ Hospital campus Sint Elisabeth / campus Sint Jozef : where my wife Chis has worked for 37 years .

Baarle-Hertog (in French Baerle-Duc ) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp . The municipality only comprises the town of Baarle-Hertog proper. On January 1 , 2006 Baarle-Hertog had a total population of 2,306. The total area is 7.48 km² which gives a population density of 308 inhabitants per km².

Baarle-Hertog is noted for its complicated borders with Baarle-Nassau in the Netherlands . In total it consists of 24 separate pieces of land. Apart from the main piece (called Zondereigen ) located north of the Belgian town of Merksplas , there are twenty Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands and three other pieces on the Dutch-Belgian border. There are also seven Dutch exclaves within the Belgian exclaves. Six of them are located in the largest one and a seventh in the second-largest one. An eighth Dutch exclave lies in Zondereigen.

The border is so complicated that there are some houses that are divided between the two countries. There was a time when according to Dutch laws restaurants had to close earlier. For some restaurants in the border it meant that the clients had simply to change their tables to the Belgian side.

Beerse is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp . The municipality comprises the towns of Beerse proper and Vlimmeren . On January 1 , 2006 Beerse had a total population of 16,482. The total area is 37.48 km² which gives a population density of 440 inhabitants per km² - Janssen Pharmaceutica - Swimming pool - a few cosy restaurants and cafés on the market place en de Linde laan . - Lilse bergen : summer recreation for kids

Hoogstraten is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp . The municipality comprises the city of Hoogstraten proper and the towns of Meer , Meerle , Meersel-Dreef , Minderhout and Wortel . On January 1 , 2006 Hoogstraten had a total population of 18,582. The total area is 105.32 km² which gives a population density of 176 inhabitants per km². Every second weekend of August a Latin festival called "Antilliaanse feesten" is being held at Hoogstraten. Another cultural highlight mid August is the folkloristic event named "Begijntjes Laat Besluit". Bbeautiful beguinage ( see Turnhout ) - one of the largest discotheques of western Europe ( High- Street ) - beautiful churc ( you can climb the tower ) - lots of restaurant an cafés on the “ Vrijheid “

Rijkevorsel is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp . The municipality comprises only the town of Rijkevorsel proper. On January 1 , 2006 Rijkevorsel had a total population of 10,674. The total area is 46.79 km² which gives a population density of 228 inhabitants per km². An authentic “ mirror tent “ from 1920 . Every Sunday ( 14 PM - 15 PM )you can go there to dance on the music of an original DECAP orgue . Take your ballroom book with you ! And taste the best beer of the region “ Trappist van Westmalle “ one the five Belgian Trappist beers brewed in a monastry by the munks .

The city and municipality of Antwerp ( Dutch : Antwerpen ; French : Anvers ) is a centre of commerce in Belgium and the capital of Antwerp province , in Flanders , one of Belgium 's three regions. Antwerp's total population is ca. 461,496 (January 2006) and its total area is 204.51 km² with a population density of 2.257 inhabitants per km². The agglomeration has a population of about 800.000 (municipality: 461,496 (2006), metropolitan area : ca. 1,225,000).

Antwerp has long been an important city in the nations of the Benelux both economically and culturally. It is on the right bank of the river "Schelde" which is linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde . Antwerp's port , which is one of the world's largest, has a high level of cargo shipping and oil refineries traffic, and in Europe , only Rotterdam 's port is larger. Families of the large Hasidic Jewish community have traditionally controlled Antwerp's global centre of the diamond trading industry, although the last two decades have seen Indian and Armenian traders become increasingly important. To do : port by boat /Rubenshuis/ Plantijnmuseum/ cathedral and so on...

Antwerp : by car ,bus ( 5 € tramway and bus all day long ) or train in 55 minutes

Brussels : go by train in 1 hour

Gent en Brugge : take the highway/train ( 1.30 h)

Paris : please make a reservation on the TGV

Amsterdam : via Antwerp , every hour ( 3 hours )

About our country :

De Vlaamse Leeuw ( Dutch : The Flemish Lion) is the national anthem of Flanders and the Flemish national flag. Flanders is the most populated Region and thus largest Community in the federal kingdom of Belgium Flemish is the term for the dialects of Dutch spoken in Flanders or, alternatively, the forms of Dutch spoken in Belgium . The latter definition, though being the most common, is considered too precise by linguists , since the political borders seldom entirely correspond to linguistic ones. The official language in Belgium is Standard Dutch (i.e. the Dutch standard language ), along with French and German .

In contrast to countries where the names of languages may have a more purely descriptive significance, in Belgium language is at the basis of a long political emancipation struggle.

The Walloon Region occupies the southern part of Belgium . Its major cities and towns include Liège , Namur , Charleroi , Mons , Tournai , Verviers , Arlon , Bastogne , Wavre , Dinant , Peruwelz and Eupen .

French is the official language in most municipalities. German (with French facilities ) is the official language in nine eastern municipalities which belonged to Germany until 1918 and now form the German-speaking Community of Belgium . Several French-speaking municipalities have facilities in Dutch or German (or both). In a survey conducted by the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-La-Neuve and published in June 2006, only 19% of Wallonians stated that they were able to speak Dutch . In contrast, 59% of respondents from Flanders claimed to speak French .

The variety of French spoken in Wallonia is Belgian French , which differs from the standard French of France to various degrees depending on the speaker. The French language used in the administration and in the media is very similar in Belgium and in France. One notable difference is the use of the words septante (70) and nonante (90) in Belgium, as opposed to soixante-dix and quatre-vingt-dix in France.

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