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Zomergem, Belgium

back yard in autumn

back yard in autumn

our house and side garden in autumn sunlight

our house and side garden in autumn sunlight

wild flowers in our garden

wild flowers in our garden

football field and playground just across the street

football field and playground just across the street

Zomergem - the village

Zomergem - the village

Keigatbos - forest in Zomergem (home of deers!)

Keigatbos - forest in Zomergem (home of deers!)

Deer in "Keigatbos" - the forest is only 3km from our door

Deer in "Keigatbos" - the forest is only 3km from our door

"Meetjesland" environment - canals

"Meetjesland" environment - canals

Vinderhoute - Valley of "Oude Kale"

Vinderhoute - Valley of "Oude Kale"

Vinderhoute - Oude Kalevallei

Vinderhoute - Oude Kalevallei

Cycling to Ghent... You will be treated with wonderful views!

Cycling to Ghent... You will be treated with wonderful views!

Winter view - Zomergem environment

Winter view - Zomergem environment

Bruges - Unesco World Heritage

Bruges - Unesco World Heritage

Brugge - Unesco World Heritage

Brugge - Unesco World Heritage

Belgian coast: dunes and lot's of sand, when you look past the high buildings

Belgian coast: dunes and lot's of sand, when you look past the high buildings

"Vlaamse Polders" - the typical landscape in Flanders

"Vlaamse Polders" - the typical landscape in Flanders

Ypres and the memorials of the 1st world war

Ypres and the memorials of the 1st world war

Brussel... known for its cultural richness and beauty.

Brussel... known for its cultural richness and beauty.

Blaarmeersen Gent - ideal for swimming and relaxing - with a special lake for toddlers

Blaarmeersen Gent - ideal for swimming and relaxing - with a special lake for toddlers

Castle in Lovendegem - one of the many (!!) castles in Flanders

Castle in Lovendegem - one of the many (!!) castles in Flanders

Vosselare Put - Deinze - ideal for swimming outdoors!

Vosselare Put - Deinze - ideal for swimming outdoors!

Antwerpen - Harbour House

Antwerpen - Harbour House

back yard in autumn our house and side garden in autumn sunlight wild flowers in our garden football field and playground just across the street Zomergem - the village Keigatbos - forest in Zomergem (home of deers!) Deer in "Keigatbos" - the forest is only 3km from our door "Meetjesland" environment - canals Vinderhoute - Valley of "Oude Kale" Vinderhoute - Oude Kalevallei Cycling to Ghent... You will be treated with wonderful views! Winter view - Zomergem environment Bruges - Unesco World Heritage Brugge - Unesco World Heritage Belgian coast: dunes and lot's of sand, when you look past the high buildings "Vlaamse Polders" - the typical landscape in Flanders Ypres and the memorials of the 1st world war Brussel... known for its cultural richness and beauty. Blaarmeersen Gent - ideal for swimming and relaxing - with a special lake for toddlers Castle in Lovendegem - one of the many (!!) castles in Flanders Vosselare Put - Deinze - ideal for swimming outdoors! Antwerpen - Harbour House
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Sunny family home in charming Zomergem, nearby Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp and the North Sea Coast.

We will move to Zambia for the next coming period, from mid 2019 onwards. Our house will be available for rent from starting from July 2019. If you are interested, please take contact.
The moment we move back to Belgium and in our house, we shall certainly continue our home exchange adventures.

WELCOME TO ZOMERGEM!

Make yourself comfortable in our home, garden and neighbourhood, and go and have cultural, sportive, gastronomic and nature experiences within short distance!

ZOMERGEM is a cosy village with all facilities you need. We live in a low traffic, childfriendly residential area, in a cul de sac street. Children can easily play on the streets, there is a football field and a nice playground where children and youngsters of the neighbourhood gather and play. There is a basketball goal on the streets, if you want to throw a ball.

Our HOUSE is built in 2012. It is bright and contains large open spaces, and is very suitable for large families with children.

On the GROUNDFLOOR there is the garage (with bikes all sizes), toilet, bureau, living room with piano & guitar, a reading area and open kitchen with dining table. 
On the FIRST FLOOR is the main bath room (with shower, bath, toilet), the master bed room (with double bed) and two children's rooms (Elias' room with highsleeper and Bastijn's room with a double bed), the shower room (with shower, two washing machines and a tumble drier) and a dressing room where you can store your own clothes.
On the SECOND FLOOR there are two children's rooms (Jasper's room with bunk bed, Ambroos' room a high sleeper), a Lego room (which can easily be transformed in a guest room),a toilet, and an open play area for the children (where there is a spare bunk bed, a drum, and so many toys). We've got extra matresses, beds and blankets if more people would need a place to sleep.

The back GARDEN is about 160 m2 and south orientated. It is very quiet, you can easily relax here and enjoy bird songs while looking at the sheep and chicken and donkeys behind the backyard. The yard next to our house (about 360m2) belongs to our neighbours, but we can use it as our own. We store our many bikes, steps, skeelers, skateboards and other outdoor toys in a garden house.

For long distance travelling, CAR exchange can be practical. We drive a VW Transporter (long version); this is a 8-seater. We need a car with 6 seats if we travel with our family. We do not mind driving long distances, though.
 

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 4 Children
  • 19 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Pedagogical Consultant in Communal Child Care Services of the City of Ghent
  • Educator in a nursing home for disabled adults

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 3
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 10
  • Living Area: 250 m2
  • Total Area: 280 m2

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Renting possible

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Baby equipment
  • Toys and games
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Other musical instruments

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Park / playground
  • Garage
  • Bicycles: 9

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Car necessary

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenië
  • Spain
  • England, UK
  • Norway
  • Hungary
  • Finland
  • Africa
  • Portugal
  • Iceland
  • Morocco

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Dutch

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Brussels Airport Zaventem - 85km

Zomergem is situated between Ghent and Bruges, in the province of East Flanders, in the touristic area known as "Meetjesland".
http://www.visitflanders.us/index.jsp 
http://www.toerismemeetjesland.be/ml/

Zomergem is a cosy and charming village, yet all facilities are here: there are several supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, a public swimming pool, tennis courts, etc. The surroundings are known for cycling, mountainbiking and walking. There are several rivers, streams and forests nearby. Zomergem is very nearby big autoroutes to Antwerp (45 min.), to Brussels (45 min.) and to the North sea (45 min.). Since Belgium is a very small country, even the borders of France and the Netherlands are not that far away.

Ghent is only 15 kilometers away. Ghent is known to be the third most authentic city of the world, by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Each year in July, there is a 10 days during festival in the whole city, offering all kinds of cultural activities for children, youngsters and adults. The Festival will take place from 16 to 25th of July in 2016.
http://www.visitgent.behttp://www.gentsefeesten.be 

Bruges is known for its medieval city centre, being the "Venice of the North". The whole city is protected as World Unesco Heritage. The city offers many historical attractions but also many activies for both young and old, during all seasons. 
http://www.brugge.be/internet/en/toerisme/index.htm & http://www.klinkers-brugge.be & http://www.cactusfestival.be & http://www.boudewijnseapark.be 
 
Antwerp is not that far neither. A wonderful city for a stroll, lots of musea to visit, the Schelde-river passing through which makes Antwerp a very big harbour... Look for activities on this site: http://www.visitantwerpen.be/

To convince you even more, we refer to Lonely Planet: "Top 10 reasons Belgium isn't boring": http://www.lonelyplanet.com/belgium/travel-tips-and-articles/top-10-reasons-belgium-isnt-boring?fb_action_ids=10201679491162788&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210201679491162788%22%3A167342103467116%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210201679491162788%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

And, last but not least: 13 foods that'll make you want to visit Belgium ;) : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21/belgian-cuisine-food_n_4617498.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

Occupation

  • Pedagogical Consultant in Communal Child Care Services of the City of Ghent
  • Educator in a nursing home for disabled adults

Children

  • Boy - Age: 11
  • Boy - Age: 10
  • Boy - Age: 8
  • Boy - Age: 5

Pets

  • We do not have any pets. Our backyard's fence encounters a sheep field, though. We can feed the sheep and chicken if we want, and children love to do this! There are many farmers in the neighbourhood, so within a short distance walking, you can find sheep, horses, donkeys, cows, ...

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