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Leuven, Belgium

Market place Leuven - walking distance from our house

Market place Leuven - walking distance from our house

medieval market 15min walk from our house

medieval market 15min walk from our house

Unesco World Heritage large beguinage 20 min walk

Unesco World Heritage large beguinage 20 min walk

small Beguinage - Leuven 20 min walk

small Beguinage - Leuven 20 min walk

we have plenty of great coffee bars!

we have plenty of great coffee bars!

we have plenty of affordable high quality restaurants and bistro's!

we have plenty of affordable high quality restaurants and bistro's!

Leuven has a solar-train!

Leuven has a solar-train!

open air swimming pool at walking distance

open air swimming pool at walking distance

botanical garden of Leuven (oldest in Belgium - 1738)

botanical garden of Leuven (oldest in Belgium - 1738)

Provinciaal domain - 20 min walk - free entrance

Provinciaal domain - 20 min walk - free entrance

for hikers: Doode Bemde Nature Preserve (20min by car)

for hikers: Doode Bemde Nature Preserve (20min by car)

Planckendael park - great day out for children and parents! 25 min by car or bus

Planckendael park - great day out for children and parents! 25 min by car or bus

Open air heritage museum Bokrijk

Open air heritage museum Bokrijk

atomium Brussels (20min direct train)

atomium Brussels (20min direct train)

Train World Brussels

Train World Brussels

Gent - 45 min by train

Gent - 45 min by train

Antwerp (50 min direct train)

Antwerp (50 min direct train)

comic station Antwerp -our kids love it!

comic station Antwerp -our kids love it!

comic station: adventure parc at Antwerp station - only 45min direct train

comic station: adventure parc at Antwerp station - only 45min direct train

Bruges 1h25 direct train

Bruges 1h25 direct train

Bruges 1h25 direct train

Bruges 1h25 direct train

Walibi amusement parc (25 min by car or direct train)

Walibi amusement parc (25 min by car or direct train)

aqualibi - large tropical swimmingparadise (direct train 25min)

aqualibi - large tropical swimmingparadise (direct train 25min)

Belgian coast: 2h direct train

Belgian coast: 2h direct train

we have plenty of castles!

we have plenty of castles!

Market place Leuven - walking distance from our house medieval market 15min walk from our house Unesco World Heritage large beguinage 20 min walk small Beguinage - Leuven 20 min walk we have plenty of great coffee bars! we have plenty of affordable high quality restaurants and bistro's! Leuven has a solar-train! open air swimming pool at walking distance botanical garden of Leuven (oldest in Belgium - 1738) Provinciaal domain - 20 min walk - free entrance for hikers: Doode Bemde Nature Preserve (20min by car) Planckendael park - great day out for children and parents! 25 min by car or bus Open air heritage museum Bokrijk atomium Brussels (20min direct train) Train World Brussels Gent - 45 min by train Antwerp (50 min direct train) comic station Antwerp -our kids love it! comic station: adventure parc at Antwerp station - only 45min direct train  Bruges 1h25 direct train Bruges 1h25 direct train Walibi amusement parc (25 min by car or direct train) aqualibi - large tropical swimmingparadise (direct train 25min) Belgian coast: 2h direct train we have plenty of castles!
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2015

Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
December 26, 2019 - August 31, 2020 2 weeks

Settled Summer (thank you Freiburger family!) ** Open for winter, Easter & summer 2020! ** We would love to visit a Nordic country, Germany, Switzerland and Austria ;-)

December 27, 2019 - January 04, 2020 7 days

In search for Rome...

Medieval city and gastronomical hotspot! Plus easy access to Bruges, Brussels, and even Paris!

Watch Leuven in Motion - 15 000 pictures in a 2.5min hyperfilm! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1ntHlUgaoc

Svenska vänner: SN Brussels Airlines har billiga priser från Stockholm Bromma/Göteborg till Bryssel!

Enjoy medieval architecture at your doorstep and have easy access to other great cities like Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels! Or make easy daytrips to Amsterdam or Paris!

About our house

° situated within a 15 min walk of the historical center of Leuven (http://www.visitleuven.be/en)
° in a vibrant upcoming area with great initiatives: 'Hal5' with local/organic/sustainable projects like organic streetfood, coffee microroastery and bar, play parcours for children, ... https://www.leuven.be/hal5 : 2 min walk from our house!
° do you love local and sustainable food? Want to prepare a tasteful meal with Belgian groceries? Explore the foodhub http://www.thefoodhub.be/ (2 min walk from our house)

° an open plan living area and a fully equipped kitchen (the professional baking equipment, however, is preserved for Stefaan's baking micro-company and cannot be used...)
° four bedrooms (one kingsize bed, three single beds) + office space
° a new small bathroom with shower, sink & toilet + separate toilet with sink
° a terrace and a city garden (with a trampoline, some fruit trees, our bantams and 6 rabbits) which opens to a playground
We do not have cable television but we do have wifi, a dvd player with dvd's, and board games and toys!

° smoke - shoe - pet free!

We are sorry but the house is not suitable for babies or toddlers... .
We have had great exchanges with couples and families!

About Leuven

° An ancient old university city, Unesco World Heritage (beguinages), gothic townhall , cobble stoned markets, silent abbeys, medieval heritage, 13th century botanical garden, ... - all within walking distance.
° But also a vibrant young city with great new initiatives in podium arts (http://www.hetdepot.be/), city architecture (https://www.leuven.be/vaartkom), coffee culture (https://mokcoffee.be/), micro beer breweries, free cultural or food events (http://www.visitleuven.be/en/events), ...
° Three weekly markets, and tons of very affordable restaurants (we leave our favourites!).
° Adventure parc (free entrance), in-door playgarden, and swimming paradise. http://www.vlaamsbrabant.be/vrije-tijd-cultuur/provinciedomeinen/kessello/attracties-en-recreatiemogelijkheden/index.jsp

About the surroundings

° Leuven is ideally situated if you want to explore other medieval gems like Antwerp (1h - http://www.visitantwerpen.be/en), Brussels (20 min), Bruges (1h25 - https://www.visitbruges.be/) or even Paris (1h45). The train is a 10 min walk from our house and brings you very convenient to every city in Belgium. No car needed! Children (<12) travel for free on train within Belgium.
° The animal and adventure parc Planckendael, The Antwerp Zoo (http://www.zooantwerpen.be/en), Natural History Museum, caves in the Ardennes, Chocolade Museum, Comic station (https://www.comicsstation.be/), Fries Museum, Train World, beautiful Bokrijk (http://www.bokrijk.be/en), ...

About us

° We are a family who love hiking, good food, sustainable living, coffee bars, reading, playing cello, violin and sax, gardening. We lived abroad (Canada & Sweden), currently enjoy all the pleasures of Leuven, but also like exploring new places.
° We offer you a tidy, clean and welcoming place, a well maintained house, a fridge with local goodies and a large box with information.
° Preference for cleanliness and a considerate way in treating belongings. We will take very good care for your house and are in search for swappers with the same mindset :-). We find this very important!
° Due to allergy: no dogs or heavy carpets.
° 5 bantams and 5 rabbits hope to be feeded and the bantams will give you delicious eggs in return ;-). If this is problematic, let us know so that we can provide a solution.
° From May until December: weekly fresh ecological vegetable package for 5 persons delivered in our street (we have a prepaid membership and you can use it for free if you want to).

Swap history (Intervac + Homelink)

2012: Waspik (NL)
2013: Vancouver Island (CA), Versailles (FR)
2014: Paris (FR), Dresden (DE)
2016: Boncelles (BE), Helsinki (FI), Freudenstadt (DE), Altensteig (DE), Mariestad (SE)
2017: Bruges (BE), Tecklenburg (DE), Hasselt (BE), Kristinehamn (SE), Berlin (DE), Stockholm (SE)
2018: Paris (FR)

Welcome to Leuven!

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 3 Children
  • 12 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • university professor (psychology)
  • engineer - math teacher

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In the city
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 5
  • Living Area: 140 m2

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Central heating
  • Toys and games
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Guitar

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Park / playground

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Pet care wanted

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Sweden
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • Finland
  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • Iceland

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Dutch

Occupation

  • university professor (psychology)
  • engineer - math teacher

Children

  • Girl - Age: 14
  • Boy - Age: 11
  • Girl - Age: 9

Pets

  • 5 rabbits (Lilli, Elsa, Blanca, Bollie & Bobo) in the garden

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