Our story

Our story

De Wandelaar (Flemish for 'The Hiker') is a bucolic Bed & Breakfast. Bucolic, since our comfortable rooms with breakfast are idyllic in the true sense of the word. 
 
De Wandelaar is situated along a small pebbly road, down by the slopes of the West-Flemish Hills and far away from everything that smells like urban stress.
 
We would like to introduce you to all the good things that life on the countryside has to offer: refreshing nature, heartwarming cosiness and unbounded hospitality.
 
Come and discover it, let yourself be treated and take a break to realize that this is a perfect spot to have a break...
 
            History
 
Back in 1977, we moved from the vast African plains that had been our home for a few years – and where we had learned what pure nature and absolute silence really are – to the charming Heuvelland in the most western part of Flanders.
 
One year later, we started renovating our dream: a farmhouse that until that time was known as 'Boertje Haeghe', named after the farmer who had lived and worked there all his life. The renovation, which we mostly carried out ourselves, turned out to be a long-term process and would not have been possible without the help of friends and family. Fifteen years later, we were very proud with the result, and the time was ripe for new plans. The old cow barn was gradually transformed: where 'Boertje Haeghe' was once milking cows, guests can now enjoy a rich and savoury breakfast, have a refreshing shower, and stretch their legs after an enjoyable and rewarding walk or cycling tour.
 
            Vision
 
De Wandelaar gives you the opportunity to stand still, look around and appreciate. We invite you to leave your daily worries behind for a while and to do nothing but relax. Above all, we want to treat your body and mind. Respect for man and environment is our guiding principle. All our meals are therefore prepared using certified organic products, and with love and patience.
 
Moreover, we want to offer a resting place to people who prefer to explore and admire this beautiful region the soft way: by bike or on foot.