de Kortweunste

Holiday home       8 people
located at an idyllic spot in the center of the rural town Merkem.

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“Kortweunste” is a typical Flemish word that originated in the 17th century.

It means a small rural house or farm (= 'weunste') with limited surface (= 'kort wonen'), formerly inhabited by agricultural helpers (= 'cossaeten').

The apartment was originally a small farm, located on an idyllic spot in the Centre of the rural municipality Merkem. From the House you have a magnificent view of the castle of Baroness 'de Coninck de Merckem '. An overview on the lands (= 'broeken') with accompanying trail offer a haven of peace. The local shops are in the immediate vicinity (100 à 200 m).

After a thorough renovation with mostly natural materials, we can offer a stay with a rural feel and an updated Interior.

Accommodation and attention points

Ground floor

  • Living room with integrated kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, combi-oven and hob. Dinner set and cooking material is available
  • Cool storageroom with second fridge, freezer and storage possibility
  • Dining and lounge area with TV, HIFI and WIFI
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, bath, 2 sinks and washing machine
  • Separate toilet
  • Multi-purpose room
  • Baby chair available

Upper floor

  • Bedroom 1: (‘voute’): 1 bed 1.40 m (1 person)
  • Bedroom 2: 1 bed 1.40 m (2 persons)
  • Bedroom 3: 2 beds of 90 cm (2 persons)
  • Bedroom 4: 1 bed of 90 cm (1 person)
  • Bedroom 5: 2 beds of 90 cm (2 persons)
  • Bathroom with shower, toilet, 2 washbasins
  • Children’s Room


  • Covered terrace with dining table and spacious seating area
  • Big lawn with terace and picknicktable
  • Big parking space within the entire fence
  • Barn with pingpongtable, table socker and basketball hoop
  • Bicycle storage

Things to consider

  • No smoking within the home
  • Pets not allowed
  • Cleaning: broom cleaning, waste bags available
  • 1 hairdryer per bathroom
  • Parties are not allowed
  • Electricity, water and gas: included
  • Endcleaning: included

Environment and history

Slag Merkem

The battle of Merkem

The Battle of Merkem was a battle of the First World War, fought near the Belgian village of Merkem. The battle was delivered by Belgian and German troops on April 17, 1918, after four years of war. The reason for the battle was a German attempt to recapture the village on the Belgians, who, however, managed to repel the attack. Although the conditions at the end of the day were unchanged from therefor, success in Merkem was an important moral victory for the Belgian troops.


The three canal walking route

Starting point: Castle of Merkem (Houthulst)
Distance: 6,5 km

The Yser front during WWI was situated mostly in the countryside around Diksmuide and its surroundings. The Three Canal Walking tour explores the historic landscape of the borough Merkem, south of Dixmude. The walk starts at the castle of Merkem, then the tour continues to the ‘broeken’ and flat meadows with magnificent views. You’ll step along low-traffic roads aside the Ypres-Yser canal. Through the towpath you can visit the Iseraboot and the historic site of “The Three Canals’. The tour continues past the Martjevaart. Nice to know: The Iseraboot a barge from the twenties. It serves as an educational visitor center. Read more...


De “Blankaart”

A jewel in the Yser valley

Along the right bank of the Yser, between Oost-Vleteren and Diksmuide are the 'ijzerbroeken'. These are low-lying, marshy meadows and hay fields that form the winterbed of the Yser. During abundant rainfall and winter months, parts of the 'broeken' are quite regularly flooded.

Central and at the lowest point of the 'broeken' is "De Blankaart", a bird and plant paradise. De Blankaart is a nature reserve with an international reputation. Read more...

 De Boot

De “Boot”

“De Boot” is a non-profit organization and offers guided tours in the broadest sense of the word and (playful) packagesaround ecotourism. We are doing that in Nl/Fr/Eng/Spanish. We live in the Westhoek, located in the West of Belgium at a stone’s throw from both the French border as of the North Sea. You can sail with us and lodge, or the boats can be hired for meetings, receptions and team building or you come to us just to take a break.
In terms of content, the themes are fauna and flora, World War I and ecology.
We visit the flat polders, the liable trousers, a low–energy House and an old windmill.
We are specialized in looking after small groups (schools, families, companies, friends).
During the summer we live of cycling and hiking tourism and our bar is open daily. You can bring your own picnic or taste our exclusive House TISNATINDEBROEKEN beer.
“De Boot” also offers schools and/or associations, information sessions about ecology. Visit their website.



  Low season
from 1 October till 30 April*
High season
from 1 May till 30 September
from Friday 4 PM tot Sunday 6 PM
€ 600 € 700
Long weekend
from Friday 4 PM till Monday 10 AM
€ 700 € 800
from Monday 4 PM till Friday 10 AM
€ 600 € 700
from Friday 4 PM till Friday 10 AM
€ 900 € 1000
* excludes school- and public holidays in Belgium


  • 250 EUR
  • In case there is no damage and the house is left in a decent state, the warranty will be transferred back within a week of your stay


  • Your reservation is only valid after paying 50% of the rent
  • The remaining 50% and full warranty has to be paid 10 days before arrival

Contact and reservation


Jos and Nelly
 +32 471 48 29 94
Please contact us after 7 PM
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