The Bunkers

Knokke, Belgium
A Converted 18th-Century Fort Surrounded by Reimagined Bunkers

Its history as a bulwark during the world wars has long ago fallen silent, with the polders stretching peacefully and undisturbed out to sea. Now, this stretch of land and historic forts sits within a protected bird sanctuary, with what's left of its bunkers happily and warmly repurposed as farm dwellings, and the land surrounding it returned to one of the country's most celebrated seaside destinations. Detached from, yet quietly integrated within its bucolic surroundings, this holiday home in Belgium is a pristine statement of luxurious and considered style.

After growing up directly adjacent to the property, inspiration struck when it became available for sale, and the current owners snapped it up. Abandoned and in disrepair, the 18th-century fort has been transformed by Bruges based architects Govaert & Vanhoutte with interiors by Kristof Goossens. What had once been a jail and watchhouse, became a barn and a farmhouse, and now a modern, state-of-the-art holiday compound. 

The strong, spare design of stone, concrete and wood are sleek and polished, while still referring back to the area's rural past. With lofty, gabled interiors, saturated black washes and muted hues, the building's transformations are the epitome of sleek, Scandinavian style that offset the drama of the landscapes.

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The vast, flat stretches of polder at the border of Belgium and Holland have seen tumultuous events of history go silent, giving way to a peaceful and rural retreat along the north-east coastline. The remains of two farm buildings and fortified bunkers have been brought back to life by neighboring residents Margaux and Axel.

Repurposed by architects Govaert & Vanhoutte, they stand encircling the property as they have since the wars, and now happily house livestock and chickens that provide the property with a steady flow of farm products.

Dynamic style, understated luxuries and state of the art design offer up a reimagining of the property, returning it to a peaceful and natural habitat. With over-sized wooden screens that move across the facades to conceal or reveal the large floor-to-ceiling windows, the interiors are yours to play with, offering unparalleled views of the countryside.

Combining rustic masonry and concrete, banks of glass, and industrial elements, the home's focal point starts at the sleek kitchen, saturated in black steel designed by Vipp with a dining area and an expansive living room with a fireplace that heads out to a large heated terrace.

Five en-suite bedrooms are on the upper floor with room for ten guests. Designed for family-friendly getaways, the property features extensive gardens with dining areas as well as spa-like fitness areas and an amazing sunken indoor pool. 

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Owners are available to assist with area touring information. Wifi throughout, Satellite cable TV, SONOS Sound system, infrared sauna, gym/fitness room and equipment, laundry facilities, kitchen and bath amenities, private car park with charging station for electric cars.

 

AROUND

Located on the border with Holland, the Belgian seaside town of Knokke-le-Zoute has for decades been a laid back (and somewhat secretive) northern hideaway for the elite. The area's historic significance during the wars hasn't detracted from its restorative natural beauty and quiet charms. 

Impacted by both WWI and II, the region has returned to its peaceful roots as an ideal area of coastal habitats and towns including the Zwin nature preserve with its salt marshes and mudflats, and tranquil little towns like Sluis and Damme.

Very private but within easy access of culinary hotspots and shopping  as well as the For Freedom Museum which illuminates the area’s history during the wars with dioramas and displays of original uniforms and vehicles from the era.

The region is an hour from Antwerp and Ghent and ninety minutes from Brussels.

 

LOCATION 

Knokke-Heist, Belgium. Nearest Airport: Antwerp Airport (95km), Oostend Airport (55km), Brussels Airport (120km)

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall for the best weather

 
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Knokke, Belgium
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The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
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The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
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The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
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The Bunkers
Knokke, Belgium
An Enchanting Location Transformed by Time and History

Detached from, yet quietly integrated within its bucolic surroundings, this holiday home in Belgium is a pristine statement of luxurious and considered style.

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Overview Fully Equipped
Kitchen Fully equipped
Pool Yes
Internet Wifi throughout
Bedrooms 5
Bed Type Doubles
Kitchen Fully equipped
Bathrooms 5
Accommodates 10
Kid-Friendly
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 7 nights
Check-In 2:30 PM
Check-Out 11:00 AM
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit €500
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
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