Luxurious Design Rewards The Senses In A Converted 18th Century Bunker

The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium
The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • Houses
  • 5 BR
  • Sleeps 10
  • from € 3500 wk
An Enchanting Location Transformed By Time And History

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 it’s 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.

Description

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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  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings
  • The Bunkers, Knokke, Belgium | holiday lettings

The Bunkers

from 3500/ wk
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms5 En suite bedrooms
Bed TypeDoubles
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms5 Bathrooms
Accommodate10 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Pet friendlyNo
RatesRates start at €3500 per week. See rates table
Minimum Stay1 Week
ViewCountryside views
Notes

50% deposit of total is required to secure reservation with remaining balance due no later than 1 week before arrival.

€500 Security deposit required

Check in: 2:30pm

Check out: 11am

Guests are entitled to rescind reservation without charge only if  agreed with owners in writing. Otherwise, owners are entitled in the event of a cancellation to charge the agreed price of the room.

In the event of cancellation up to 2 months before arrival, the deposit will be refunded. 

In the event of cancellation up to 1 month before arrival, the advance payment will be a cancellation cost withheld. 

In the event of cancellation within the month before arrival, the total amount of the reservation will be due. 

Rate Table

Seasonal Dates Weekly Rates
January & February €3500
April - June & September  €4000
Easter & Christmas Holidays €4500
July & August 15 - 31  €5000
August 1 - 15 €6000
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