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.
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.
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.
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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