“Une très agréable découverte de Bruxelles sous le soleil de mai. La gentillesse et la chaleur de l'accueil de la population n'est pas une légende et Raymonde en est un parfait exemple. Nous avons eu le plaisir de nous rencontrer et d'échanger plusieurs fois et et c'est une expérience que l'on a envie de poursuivre. Son loft est magnifique; son espace est un vrai dépaysement par son contraste avec ma petite maison biscornue de Montpellier. C'était bien d'être ailleurs et comme chez soi.”
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“L'appartement est situé au centre de Bruxelles, cela est idéal pour visiter la ville. L'appartement est vaste et agréable. ”
“We had a wonderful visit to Brussels. We stayed two weeks, and used it as a base to explore Belgium. Their apartment is located perfectly for getting the trains to all parts of Belgium. We visited Brugges, Antwarpen, Gent, and several other areas. Train travel is very inexpensive in Belgium. The city is full of great markets and is a shoppers dream. The palaces are amazing. We felt very safe in Brussels, the army are actively protecting the city - so no worries there. We wouldn't hesitate to go back again - it was a wonderful experience. Raymonde and Eric are lovely people, they prepared us an amazing traditional Belgium meal for when we arrived. They communicate well, with easy discussion. The apartment was lovely and clean, with a nice comfy bed.. Nice modern fittings, with view of the trains, adds a great dimension. Eric and Raymonde stayed in our house, and looked after the house beautifully. We highly recommend them to anyone considering house exchanging with them. Jane and Malcolm”
“We had a wonderful stay in Europe\'s capital at the loft of Ray &Eric. The city has many things to do and to see ,that every day was different than the other. Magnifisant center ,nice parks, interesting museums ,impressing buildings ( old and modern) ,many events...And what a nice feeling ,when returning back ,tired of a great day, and finding a sweat ,charming ,quite,large, and modern place to rest. The apartment is idealy located ,near everything that you can visit them by walking. We only one time took the pablic transportation to go to Atomium park.Raymonde and Eric were so helpful and kind and gave us many suggestions for differant visits than what the usual turist guides gives.We will never forget our week in Brussels and especialy the dinner with this lovely couple. We strongly recomment this nice house for a great stay at Europe\'s Capitol”
“La CASA de Raymonde no es una casa, es el sueño que cualquier persona puede tener al desear una casa. Empezando por los anfitriones decir que son unas personas adorables y muy detallosas con sus huéspedes, Eric tuvo la amabilidad de esperarnos en la estación de tren para llevarnos a la casa y explicarnos todo lo que necesitábamos saber. La ubicación es perfecta, situada en un barrio multicultural se tarda 10 minutos de relajado paseo a la Grande Place, centro neurálgico de Bruselas. En cuanto a la vivienda poco más se puede decir tras ver las fotos, IMPRESIONANTE, la casa es un moderno loft, todo diáfano, sin paredes y con un sistema de puertas que hace que aparezcan y desaparezcan las habitaciones, una cocina en la que da gusto cocinar completamente conectado con el resto de la vivienda y un gran ventanal que permite ver el paso de los trenes sin molestar nada el ruido pues está perfectamente aislada acústicamente. Raymonde y Eric tuvieron la amabilidad y generosidad de dejarnos en la nevera muchos alimentos como deliciosos quesos, jamon, leche etc. Somos intercambiadores experimentados habiendo realizado unos quince intercambios ,todos absolutamente satisfactorios pero como la casa de Raymonde no hemos hecho ninguno tan bueno, ha sido el mejor intercambio de nuestra larga experiencia. Ellos vendrán en invierno a nuestra casa y la verdad es que ante tan imponente vivienda y calido recibimiento estamos preocupados por poder estar a la altura, aunque lo intentaremos . ”
“It was very much a pleasure to stay in your house. We loved the architectural design as well as all the details. Maybe a little too perfect for us: it made us feel ashamed for our house.... We only had some problem on entering, because the key fitted on the front door, which leaded to another elevator and it took a while before we found out where the right door was situated. We were happy with all the documentation, giving advices where to eat, buy, and also of walking possibilities (we made a long walk in the forests south of Brussels, of which we read in one of the guidebooks). We certainly recommend others!”
“We had the pleasure of staying in Raymonde and Eric's wonderful loft in Bruxelles for three weeks and found it to be an excellent base to visit all of the attractions Bruxelles has to offer. Classic architecture, wonderful food, interesting history, and a host of nearby attractions easily accessible by local train or organised tour. Both Raymonde and Eric were very welcoming and the apartment (the loft) is a beautifully presented renovation of an older semi-industrial style site that exudes taste and style. Location is great and all your needs are met within an easy walk. Organic market, fish shop, restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets, etc. The attention to detail evident in their house manual was a great help with many tips to help the tourist find both necessities and items of interest. They were easily accessible to answer questions of detail and made our stay very enjoyable. Thank you Raymonde and Eric and warmest regards Chris and Barbara ”
“We were very warmly welcomed to Brussels in June 2019. Eric met us at the railway and Raymonde prepared a lovely meal. They provided us with lots of excellent tips about the city which we then found easy to discover and enjoy, particularly the Sablon area. Their apartment was great. The multicultural character of the immediate surroundings was worth appreciating. The apartment was close to the metro and to inter urban trains. So we were happy to be easily able to visit other parts of Belgium. Many thanks, Raymonde and Eric, from John and Jennifer.”
“Eric and Raymond were exceptional hosts. They had detailed information about their loft and every item in it as well as recommendations on sites to see and events to attend. They also emailed us often to answer our questions and to let us know how it was going for them. We found this ongoing communication very valuable. ”
“Nous avons découvert un appartement très ouvert, très spacieux où le rapport à l'espace est fort agréable. Cet appartement joint la commodité à l'agrément d'autant qu'il est fort bien situé tant près de la Gran Place que de la gare du midi d'où on peut prendre toutes les directions des villes à visiter. La Belgique est le pays des trains et l'appartement de Raymonde en est un beau symbole. Et ces trains qui passent devant la belle baie vitrée aussi large que la pièce, ne livre que leur image car l'appartement est fort bien isolé phoniquement...il se dégage de ce passage un je ne sais quoi de mystérieux, de temps suspendu...surtout le soir quand les lumières nous donnent l'impression de vivre dans un film. Ce que Raymonde en dit dans son annonce en est tout à fait exact. Nous avons été bien accueillis par Sarah qui prend le temps de tout expliquer et de faciliter le début du séjour. Tout un chacun peut être sûr en résidant chez Raymonde de réaliser un beau séjour à Bruxelles. ”
“Magnífico loft en pleno centro de Bruselas. Perfecta acogida y limpieza. Excelente experiencia. ”
“Thank you Raymonde and Eric for sharing your stylish and so conveniently located home in Bruxelles. Not only was I met at the railway station but there was a delicious meal prepared on my arrival at the house. I was given much insiders information about places to visit and where to source the wonderful food, which made my stay memorable and enjoyable. It was one of the best exchanges, everything just perfect. Thank you. Elfi”
“We have spent Easter week at Raymonde and Eric\'s apartment. The apartament is amazing! It is very comfortable, stylish, cosy and quite practical. But the best thing is that it is located at 5 minutes from the city center whatever be the street you take. Besides, it is next to the train station where you can get any train to visit some of the most wonderful cities around Brussels such as Anvers, Brugges and Gent. And what to say about Brussels? : Awesome. What a beautiful city to live in! How many things to see and discover! Raymonde and Eric are a wonderful couple. Although, we haven\'t met their welcoming was extraordinary and thanks to their advices we could know some local places of the gorgeous city of Brussels that otherwise it\'s quite difficult to discover by yourself. The exchange has been a success. We have learnt a lot. Thanks Raymonde and Eric! Our best and most profound wishes Joan&Mireia”
“J\'ai passé en solo finalement treize jours magnifiques chez Raymonde et Eric, fort sympathiques. J\'ai pu me nourrir d\'Art (les musées royaux des beaux Arts splendides, le musée Magritte et le musée des instruments passionnants),visiter le musée de la ville et ses maquettes remarquables, le musée des sciences, le palais royal... Enfin vivre comme une reine dans leur très beau loft contemporain et design au c½ur de la cité vivante toujours accessible à pieds même pour le parc du cinquantenaire! Arpenter les rues typiques, profiter des festivals de musique et de la richesse des différents quartiers avec bonheur, découvrir un autre monde pourtant si près de Paris! Merci à eux pour le soin porté à la maison de la fée des bois, à son chat et à l’arrosage de son jardin. Surtout n\'hésitez pas, je suis fière d\'être leur premier contact et leur souhaite de multiples et passionnants échanges!”
“We spent the last week in the newly renovated loft apartment, which turned out to be a great success. We met up with our hosts who were first timers but none-the-less had prepared everything for us with immaculate eye to detail. We felt welcome from the start and could enjoy the homemade soup and some local Belgian beer for lunch! The loft is luxuriously decorated with a top notch bathroom and kitchen. The area is very cosmopolitan with many shops and restaurants right outside the front door. We enjoyed being able to walk into Grand Place or the Sablon in just 10-15 minutes. We made use of the suggestions made to us by our hosts. Within walking distance from Gare MIdi it is easier to come by train than by car as traffic is challenging. Parking was a bit difficult however we didn\'t need the car really: so take the train! We had really good contact before and during the swap so all in all highly recommendable and a pair of sympathetic hosts we would be happy to exchange with some other time.”
“I\'ve recently completed a month\'s stay in Raymonde and Eric\'s apartment in Brussels. In every way, this was an ideal home exchange that I would unhesitatingly recommend to others. The apartment is large, modern, tastefully furnished, extremely well equipped with everything I could have wished for, secure, and, above all, comfortable. It is also very well located with almost everything one would have wished to visit within walking distance. As well as having many attractions as a European city - architecture, museums, interesting shops, great and varied food - Brussels is also an extremely convenient and relatively cheap base from which to visit other places within Belgium and also neighbouring countries. I easily visited Bruges, Antwerp and Maastricht, as well as travelling to contact old friends in Amsterdam and Cologne. None of these trips took more than two hours travel. Raymonde and Eric proved to be excellent house exchangers. They left copious and very useful information on many aspects of the apartment, on where to shop and buy food, on where to eat and drink, and on attractions of the city and beyond. They were also very helpful in providing advice for a minor health emergency. Raymonde had even left delicious meals in the freezer that were much appreciated on evenings when I returned home tired and cold. I enjoyed meeting them and would like to keep in contact. All in all, an ideal home exchange.”
Where is it?
Our loft is at just 10 minutes’ walk from the Midi Railway Station (Brussels main train station), right in the heart of Brussels. This allows to reach by foot all places of interest, like the Big Square (Grand Place) and its surroundings (10 minutes), the Royal Palace and a variety of Museums (15 minutes), the Grand Sablon Square for the antique dealers (15 minutes), St Catherine Square for good restaurants and fashion shops (15 minutes) … You also benefit from easy and close access to public transports facilities: tramway's, metros and trains. As for the Avenue where we live (Avenue de Stalingrad) it is at the same time classic and rich in colour, and leads into a nice square with friendly café terraces (250 meters from the loft). All food purchases can be done nearby (excellent fish shop, groceries, a covered market specialized in organic food …)
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