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Isolated holiday cottages in Belgium for your summer break

Your perfect guide to some of the best holiday cottages to rent in Belgium, away from the crowds.

Belgium is a beautiful country to escape to on holiday. And if you’re looking to avoid busier towns and cities, here you will find plenty of places to avoid crowds and soak up some well-deserved peace and tranquillity. What’s more you’ll have your very own cottage to return to after an adventure, or cosy up in to spend time relaxing.

A row of bicycles lined up along the seafront with a sandy beach and blue water in the distance a Belgian flag flying above

Holiday cottages on the Belgian coast

There’s something incredibly rejuvenating about a seaside break. The Belgian coast is a particular treat for beach-lovers, with sandy stretches, fresh seafood, and cultural hotspots revealing history and local art.

Villa Fluisterbos, Ostend

WiFi, parking, and close to local cafes, this spacious villa is the perfect place to explore Ostend, a seaside town and harbour known as Belgium’s ‘queen’ of seaside resorts. Rent a bicycle close-by to the villa to explore the area, then return to enjoy a drink on your very own balcony.

Villa Emilia, De Haan

Villa Emilia is just 300 yards from the beach. The perfect location for those wishing to visit Ostend, Knokke-Heist, and Bruges, you’re also treated to plenty of amenities in your home away from home, including a coffee machine and private bathroom in each bedroom.

grassy sand dunes under a blue and white sky as the sun sets on the beach

The White Villa, Knokke-Heist

This charming cottage comes with a garden to enjoy, as well as a close-by beach. Bicycle hire is nearby to help you reach the coast and nearby villages, plus you can bring your pet to stay with you. What’s more, Knokke-Heist beach is one of Europe’s best quiet and secluded beaches.

‘T Alternatief, Blankenberge

Blankenberge boasts a pretty 350-metre-long art deco pier as part of its rather lovely beach and seaside town. A stay at ‘T Alternatief puts you less than a mile away, with plenty of space in your villa, including a garden and private parking.

a golden sunrise over a green valley filled with trees with a road winding through it and hills in the distance

Cottages in the Ardennes region of Belgium

The Ardennes, which stretches to the south and east of Wallonia, is a real paradise for nature lovers. Visit châteaux, memorials from both World Wars, and enjoy local cuisine including world-famous Ardennes smoked ham and pâté. Of course you can also enjoy the many hiking and biking routes available.

Chalet Griad, Durbuy

Chalet Griad is perfect for getting away and having your own space to enjoy thanks to a tennis court, barbecue, and garden all for you its guests’ private use. Hiking and cycling routes are nearby, plus the city of Durbuy itself is beautiful, with cobbled streets and clifftop views over the Ourthe River.

Gite de Corbion loft2, Ciney

Staying here puts you close to Ciney, a town known for its flea and antique markets, plus the largest cattle market in Europe (held on a Friday). When you’ve had fun exploring the town and nearby landscapes, return to Gîte de Corbion loft2 to enjoy the terrace, garden, and comfy rooms.

city landscape with lots of brightly coloured buildings on the bank of a river with a high clifftop in the background

Chalet Le Forestier, Bullange

The town of Bullange (or Büllingen) played a role in the Battle of the Bulge, so attracts history-lovers year-round. From your chalet, you can explore the town, or go further afield, as you are on the edge of woodland and close to two lakes, Bütgenbach and Roberville. Return after a walk to a log fire or drink on your own private terrace, overlooking the landscape.

Gite Saboti, Dinant

We’ve previously written a guide to the gem that is Dinant, and Gite Saboti is the perfect base to explore the area. You’re also close to Bayard Rock, where many hiking routes can be found. When you return to your gite, you can enjoy the garden, terrace, or in the colder months, cosy up by the fire.

a horse grazing in a field as the sun sets over the countryside and green landscape stretching to the horizon

Gites & holiday homes in Flanders

Flanders has no less than 68 km (42 miles) of sandy coastline to explore which is effortlessly accessible via the longest tram line in the world, the coastal tram, which runs between De Panne and Knokke, which is also one of Belgium’s many pet-friendly spots. While you’re in Flanders, be sure to visit Ypres, especially if you have a passion for history.

Het Beverhuis, Lebbeke

It doesn’t get more luxury than your own private pool, does it? Het Beverhuis offers that, plus a games room, a garden, and a terrace to relax on. You’re only 17 miles from Ghent and 20 from Antwerp, but the area is quiet and perfect for cycling and walking holidays.

Vakantiewoning Hoge Zavel, Brakel

Vakantiewoning Hoge Zavel is a wonderful place to unwind after a day spent hiking, biking, or simply strolling in the local area, which is known for its green hills and valleys. Brakel is situated along the beds of the Dender, Zwalmbeek, and Maarkebeeke rivers with some pretty villages in the region, including St-Maria-Oudenhove where you can find Lilare Castle, built in the 12th century.

couple walking arm in arm along a sandy beach towards the setting sun

Gîte les Mineurs, Zottegem

Zottegem is mostly quiet countryside, and this cottage has everything you need to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. In the private garden you’ll find sheep and a covered area for enjoying a drink in the evenings as you listen to local birdsong. Picturesque Gîte les Mineurs allows pets, so be sure to bring your four-legged companion for some walks.

de Oude Brouwerij, Aalter

This grand holiday home is beautifully decorated and gives you your own garden complete with eggs from the chickens. You can pop to the local bakery for fresh bread and enjoy it on the patio that overlooks the garden and children’s play area. You’re close to Ghent but Aalter is a nature-lover’s paradise with bicycle trails and woodland walks galore.

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