Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
Owning a small land with a Forrest and a pond. Our mission is to have a off grid escape from our busy lives in the city.
Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour chez Tim.
Malgré les dégâts engendré par une précédente tempête, le décors reste joli à regarder. L'endroit est calme et on s'y sens bien.
Tim est très accueillant et joignable si nécessaire.
Nous serions ravies d'y retourner voir les nouveaux aménagements (après tempête) que Tim est en train d'effectuer.
Great location! Enough space to sit/stay in shade and/or sun. Host is very kind and provides enough information for a pleasant stay.
If you like wildlife than this is certainly a location to consider!
Incredible place, to discover, and hopely to come back. If you're looking for an "out of the world" place to hang out, read, or just nothing, this is it. Thanks to Tim for his welcome
There's a lot to say about this location and how it went, so I'll try to be as precise as possible.
Overall, this was a really NEGATIVE experience.
We spent 3 days / 2 nights on the premises.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by Tim's wife who was very welcoming (at first) and had us walk around the pond.
She showed us their cabin (which is as well on the rented spot). The piece of land on the side of their cabin was not accessible to us if we didn’t want to be right next to the owners. You have to imagine that the land might look big in the pictures but it is actually pretty small and narrow around the pond. The only piece of land where our tents would fit (and that was dry enough) was right across them, just 20m away facing their cabin. Tim's wife told us her husband, herself, and their 1 and ½ months newborn would be there the whole time. We had the opportunity to book a spot in a meadow where the owner was not even on-site or a forest spot where the owners were really far away, in each case this was specified in the description. We did not imagine that Tim and his wife would be on-site or this close. Apparently this is a cabin they only use as a vacation place as Tim's wife told us they would only be there for a few days. If we would have known we would have booked elsewhere as we were looking for a “wilder” experience for the first camping with the kids. Tim’s wife then showed us the dry toilet but said it had to be emptied by her husband later in the day (he got there 4 hours later). When you just drove 2 hours straight with kids and cannot go to the toilet, it is not the best. We had to improvise toilets for everyone. When he arrived, Tim never took the initiative to introduce himself even though he was seated 20m away in front of our base camp, facing us and just ignored us the whole time.
After a -more than average- arrival, we quickly understood that the there was lots of noise (HUGE understatement) coming from the military domain very close to the pond. The military shooting range was very close, and we could clearly hear riffles shoot all day long, until 23:00 the first day and this woke us up at 7 the next morning. Not to mention the fighter jets, going in circles around us all day long making the loudest noise... Even a simple nap became impossible, as overall we had MUCH more noise than in our own garden or in the center of a big city.
The wood quantity we could use for ourselves was extremely low (and I am a camping vet, used to camp for the past 20 years in much more extreme conditions) and we had to walk through swamps to get more wood.
Speaking about swamps, the spot we had for our tents and kitchen was totally surrounded by them. Going two meters away from our tent meant having knee-high water, we had to watch the youngest child the whole time. Humidity is expected around a pond but this place is clearly not made for more than two tents! The humidity levels at dusk and dawn are incredibly high (Setting up the tent was a real struggle because of the moist soil, we could feel the water through our tent soil, our chairs would sink through the ground and dry wood was very hard to find). One of us (who has respiratory issues) had a hard time breathing throughout the whole stay and the kids complained about it also. Maybe this is something the owners should have told us about, as well.
Also, there were tools, nails, and sharp blades left all around the place. Again, we had kids and a dog, I believe it is not the safest thing to do when you rent a spot like that.
Tim and his wife had a dog and a cat, didn't tell us about it, and we came with our dog as the ad said it was animal friendly (Tim was told beforehand that we were coming with a dog when we discussed) . The animals could have fought real bad or barked at each other all night, attack the cat,…we're in luck nothing bad happened. One more time, it was a better thing to tell us beforehand.
When it came to the goodbyes, both Tim and his wife left their cabin to move away from us as we packed the cars. We tried and say goodbye (even though we did not speak throughout the whole stay) but they ignored us and walked away, starting engines at the other side of the pond like lawnmowers and making loud noises. Why that? Nobody understood especially the kids.
Overall, it was a bad experience and I am especially disappointed for the kid's first time camping. We do not recommend to anyone to rent this place if they are looking for a peaceful and practical place with nice hosts. The constant noise from jet planes and military shooting range was like a hammer on our heads, we came back to our places completely exhausted. We thought of leaving after one night instead of the two we had booked but stayed for the kids.
IMPORTANT NOTE: there are two posts on home camper for Tim’s same spot, we only saw the second one when we came back. They don’t have the same description even though it is the same place. The first one for "Lommel" (which we booked on) didn’t say anything specific about the humidity and the second one “Hectel-Eksel” had another description saying it is “very moist. Waterproof shoes is a must-have!” which is really weird.
Magnifique endroit. Nous avons été bien accueilli malgré notre retard.
Lors de notre passage, il n’y avait pas d’eau de pluie disponible. Le terrain est à proximité d’un domaine militaire provoquant des nuisances sonores la nuit.
Tim was really welcoming. It was a bit hard to find the place, but he helped us out really well. The camping spot is clean and youre free to use what you might need. Thanks for having us!
We had a very great stay at Tim’s pieceful and lovely piece of nature. We really enjoyed it and hope that he is gonna be our host in future too. We will come again if he allows :)
A great place to be, the host Tim is very kind and helpfull.
Such a great place. Such a nice host. We ll be back definetely.
Idéalement situé en pleine nature pour départ à vélo ! Accueil très sympathique par Tim prêt à vous donner tous les bons conseils.
Just the perfect place to escape for a while. Surrounded by nature and quiet. Tim and his wife are amazing people full of great stories and tips. We will come back soon for sur!
We had a wonderful stay at Tim and Sara. Their property is a true gem, remote and wild and at the same time close to any amenities and local attractions such as Lommel Sahara.
Tim was a great host, very helpful and full of tips to discover the area.
We came back to the city re energized. We definitely recommend.
We arrived at 6pm in Lommel, what a big dissapointment when we found out Tim does not live there anymore. We lost 13 euros and had to give 30 euros extra for a new sleeping place. We hope to save other people from the same dissapointment we had in the future. This was our first experience with gamping, such a shame.
We had a really relaxing weekend at Tim's property. It's a quiet and beautiful spot next to a pond in the forest.
Tim and his girlfriend are super nice people, communication beforehand was quick and easy and we were able to use their spacious tent. The campsite is equipped with a clean compost toilet and will have a shower soon.
Would stay again! Thanks Tim :)