Stable, forge and railway station: the house La Micheline in Wallonia has experienced some changes in the past. Now, the architectural photographers Anne and Jean-Luc Laloux have converted the building and trandformed it into an architectural jewel. Only a part of the exterior walls and the floor upstairs have been preserved; everything else has been rebuilt and forms – with all its modernity – a harmonious unit with the old structures. Natural materials – blue stone, concrete, rough sawn wood and metal – give the rooms a unique and warm atmosphere, supported by furniture in rustic industrial look and designer pieces (eg chairs by Arne Norell and Kaare Klint).
On the ground floor of La Micheline are three bedrooms, each with private bathrooms. In an annexe, which opens with huge windows to the surrounding meadows, are the kitchen (equipped for semi-professional standards) and a spacious dining area. A staircase leads up to the first floor: a large, loft-like room with fireplace, kitchenette, bedroom and bath. As the house is on a slope, you reach the garden via a few steps down. Here is another bedroom in a garden house with a view of nature. The property is surrounded by pastures and forests. Exceptional are the genuine train tracks with draisines and the old oven for bread / pizza baking.
What to do
2 railbikes, boules terrain, ping pong, bread/pizzas oven, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, canoeing on the river Lesse, golf at Rougemont, visit to the gardens of Annevoie, castles, some of the nearby villages are classified as the most beautiful villages in Wallonia, Namur, Dinant.
Why we like this house
Transformation of an inconspicuous old railway station into a modern, contemporary holiday home. Unique mix of raw, original materials and designer pieces.
Details of the property
Region/Town: BE – Belgium, Wallonia, Namur, Bioul
Name: La Micheline
Scenery: Secluded in the hills of the Ardennes
Number of guests: up to 12 people
Architecture: Old & new
Design: Stéphane Lebrun