La Micheline

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).

The house can accommodate 9 people. On the ground floor there 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. 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.

Comments 1

Jakob says:

Stayed there in July 2016 with family and really had a few great days. Would definitely recommend it to friends.
Even though the weather was so-la-la, we had a great time with our two little kids. The house is really spacious (we were a family of 4, however, I probably would not stay there with 9 people and recommend a max. of 6) and has everything you need (very well equipped kitchen, BBQ, fireplace in the upstairs living room, Bella vista of the near forest and grassy hills) to spend a few days away from city life.

The closest supermarket is about 10 minutes by car and the little village has all the basic stuff you need and – what I really liked because it makes me feel away from everyday life – hardly anybody understands English. This adds a completely different flavor to ordering steaks at the butchers. Perfect :)

Even though we stayed there in summer which was great (despite it felt more like early spring or fall), I wonder if there is lots of snow in the winter… If so, it would make a great destination over Christmas.

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