La Station

Stable, forge and railway station: the house La Station in Wallonia has experienced various past lives. The latest change is its conversion into a holiday home. The architectural photographers Anne and Jean-Luc Laloux have transformed the building 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 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: here you find a large, loft-like space 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 draisine and the old oven for bread / pizza baking.

La Station belongs to the Domaine La Carriere. On the 8-hectare estate there is a quarry that can be booked as a venue or for weddings. On the grounds you will also find another holiday home: Les Duves in an old sawmill directly on the river Burnot combines historic walls with a modern interior.

What to do

Sauna, railbike, 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

The wonderful transformation of an old railway cottage into a modern, contemporary holiday home. La Station is furnished with great attention to detail and a touch of humour, and is equipped with everything you need for a relaxing holiday.

This house is great for

Perfect for ( big ) families and holidays with friends.

Details

Region/Town BE – Belgium, Wallonia, Namur, Bioul
Name La Station (La Micheline)
Scenery Secluded in the hills of the Ardennes
Number of guests Max. 12 people
Completed 2016
Design Stéphane Lebrun
Published trendland.com
Special Features La Station is usually rented as a whole, but the ground floor (La Micheline) and the loft upstairs (La Cabine) can also be rented separately on request.
Architecture Modern, Old & new
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), 8+ (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Loft, Meeting
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12 Comments

  1. Wir haben im letzten August unser Familienwochenende in der wunderschönen Unterkunft verbracht, mit all unseren Kindern und Enkelchen , es war einfach nur schön, alles hat gepasst; das Haus sehr geschmackvoll und wertig eingerichtet. Die Vermieter sind sehr hilfsbereit und tolerant, wir haben uns alle sehr wohlgefühlt und einstimmig beschlossen, wiederzukommen. Im November haben wir ausserdem eine komplette Woche mit 4 Ehepaaren in La Station verbringen können und haben dabei erfahren, dass es auch dort im November wunderschön sein kann. Alle waren begeistert, wir werden auch in 2022 wieder eine Woche buchen, besonders möchten wir uns bei den netten Vermietern für Ihre Gastfreundlichkeit und Hilfsbereitschaft bedanken. Wir kommen immer wieder gerne!
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  2. La cabine, the perfect place for a romantic weekend.

    La cabine is a marvellous loft in Bioul, a village near Maredsous. The loft is very cosy but also practical. There’s a spacious sitting area with a fireplace. There’s also a cosy TV corner that can be turned into a sleeping area. The bathroom is splendid! It has a lovely bath with a little table at the side to put on something to drink, very relaxing. The small kitchen has everything you need.

    La cabine is in an area where you can make lovely walks.

    La station is splendid for a holiday with several people.

    Last year we stayed in La Station with our children and their partners. It was a very pleasant experience! Every couple has its own bed and bathroom. The kitchen is very cosy and has everything you need (lots of plates, cutlery, dishwasher, a big fridge….). There’s a big table where you can dine comfortably. The view from the table is magnificent. There’s also a large sitting area with a fireplace.

    The owners are very friendly and correct!

    We already booked for November 2022!
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  3. Ein perfektes Wochenende
    Gemeinsam mit ein paar Freunden haben wir dieses Haus im Internet gefunden. Die Bilder waren klasse, die Realität war besser.
    Dieser umgebaute Bahnhof hat das Prädikat Traumhaus verdient. Alte und moderne Elemente fügen sich harmonisch zusammen. Man fühlt sich gleich wohl. An dem kalten Wochenende war es außerdem toll, wie gut die Fußbodenheizung funktioniert. Auf Socken über den Estrich, kein Problem.
    Auch die Küche ist hervorragend ausgestattet. Alle Geräte, die man braucht, finden sich in den Schränken.
    Abgerundet wird das ganze noch durch sehr entspannte und hilfsbereite Vermieter.
    Mit bestem Gewissen kann ich dieses Haus jedem empfehlen.
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  4. The area is nice and so is the property. However, we had booked La Cabine for 3 nights, but stayed only 1 night, because a good night’s sleep was prevented by very narrow (80 cm) and hard matrasses, and by a slight but hearable ventilation noise coming from the mechanical ventilation (we were told there is no ventilation, but that was obviously not true). It’s a loft, so everything is open (bathroom … steam), kitchen (fridge … going on and off), so this is something to take into account for people who want real peace and quiet. A better and wider (2-person) mattress of better quality would certainly be a good investment.

    Upon telling the owners right away the next morning that unfortunately we had to leave, the reaction was not sorry or apologetic, but defensive, which was quite a disappointment. Even though we had filled a booking gap (I knew they have been booked out till November, but we were suddenly contacted a day before and came spontaneously) we did not get back any money for the days we didn’t stay.

    Reply of the hosts:
    Following a last minute Covid cancellation, we were happy to propose our loft La Cabine which is an open space on the first floor of La Station (indeed, we are fully booked for almost a year). After several emails regarding questions on the absence of neighbours and noise, exclusive use of the sauna, the possibility to bring own bed sheets, the removal of wifi etc., we confirmed the booking.
    La Cabine is not equipped with air conditioning but with a manually operated air extractor (a legal obligation) for the bathroom and the toilet. We tried to meet our guest’s expectations as best as we could and we are sorry that we were unable to satisfy their needs, regarding the mattresses: we chose them as the best compromise for this versatile space (bedroom/TV room) in our loft.
    We have a long history of wonderful encounters with our guests and are grateful for the beautiful feedback we receive. This time it was different.
    We want to keep the energy for positive relationships and creative accomplishments. Therefore we will reimburse the entire stay. Happiness is simple.
    Anne and Jean-Luc Laloux
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  5. wir hatten das Glück ein paar Tage im Oktober in diesem tollen Haus verbringen zu dürfen. Mit 4 befreundeten Paaren war es optimal genutzt. Die Zimmer sind top eingerichtet, alle mit eigener Dusche und WC (nur das Zimmer in der ersten Etage hat eine Wanne). Die große und gut ausgestattete Wohnküche war unser Haupt-Treffpunkt und diente praktisch für alles…gemeinsam kochen, essen, feiern, lesen, spielen… In der ersten Etage haben wir ein Musikzimmer eingerichtet, somit wurden die Personen im Erdgeschoß davon nicht gestört. Wir haben einfach gerne sehr viel Zeit im Haus verbracht, weil es so schön ist und man sich sehr wohl fühlt. Im Sommer gewinnt das Haus wahrscheinlich noch durch die Terrassen und den großen Garten. Gerne haben wir auch die Sauna im Gebäudeteil auf der anderen Strassenseite genutzt. Der Kontakt mit den Vermietern war immer angenehm und unkompliziert. Es hat allen sehr gefallen und wir kommen gerne wieder.
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