One reason we have enjoyed our Trafalgar Tours is what they call a Be My Guest Dinner. A few years ago we enjoyed an evening at the home of a couple of brothers who brewed beer for one of these dinners, tonight was another excellent experience. Our group traveled about 15 minutes from Brugge to a beautiful farm in the country.
The family told us a little of the farm’s history, that the original home was built in the 1100’s and that basement is still in use although the current home wasn’t built until the 1600’s. she mentioned that they find wall remnants all over the farm indicating that other structures existed at one time. The canals nearby were installed by Napoleon’s army during the French Revolution.
The host family was incredibly kind and sharing of their home, allowing us to see the living areas as well as the kitchen and dining portions. After a greeting of wine and orange juice in a large barn we moved to the dining areas for supper. The first course was a very nice salad followed by beef bourguignon, vegetables, and au gratin potatoes. The beef came directly from the family farm. Dessert was homemade apple pie with cream topping. We even tried cherry beer – Lance thought it was ok, I thought it tasted like medicine. Yuk. We enjoyed seeing the kitchen, they have added a modern gas stove with many burners but do not have a dishwasher. That is a a lot of work when preparing for our group of 50 and they mentioned that they can handle up to 120 guests!
The farm has been opened up as a bed and breakfast and would make a wonderful stay for anyone looking for authentic peace and quiet. It was a great evening!