Big house and garden keen to welcome positive travel vibes and some help in the Sonian Forest, Belgium




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    Welcome to the Sonian Forest and this house with a beautiful garden and relaxed atmosphere.

    My name is Jan and together with my irish setter Castard I work as a forest ranger in the Sonian Forest and have a house and garden which are too big and are keen to welcome positive travel vibes and some help in and around the house. Mostly gardening and pimping the workaway annex glamping zone to get that 5th star rating for uber comfy zone :) You are also welcome to help in forest activities. Always interested in meeting new people and learn new perspectives on life. Some good energy topped with some belgian beers and chocolate are a free bonus here ^^

    Let’s share some nice moments. I appreciate open communication, mutual respect and transparency - if u have any question or doubts please ask me.

    I’ll will be happy to give u some bearings in and around the house. U are welcome to a very comfy camping experience which we can pimp a bit further during your stay. With all the covid measures the communal areas are the ground floor bathroom and kitchen. U will be having a nice space in the annex with hammock, bed, couch, egg chair,.. ( if you want to camp in the garden it’s possible as well , I have some tents ) No drugs or smoking in and around the house please.

    There is wifi around the house and some garden areas.

    Every single help u can give during your stay is very welcome and appreciated. I’ll facilitate and explain as much as I can. With a fresh smile each morning the practicalities will sort itself out.

    As you’ll experience I believe in freedom and responsibility . Setting goals and letting u be a co-architect of your day and the work to be done. If you see another way or think of something don’t hesitate to bring it up.

    Projects that could need your help:


    Collecting fruit and making jam
    seeding islands of wildflowers
    Fire wood storage construction
    fire wood
    - making kindling
    - splitting logs

    - repairing jacuzzi
    - Making a small pond

    Improving workaway glamping location
    Let’s talk about options
    - getting workaway bikes in 5**** condition


    Communal bathroom - daily clean
    Communal kitchen - daily clean
    Reorganizing for workaway ease of use
    Windows cleaning
    Re-organizing house for winter workaway?
    Car cleaning


    Getting firewood
    Marking and selecting where to plant trees coming season
    GPS marking forest machine tracks
    Wild camera maintenance and scoring pictures on cloud platform

    Any project u wanna add? Let’s talk

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Located in the Sonian forest but still an easy bus stop 140 metres ride to Brussels centre. U are welcome to join me on evenings to a bar to meet up some locals.

  • Help


    Gardening , marking forest future trees, projects in the garden, some cleaning and cooking in the house, exploring Belgian beers together with friends

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Glamping in annex or in garden tent with bed, two person hammock, wifi and beamer, couch

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bus stop at 100 metres, easy acces to Brussels museums, vibrant centre,..

    The Lion's Mound (French: Butte du Lion, lit. "Lion's Hillock/Knoll"; Dutch: Leeuw van Waterloo, lit. "Lion of Waterloo") is a short bike ride away , immerse yourself with Napoleon and European history

    How to reach Jan's house from Bruxelles-Midi :

    In the train station, follow the "De Lijn" signs until you get out of the station next to Hotel Pullman.

    The "De Lijn" bus company platforms are in front of you (in the middle of Avenue Paul-Henri Spaak). Buses 136 and 137 depart usually from platform 1. Both take you to Jan's house (direction Alsemberg).

    ⛔!!! At the moment (July 2020), the 136 and 137 depart from a temporary bus stop just in front of Hotel Pullman.

    The bus trip is about 30 minutes. Get of at Uccle Petite Epinette / Kleine Hut.

    Tickets can be purchased by uploading the "De Lijn" app. Choose the m-ticket for 1.80 euros. It's valid for 1 hour. Once bought, when the bus departs, you need to activate the ticket in the app.

    Travel safe!

    P.s. a mask is compulsory at the moment in public transportation.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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