By Rachel Ang
By Rachel Ang
About 18 kilometres from Bruges is the small seaside town of Knokke, on Belgium’s north-east coast. It sits near the border of Holland, and at the northern edge of the Poperinge region, historically known for hops and lace production. A fantastically picturesque town, it has a long been something of a secret chic hamlet for those in the know, including Dietrich and Sinatra.
Interior designer Bea Mombaers has renovated and furnished a traditional family home – complete with thatched roof, brick buttresses and shuttered windows – to create a unique bed and breakfast to welcome the weary traveller. While her approach is modern and minimal, the abode retains all the warmth, comfort and intimacy of the original house. The interiors are stunning, and as you’d expect from a Flemish farm house, include traditional exposed timber beams and dormer windows, now combined with cool concrete floors, large windows and high ceilings.
Bea BnB has three beautiful rooms. The Master room is the most spacious, including a private terrace and bathroom. The unique space is characterised by the high gable ceiling and exposed dark timber beams and columns. The Terrace boasts a double bed and bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling glazed pivot doors open up onto the garden. The Mezzanine space can accommodate four people, and also has its own bathroom. Split between two levels, the space is linked by an ironwork spiral staircase.
In addition to running the guesthouse, Mombaers owns a boutique called Items.
What makes Bea BnB unique is Mombaer’s amazing collection of original mid-century modern furniture, including work by Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton – all of which is for sale. What better way to recall your Belgian vacation than to take a small piece home with you?
To learn more about Bea Mombaers, check out her blog, aptly titled, World of Bea.