The Canadian, Scottish and English members of my family, twenty of us making up three generations, met up for five days in August to honour the sacrifice of my Great Uncle Tom, at Passchendaele. Skindles was perfect. Like a home from home with great bedroom accommodation, dining room, bar room, lounge and large kitchen. We spent all the evenings outdoors in the back garden sitting round a fire until late, and we barbecued one evening.
Peter and Chantal were truly marvellous hosts. Friendly and very helpful. Chantal helped each morning with the terrific breakfasts.
Skindles is perfectly situated in Poperinge to visit the great WW1 Memorials. One evening we chartered a bus to take us to the evening ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. We also visited Tyne Cot, Vimy Ridge and many other Memorials.
Another evening we booked a room in an excellent restaurant, just walking distance away, for the whole family to enjoy our last night together.
Chantal had numerous excellent suggestions for activities including hiring a pianist for an evening.
The local swimming pool was excellent for the children.
This was a truly memorable visit and we would love to go back to Skindles.
Fantastic base for our business trip. Great hosts. The facilities were brilliant. Great showers and baths...
We could not have found a more amazing venue for our family trip to Belguim this summer. Our group of 15 ranged in age from 12 to 84, and Skindles provided the perfect base with 5 beautiful 2 bedroom apartments, a bunkroom and amazing community spaces for everyone to enjoy. Peter and Chantal could not have been more gracious or accommodating. They have restored this 300 year old home to immaculate modern standards whilst retaining it's delightful character and historical charm. We enjoyed several superb catered meals, a beautiful outdoor reception and a party complete with piano music and dancing in the parlor.....all of which were kindly coordinated by our wonderful hosts. In addition we played a friendly family game of backyard soccer, rode bikes along the many local trails, and enjoyed all the quaint town of Poperinge had to offer by foot. If you have a group and are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind experience you have found it!
Skindles was the perfect choice for a family reunion to mark our grandfather's WW1 service at Ypres and Paessendaele. This was the old officers' club behind the lines and has retained the old salon and bar while upstairs has been converted to a number of apartments - allowing both gathering and private spaces for 3 generations of extended family. Chantal and Peter were perfect hosts: they arranged transport, catering and even a pianist for a party.
Chantal and Peter run a lovely apartment "hotel" which is perfectly located for exploring the WW1 history of the region. We were here with a group of 15 family multigenerational members for a reunion to honour and retrace great/grandfather's WW1 history.
What could have been a rather trying experience given the different ages, arrival dates , requests for 2 private catered meals and many other queries were handled with warmth and flexibility by Chantal and Pater.
The accommodation is well appointed, clean and comfortable - the main living room with a piano ( Peter organised a pianist for one of the evenings which was a real treat!) and the bedroom accomadation were lovely . Note there are stairs and I would, not recommend for very young kids or older folk although my 80+ fit MIL was fine.
The property is located on the middle of the town of Poperinge which has all basic amenities , cafes bakeries etc and is about a 15 min drive from Ypres.
Could not recommend it highly enough for large group accomadation in this lovingly restored historic property.
Chantelle and Peter were wonderful hosts and Skindles provided the perfect ambience for our family reunion retracing the footsteps of our Grandfather's service in WW1. Thank-you for a wonderful stay!
We were 3 generations with at least one person per decade since 1930 but there was something for everyone in Poperinge and the surrounding area. The local swimming pool and the brewery were favorites. The house is fantastic, everyone had a fabulous time, eating, talking and relaxing; it felt like a real home. We wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you Chantel