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“Very Interesting and moving.”
Review of Talbot House

Talbot House
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Poperinge
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I stayed 3 nights at Talbot House recently and throughly enjoyed the experience. Set up by 'Tubby' Clayton in 1915 as a respite house from the horros of the front line, you can imagine exactly how the place was used. All over the house are replicas of what was there in 1915/16/17 and little has changed. If you are single The General's Room is as near to the original that you can get, other rooms have a variety of more modern furnishing. The 'Piece de Resistance' is the chapel on the top floor - I challenge you not to be moved as you climb the steep stairs into this quiet room, laid out as a small chapel with various mementoes from families of personnel who enjoyed their stay at Talbot House or received communion there; as you climb the stairs, read the lines painted between the treads at eye-level. If you stay in the Wanderwalle room, be prepared for a tap on the shoulder in the middle of the night - it may make you jump but won't make you afraid.

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

This agian was another place that was certainly worth a look in and you may be offered a cup of tea ( wer weren't as they were on the lunch but it did not matter). This gave a good insight into time off from the mud and hell that was flanders.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is the most fantastic place to stay for the most quintessential experience of the Flanders area. The place is perfectly clean, service great; they have kept the essence of the 'home away from home' of the time with beds in rooms and shared bathrooms, artifacts and information of the time when this would have been the saving grace for so many soldiers. I cannot recommend a stay to enhance your experience of WW1 to be here enough.

1  Thank Lisa_Sydney1608
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

If you are travelling in Belgium a visit to Talbot House is a must!

A site that looks small on the outside is a lot bigger inside with gardens, a museum and a chapel all to be found. Along with being a dry house (no alcohol) a nice belgium lady made a fantastic cup of tea for free as a welcome into the house as Rev Talbot himself offered to the troops.

In the house are many comments some moving "It's beastly shaking hands with boys who come in to say well goodbye padre in case I dont come through and some have such clear premonitions of death" and some funny "if you are in the habbit of spitting on the carpet at home please spit here".

For the traveller Talbot House offers overnight accommodation at reasonable rates.

Highly recommended place to visit and a friendly town who welcome strangers

1  Thank Trev B
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

I visited this lovely old house whilst filming the WW1 battlefields for battlefieldvideo.com, one literally steps back in time. It's easy to see how important a rest place this was for the British Soldiers away from the front line. A sanctuary for our lads. Visit Tubby's Chapel. it's an absolute must for any battlefield visitor

1  Thank Ray A
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