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Camalou
Ranked #34 of 43 Ieper (Ypres) B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Had a really nice stay, the rooms are spacious and the standard of cleanliness is very high. Located in a quiet area it is ideal for those that want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area, yet Ypres city centre is only a short distance away. The guest house is an old building and is full of character with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A friendly welcome from Annette and kind assistance in gaining information on a family member that fell during WW1.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

Really enjoyed staying here over 10 years ago and it more than lived up to my expectations. Christain and Annette are excellant host and know everything there is to know about the WW1 sites. Camolou is small with 4 beautifully furnished and equipped rooms, breakfast is excellant. Plenty of car park space. Looking fprward to another visit.

There is a winding spiral staircase up to the rooms so you need to be reasonably agile!

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

Clean room, nice hosts, good breakfast but the stairs ascending to the rooms is very steep and each step is not deep so ascending is hard and descending harder still. If you have difficulty walking I advise against staying here. Also we were promised a specific room but were given another.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Camalou B&B Dikkebus via Ieper/Ypres Belgium.
This is our third time staying at Camalou and it is one of our favorites. I shall try to be rational.
Annette and Christian are quite the most favourite of our hosts. Nothing is too much trouble and they really do go out of their way to be as helpful as possible.
Since or last visit, in 2007, there have been some renovations and the area that breakfast is served in is, compared with the old area, quite exquisite. Bright, roomy and practical.
I have only two slight criticisms of Camalou and they are not really that as such. More of observations.
The spiral staircase is a bit of a problem and first timers should be aware that a bit of luggage manhandling is required and secondly this, Dikkebus, where Camalou is situated, is about 4-5 kms out of Ieper. Car, taxi or bicycle is required to get to and from town.
We ate (and drank) a number of times at “Tommies”, a pub at the end of Camelou’s road, and it was quite acceptable and reasonably priced. They are not open, however, on Monday and Tuesdays.
Camalou is a great place to stay to stay in Flanders. The only real problem is that it may become too popular and we may have difficulty booking there in the future.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

My husband and I had the great pleasure of spending time with Annette and Christian at their wonderful guesthouse.
Annette had spent an considerable amount of time researching the final days of 3 of our great uncles who lost their lives in WW1 and it was a very moving experience visiting the battlefields where they fell and their memorials.
Both Annette and Christian are excellent guides, displaying a depth of knowledge on WW1 that is amazing. We learnt so much that cannot be found in guidebooks or the history books. They are very genuine people who love their subject with a passion that is so infectious.
The guesthouse is comfortable, warm and inviting and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts.
We can't recommend Camalou and Annette & Christian highly enough!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We have stayed at Camalou at least once a year for the last 5 years, it is a wonderful place to have a relaxing break, it is quiet, the rooms are immaculate and Annette and Christian are the perfect hosts.
This year we went to the Somme with Christian to find where our uncle lost his life in 1916. He has a great knowledge of the area and we had a very moving day at Thiepval and Mametz Wood
Breakfast at Camalou finds you sitting round a large table with interesting people from all over the world, here to find out about there ancestors who fought in the 14-18 war.

Mel and Jenny

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

We recently did a 4 days Battlefields tour with Annette and Christian, where we visited WW1 battle sites, memorials and museums. Although we had no family member involved in this arena of WW1 and it was in the middle of winter, the tour exceeded our expectations. From the moment Christian picked us up (group of 6 Aussies) from our hotel in Lille until he dropped us back 4 days later in the middle of a snow storm, we experienced a most informative and educational tour. We were shown and told of the many battles that took place during WW1, with as much detail as we could absorb and they responded to our questions in depth.
Our day started with a hearty breakfast, and at the end of the day, we would return to the warmth of Camalou, their lovely B&B. When we went out to dinner, Christian drove us into Ieper and picked us up later. The other nights they allowed us to use the breakfast room to prepare/heat a light meal purchased during the day.
Annette and Christian both joined us at the Menin Gate for the nightly ‘Last Post’ ceremony. Their respect of Australians then is evident, and their generosity to Australians now is shown by the way they welcomed us into their home and the many little extras which were not part of the package. We recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in Australian WW1 history.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Camalou

Address: Dikkebusseweg 351, Ieper (Ypres) 8908, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Flanders > West Flanders Province > Ieper (Ypres)
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Ieper (Ypres)
Price Range: $88 - $96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Camalou is a stylish and historic guesthouse located at Ypres. All rooms are tastefully decorated, have en-suite shower and toilet, as well as cable TV tea and coffee making facilities. Buffet breakfast with local delicacies. In the lounge an online computer. Your host Annette, official guide, provide her own private battlefield and historic tours. ... more   less 

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