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“Unique but faded in places”

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La Balade des Gnomes
Ranked #2 of 31 Durbuy B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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“Unique but faded in places”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

Having looked at the pictures and read their web site we where looking forward to our night here as part of our European road trip because lets be honest it looks like good fun.
However our thoughts have divided us a little on this B&B the better half thinks it was great but a little tired in places. I on the other hand thought it was cramped and claustrophonic and in need of a major update.
Dont get me wrong the concept is fun and the idea is brilliant just badly executed eg. the power operated door to our bathroom didnt function past the demo from the receptionist but even cosed there is a 18" gap between the top and bottom half, sorry but a little privacy is expected. If you are over 5'6 expect to bang your head in numerous places about the building, gluing bits of wood to lightswitches does not make them any better but the same round sockets does stop your travel charger fitting in.
If the room rates where lower then I would still think it good fun and worth a visit however at 115euro per night returning isnt on the agenda any time soon.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

We stayed for a weekend in this B&B in Durbuy after seeing it on Belgian television.
The expectancies were high but maybe we set our expectations too high.
The concept is very cool and with children I would still advise it, but we went for a romantic weekend and it just wasn't good enough.
First set back was that when we arrived it had been snowing and at first it took us three tries to access the parking, I would suggest that when it snows they clear the pathway because when we left, it took us an hour and help from other guests to leave the parking.
The welcome is standard but from a real B&B you would expect something warmer. Room decoration is nice, we had "le desespoir du moine" as room, but the room was very small. At first this seems cozy but after a while you get a claustrophobic feeling, especially because the room was very dark.
We also had diner in the restaurant "La Gargouille" from the same owner. The food was good, but rather expensive for what it was. So were the rooms.
Like said earlier, maybe nice with young children, but for grown-ups you feel a little bit trapped.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Balade des Gnomes
Address: Rue de Romeleu 20 | Heyd, Durbuy, Belgium
Location: Belgium > Wallonia > The Ardennes > Luxembourg Province > Durbuy
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Ranked #2 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Durbuy
Number of rooms: 25
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