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Historic holiday accommodation in Bruges – the Belgian Beauty

Bruges (Brugge) is one of the most glorious cities in Europe. Its wealth of stunning medieval architecture, the canal and its history, prompted UNESCO to name the city centre of Bruges a World Heritage Site. It is much smaller than many other European cities making it extremely accessible and holiday accommodation in Bruges is perfect for a fabulous weekend break or a longer holiday as a base for exploring Belgium, Northern France and Holland. The architecture and sights have a special romantic appeal making Bruges one of the great European destinations for couples and lovers.

The beauty of Bruges

It is so easy to just lose yourself in the stunning charm of Bruges. There are beautiful views in every direction and it’s no bore to simply walk the streets enjoying the sights and enjoying the romantic atmosphere. Many of the medieval streets are cobbled with tall houses, but some would say the best time to enjoy them is on a cruise on the canal that winds through the historic centre, as the rest of the city residents and tourists are making their way to dinner or back to their Bruges holiday rentals. The tranquillity which is enhanced as the city switches through dusk to night as you glide through the sights is definitely to be savoured.

Art for all sake

Bruges itself is a living museum. Indeed, the town hall which stands majestically surveying the Burg (just one of the city’s handsome squares) was constructed in 1376 and is a work of art in itself. There are some excellent museums in Bruges boasting art and treasures that span six centuries. The Groeninge Museum and the Memling Museum are tourist favourites.

Chocolate and beer and lace

Whilst not the most obvious culinary bedfellows, there is no denying that Belgian chocolate and Belgian beer have a well-deserved reputation. The chocolate shops that pepper the streets serve up the most delicious treats and when you enter a beer shop you are confronted with the most amazing array of choice, style and flavours (350 different types). It is impossible to not return to your Bruges holiday let with armfuls of beer and boxes of chocolate, whatever you set out to do that day. Beer is also very much part of the experience of dining out in Bruges. The restaurants are excellent and hosts are knowledgeable about food and this is the ideal opportunity to learn how to match beer with food instead of wine.

The other major product of Bruges is handmade lace. As you wonder the ancient streets you may catch a lacemaker at work – it is an incredible sight to see how sometimes ancient fingers move the bobbins so fast they become a blur. The lacemaking museum tells the history of lace making in Bruges and there are plenty of shops to buy a whole range of beautiful items made from this delicate material.

Beyond Bruges

Other historic cities are within easy reach from Bruges holiday rentals. The Belgian capital, Brussels is close enough for a day trip as are Ghent, Lille and Antwerp. If you don’t mind travelling 75 miles or so, you can also reach The Hague and Rotterdam in Holland.

Bruges Weather

Belgium is in Northern Europe so we’re talking pleasant summers but fairly crisp winters. Summer temperatures are perfect for city touring but if you want to avoid the crowds, avoid July and August. In cold winters with snowfall, Bruges is an even more magical sight and during the Christmas period the city takes on a fairytale appearance.

Getting there

After a flight into the UK it is an easy hop to Bruges. There are a good number of options to reach your Bruges holiday accommodation. Fly into Ostend Bruges International Airport, fly into Brussels and drive or take the train, catch a ferry from Dover to Ostend or even take the channel tunnel to Brussels.

    Exceptional! 5/5
    (78 reviews)
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    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
    • 1 HF BA
    • Sleeps 5
    Apartment #27982vb
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      Wonderful! 4.9/5
      (64 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • 1 HF BA
      • Sleeps 5
      House #824788
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        Excellent! 4.7/5
        (56 reviews)
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        • 4 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 9
        House #1216840
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          Exceptional! 5/5
          (38 reviews)
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Apartment #4015059
          38
            Wonderful! 4.8/5
            (43 reviews)
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            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 2
            House #1230592
            43
            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.9/5
              (31 reviews)
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              • 5 BR
              • Sleeps 12
              House #1092180
              31
              Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                Excellent! 4.6/5
                (58 reviews)
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                • 3 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 6
                House #1907035
                58
                Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (52 reviews)
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                  • 4 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • 1 HF BA
                  • Sleeps 9
                  House #1173214
                  52
                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                    Exceptional! 5/5
                    (45 reviews)
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 5
                    House #1045238
                    45
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                      Very Good! 4.2/5
                      (37 reviews)
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                      • 4 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 11
                      House #801408
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                      Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                        (17 reviews)
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                        • 3 BR
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Apartment #1929202
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                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 HF BA
                          • Sleeps 5
                          House #6425
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                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                            (116 reviews)
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 5
                            House #85545
                            116
                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                              (26 reviews)
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • 1 HF BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Apartment #34803vb
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                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                (55 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Apartment #419646vb
                                55
                                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (110 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  House #434435
                                  110
                                  Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                    (31 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    House #1071055
                                    31
                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      Villa #1081146
                                      22
                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                        (14 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Apartment #6708406
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                                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Good! 3.8/5
                                          (5 reviews)
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                                          • 4 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Villa #6856672
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                                          Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (20 reviews)
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 7
                                            House #1600484
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                                              Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                              • 4 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 8
                                              House #1046608
                                              21
                                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                • 5 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 11
                                                House #974848vb
                                                11
                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • 1 HF BA
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  House #1280
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    House #6968139
                                                    4
                                                    Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                      (9 reviews)
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                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                      House #6479576
                                                      9
                                                      Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • 1 HF BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Apartment #919028
                                                        28
                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                          House #1384412
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                                                          Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            House #8269401
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                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                              Apartment #1643801
                                                              Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                (21 reviews)
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                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                • Sleeps 10
                                                                Villa #1903558
                                                                21
                                                                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                  House #874910
                                                                  32
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                    (32 reviews)
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                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • 1 HF BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    House #1053939
                                                                    32
                                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      House #4431852
                                                                      2
                                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                        (26 reviews)
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                                                                        • Studio
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                        Apartment #3699284
                                                                        26
                                                                        Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • 1 HF BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 7
                                                                          House #6861906
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                            (25 reviews)
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                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • 1 HF BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 7
                                                                            House #525659
                                                                            25
                                                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • 2 HF BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 11
                                                                              House #6771714
                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                (18 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                House #94754
                                                                                18
                                                                                Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                  (5 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                  House #6887194
                                                                                  5
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                    (22 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                                    House #1081375
                                                                                    22
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                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                                                      House #8089631
                                                                                      1
                                                                                      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                                        Apartment #6834697
                                                                                        3
                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                                                          Apartment #1943203
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                                                                                            • 6 BR
                                                                                            • 3 BA
                                                                                            • 1 HF BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 12
                                                                                            Villa #6951633
                                                                                            4
                                                                                            Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                              (52 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • 2 HF BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                                              House #66650
                                                                                              52
                                                                                              Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                Apartment #1852387
                                                                                                5
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  House #6560240
                                                                                                  3
                                                                                                  Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (27 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                    House #1870373
                                                                                                    27
                                                                                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                      (46 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      House #1222763
                                                                                                      46

                                                                                                      Holiday Accommodation in Bruges (300+)

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Quiet, spacious, good location

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Lovely clean house with plenty of room. It's in a quiet spot within easy walking distance of many squares, the canal and boat trips, restaurants and points of interest. Friendly and helpful host.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

                                                                                                      Really nice tidy premises and close to market place. Carlos was very welcoming a ...

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Really nice tidy premises and close to market place. Carlos was very welcoming and supplied us with great information. Recommend this place and will return in the future.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Sep 07, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017