Dreaming of a new life in Belgium ?

/Dreaming of a new life in Belgium ?

Dreaming of a new life in Belgium ?



Some of you, my dear readers, do propably know the UK’s longest running relocation show, BBC’s ‘Escape to the Country’. A series which helps prospective buyers find their dream home in the country. Escape to the Country features a team of experts who assist a couple or family in obtaining their dream country home.

The series is currently running. This programme guides the spectators along the English countryside and shows us lots of properties on the market.


The English countrysideEnglish CountrysideImage 1 Cotswolds, source LocalNomad Blog – Image 2 Cotswolds, source LocalNomad Blog – Image 3 Wales, source Beautiful Britain – Image 4 Old English cottage, source Pixdaus – Image 5 English country interior, source Country Interiors by Caroline Meredith – Cotswolds interior, source The Village Pub Cirencester


At this moment I am working on a project for a client living in the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful and most famous parts of the English countryside! This charming area really stole my heart! I posted about the Cotswolds here. As an interior designer I love all books about English country house architecture and interiors. My latest acquisition is the gorgeous book by one of my favorite English designers Nicky Haslam : ‘Folly de Grandeur : Romance and Revival in an English Country House’.

CoverHardcover of the book

Nicky Haslam in the garden of his country house.Nicky Haslam in the garden of his English country house. Photo credit Simon Upton (Source book preview here)

To see a preview of this book, click here.

For more information about the series BBC’s ‘Escape to the Country’ and for all upcoming broadcasts, click HERE and HERE.

Escape to the CountryBBC’s ‘Escape to the Country’


Why am I telling you about BBC’s ‘Escape to the Country’ today?

I heard that the property & lifestyle programme ‘Escape to the Country’ is expanding its production by creating a new spin-off series, ‘Escape to the Continent’.

The producers are now looking for British people who are thinking of embarking on a continental adventure.

When I heard this, I knew I had to blog about this and had to inform my British readers about this BBC series! I had to promote our beautiful country Belgium !

Are you one of my British readers and do you dream of a new life in Continental Europe?


Please, email your name, telephone number and a little bit about your move

to escapetoeurope@boundlessproductions.tv


visit the ‘Be on a show’ page for an application form : http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/beonashow/escape_to_the_continent


And why would you choose for a new life in Belgium?

Because, Belgium is a fantastic country to live in.

Because English is widely spoken.

Because, the Belgium countryside is gorgeous! Think about the unique hilly landscapes of the Flemish Ardennes, the extensive forests of the Belgian Ardennes, the national park of the Hoge Kempen etc.

Because of its cornucopia of culture, historic places and beautiful towns and cities.

Because of its castles and other worth seeing places and curiosities. Culture lovers will feel at home by visiting the numerous museums.

Because of its beautiful golf courses, cycling routes and the famous Tour of Flanders.

Because of its traditional and contemporary architecture.

Because of Belgian world-renowned fashion designers, interior designers and architects.

Because of the Belgian craftsmanship.

Because of the numerous restaurants where delicious Belgian food is served, because of the Belgian beer, the Belgian chocolates and so many more…


25The beautiful landscape of the Flemish Ardennes     Source Visit Gent


10 Belgian Ardennes     Source Cour Rimbaud


29National Park the Hoge Kempen     Photo credit Marc De Vos     Source Natuur en Bos


26The city of Bruges, called Venice of the North     Source Diamond Land


BrusselsBrussels,“Capital of Europe” where the headquarters of the European Union and NATO are based   

Source Holiday Lines


11Aerial view of the Castle of Nokere     Source unknown


Oudenaarde golf courseGolf & Countryclub Oudenaarde     Source Golf Oudenaarde


Tour of FlandersTour of Flanders     Source Bicycling


Lam GodsThe Ghent Altarpiece (also called Adoration of the Mystic Lamb or The Lamb of God), 1432- Jan & Hubert van Eyck – Saint Bavo Cathedral Ghent     Source Wikipedia


24 Belgian mills     Source Sint Blasiushof


23Belgium, renown flax producing country     Source Klaverke

To read more about Belgian linen, please visit the Belgian linen website at http://www.belgianlinen.com.


Libeco Linen table cloth FlandersTable linen ‘Flanders’ by Libeco      Source Libeco Home Collection


19Farmhouses with their limewashed brick façades     Source Timeless Living


17Oak outbuildings    Source Rik Storms


27 Belgian farmhouse with its beautiful garden     Source Immo Dochy


28Beguinage Bruges     Source : Eigendom van www.op-reis.com & www.arakea.com : Alle rechten voorbehouden

Since a number of years we do see evolve in Belgian architecture a new style which is inspired by the architecture of the Flemish beguinages. See my bloppost about the Belgian ‘Begijnhofstijl’ here.


13Beautiful country house     Source Architect François-Xavier Van Damme


15Characteristics of Belgian architecture and interior design : reclaimed materials as brick floor, beamed ceiling, limewashed walls and linen upholstery.     Source Lefèvre Interiors


21Use of natural materials as wooden floors, Belgian linen for window treatment and upholstery.    

Source Timeless Architecture and Living- Yearbook 2009 Beta-Plus Publishing


Belgian interior designers love to mix old and new.       Source Lefèvre Interiors 


If you are interested in Belgian architecture & interior design, I would love to recommend you these Beta-Plus Publications.

Beta Plus PublicationsCover Exclusive Country Houses  – Cover Family Houses – Cover Contemporary Living in Belgium 

 Source Beta-Plus Publishing


Lefèvre Interiors  cabinetmakersCraftsmanship of the Belgian family-owned company Lefèvre Interiors, cabinetmakers since 1890 

Photo Credit Claude Smekens     Source Lefèvre Interiors


30Fashion design NATAN by Edouard Vermeulen     Source Natan FB Page


Belgian foodBelgian foodImage 1 Belgian fries, Source Tumblr.  Image 2 Belgian beer, source Rough Guides  – Image 3 Belgian chocolate, source Chocolaterie Belfort  – Image 4 Belgian grapes, Source Streekproduct


And if you would love to see beautiful aerial views of Belgium, then I recommend you to purchase ‘Belgium The Book’.

Belguim The BookCover ‘Belgium The Book’

In more than 250 images aerial photographer Wim Robberechts takes you along for a flight over Belgium.

The best aerial photographs of Belgium.


Please, be sure to watch these videos about Belgium.

Belgium, the Movie (trailer) by Wim Robberechts


Cities of Belgium : Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp


Isn’t Belgium a fantastic country to live in?

In case you have made up your mind, and you are living in the UK, and have decided to start your new life in Belgium, please apply to the upcoming BBC programme ‘Escape to the Continent’.

Please, email your name, telephone number and a little bit about your move

to escapetoeurope@boundlessproductions.tv


visit the ‘Be on a show’ page for an application form : http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/beonashow/escape_to_the_continent


Apply formBBC’s ‘Escape to the Continent’

Writing this post makes me feel as I am representing my country as an ambassador does. Well, I am a Belgian in heart and soul and I tried to convince my British readers, who are dreaming to escape to the Continent, to start their new life in Belgium.

I do hope that Belgium may be the ‘Escape to the Continent’- country of your option!

You are most welcome!

I am looking forward to hear of anyone of you, my dear readers, who has applied to be on the show of the ‘Escape to the Continent’ series.



By |2018-07-11T10:55:38+00:00July 9th, 2013|Categories: Belgian Pearls|Tags: , , |13 Comments


  1. Home and Lifestyle Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM - Reply

    Ik denk dat er veel plekken over de hele wereld zijn waar je je thuis zou kunnen voelen. De Cotswolds lijkt mij een prachtige streek, ik wil er in de toekomst heel graag een keer naar toe. Maar onze bezoeken aan België zijn ons ook goed bevallen…ach, er is zoveel moois, zowel dichtbij als ver weg.

    Een fijne avond Greet! Lieve groet, Ingrid

  2. Katie Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM - Reply

    I will always love Antwerp.

  3. Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:40 AM - Reply

    Greet, what a beautiful post. I have visited Belgium several times and have always loved it for all of the reasons that you mentioned. The beauty, the art, the architecture, the people and more.

    Thank you for the information about Belgium as well as the new series. Sadly I have been unable to find this series in America. Perhaps I can stream it on my computer.

    Ahain, a beautiful post on your lovely country.

  4. Mimi Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 4:29 AM - Reply

    My goodness, Greet, you had me at the first photo of the Flemish Ardennes. I have never visited Belgium but someday would love to. This beautiful post only fuels that desire.
    Mimi@A House Romance

  5. hong kong property Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 7:30 AM - Reply

    such a beautiful place<3

  6. Acquired Objects Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    OK you've talked me into it I'll move to Belgium….what a lovely, lovely country you live Greet.


  7. ringles Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:36 PM - Reply

    I love your blog. you do a great service to all of us by sourcing products and photos. but…when I link to the source, I lose where I am on your blog and have to refind where I was. it would help me, and I think other readers, if you could create the link to open in a new page. I am looking forward to your next blog. thank you.

  8. april lane Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM - Reply

    I wish that program was airing on BBC America or one of our local public broadcasters…it sounds like the kind of show I have always wanted to see (focusing on European country homes, instead of the usual big-city destinations).

  9. BRASWELL Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM - Reply

    Bu-Hu, we do not get the program in the States + I am sure I would love it + wonderful post. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  10. Dawn Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:35 PM - Reply

    I am in love with Belgium! I was there a year ago and fell head over heals in love with your beautiful country and it's people. If I could move, it would be there. Really wish the show was aired in the US. But I do have your lovely blog that I follow religiously, keep it coming!

  11. Mimi Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM - Reply

    Just revisiting your beautiful post- ah, that country house by van Damme- it is perfection, and all the interiors are so lovely.


  12. Angela Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet, Escape to the Country is and has been one of my favourite programmes and I record episodes here to watch when I have the time to sit down and watch. My family and I, who are English, moved to Antwerp 12 years ago and lived here happily renting a house for around 6 and a half years, then we decided it was time to buy our own home. Not so long afterwards, my husbands company asked him to go and run the office in Japan. At first I was nervous, I had never been to Asia, let alone Japan. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to go there first to see how we, as a family felt about moving there. I have to say that my ideas about how life in Japan would be were completely wrong. We subsequently moved to Tokyo and spent 2 and a half wonderful culture filled years living and breathing Japan, then the big earthquake hit on March 11th 2011, that changed everything. We carried on living there until August of that year when we moved back to our home in Antwerp where our daughter finished the lat two years of school, she just graduated with her IB diploma! I have to admit that it was not easy coming back to Europe, the ways in Japan are just so very different from anywhere else in the world, but we were happy to return to Belgium and to our home. So, maybe we could be on the Escape to the continent and Escape to Another Continent in fact.

    Angela x

  13. Feathered Cottage Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM - Reply

    Thank you. Lovely post and I agree with other comments – you are a wonderful ambassador and I am enticed to think of moving. 🙂
    Beautiful country!! I MUST visit … and soon.

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