Stay at an Old Converted Train Station in the Belgian Countryside

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo / Published by Dwell
Located just an hour away from Brussels, the only visible clue to this vacation home's past life is the train track that traverses its bucolic property.

Once a small country train station, La Micheline has been converted into an interesting property that features a timeless silhouette, original stonework, vaulted ceilings, and a rich history. Lucky for you, it's now available for short-term rentals through Boutique Homes.

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Situated on 25 acres of rolling fields just outside the village of Bioul, Belgium, the charming home was renovated and designed by architect Stéphane Lebrun of Kyo-co Atelier. The interiors were designed and photographed by Jean-Luc Laloux. What makes the property so unique is that the old out-of-service train tracks still wind throughout the property and have created a playground where kids and parents alike can push each other around on little makeshift cars.

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The ground floor of the two-story structure includes a living room, dining room, and three bedrooms—all with en-suite bathrooms. It also features a huge loft area with an additional living space, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. Each level has an outdoor terrace, while the lower terrace has a barbecue. 

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The sleek, renovated kitchen includes a long, almost monastic dining table, a metallic kitchen-bar, and beautiful views.  A mix of new and vintage furnishings—including modular beds, a chic bathtub by Agape in the lofted bathroom, and a contemporary fireplace in the living room—complement the dark interior palette and heavy use of wood and stone. 

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Stay at an Old Converted Train Station in the Belgian Countryside - Photo 6 of 15 - The lower kitchen-bar is fully equipped to semi-professional standards, including a gas stove from Lacanche and a side-by-side refrigerator.

The lower kitchen-bar is fully equipped to semi-professional standards, including a gas stove from Lacanche and a side-by-side refrigerator.


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Stay at an Old Converted Train Station in the Belgian Countryside - Photo 8 of 15 - An additional kitchen was been placed in the loft for added convenience. 

An additional kitchen was been placed in the loft for added convenience. 


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Each room comes equipped with an en suite bathroom. This one includes a stylish bathtub by Agape. 


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Stay at an Old Converted Train Station in the Belgian Countryside - Photo 15 of 15 - The large garden is surrounded by green pastures, woods, and the original train tracks. It also includes a bread/pizza oven, boules (a French game), and ping-pong.

The large garden is surrounded by green pastures, woods, and the original train tracks. It also includes a bread/pizza oven, boules (a French game), and ping-pong.

The Train Station can be booked here via Boutique Homes. 

Address: Rue d'Arbre, 37, 5537 Bioul, Belgium

Year Built: 2015

Architect of record: Stéphane Lebrun of Kyo-co Atelier

Interior design and photography: Jean-Luc Laloux

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