Monday, September 5, 2016

Our pet friendly Belgian Labor Day Adventure... Part two

Chalet Montana, located in a golfing neighborhood and next to a golf course, is a very well equipped little house.  It has two bedrooms, each with queen sized beds and one trundle bed in each room that can accommodate up to three kids.  Each bedroom has a large television with Playstation controls.  There are Playstation games and a small stock of DVDs for kids and adults.  There are two showers.  The upstairs shower is in a regular bathroom.  The downstairs shower is in the laundry room, which also has a sink.  A downstairs water closet is separate.

There is a small "family room" with a very comfortable couch and another large television with hi-def and several English channels, as well as a DVD player.  There is a great room with a well equipped kitchen and a large table that can seat up to ten people.  Outside, there's a kids' play area, as well as a sauna and a hot tub.  There's also a very large deck with plenty of seating for eating or just enjoying the weather.  There's also a charcoal barbecue.

I found this place because I was looking for pet friendly, free WiFi, and free parking.  Chalet Montana had all three of these things and at about 750 euros (about $840) for four nights, didn't break the bank.  Check out the photos...


The great room.  There was a gas heater that we could have used on the first morning, as it was pretty chilly.  I don't think they had filled it with propane, though.  


Living room.


Downstairs shower.  There was a washer and dryer in there.


Downstairs WC.


Another angle of the great room showing part of the kitchen.  It had a microwave/convection oven and a small refrigerator, as well as a dishwasher and stove top.  There was also cookware, glassware, and dishes.


Child safe gate at the top of the stairs.


One of the beds.


The other.


Upstairs bathroom.


DVDs and Playstation games.  There was also an exercise bike.  

I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the awesome deck, hot tub, and sauna, though those are photographed on Chalet Montana's Web site.  There is a bit of work to get the hot tub and sauna going.  We didn't use the sauna, but the tub required filling, then Bill had to stoke a fire for about an hour to get the water hot.  Once it was hot, it was great soaking in the tub.  The hot tub wasn't jetted, but just had still water in it.  Still, it was very relaxing under the stars.  

One negative about this particular chalet is that it overlooks what appears to be a construction site.  I mentioned that this home was next to a golf course and it appears that new homes may soon be built. I got the impression that there were once thick woods where the big construction site is now.  But we had plenty of privacy and it wasn't really an issue at this point.  

Most of the property is fenced in, albeit with rather flimsy wire fencing that isn't necessarily secure.  If you have dogs that respect boundaries, it might be okay.  One of my dogs likes to run when he gets loose, so we didn't take him off lead except on the deck.  

The beds were very comfortable, although the shower in the upstairs bathroom had a bit of a slow drain.  The shower in the downstairs bathroom was much better, probably because most people don't use it.  Bill also said he had problems with the dishwasher, but since it was just the two of us, that wasn't a big deal.  The floors are all laminate, which means they creak a bit.  The roof is also metal, so when it rains, there is a bit of a racket.

There are two decent sized grocery stores in town.  Both are open on Sunday.  Barvaux also has a nice bakery/chocolatier, as well as a few taverns and an impressive looking church.  I also noticed what looked like an adventure park type place nearby that might be fun for people younger and braver than Bill and I are.  I wish we'd had time to explore it longer than we did.





  

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