No imposing entrance or red carpet awaits you here. No clue on the outside that behind the centuries-old frontage on Oude Houtlei is an ancient cloister: PoortAckere. We are an oasis of peace, hidden away from the bustle of the city. Once inside you find yourself in a former nunnery whose history goes back to 1278. The building that turned its back on the world for so many centuries now reveals its secrets to a few favoured guests.
The atmosphere is serene and restful, as befits an age-old neo-gothic building. And yet PoortAckere retains its unique character, as a medieval cloister with its own history.
It is its domesticity that gives the building its charm.
In the 'Kapittelzaal', chapter house, looking on to the garden culinary delights await you. You can enjoy your breakfast buffet or a relaxed dinner served under the tracery of neo-gothic arches.
In the guest-house a feeling of peace, freedom and unconcern comes over you in the more austere neo-gothic part of the guesthouse.
There are simple, authentic convent cells with a washbasin and communal showers and toilets in the hall and there is a television in the double rooms.
Perhaps you will sleep in the St Cecilia room or the monastery cell where sister Philomena stayed for so many years.
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B&B Facilities & Policies
- 24 hour reception
- Bicycle hire
- Breakfast not included
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Fax Service
- Free City Maps
- Free Wifi
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Laundry Facilities
- No Curfew
- Outdoor Terrace
- Safety Deposit Box
- Taxes not included
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Wheelchair Accessible
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Guesthouse InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
Visitors taxes of € 3,00/ per person are not included in the room rates
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One can reach the guesthouse, from the Sint-Pietersstation, as follows:
Train Station Koningin Elisabethlaan Kortrijksesteenweg Kortrijksepoortstraat (straight ahead the whole time)
Nederkouter Veldstraat Cross the water, go through the Zwarte Zusterstraat and at the end go to your right on to Oude Houtlei. This will take about 30 minutes.
By tram: Line 21-22 and get off at Annonciadenstraat or Gebroeders Van de Veldestraat. At the crossing point of the Annonciadenstraat and the Gebroeders Van de Veldestraat, take the street in between the two of them which is Oude Houtlei.
Line 1-10: Get off at Korenmarkt, cross the Sint-Michielsbrug (bridge) and go straight through, the first street on your left is the Oude Houtlei.
Leaving the train station, on the Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein (square), you will find waiting cabs on your right hand side.