The St-Antoine
Double bed
Houseboat 203 Merkem photo 2
Cozy living room
Enough to read
Bunk beds for the children
Exploring the river

The St. Antoine in Merkem

An authentic, refurbished barge in the historic surroundings of West Flanders.

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  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. Perfect for large families or groups
  2. Historic and nature tours available
  3. Eco-friendly houseboat
  1. Beautiful surroundings of West Flanders
  2. Terrace with BBQ

Houseboat summary

The St-Antoine, a freighter barge built in 1929, is totally refurbished as a houseboat and accommodates up to nine persons. You can sleep in the authentic alcoves, but we made sure that you will experience a modern, comfortable night! The cooking happens on the large AGA stove. The ship is equipped with solar panels, an eco-friendly toilet, and a small wind mill. The St-Antoine is a proud, eco-friendly accommodation! 

The organization behind the St Antoine is specialized in ecotourism and the historical surroundings of the location. We are very flexibel in arranging tours with regards to topics such as nature, WWI, and wildlife.

Houseboat description

The ship has a nice terrace, family rooms, and central heating. The rooms are non-smoking, but you can easily smoke outside on the terrace. There is also a bar conveniently located just near the ship! There is also the possibility to have a nice BBQ. Boats are available for rent, so you can explore the backwaters at your own pace. For an additional charge of 13,- per person (6 for children < 12), you can have an exceptional breakfast every morning. This breakfast has thee, coffee, milk, eggs, cheese, confiture, yoghurt, cereal, chocolate spread, butter cookies, and bread baked in our very own mill. 

Wifi is available, and private parking is free of charge! We hope to welcome you soon aboard the St-Antoine! 

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Check in/out time

Please, ask owner


4 Bedrooms, 9 Sleeps

  • King size beds: 1
  • Twin beds (2 linked single beds): 1
  • Single bed: 5


Number of bathrooms: 2
Number of toilets: 2

Holiday type

Rural / countryside
Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Lake / riverside
Fully equipped kitchen


Linen provided
Dining table & chairs

Satellite / Cable tv


WiFi / internet

Highchair availabele

Indoor facilities

Barbeque / braai

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony
Sun loungers

Central heating

Heating / cooling

Panoramic views


City views

Paid parking

General information

No pets allowed
Smoking not allowed

Child friendly
Swimminig / watersports

Activities nearby

Walking / hiking
Cycling / mountain biking

Amusement park / water park
Tour guide


Tours and tour guides can be specially arranged!


Houseboat owner


Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken
Dutch, English, French

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