Things To Do

La Fermette des Alouettes is conveniently located between key cities and vibrant villages with plenty of historic sites and culinary delights on offer.

It’s JUST 45 MINUTES from the heart of Brussels, Namur and Liège and 25 minutes from Leuven and Wavre!

What’s in the villages nearby?

La Fermette des Alouettes is near a range of shops, pubs and restaurants.

There are 2 small pubs in La Bruyère (2.5km) and in Beauvechain (5km) a small Spar with friendly staff for groceries, a lovely little plant shop and a couple local pubs.

Hoegaarden (9km) has several cafés and restaurants, including the old brewery which is famous for its white beer.

Hamme-Mille (10km) also has a cluster of nice restaurants, a wine shop and a couple grocery stores.

Grez-Doiceau (13km) has an upmarket DeliTraiteur as well as a supermarket on the outskirts and a bustling center with some bars and restaurants.

You may notice an airport in La Bruyère – but don’t worry. It is a military air base and there is NO noise at all from the runway. You might hear an F16 zip by – but it’s rare. Aviation enthusiast will enjoy the First Wing Historical Center on the base. 1WHC is dedicated to the history of the units of the Beauvechain Base from 1935 to today, emphasising the fighter force from 1946 to 1996 and featuring a number of planes to check out up close.

Looking for a restaurant to celebrate something special?

You’ll find some renowned restaurants within 15-20 minutes drive:

Aux Petits Oignons • 1 Michelin Star • in Jodoigne

Pâte à Nous in Jodoigne

La Villa du Haut Sart on Rue de Hussompont in Mélin

Couvert Couvert • 1 Michelin star & 17/20 GaultMillau • in Heverlee

Arenberg • 1 Michelin star & 15/20 GaultMillau • in Heverlee

Links to their websites and phone numbers are included in our Welcome Pack so you can book a table!

Just before Heverlee, you’ll pass Zoetwater (=Sweet Water), which boasts several nice restaurants and lovely lakes with swans and walking trails through the forest.

Have a hankering for a pintje?

Making and drinking beer is a national past time. As a result, there are 8 famous and local craft breweries nearby which offer tours and tastings – some within cycling distance.

I’ll send you our Brewery Tour Guide with info about the beer menu, tour options, website links/contact numbers to book and maps to find these breweries: Hoegaarden, Domus, Stella Artois, Brouwerij de Vlier, Brouwerij de Kroon, Kerkom Brewery, Wilderen Brewery and Hof ten Dormaal.

Want to explore the local markets?


Thursday • Flowers & Plants • 1-6pm • Brusselsestraat

Friday • Food, textiles, flowers & plants • 7am – 1pm
Bondgenotenlaan, Rector De Somerplein & Margarethaplein

Saturday • Artisanal market, antiques & brocante, food, flowers & plants • 9am-6pm
Brusselsestraat, Parijsstraat, Pensstraat, Mathieu de Layensplein & Mechelsestraat


Haspengouw Market • Every Saturday from 8am to 12:30 on the Grote Market, Minderbroedersplein and Diesterstraat (from Abdijstraat). Choose from over 150 stalls with daily fruits and vegetables, cold meats, plants and clothes.

Sunday Market • Visitors can enjoy vintage bargains, hip food truck and fun live performances from 6:30 to 1pm.

La Brocante Internationale de Waterloo

This flea market is held every Sunday morning from 7am until 13:00 – rain or shine!

Enjoy rambling or cycling?

There are simply too many trails and locations to list!

There is a trail that starts virtually on our doorstep so you can easily begin there.

We provide our guests with information about walking and cycling trails in our area and across the region to plan a spectacular holiday. That is, if they can manage to part with relaxing on the lounge chairs in the garden 🙂

Fancy more flora and fauna…?

If the fields and forests behind the house aren’t enough, you’ve got the Tuinen van Hoegaarden – comprised of more than 20 thematic gardens over 4 hectare and hidden between the century old trees of the park. Hoegaarden gardens form an elegant collection of plantings and garden elements that may inspire the visitors. Cosy corners with original plantings, pergolas and and ponds make it a enjoyable place for visitors.

And for an amazing array of wildlife, you have Pairi Daiza, a privately owned 55-hectare zoo and botanical garden located in Brugelette (just 1h25m away) in the province of Hainaut. Home to over 4,000 animals from around the world, it’s an amazing day out –  with or without kids!

Keen to go for a swim or a paddle?

Aqualibi is Belgium’s most famous water park and is located nearby in Wavre.
Aqualibi offers 29°C all year long, great water slides, whirlpools and the unique Rapido.

For outdoor adventure, team building and kayaking, The Shelter is a great place to start. It’s in Korbeek-Dijle at the entrance to the De Doode Bemde nature reserve, the Dijle river flows through their front yard and the Meerdaal forest is within walking distance. This video shows the beautiful nature, history and friendly service that you can enjoy with them.

Hope to get in a round of golf?

Bercuit Golf Club, in Grez Doiceau, is set in a hilly and forested area and ranked 17th in the Top Courses of Belgium.

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Avernas Golf Club, in Hannut, is laid out amongst more leisurely rolling hills.

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Avid rock climber?

Dominating the Meuse, the Rochers de Freyr is the most important climbing area in Belgium and about an hours drive from the house in Dinant. The site counts 7 main crags and 8 secondary crags. Over 600 routes in all varieties. Dinant is also an impressive city for non-climbers that shouldn’t be missed!

Going to watch Formula 1?

The Spa-Francorchamps race track is just over an hours drive from La Fermette des Alouettes. Spend the day at the race track and then enjoy the hustle and bustle of the nightlife or escape from the crowds for a BBQ in the garden.

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