Enjoy the sweeping view of the picturesque Polder landscape from Paulusdijk.
This spacious holiday home is the ideal place for a relaxing stay in a nostalgic part of Knokke. The farm house has four bedrooms, with accommodation for ten guests.
Hazegras Farm owes its name to its location in the eponymous polder. The name Hazegras emerged for the first time around 1280, in relation to the marshes on the left bank of the Zwin. A schorre is a vegetated mud flat, beyond the dike, which no longer floods at average high tide. In the past the ‘schorren’ were the scene of frequent military disputes. Napoleon, among others, found his way to Hazegraspolder and the area also played a role in the Belgian independence struggle of 1830.
At Hazegras Farm you will stay in a unique historic setting, as the farm dates from the Middle Ages. A striking group of farms was built near Sint-Paulus dike during this era. The first actual farm dates from 1783 but this was demolished in the last century. The remaining sections of the farm have been listed as a protected villagescape.
The “IJshuisje” or ice cream parlour is also part of this historic group of buildings. It is located in the former sheep barn, which was formerly known as “Stelle van de Paulusdijk”. In the early seventeenth century the lord leased his mud flats to a sheep farmer who built his “stelle" on Paulusdijk. In other words a stelle was a refuge for the livestock which grazed in the marshes. Around 1820 the building was named “Bergerie du Schorre d’Hazegras”. In the summer of 1995 we refurbished the stable for the preparation and sales of our traditional farm ice cream and renamed it “IJshuisje”.
In 1900 Hazegras Farm (which was owned by Auguste Lippens) had no fewer than
80 dairy cows which were milked by four "Swiss" milkhands. The milk was
locally processed on the dairy farm – one of the first in the region – and in the cheese-making facility.
At the time Hazegras products were very popular. They were taken by horse and cart to the station of Heist from where they were transported to the best dairy shops in Brussels, Antwerp and Mechelen.
Unfortunately the farm was not as successful as Auguste Lippens hoped it would be so in 1903 he closed the farm and he again leased the land and the three farms at Hazegras to three farmers.
Whether you choose to enjoy it on the sunny terrace with a view of the polders, in the ice cream parlour or at home, a fresh ice cream always tastes better. That is why Hazegras Farm always prepares its ice cream itself with fresh products. Among others we use cow’s milk from our own farm, fresh cream and eggs... You can enjoy fifteen different types of ice cream (ice cream and sorbets) every day.
Are you looking for an ice cream cake for a special occasion, such as a birth, a christening, a communion or a birthday? Hazegras Farm makes ice cream cakes in various shapes and flavours, and decorates it with homemade decorations to your liking or in keeping with the theme. The cakes are finished with homemade Italian meringue.
|Distance to the sea||5 km|
|Nearest airport||Oostende||38 km|
The quiet town of Knokke-Heist is just outside of the bustling centre of Knokke. To the west of the Zoute you will run into the Hazegraspolder. The land is surrounded by Zeedijk, the Zwin bird reserve and a nature area enclosed by dunes. Walkers and cycling enthusiasts have come to the right place if they want to fully enjoy their sweeping green surroundings.
From the house cyclists can easily follow the Riante Polder route (44 km). It will take them on a tour along seawall dikes, picturesque villages and old port towns such as Sluis, Hoeke, Oostkerke and Damme. Anyone who prefers to roam around the authentic landscape can follow the Zwin route (39 km). This bike trail meanders its way through the dunes and polders of West Zeeland Flanders. You will discover various bird nesting sites and unique botanical landscapes.
Do you prefer to walk? Then you will be happy to know that the Hazegras walking trail (5.5 km) is nearby. En route you can explore the inner dunes of the Zoute, the Zwin nature reserve and the old and new Hazegras polders of Knokke.