About skindles


About us

We, Chantal & Peter, are 2 “bon vivants”, have 2 teenage daughters and live in Poperinge.  In 2015 we started Maison Marie, a holiday home/B&B located in the countryside between Poperinge / Ypres and Heuvelland. In the meantime, we have already welcomed so many interesting guests that we have now also started Skindles Guesthouse. We love it 🙂

over skindles

It was especially during the post-war period, in the 1920s, that Skindles Hotel was frequented by thousands of Englishmen who came on a “pilgrimage” to the former battlefields and military cemeteries. Given the many memories associated with the name Skindles, it is not surprising that many illustrious people visited it.

In the “Golden Book” we find the following names: the Japanese prince Ri-Gin, Lord Plumer, Stanley Baldwin, Lord Gort, Montgomery, Baden Powell, Sir Haig, Lord Armstrong, Minister Marteaux, the German propaganda minister Goebbels.

The building has a rich history. The Classicist mansion from the 18th century, at Gasthuisstraat 57, was the residence of the Renynghe de Voxrie family. The hunting goddess Diana is depicted in the pediment.

During and after World War I, the Skindles Hotel was named after a British officer-only club that was originally located on the same street under the name ‘La Bourse du Houblon’.

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