“An oasis of serenity in a world gone mad”
Talbot House was founded in Poperinge in 1915. During World War I, this small city was used as a garrison town for the British soldiers and very soon it became a thriving metropole. Each day, thousands of soldiers passed through Poperinge when going to and returning from the front. Thanks to its casual and relaxed atmosphere the city became well known amongst the young men. Because of the numerous bars, restaurants, concert halls, brothels, movie theatres and shops, the exhausted soldiers often believed to have arrived in Paris.
It was in these circumstances that the 6th division of the British army rented the residence of the Coevoet family, which was rebuilt into a club house open to all soldiers by chaplain Philip "Tubby" Clayton. For many, this place became their home away from home. "An oasis of serenity in a world gone mad", is probably the best way to describe The Old House.
Wrap yourself in an authentic atmosphere
Just like thousands of soldiers and pilgrims did, you too can spend the night in Talbot House. Because of its authentic historical atmosphere and unique location near to the market place of Poperinge, the Old House beats all other "historical overnight stays".
Any other accommodation might well be situated near a historical monument or provide a great view onto one, but staying in Talbot House means becoming a part of it. Is there a better way to relive the past?