Aux Gaietés de la SabotiereThis intimate bed and breakfast is situated in a former clog makers cottage in a green countryside setting. Each of the 3 rooms at Aux Gaietés has a small seating area, CD player and a cable TV with a DVD player. The rooms also come with a bathrobe and have private or shared bathroom facilities. The owner of this family-run guesthouse offers gastronomic table d'hote cuisine. The seasonal Belgian dishes prepared with mainly organic local ingredients and home-grown vegetables. Guests can also make use of the packed lunch service and enjoy a buffet breakfast daily.
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Chimay is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006, Chimay had a total population of 9,774. The total area is 197.10 km² which gives a population density of 50 inhabitants per km². The source of the Oise River is located in the municipality. L'Auberge de Poteaupre' is an old school situated not far from the abbey in the heart of the beautiful countryside of Chimay, this building was converted about forty years ago on the initiative of the abbey so as to be able to accommodate visitors. Managed today by businesses in Chimay, it has undergone considerable renovation work so as to adapt to the present day climate. The result of this rejuvenation treatment is an inn which offers a range of services: a restaurant-brasserie, a hotel, a gourmet restaurant and a range of possibilities for groups to stay.

Situated in the administrative district of Thuin, the municipality was created with a merger of 14 old communes on January 1, 1977. The Trappist monastery of Scourmont Abbey is located in the town and is famous for the Chimay Brewery. Chimay Trappist beers and cheeses are produced in the town by the Chimay Brewery, run by the Trappist monks of Scourmont Abbey, and are internationally renowned. In order to meet their needs and those of their foundations as well as to sustain employment in their region, since 1862 the Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have been developing the production of Trappist beers and cheeses which, owing to their character and qualities are well known and enjoy great success.

Chimay has traditionally hosted an annual motor racing event, run on a street circuit formed from local public roads. From the 1920s to 1960s the event was run for contemporary Grand Prix and sportscar categories, and included the famous Grand Prix des Frontières. In recent times, while the event has persisted it has been run for historic race series. The track briefly lost its licence in 2006 due to bureaucratic intransigence related to safety fears, but has since had it reinstated. In 1926, Jules Buisseret, who was very keen on motor sports, came up with the idea of creating a racetrack around the town of Chimay. This was how the Grand Prix des Frontieres began. In its early days the circuit was similar to dozens of other race tracks in Europe, but it soon became something special.

The success of the Grand Prix can be attributed to the original idea of organising a race for amateurs and beginners. Jules Buisseret wanted to make it exhilarating for the spectators; bringing in big names would have cost too much and would not necessarily have created the interest. Chimay soon became Belgium's second motor racing venue after Spa-Francorchamps and attracted a large number of fans. From the outset, there were motorcycle races in the morning and car races in the afternoon. This was quite usual at the time and was designed to attract motorcycle and car enthusiasts alike - two quite distinct groups.

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