Discover Benelux | Hotel of the Month | The Netherlands
HOTEL OF THE MONTH, THE NETHERLANDS
Unwinding & team building in the middle of nature TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | PHOTOS: PETER BAAS
The ‘Oeffelt effect’. That is the result of a stay in Guesthouse De Heide in the south of the Netherlands. Escaping the hectic city life with its busy workdays and ringing phones, Guesthouse De Heide is the place to unwind in the calmness of the countryside, the stillness of nature and in fresh and clean air. De Heide is a small guesthouse situated in a former farm, dating back to 1805, in a small town called Oeffelt. The cosy and warm atmosphere immediately gives you the sense of being at home, but in the middle of nowhere.
Bokhoven: “Several rooms have private wellness facilities such as a sauna and jacuzzi, or even a private billiard room with fireplace.” It gets better: you can request a masseur on demand and every morning breakfast is brought to your room. GordonVan Bokhoven: “We can serve it with champagne, or any other personal wishes you have!” It is clear: your hosts, Judith and her husband Piet-Hein will make sure that you are very well taken care of.
cows surround the guesthouse and woods and lakes are nearby. Outdoor activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking can all be done close by. www.guesthousedeheide.nl
Owner Judith Gordon-Van Bokhoven explains: “We own 14,000 square metres of land. It harbours ponds and farm animals such as horses, chickens and little pigs.” It is perfect to go for a relaxing stroll. After a day outside in nature you are probably up for a good night’s sleep: 22 people can stay the night in the guesthouse or in beautiful wooden lodges, situated in the wide meadows on the farm land.
Guesthouse De Heide is the ideal place to take a step back. It is the right place to be if you need to write a strategic business plan, or for a team building session. You can choose from several customizable arrangements. “We work with music, dance, animal assisted coaching with animals such as dogs, horses and sheep. Plus the entire location is privately available for the team, so you will not be disturbed by other guests. And the dinners and lunches that will be catered are ecological, made with local products,” she says.
During your stay, all the luxury you can wish for is provided. Gordon-Van
The beautiful surroundings make De Heide a popular place to visit. Meadows with
You can always expect a personal approach at Guesthouse De Heide.
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