Discover Benelux, Issue 27, March 2016

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Discover Benelux | Castles & Estates | Historical Heritage in the Netherlands

An extraordinary homecoming in Twente TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: DE WILMERSBERG

It is among the Netherlands’ most beautiful locations. Surrounded by rolling hills, green pastures and leafy forests lies estate hotel De Wilmersberg. Situated in the heart of the Overijssel province, it is the ideal spot to pamper and unwind. “The outdoor seating area has been awarded ‘best terrace of Overijssel’ several times. This combined with the tranquillity, high quality and personal service of the hotel, makes people want to return time and time again,” says Githa van Vilsteren who has been running the hotel together with her husband Boudewijn since 2010. Paramount at De Wilmersberg is ‘noaberschap’; the local expression for taking care of each other. “In Twente, hospitality is in people’s DNA,” she explains. “At De Wilmersberg, personal service is one of our main priorities. Here you can enjoy a full experience; the 50 | Issue 27 | March 2016

outdoor life, a good glass of wine in a cosy lounge, delicious dinners on the terrace and pamper treatments for face and body.” Currently owned by Ferdinand Fransen, the 14-hectare estate used to belong to local textile family Blijdenstein who had a villa built in the 1920s. Over the years it has been turned into a luxurious hotel complex with a restaurant and wellness centre. Also popular are the gardens, with a vineyard, pétanque lane, two tennis courts, herb garden and children’s trampoline. At the estate restaurant, head chef Ronald Bor prepares delicious meals. “His style is unpretentious and far better than ‘good’. He enjoys the seasons and loves using local products and often collects herbs from his own garden,” Githa says. One of their specialities is called ‘Sneup en Snaaijerie’, a collection of tapas-inspired dishes with a twist of Twente, perfect as an alternative to a full culinary dinner.

A stay at De Wilmersberg includes free use of the indoor swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool and tennis courts. Complementary bathrobes are provided in the rooms. For an extra relaxing stay, book a spa and beauty treatment or discover the stunning surroundings by hiring a (electric) bicycle. De Wilmersberg also prides itself on its commitment to the future, and received the Green Key Gold sustainability certificate in 2013. DE WILMERSBERG’S SPECIAL SPRING VIP PACKAGE: - Two nights’ stay in a Royal Estate Room - An extensive country breakfast on both mornings - A delicious three-course dinner on the first night From 152,50 euros per person.