Discover Benelux, Issue 48, December 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Flemish Limburg  |  Top Food, Drink & Sleep Spots

Bed, breakfast…and a delicious dinner TEXT: MICHIEL STOL  |  PHOTOS: BLOONWINNING/PETERSOETEWEY

In the middle of beautiful rustic surroundings, on the edge of the fashionable city of Hasselt, Raf Ballet and his partner Thierry Didden welcome you to Bloonwinning, a luxurious Bed & Breakfast, situated in a 19th-century farm building. “If you are looking for extra comfort and opulence, you will find it here.” The farm has been in the family for four generations. “It used to be a functioning farm with animals. I am the first that didn’t continue that tradition. In 2009 we converted parts of the building into six rooms for guests to stay,” explains Ballet. “But there are still some cows around.” There are four standard and two deluxe rooms. “We decorated them to our own liking. The rooms have all the comfort you need, including a private bathroom. The deluxe rooms have a sitting area,” adds Ballet. A rich breakfast is included.

And should you desire, you can also dine at Bloonwinning. “I am a chef, so I cook the meals myself. It is a three-course ‘surprise dinner’ because we cook using seasonal and local products that are available at that moment.” Dinner is part of the various packages Bloonwinning offers. “But if you want to go to dinner in Hasselt one night, that is also possible.” Because Bloonwinning is near the city, it is very easy to get there. “At the same

time, we are located along a big bicycle road network.” That is just one of the reasons why Bloonwinning makes the perfect luxurious location for guests wanting to discover Hasselt and Flemish Limburg’s stunning countryside on two wheels.


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