What is(are) your name(s)?
Hans and Brigit Regnerij
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
It always has been our pleasure to welcome friends & family in our home. As it is the ideal place to spend your holidays, in the perfect surroundings of nature and Frisian lakes, we decided to open our doors and welcome B&B guests. We had so much fun with our guests the first 2 years that we decided to upgrade our rooms and bathrooms to exceed the comfort wishes of our clientele and professionalize our Bed & Breakfast at the waterside.
After an unannounced visit from 2 dutch journalists we had a great and very busy season. We now also welcome newly-weds in our special honeymoon-suite and our Bubbels & boats package is very popular. After an other 2 busy years we did again a big refurbishment. Now we renovated the kitchen, in which it is a great pleasure to prepare the luxurious 3-course breakfast. All together we have grown into this business as it has also grown itself and this all with great pleasure.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
Villa Envie is situated at the border of the Frisian lakes. It's beautiful garden is landscaped for a relaxing drink in the afternoon after a nice boating trip through the river scenery of Friesland. Just leave your boat at the jetty for the night, to continue your boating outing early in the morning after you enjoyed your luxurious 3-course breakfast. No time to waste, just relax and enjoy a beautiful scenery and great hospitality.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Whether you like to sail, cruise on a boat, cycle, hike or just relax Villa Envie has the right surroundings and atmosphere to enjoy your time-off. Your hosts will top this with great hospitality and culinary delights.
The bubbels & boats tour is highly appreciated by our guests. It includes a boat tour through the Frisian scenery with the host as your private captain. Guiding you through the impressive natural scenery seen from the water while you enjoy our home-made-appetizers and some bubbled beverages.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
This modern villa has four guestrooms and a communal lounge. The communal lounge features coffee & tea making facilities, a mini-bar, various magazines, tourist information and board games. The lounge gives you direct access to the roof terrace overlooking the architecturally designed garden. This waterfront garden gives you the possibility to moor your boat and to relax on the several terraces. Unwind with a nice glass of wine or hot beverage which can be taken from the mini-bar in the garden house.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
We have 4 guestrooms: 1 large room with seating space, maximum occupancy 4 adults, baby bed also possible, 1 large room with seating space, maximum occupancy 3 adults, baby bed also possible, 1 bedroom, maximum occupancy 2 adults , 1 honeymoon suite.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
Strandkamer: (beachroom) This spacious room is located at the front of the house and is decorated with a mix of old & new design in natural colours. The room breathes an atmosphere of sea, beach and calmness.
The private modern bathroom is located in the hallway and has a jacuzzi, separate rainshower, toilet and washbasin. All in luxurious design including bathroom amenities. Sneekermeerkamer: This room is furnished with French pinewood furniture and orange coloured accessories. The room is spacious, bright though warm and cozy. The ensuite modern bathroom has a toilet, washbasin and rainshower. All in luxurious design and including bathroom amenities. Koepelkamer: (domeroom) This brand new room has a double boxspring, which can be dressed as a double bed or 2 singles. It is decorated with white and red colours and has a dome in the middle of the room. The room can only be reserved together with any other room. Honeymoon suite:This room is situated on ground floor with its own lavender terrace overlooking the water. Decorated with modern design, a touch of romance and led lighting. The spacious bathroom has a jacuzzi for two persons, separate rainshower and a double washbasin. All in luxurious design and including bathroom amenities.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
All rooms and bathrooms have central heating. In the bathrooms you will find deluxe amenities, consisting of shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and conditioner, as well as a hair dryer. Coffee and tea making facilities as well as a mini-bar can be found in the communal lounge and garden-house. Furthermore we can arrange almost anything you might require.
What do the room rates include?
All room rates include a luxurious 3-course breakfast served at your table. Parking is free of charge in front of the villa. And internet is also available without any charge. Service charge and VAT are included. Tourist taxes are excluded.
Do you offer any special packages?
Honeymoon package: late check in (after wedding party), festive welcome with bubbles & canapes, romantically decorated room, additional bathroom amenities (badoil, badrobes, flowers), luxurious breakfast served in bed or on your private lavender terrace, late check-out. Bubbles & boats package: boat tour with private captain, bubbles and home-made canapes. Culinary package.: minimum length of stay is two nights, one dinner at the villa (table d'hote) and one dinner at a culinary restaurant in Joure.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Starter: fresh orange juice, fresh fruit composition, quark with cereals. Main course: daily changing egg dish, bread, local cheese, cold cut selection, jam, butter, typical Dutch chocolate sprinkles, example of egg dishes are scrambled with salmon, egg benedict, egg/creamcheese wrap with rocket. Dessert: daily changing local dessert, for example frisian french toast, home-made pastries.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served at 9.00am, or as per guests wishes on one of the terraces in the landscaped garden or the communal lounge (bad weather scenario).
Are dietary needs accommodated?
Yes, if known in advance.
Do you serve other meals?
All guests are welcomed with a complimentary beverage and a canape. There is a table d'hote menu available if communicated prior to arrival. Lunch boxes available upon request.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Yes, baby chairs and baby cots as well as life jackets are available.
Do you accept pets?
Pets are welcome if trained properly. So no sleeping on beds or sofa's. Surcharge is applicable.
What is your smoking policy?
Entirely non-smoking, except for outdoor areas.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Parking facilities in front of the villa.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
Smoke & fire alarms are provided/
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Check in at 4.00pm. Check out before 11.00am.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
During the summer period (july & august) a minimum length of two nights applies.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Reservations can be made via e-mail, contact-from at website or telephone.
What is you cancellation policy?
What types of payment do you accept?
Cash only. Bank transfers prior to arrival.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
Respect local culture and other guests.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
Watersports, such as boating, sailing, wind-surfing, swimming, etc. Visiting Frisian pittoresk villages, such as Sneek, Sloten and Grou. Cycle or hiking tours through Frisian natural scenery. Several museums are closeby as well as the UNESCO heritage site the Wadden Sea.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
If you are looking for a relaxing informal luxurious get-away Villa Envie is the place to stay.
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
Special events or workshops, like cooking classes, small private functions can be organised in Villa Envie