What is(are) your name(s)?
Jos & Chris Vermolen
For how long have you been running a B&B?
We started our B& B in August 2007.
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
Chris has been a nurse for more than 30 years in a hospital nearby . I was a teacher in our local school and , at the same time chief of the fire department in our village. We have build our home a few years after our marriage in 1971 . We have one son , and three lovely grandchildren . When our son met his wife , they have lived here during 6 years on the first floor . Two of our grandchildern are born under our roof . After that our son and his family had build theire own house and a few years later we were retired : our house became to large . We had the choice : sell our home or stay . Because we like to meet people , we started a bed and breakfast . We welcome our guests since 2007....
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
Merksplas is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp near the Holland border. The municipality comprises only the town of Merksplas proper (+/- 9000 inh) .
Most of the Belgian en Dutch tourists come here to make cycling tours or to take a (marked) walk .
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Tourists from faraway countries book our apartment because of its central location between the cities in Belgium (Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels ..) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague ..). Merksplas lies between two highways: the E19 (Antwerp - Breda) and the E34 (Antwerp - Eindhoven)
The big advantage is that 6 persons and child together in the apartment can stay for an affordable price.
Expatriates hire our apartment to visit family during their vacation.
Project Workers find in our Apartment & Breakfast a warm accommodation with excellent service.
Within certain conditions pets are allowed
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
The apartment on the upper floor of our home has its own separate entrance on the outside of the house, so you may come and go whenever you like. We offer a very spacious suite : bathroom , living room, kitchen, wintergarden veranda with a nice view .., 3 bedrooms ( boxsprings), luggageroom etc. (Max. 6 people + child ).
Our comfortable apartment is equipped with wireless Internet access, radio, flatscreen TV with satellite receiver and DVD. The kitchen is fully equipped with a combi-grill magnetron, fridge, freezer,washing machine , dishwasher, coffee maker, hotel safe ,Senseo and more. Guests may also enjoy the use of a separate living room, salon . Our rate is "all inclusive" : towels and bed linen included, final cleaning, energy etc. Upon request we provide free hotel services.
The apartment exudes a nostalgic atmosphere with all modern comforts
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
The apartment provides three bedrooms. Two double bedrooms each with two single beds ( boxsprings ). A third smaller bedroom with a bunk bed. There is space for baby cot or extra folding bed to place. Maximum capacity 6 persons and one extra bed.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
The apartment has an area of +/- 100 sqm. There are three separate bedrooms. Bathroom , kitchen , living-room,veranda and luggageroom .We only rent to one person, family or group. You never have to share the apartment with others.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
Livingroom : An extendable table and leather sofas for 6 persons , library. The apartment is equipped with wireless Internet access, radio, flatscreen TV with satellite receiver and DVD. Mobile airco in the summertime . Central heating .
The kitchen is fully equipped with a combi-grill magnetron, fridge and honesty-bar , freezer, washing machine , dishwasher, tea or coffee makers, hotel safe , mixers, fryer, oven even an PC . All pots and pans cutlery and kitchen utensils are available.
The bathroom has a shower, washbasin and a toilet. . Toiletries available
Luggageroom : with iron, cleaning utensils and extra towels, pillows etc.
Wintergarden ( glasshouse , orangerie , veranda) : A round table with 6 chairs invites you to take breakfast while enjoying a lovely rural view.
Which room is your personal favorite?
My favorite place is the veranda: nice and warm behind glass in winter, a wonderful view over the meadows in the summer.
What do the room rates include?
Our Price varies according to number of persons and number of nights of stay. The price includes everything except breakfast (on request) and drinks from the honesty - bar (optional).
Do you offer any special packages?
Normally we do not provide meals . On the other hand , you can always make arrangements with your hostess Chris ( lunch basket, etc.) .
Make a deal with the hostess and a world of eventualities opens
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
In the kitchen you may make your own breakfast if you'd like or we can serve breakfast on the apartment in the morning, just let it know in the early evening the night before. You can order by the list tell/write us your wishes.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served on request only. You can have breakfast in the living room of the apartment, in the kitchen, veranda or in the garden.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
The apartment kitchen is self-sufficient, however the hostess will be happy to assist with any request
Do you serve other meals?
Each guest receives a welcome drink. Try a local Belgian Trappist ?! Normally we do not serve meals. Nevertheless, we can make an exceptions in special circumstances, day and night
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
The kitchen is fully equipped for an international public !
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
We have children's furniture, cots, toys, darts, shuffleboard, books, children's kitchen etc.Discount for < 12 years.
Do you accept pets?
Dogs are allowed under certain conditions after consulting with the host lords. There is an enclosed meadow down the stairs. Small extra charge.
What is your smoking policy?
In the apartment is a ban on smoking in the bedrooms and living space. You can smoke in the garden or open porch.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
There is free parking for the house or near the stairs
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
Unfortunately, not suitable.( stairs)
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
Fire alarms, fire doors, emergency lighting, icons, fire blankets, fire extinguishers and evacuation plan ... everything is there. Safety first
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Check in from 15 pm and check out normally between 11 and 12 am. Or by appointment !
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
You can book from one night. From 2 nights you receive a discount. For longer stays, there are special conditions to be agreed.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Via Phone or e mail and online ( contactform)
What is you cancellation policy?
When you did not show up on time on the arrival date of your reservation, your booking for the total amount of nights will be cancelled automatically, there will be no refund given.
When you have a last minute delay and you are not able to arrive on the day of your reservation, please notify the landlord by phone so we can keep your reservation for the following days
What types of payment do you accept?
Bank transfer or cash payment
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
We ask a normal civilized behavior based on mutuel confidence . An advance payment when receiving the keys.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
On our website you can find a whole page tips for trips. In the surroundings : Turnhout, Hoogstraten, Antwerp and what further : Ghent, Bruges and Brussels. Amusement Park Bobbejaanland at 20 km
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?
Our guests have complete privacy. But often we had very pleasant encounters in our garden or at the family table with people from all over the world. We like to listen to the story that every guest has to tell , consuming a glass of beer or wine from our cellar. Please be welcome..and feel like home
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
Many of our guests come back already for the second or third ... even the fifth time !.