Bed and breakfast

In the “Land van Playsantiën”
Out in the country, a stone's throw away from the cultural town of LIER and close to the metropolitan city of ANTWERP, is where we find "The Stekebees Estate". (named after the gooseberry, one of the many berries found on the estate).

The farmhouse is situated on the Van den Nest lane. Van den Nest was the former name of the estate where you will meet the Gillis-Oomes family.
The peace and quite of being surrounded by nature is attractive. Hiking through the Kessel moor, going for bicycle rides on the friendly routes and dikes or enjoying a boattrip on the river Nete. Some prefer fishing in a nearby canal or pond while others enjoy a nice glass of wine or a nap in the garden.

For the more active among us there are plenty of exciting sights to discover. Your host has gathered all the necessary information and will assist you in your search for these and other local activities.
Whether you're on a short vacation or just passing through, a bed and breakfast is your best choice. Out in the country you will enjoy the advantages of this region's hospitality and meet the people who live here. This is the place to enjoy a real farmers breakfast, often with homemade bread and day fresh eggs. The friendly atmosphere is a free bonus.
Parking space is available and bicycles can be stored inside. The common room with mezzanine is where breakfast is served. This is where you will also find the billiard table, or where you can sit and read, or get acquainted with your hosts and/or other guests. For your and our health, the buildings are smoke free. Those who can't resist can retreat to the garden and enjoy a healthy stroll.
Your host's hobby since 1982 has been winemaking. A large part of the garden was transformed

into a vineyard and orchard with various fruits and berries. Julien will gladly give you a tour . This includes his wine cellar. A glass of wine is offered on completion of the tour. A variety of Belgians fruit- and grape wines of the estate may be tasted in the wine cellar..
Vine-culture is possible all over the world, in warm as well as in colder wine countries. Some of the finest and most beautiful white wines, however, are made in colder climates. This is where grapes take the longest to achieve full ripeness. This is exactly what gives the wine it's volume, aroma and flavor.

Where to find us?

By train:
Lier station is at 4 miles from “The Stekebees Estate” taxiservice can be arranged.

By motorway:
Take the E-313 exit 19 Massenhove, turn left direction Lier, then right to Broechem.

Basics: (Biking or hiking)
Keep a good map handy and choose your route before setting of, or choose a route planner on the Internet. ( The "GR-route" runs through our village.
For those who plan a bike trip or walk, we are also right on the "Vier kerkenpad"(Four-churches-route) and about 1.5 km (1 mile) from here you will find the "Boomgaardpad"(Orchard route)
We are on the "Pallieterlandroute" should you choose to visit the area by car.
To emphasize the vacation atmosphere we also organize weekends with seasonal themes. If you have any suggestions we would love to hear about them.
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See you soon, at our great Breakfast.
About our rooms:

All rooms have a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, all with single beds. Each room has TV, radio and brochures with regional info. Bed linen and towels are included.

These are the possible activities at the Estate:
Billiard - jeux de boules - a drink from the bar at the woodstove - wine tasting
outside play area/lawn for kids - picnicking (also to go) - games - relaxing

We are close to:
hiking routes/paths - bike routes - GR-route - sauna with in and outdoor pools (0.5 mile)
Restaurants - Sokker (Lier/Broechem/Ranst) - Fitness center - Bee-farmer

The quaint city of Lier (3 miles) - Antwerp, metropolitan city (10 miles)
Scull collection Morkhoven (10 miles) - Themepark "Bobbejaanland" (16 miles)

All information at this address:

Familie Gillis-Oomes
Van den Nestlaan 179
2520 Ranst-Broechem
Tel. +32 (0)3 475 11 12
gsm. +32 0473 58 12 19
gsm. +32 0495 25 45 51 <>

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