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Hoevehotel Ronse – Family Farm-Stay in East Flanders, Belgium

By monika - July 22, 2016 (Updated: July 25, 2016)

 

Farm Stay at Hoevehotel Ronse, East Flanders, Belgium

Monika and her family enjoy a farm-stay in East Flanders, Belgium, at the Green-Key certified Hoevehotel Ronse.

We were invited to Hoevehotel Ronse for a farm-stay recently, and it turned out to be quite an experience! We arrived one wet Friday evening at a quaint little property just outside Ronse, in East Flanders, Belgium and were welcomed warmly by the owner.

The Hoevehotel Ronse is a lovely family farm that promotes relaxation and enjoyment in congenial surroundings. The owners, Bert and Vero, are passionate about sheep and the entire property reflects this fondness, from the name of the rooms corresponding to endangered Belgian sheep breeds to the small knick-knacks adorning the property.

A sheep-themed decor throughout Hoevehotel Ronse

A sheep-themed decor throughout Hoevehotel Ronse

The rooms were much bigger and nicer than what you will see on the website. There are seven rooms in total, spread over two floors including one ground floor room with handicap access. Our room was on the first floor, with a comfortable bed and a little extra room with a bunk bed and a baby cot, perfect for large families. The room was spacious, clean, and the bathroom is functional. Even though the room was facing the road, it was quiet and had a view of the surrounding hills.

Family-friendly and accessible rooms at Hoevehotel Ronse

Family-friendly and accessible rooms at Hoevehotel Ronse

We had dinner the evening we arrived at the hotel and also breakfast the following morning. The dinner was wholesome and good, reflecting home-style cooking. We started with a nice carrot soup, which was delicious and healthy at the same time. The salmon was fresh, pan-seared, and it paired perfectly with the spinach quinoa and cherry tomatoes, served alongside. They also accommodated our request for a vegetarian meal, so nothing was too much of a problem. We paired our meal with white wine and finished with a huge serving of ice-cream with nuts. The portion sizes are generous, and the service is not rushed. Also, the entire experience of eating the meal in a huge, pleasant dining room with other hotel guests is nice. Breakfast was hearty; with particular attention paid to locally sourced foods (my family and I enjoyed the yoghurt from sheep’s milk) and is included in the price of the room.

carrot soup with salmon and spinach quinoa

carrot soup with salmon and spinach quinoa
Dining room and breakfast options

Dining room and breakfast options including sheep’s milk yogurt

Staying in the farm hotel gives you the advantage of getting involved in farm activities. Children can enjoy the daily farm feeding activities including feeding the sheep, offering carrots to the rabbits or just petting the animals. The farm has a total of 25 sheep, 20 rabbits, four female goats, pigs, chickens, and other animals.

Plenty of farm animals at Hoevehotel Ronse

Plenty of farm animals at Hoevehotel Ronse

Kids are always welcome at Hoevehotel Ronse, and there is a dedicated children’s area inside and multiple toys within the enclosed garden. The rooms are also geared towards large families. The owners are hospitable, and they are happy to serve special meals for the children; my three-year-old toddler had a great time at this farm hotel.

Kid-friendly areas at the Hoevehotel Ronse

Kid-friendly areas at the Hoevehotel Ronse

The hotel is located, with its magical remoteness, little more than an hour from Brussels and is an ideal base to discover Ronse.  The overall atmosphere is relaxed, and comfort is key.  The bar is open until midnight; the wifi works well, and there is free parking. The owners are passionate about the property and the animals, accommodating, and very hospitable. If you are looking for a holiday that gives you an authentic farm experience, where you can be one with nature, eat local produce, and get your hands dirty, go to Hoevehotel Ronse and enjoy the stay.

The proud owners of Hoevehotel Ronse, Bert and Vero, with their property

The proud owners of Hoevehotel Ronse, Bert and Vero, with their property

Hoevehotel Ronse
Maagdenstraat 36,
9600 Ronse

Farm Stay at Hoevehotel Ronse, East Flanders, Belgium

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Monika

Monika Lamba Saini is an Indian expat, in Brussels, with her husband and an amiable, energetic toddler. Trained as a doctor and specialised as a pathologist, cancer research brought her to Brussels. When she is not working on molecular profiling of different types of thyroid carcinomas, she likes to cook, read and listen to music. Her favourite part of the day is definitely the time spent with the family. She is the author, co-author and peer reviewer of many national and international scientific publications. She is an avid foodie, loves to travel, explore new places, new cultures and also loves to write about them!

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