De Nieuwe Warande is a sustainable B&B in Tilburg, or actually in the outskirts of Tilburg in Berkel-Enschot. Here you can sleep in a quiet area in one of their 3 beautiful rooms. But what makes De Nieuwe Warande so special is their philosophy. They work as sustainable as possible.
Owners Margriet and Frans have transformed their barn to a bed and breakfast with sustainable materials. The outer walls are isolated with wood fiber and the walls in between the rooms with used textiles like secondhand jeans. On the inside the walls are covered with clay plaster, which is one of the most environmental friendly materials as the CO2 emissions are very low.
They have three rooms in the B&B and they used as much second hand furniture as possible. Because they re-use materials that have already been made, they keep their footprint small. Margriet has done a great job combining all the furniture and decorative materials, and fixing or improving them were needed.
The bed and breakfast De Nieuwe Warande is named after the nature area between Tilburg and Udenhout. They have three rooms and a communal living room/kitchen. This is where they serve the breakfast, but it’s also a great place to relax in the evening. In the fridge you’ll find beers and wines that you’re welcome to enjoy.
Everything on the ground floor is wheelchair friendly. So there are no doorsteps and everything is on one level. This includes the communal kitchen and living room and one of their 3 rooms. This ‘Brave Hendrik’ room sleeps two people, is on the ground floor, has its own terrace and is completely wheelchair friendly.
The other two rooms are on the first floor. We stayed at the ‘Zoete Oranje’. This room has a beautiful view over the garden and the fields behind it. There’s a double bed and a living room area with a sofa and a television. Each room has its own bathroom and free wifi is available throughout the B&B.
In the bathroom was organic soap, body wash and shampoo that were free of parabens. The light in the bathroom turns off automatically when you leave the room. I think it’s great that De Nieuwe Warande is so conscious about the environment.
Our room had a kettle and a coffee machine and we were welcomed with two bottles of apple juice made from an apple orchard around the corner and two delicious chocolates. We had a relaxed evening on the couch with or chocolates and a small bottle of wine from the fridge downstairs.
You can agree on a time that you would like your breakfast with Margriet or Frans. For breakfast we were spoiled with all kinds of tasty products that were all organic. Most of the items were even from their own garden. We had a fresh egg from their own chickens, strawberries from their fruit garden and homemade jams from their own fruits. They also had organic bread and ham from their own pig.
Margriet and Frans use their ground to cultivate as much as possible for consumption for their guests and themselves. They don’t use any pesticides and only organic animal food. The things that they don’t have themselves, they’ll get from other local, organic farmers or shops. At the breakfast table, we had this bottle of milk from a farmer around the corner called Mijn Melk. He has 4 cow families and, what’s very unique, is that he makes his own milk on its premises. As each cow family has their own flavor of milk, you’ll see the name of the family stated on the label (we had ‘van Moevchen’). As there is no transport from the milk, the milk goes from cow to bottle within 30 minutes. The cowes choose themselves when they want to be milked or when they want to eat or graze.
Margriet showed us around their garden after breakfast. She has a fruit garden where she grows fruit like raspberries and strawberries and a vegetable garden where she grows things like courgette, pumpkin and lettuce. She has a separate area for herbs, so your fresh mint tea is as fresh as can be. They also have their own pigs and chickens.