We are Jan-Willem van Rijnberk and Riet van Gerven, and our first names translate into John and Mary. It’s fun to realize this could not have been more common. We are your hosts at Bed and Breakfast Tilburg Gust van Dijk and warmly welcome you to our enticing place where being at Home is an Experience.
About your hosts
and their dream
Designing Home for Art and Guests
Creating a special place
Imagine, after searching for more than a year all over the Netherlands, we found a special place. Not too big and not too small, a house that could be home to all the aspirations. A shophouse with a rich history at a magnificent spot in the center of Tilburg.
In 2007, 3 full years of restoration, installation of modern comfort, and hand finishing started. We envisaged it would take us just under 1.5 years. But actually, more than three years flew by. After all, every square centimeter needs attention. It is fantastic that the dream came true. That we succeeded in implementing our own concept with our own hands. To make a Bed and Breakfast with the atmosphere of the past and comfort of the present. A home where the production of art modestly, unnoticed, sneaks in, and plays a most important role!
Generous and Welcoming
At Gust van Dijk a new home was built in a house where another home used to be before (read more on Gust van Dijk’s history). A home where we together with our guests marvel at what interests us and what brings us together. We used to think that there were 101 reasons to come to Tilburg. By now we know that there are 1001 reasons to visit our cozy and hospitable city and to stay at Bed and Breakfast Tilburg Gust van Dijk.
Home for Guests
Guests know how to find our B&B and choose to stay Bed and Breakfast Gust van Dijk in Tilburg. When we receive compliments indicating that guests feel at home and enjoyed their stay, we are shining. There is a saying: “Home is Where the Heart Is” and for us, Home is where ‘the (He)art’ is. You are welcome to come and experience this atmosphere. Read reviews here
Paradise is just around the corner
Being home, we really enjoy it. Jan Willem says “Paradise must be just around the Corner”. On this beautiful spot, we enjoy the special stories that guests share with us and tell in their unique way. Hospitality is a matter of course in our lives and our passion for art is passed on without a hitch. And that’s amazing because not everyone connects to art.
We enjoy offering our guests a memorable stay that is wreathed by warmth and that relates to ambiance, conviviality and coming back.
Sustainable and Green
Since artists offer “alternate views” on living we hope that guests to consider the importance to live in a relationship with nature and our planets’ resources and that they are aware of their interdependence. The concerns are particularly salient now, as we fret about global warming and how much time we humans have left on the planet. Art is an opportunity to for example understand better society and it’s connections to nature. “Ars Longa – Vita Brevis”.
Therefore we do our utmost to achieve a more sustainable future for the world we live in. We are committed to cutting our energy use and reducing our carbon impact in different ways.
How we Participate
- The electricity which is consumed in our B&B is compensated by solar power since we participate in a local energy-collective Oude Ley. Please switch off the lights when you leave your room.
- Our energy supplier GreenChoise compensates the gas we use in our B&B, through the production of an equal amount of ‘green gas’ from out of waste streams. To reduce the gas consumption of our central heating system we use thermostatic radiator knobs throughout the house. You don’t really have to do anything about it, but if you turn them up, put them in ‘night mode’ when you leave your room.
- To reduce washing most guests re-use their towels. Therefore please ask us for a fresh set towels when you need them.
- to compensate CO2, we give space to 12 paper-white birch trees in the transcendence space in our garden,
- We source local, seasonal food and serve locally produced and organic products. We shop at local producers, which all play a part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- To fight single-use plastic bottles. Our Tilburg tap water is well water and has been awarded the best tapwater in the Netherlands. It’s more than 10.000 years old and it just runs out from the tap. In your room you also find sparkling Tilburg water in a re-usable Sodastream bottle.
- We strictly separate waste in order for most to be recycled. Please help us recycle glass, cans, paper, and plastics. Please place recyclable waste beside the bin in your room.
Featured in ``Bed and Breakfast`` at MAX TV
We were invited to take part in a TV program called “Bed and Breakfast” that TV MAX intended to make. In 2012 we appeared in the very first Dutch-made episode together with other Bed and Breakfasts from the North and South of the Netherlands. Little did we know that this TV program turned out to be a much loved and super popular TV program. We enjoyed being filmstars for a whole week with the group, taking part in outings, and learned a lot about the other B&B hosts. We made a short “the making of” video about this experience. This video gives a little insight into the backstage of one-week recordings for 50 minutes of TV. Thanks to our colleagues at “De Witte Wolk” and “Bergopwaerts” and the Film crew of IdeeTV.