(former Spinning and Hand Weaving Jean Baptiste Paul Bouquié)

Get away together, time to relax and time for each other... Nothing to do, just fully enjoy the birds and nature. Pull out a book or magazine, pour yourself a treat and unwind. The communal lounge invites you to relax with a book or play one of the many games.

The beautiful location in Eibergen where literally around the corner by bike or on foot you can enjoy the Gelderland landscape. Within walking distance of the center. An absolute must to visit this part of the Netherlands and stay in our Bed & Breakfast Hotel.

For years the property has stood empty. Decay was an eyesore for many Eibergen residents. We managed to save one of the oldest factory buildings from demolition.

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Haaksbergseweg 16
7151 AS Eibergen


Early industrial production in the Achterhoek originated from 1834 in the still extant building of the spinning and hand-weaving mill of Jean Baptiste Paul Bouquié (1778-1855), on Haaksbergseweg 16 in Eibergen, situated near the Berkel River.

Bouquié was from Brussels, had Orangist sympathies and had gained experience in cotton processing.

It was the period between the Belgian Revolt starting Aug. 25, 1830, and Belgium's secession from the Dutch Kingdom, as regulated by the London Treaty of April 19, 1839. In the Netherlands, almost no industrial flax and cotton industry had yet taken off, unlike in Belgium where spinning mills and looms had been in motion for four decades. So there was fast catching up to do in the Northern Netherlands, and Bouquié contributed to this catching up with his Eiberg hand weaving mill where textile workers produced cheap cotton fabrics ("calicots") for low wages on 120 looms. Many enterprises would follow in the Achterhoek and Twente during the Second Industrial Revolution (mid-19th century until World War I). Bouquié's factory stands at the beginning of this dynamic period of mechanized mass production, construction of railroads and modern canals, and rapid population growth. The building may be called an icon of the Industrial Revolution in the Eastern Netherlands and it is great that after long years of vacancy a beautiful repurposing into B&B hotel 'The Chestnut Factory' has been realized. 

[sources:; Hans de Beukelaer, Nijver in het groen. Two centuries of industrial development in Achterhoek and Liemers (Doetinchem 1990), p. 63; Bennie te Vaarwerk, History of the 'old' N18, Jean Baptiste Paul Bouquié, or how a Belgian became patriarch of Eiberg textiles, PDF]

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