Somewhere in January my PCA (personal care assistant) and I were thinking about going to a Bed & Breakfast somewhere in the Netherlands. After some searching, we found the B&B called Mössems in Denekamp, the Netherlands. We booked this place for a weekend in May, from Friday till Sunday. So I told my best friend about it, and she was like cool, can I join? We called the B&B, and they were like of course, we’ve still got a room for that weekend.
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
Where to stay?
Mössems is located in Denekamp and features a garden and a terrace. This 3-star hotel features free WiFi and a bar. The property has a restaurant.
At the hotel, the rooms include a closet, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Mössems has certain accommodations with garden views, and all rooms have an electric tea pot. All guest rooms at the accommodation are equipped with a seating area. – Booking.com
On Thursday morning, the 9th of May, we received the terrible news that my sweet, lovely grandmother had passed away. We were heartbroken and shocked when we heard. On Friday morning I had the weekend planned in Denekamp. After much doubt, I decided to let this continue, especially because my grandmother enjoyed it when I went traveling.
Friday morning, we drove to Denekamp which was like 150 kilometers and 1.5 hours away. We drove through beautiful landscapes and enjoyed meadows with cute cows and horses. It was a completely different side of the Netherlands. The Bed & Breakfast used to be an old farm, but the owners renovated it into a beautiful B&B.
At the entrance, you could immediately see that a lot of attention has been paid to this place and the looks of this place. The owner told us about the history and the origins of this Bed and Breakfast. After checking in we were able to go to our rooms and drop off our stuff. It was quite noticeable that they have thought about everything around accessibility. But it is arranged in such a way that it is not obvious that this place is especially for people with a disability.
We had booked rooms called ‘De Tarwe’ and ‘De Haver’ because these rooms have electric profiling beds. The owners did not charge extra for using these electric beds, super right? Directly from the rooms, you could enjoy the view over the Meadows. It was a very refreshing, green place. If you want to relax and re-charge somewhere in nature, then I will recommend this place and the surroundings.
What to do?
We also planned this weekend to explore the surroundings. On the first day, we didn’t do much, but we went to eat dinner in Hengelo. We first went to a Sushi restaurant, but it turned out this place wasn’t wheelchair accessible. Also, the owners were not what you’d call ‘helpful’.
We decided to go further and see if there was another nice tent. So we ended up at an Italian restaurant called ‘Intenzo’. The people at this restaurant were really friendly and willing to make room for two wheelchairs. The food was delicious and the vibe was perfect. We are really happy that we have eaten here.
The next morning we had breakfast with fresh pastries and croissants. On the advice of the owner of the B&B, we went to the outlet of Ochtrup in Germany. This was about a half-hour drive from the Bed and Breakfast. This outlet was very large and it also was very good accessible for wheelchair users. There were several accessible toilets and you also could enter every store with your wheelchair. After some shopping, we went to a modern cafe to have a cup of coffee with a nice German pastry.
Meanwhile, we were searching for a place where we could go to eat some dinner. We decided to try Sushi (again) because this was not successful the other night. Via Tripadvisor, we ended up at an all-you-can-eat Sushi and Wok restaurant in Enschede. This tent is called Asaka and is very well wheelchair accessible. The staff were very friendly and the food was good. You’ve got 3(!) hours to eat, they had everything. It was quite cheap and there were many options, even for vegetarian eaters. After eating dinner and some desserts (of course), we went back to the B&B in Denekamp. We watched some crime series and went to bed at like 2 a.m.
On Sunday, it was Mother’s Day and even the B&B owners paid attention to this day.
The breakfast buffet was very extensive this time and there were certainly 20 people for breakfast. After eating breakfast we packed our suitcases, and we had to check out at 11 a.m. Before checking out I bought some local honey and homemade jam. I love buying local, homemade stuff from farms because I think this is much better than from a supermarket. Like, more from nature and maybe fairer to the farmers. It was a very nice weekend and I think I’ll go back to this bed and breakfast once again.
General things to know
Besides where to stay and what to do, there are some general things you should know.
The main official language is Dutch. But most people do speak a little English.
Since the Netherlands is a part of Europe, you can pay with euros (€).