Bed and Breakfast hosts

Who are your Bed and Breakfast hosts behind the resurrection of this beautiful place called Refugio Marnes?

Uw gastheren bij Casa Rural Refugio Marnes

We, Richard Steenblik and Willem Pieffers, both 50-ish, have been a team for almost 30 years. We specialize in the renovation of old buildings, which we have done successfully five times. Both the new owners and the design/housing press acclaimed the results. All this experience culminated in Refugio Marnes.



Richard Steenblik: “Born in Rotterdam, but really a Twent at heart. Raised in and around eerlijk en heerlijk etenBorne in Twente. I have a ‘consumer’ background, had a “Bread and Pastry” education in Almelo and I then did Food Technology in Ede. At the Dutch Institute for Dairy Research (NIZO) I have over 13 years in various positions and my part in the development of new products such as cheese ‘Old Amsterdam’ ‘Milner’ etc., I can call myself dairy technician. During my work at the NIZO I have done the Higher Agricultural School. Once in Spain I had more ‘food’ experience in restaurant kitchens. Cooking is my passion. Besides Refugio Marnes Casas Rurales together with Willem I run Refugio Marnes Jardines, a garden design, construction, consultancy and maintenance company. My hobbies are cooking, plants, gardening, pets, fishing, reading, water polo and swimming competitions and entertainment.”

Willem Pieffers: “I am Willem Pieffers, born in Delfzijl, partly raised in Germany and then in 2 ezelinnen bij Ecolodge Refugio MarnesRhenen. I have an agricultural and horticultural background, then I went to NIMETO (a general design training) in Utrecht, which I did not finish. Between this training and my military service I worked at a riding school and worked as an assistant Dolphin trainer at Ouwehand Zoo. After my military service I have worked 13 years in psychiatry healthcare. The bulk of the time on open wards where multi-disciplinary assessment was conducted. Once in Spain Richard and I used all the experience we gained in previous construction projects to start Refugio Marnes. In addition, together with Richard, I run “Refugio Marnes Jardines” company, which distinguishes itself by a strong customer focus and an approach to gardening “with” nature and not, as so often happens, against it. Hobbies: Design, fitness, reading, spirituality and personal growth, (farm) animals, old cars and everything related to technology and environmental questions.”

We very much welcome you in Refugio Marnes and, of course, your stories!