About us - B&B Tannerie

About us

In a homely atmosphere Host Guy strives to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Garden with pool


Behind the historical house, the beautiful garden forms an oasis of tranquillity. You would almost forget that you are in the middle of the centre. The eye catcher is the heated swimming pool that is accessible from May until September. Reading a book in a shady spot, playing around by the pool or enjoying a drink from our honesty bar on one of the terraces, is all part of the experience.


The heated pool is open from the 1st of May until October 1st.



Our breakfast is served in the cosy lounge that overlooks the garden. The sun’s first light enters the room early in the morning. At the edge of the imposing fireplace you can enjoy a breakfast buffet. When the weather is good, we like to serve breakfast outside.


Our philosophy is that quality is better than quantity. No endless buffet, but rather honest, full-flavoured products. Moreover, we are happy to introduce you to all the tasty regional products.



You can park for free right in front of our B&B on the Market Square. If you can’t find a place here, you can also use the parking at the railway station or Sint-Andriesplein. Both car parks are only 2 min walk away.

The railway station of Balen is located at 250 m from our B&B. There are direct train connections from Balen to Hasselt and Antwerp.

Bicycles can also be parked safely at the back of the house.


On Fridays, you cannot park on the Markt between 11 am and 6 pm because of the Friday market. There are more than enough alternatives in the neighbourhood.


The B&B team


Host and hostess on duty are two thirty-somethings with the typical Kempense no-nonsense mentality. Guy is full time B&B manager and functions as first point of contact while Kim combines her job with the B&B.The two sons -our whiteheads- make sure there is never a dull moment.


In a homely atmosphere with respect for everyone’s privacy, we strive to make your stay as comfortable as possible.



The originally French house dates from the first half of the 19th century and is today listed as architectural heritage. The builder Jean-Gabriel Quesney was a lieutenant of the imperial customs under French rule and came to live in Balen in 1808.

After Belgium’s independence he became a Belgian citizen in 1841. He and his descendants ran a tannery there. The Quesney family owned the house for the entire century until it was sold in 1909.

In the 20th century, Dr Gustave Alenus and his wife made it their new home. The ” Redhead”, referring to his red hair, played a pioneering role as a doctor in the development of health care in Balen.

In the middle of the 20th century, the building came into the hands of ‘Madame Ferraille’, who ran a fashion business in Brussels and used the house as a country house. A concierge lived in the extension at the back of the house. Madame Ferraille gives the house its current appearance by adding a dormer, a balcony and the ironwork at the front windows.


In the 1970s, the Bierkens-Geboers couple from Balen became the new owners. Later, Mathieu Bierkens became mayor and the house was known in Balen as ‘the Bierkens’ house’. With great care, they will ensure that the house retains its authenticity for decades, until they decide to move in 2019.

After extensive renovation, ‘huis Bierkens’ opens its doors in the summer of 2021 in the new guise of a B&B. As a reference to the tannery of former times, we decided to name our B&B ‘Tannerie’. The French lily in the logo refers to the French origin of the house. The three inhabitants of the twentieth century are given a room named after them.In some places in and around the house, you will be amazed at the charm of the place and imagine yourself to be in another century for a moment.

House regulations


Cancellation conditions


In case of cancellation by the traveller due to circumstances beyond the control of the provider, the following costs can be charged to the traveller. The traveller must pay or not a cancellation fee according to the time of cancellation (the exact date is determined exclusively by the date of receipt of the traveller’s written cancellation request):



For individual travellers:

– If cancelled up to 3 days before the start of the stay: no cancellation charge payable

– For cancellation less than 48h before the start of the stay: 100% of the total cost of the stay.


For groups (3 rooms or more)

– in case of cancellation more than 14 days before the start of the stay: an administration cost of 25 euros;

– in case of cancellation between 14 and 3 days before the start of the stay: 50% of the total cost of the stay;

– in case of cancellation less than 3 days before the start of the stay: 100% of the total cost of the stay.


If a deposit has been paid, this deposit may be charged and/or retained by the provider.

In case of cancellation (whether by the guest or by the provider) due to force majeure, none of the parties shall be liable. The provider is entitled (which may be waived by the provider) to retain half of any advance payment, but only if an advance payment was made by the guest to the provider prior to the trip and the occurrence of the force majeure. Force majeure includes, but is not limited to: war, strikes, riots, serious security problems such as terrorism, major threats to human health such as the outbreak of a serious disease, virus or pandemic both at home and at the destination, natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions whereby safe travel cannot be guaranteed.


The provider and the guest are free to make other agreements in the event of force majeure (in favour of the guest or the provider).



House rules

-During your stay, respect the peace and privacy of other guests and the host family

-Children must be supervised by an adult at all times during their stay, especially in and around the swimming pool

-Pets are not allowed


-Check in: 16h- 23h.

-Check out: 11h.


Tannlogies BV

Market Square 23

2490 Balen