In the Antwerp Campine region and especially in the border region with the Netherlands, large natural areas have fortunately been preserved. We try to contribute to this by restoring nature on a small scale. In a part of our site, a monotonous spruce forest was planted 40-45 years ago. Due to global warming, spruce trees are less and less able to grow in our country and are attacked by bark beetles, after which they slowly die. This was also the case on this site. We therefore decided to remove almost all the spruce trees and to plant only native and typical heathland species on the sandy soil that had become available. A shallow basin in the marshy area also provides space for some wet heath species. In the transition zone with the agricultural area behind, a wooded edge develops, consisting of rosehips, hawthorn, blackthorn and numerous brambles, among others. All kinds of nesting boxes are scattered around the site, providing shelter for many species of nesting birds. In April-June, for example, you will probably hear and see Pied Flycatchers here. Next to the house, a Tawny Owl breeds, while Little Owl and Kestrel are found at the transition to the farmland. The small pond is a real hotspot for many species of birds and dragonflies, especially in dry, warm and sunny weather.


Unique concept: your own place for wildlife photography


Nature photography is very popular... maybe you or one of your travelling companions is also a keen photographer? Then we have some good news, because a real birdwatching area has been integrated into the grounds. Invisible to the many birds and other species, you can observe or photograph them here undisturbed and from very close range!




SilvesterLodge (40m2) is equipped for a maximum stay of 4 persons and has 2 separate bedrooms (1 double bed + 1 bunk bed). In addition, the house has a fully equipped kitchen (induction cooker, microwave oven, coffee machine) and a bathroom with toilet and shower. In the living room there is a sitting area with a TV. Wifi is available. At the back is the private, wooded and fully fenced garden (almost 4500 m2) with a spacious (20m2) terrace (+ BBQ) where you can enjoy the sunset in privacy. You have a beautiful and wide view over the adjacent fields and meadows. SilvesterLodge is easily accessible and has a private and spacious parking for 2 cars. Due to the emphasis on nature development, pets are not allowed.




For this stay you pay 120€ per night during the week. On weekends and during school holidays (B) you pay 150€ per night. Minimum stay: 2 nights. From 4 nights onwards, a 10% discount on the total price applies.

If a photo hide is rented for 1 or more days via, a discount of 25€ per day with photo hide applies.

Bed linen is always included per stay. Final cleaning costs 50€ and is compulsory. The deposit is 150€.


Arrival: 16.00h-20.00h

Check-out: before 11.00h




Essen-Horendonk, in the north of the province of Antwerp. Click here to see some images of the house and its surrounding private natural garden.




Do you have any questions or would you like to make a reservation? Send us an e-mail ( and we will answer you as soon as possible. In the calendar below you can see which days are still available ('Vrij') or already booked ('Volzet').