By car and motorbike
Secrets of the Villers region in Walloon Brabant...
Discover the sometimes little-known secrets of the Villers region on this 60km drive!
Explore its new reception-shop area with a wide choice of local products, its interpretive centre and its new tour itinerary. Get a panoramic 180° view of all the Abbey. And immerse yourself in the past with the Ardoise, the interactive augmented reality tablet! At each of the 20 stations on your itinerary you can access a variety of scripted multimedia content. Augmented reality breathes life back into the architectural features and to people now dead.
The Abbey has 5 gardens of very different styles. The Jarden des Simples of Medieval inspiration and the Jardin des Moines have medicinal plants from yesteryear and today. The Jardin de la Pharmacie and the Jardin de l'Abbé are two ornamental gardens. The fifth Abbey Garden touches the senses and the olfactory one in particular.
Also visit the micro-brewery and try the house-made beers. The micro-brewery opens its doors every 2nd Saturday of the month at 2pm, 3pm and 5pm for a 45-minute guided tour.
Pass through the vineyard on a guided tour (1hr30) every 1st Saturday in September at 14.30 and finish with a tasting.
With the family of friends, explore Villers-la-Ville Abbey, its architecture, its history, its gardens and its animals!
The Abbey launches two annual subscription packages (unlimited access to the Abbey for one year as of the date of purchase. These subscription packages save their holders money from their second visit on):
- The Personal Pass
- The Family Pass.
The restored microbrewery of the Abbey of Villers-la-Ville is installed in the former wash-house and honours this drink very much appreciated by the monks. New beers are being proposed as well as those brewed by the Confrérie des Hostieux Moines of the Abbey of Villers.
Discover the 'Bâton de Saint-Bernard' from the butchers 'Maison Courtain'. This pure pork sausage is lightly smoked, with hazelnuts and beer from the monks of Villers. This local product is only available in this shop in Villers-la-Ville.
Producer of strawberries in Villers-la-Ville (variety 'Joly').
1 Double room (on the first floor), in a quiet area on the edge of the village, in a countryside location. Private non-adjoining bathroom. Welcome in French en Dutch.
Taste a wide variety of strawberries from May to the end of June: Darselect, Lambada, Joly, Dely, Dream and Guariguette. Direct sale of seasonal products such as green asparagus, melons, tomatoes (old varieties), peppers, pumpkins and courgettes.
The Villers-la-Ville municipality has a real treasure of greenery in store for you... The Gentissart nature reserve, set in this former sand quarry, boasts great biodiversity.This site includes several bodies of water that are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.It is open to the public and for school trips, on request, to observe the nature and animals that find a special habitat there.
The 'Ferme du Patriote' in Gentinnes (Chastre) offers produce from local agriculture. The products are sold in the courtyard of the farm which is currently undergoing a conversion to obtain its organic certification. You will find seasonal fruits and vegetables, local dairy products (butter, cream, cheeses,..), farm chickens and a selection of local products such as beers, apple juice, honey and preserves.
The traditional chocolate maker "Définitivement Chocolat" produces from its own workshops and sells a very varied assortment of pralines, crunchy chocolate, fruit paste and chocolate spread to local shops...
Butter and raw milk producer, direct from the farm.
Local producer of strawberries in Chastre in Walloon Brabant.
Did you know that the geographical centre of Belgium is in Walloon Brabant, and more specifically in Walhain? In the locality of Tiège, in the valley of the Nil river, a metallic structure has been erected at this precise point. It was built by an architect from the municipality and includes various symbols that are unique to Belgium:- the base represents the Earth’s crust,- the triangle is a simplified diagram of Belgium,- the three pylons symbolise the three regions.Before the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, the centre of Belgium was in Ittre as the three cantons in the east were not yet part of the kingdom.
This unique guest house in Nil-Saint-Vincent, located far from the hustle and bustle, is a peace haven of calm and serenity. Les Trois-Fontaines is the perfect place for nature lovers and walks in the countryside.
The farm, dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, stands at the end of a short, paved path. It comprises partially whitewashed sections in brick, quartzite and limestone, with gable roofs, partly tiled, around a many-sided paved courtyard. Access through a wide, deep porch beneath a plain wood beam. Original carriage entrance. A barn with a single door in the side wall occupies the southern wing, bearing the date on a stone in the gateway: ‘1858’
Charming 2-level gite for 2 to 4 people. Located on an old Brabant farm, completely renovated : 1 large bedroom, living room (lounge/dining room with sofa bed), kitchen, small office, bathroom, 2 WCs, terrace, television, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, internet. French, English and Italian spoken.
Top-quality honey and pollen... direction: Rucher de l'Etang.
Strawberries, raspberries, green asparagus, pumpkins, old tomatoes, cut-flowers, vegetables of all kinds depending on the season. All these are available for direct sale, self-picking, or in baskets. Organic agriculture.
Built in 1776, the church holds a statute of St. Bernard (in wood) attributed to Laurent Delvaux, a statue of St. Anthony the Hermit (16th century) and a late 15th-century Ecce Homo. The presbytery dates from the late 18th century.
La Bergerie de Mellery is a sheep and cattle rearing farm that rears according to organic agricultural methods. The sheep breeds are the Entre Sambre et Meuse, the Rouge de l’Ouest and the Hampshire. The cattle breeds are the Parthenaise, the Galloway and the Dexter. Located in Villers-la-Ville, not far from Villers Abbey, this passionate producer sells directly in the form of packages of beef or lamb which can be ordered for home delivery or picked up from the farm (no shop).