Source: Willem Vandenameele
The Smidse has been owned by the Bessems family since 1860. At that time it was still a forge with a farm. As early as around 1900, grandmother Bessems had their tents bivouaced on the meadow opposite De Smidse toeristen. In fact, this laid the foundation for Herberg De Smidse. In addition to the forge, she started a small shop where, at first, mainly ironmongery was sold, but later also coffee, rice and other necessities of life. Actually a kind of store of Sinkel.
At the place where the shop was located at the time, the dining room (today's Inn) was furnished. Later the house became a guesthouse for summer guests. The old forge disappeared and the shop continued here. The shop was closed in the 70's. Nowadays, here is an apartment of the Smithy.
Why don't you just come in for a while? Here is still the atmosphere of earlier times and many things in the Inn remind you of this.
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