We love it here, you will too!
Welcome to Domaine de la Bade - Your Home away from Home
When we were packing up our house in Belgium to prepare for our move to France, we came across one of my old diaries which I always kept up to date with our vacation adventures.
There is where we found what must have been the real turning point in the decision making that one day we would move to France. It was the year 2000 and Joep and myself had just visited the magnificent Chateau de Chambord in the Loire region and were digesting the magnificense of the place on a little bench in the park of the Chateau.
The nearby market with local products was full of life and in combination with the magnificence of the castle it created an idillic atmosphere. It was at that exact moment that a vision started to form about how life could be for the two of us in France; working together, welcoming guests to our place in the sun and enjoying life!
It took us another 10 years to actually take the big decision to put our house on the market and start the search for the perfect place in France. But on that bench with a view of the Chateau de Chambord is where it all began…
Meet Joep and Miranda
Your hosts at Domaine de la Bade
Miranda van Brück
Born in The Netherlands where she grew up in Herveld, near Nijmegen. A true globe trotter, who enjoys traveling through life together with Joep.
Miranda’s background is in hospitality. As an alumni of the Leeuwarden Institute of International Hospitality Management she has worked in the hotel, meetings & events industry for over 15 years, honing a unique understanding of service and the very best in hospitality. Her different jobs have taken her all over the world and resulted in a broad understanding of and respect for many different cultures. It also fueled her passion for travel and the creation of meaningful connections with people from all over the world. Hosting guests runs through her blood and helping you explore the hidden gems of the region – on and off the beaten track – is what she is passionate about. She looks forward to making you feel at home at Domaine de La Bade
Joep van den Heuvel
Originally from Nijmegen in the Netherlands, Joep loves traveling all over the world and has been inspired by the many local cuisines he has encountered on these trips. Joep and Miranda lived in Belgium for 7 years, before relocating to France, where they live since the beginning of 2011.
Joep is a wine specialist and great cook. He is one of the select group of vinologues of the Wine Academy in The Netherlands and wines have not only been his passion but his profession for over 10 years. He cannot wait to introduce you to the culinary delights the Languedoc-Rousillion region has to offer you.