The name was written on a title they had found of what then still was a ruin: Henchir Dheb, Arab for The Golden Farm. Henchir Dheb is located in the green North of Tunisia, once the wheat loft of the Roman Empire.

Henchir Dheb, the oasis

What was then a farm is now an enclave where Matisse and Lucky Luke, cauliflowers and peppers, Al Andalus and Carthage, Belgium and Tunisia go hand-in-hand.

Henchir Dheb bathes amidst a vegetable garden and an orchard where pomegranates, olives, lemons and oranges turn the generous sun into wonderful colours and tastes. Each one of the three guest rooms accommodates 2 adults. An extra infant bed or matrass is always available.

Henchir Dheb’s garden is the perfect place to have a dip in the pool, bathe in the sun or read in one of the many shadowy and discreet corners – one for each room. You can even have a walk in the orchard or play a game of pétanque.

The trees hide Jan’s painter’s studio. Although photography and painting classes are being given, the studio is not open to public. Just ask Jan and he will show you around with pleasure.

You wish to alternate the quiet country side and the vibrating Mediterranean liveliness? Jan and Leila own a picturesque house in Sidi Bou Said which can be rented (from Autumn 2014) combined with your stay at Henchir Dheb.

Henchir Dheb, the hospitable

Family dinners, evening parties for groups – at the fireplace – and receptions can be held in the salon, around the pool, in the patio or on one of the (roof) terraces on demand.

Henchir Dheb has been restored with authentic materials, furnished with antique (Flemish and Tunisian) pieces and decorated with a collection of modern paintings, some which are of Jan’s own hand.