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Our Story

Our Story

Nice to meet you, we are Tine and Stijn!


In 2008 we moved as newlyweds from Ghent center at the heart of the Ardennes, on the edge of the High Fens.

The cozy and warm people here, the beautiful winter landscapes, vast forests and the peace and tranquility convinced us quickly. So many years later, we invite you to come and see for yourself.

Come and discover our regional products,  feel at home in our hotellodge and enjoy the natural beauty of our homeland!

Who are we?

Who are we?

Your perfect hosts.


Graduated as a bio-engineering, Stijn Verdonckt was always driven by music. His additional studies as Sound Engineer brought him for the first time to this region, to work at the the famous La Chapelle Recording Studios. Later on het took over the management and changed the name to DAFT Studios. In his spare time he brews his own beer and smokes ham. Wanna taste?

Enforced by Tine Blondeel, graduated as business psychologist we are your perfect host couple. As an experienced account manager for events and communication campaigns at DAFT, Tine learned to cater the wildest dreams of our customers. She is fan of design and is a real perfectionist, a real plus in managing our lodge.

That's us!

We love music, creativity, originality, authenticity and the Ardennes ...

But most of all we love to make our guests feel at home in Manufacture de Malmedy!

Our partners

Our partners

Jean-Marc Bricteux

Since the beginning Jean-Marc Bricteux is involved in our story. As a "pure sang" music fan, he travels all across Europe to enjoy concerts & festivals. His passion for music brought him to our DAFT Studios & to Manufacture de Malmedy. We are not only professional parnters, but have become friends as well. As co-investor and financial expert, Jean-Marc helps us to manage Manufacture de Malmedy.