Who we are?
Mariska van Diepenbeek
The idea of the Bed & Breakfast originally came from Mariska. You can find her almost every day working in the Bed & Breakfast. Making breakfast, shopping, cleaning, administration and website are especially her part. Occasionally she also helps out on the farm, such as when feeding the calves and sometimes she drives the tractor. The administration of the company is also part of her job.
By 1 January 2013 Mariska has worked for 17,5 years as a Technical Sales Assistant at Veeservice Idac. Here she has gained experience with all kinds of products needed for livestock, such as fly control, veterinary drugs and related products.
Since August 2015 Mariska is working as consultant for Optidee. All of the B&B’s textiles are from Optidee but Mariska can also provide information on these products in people’s homes. More information is available on the website of Optidee.
If there’s time left, Mariska has enough hobbies to keep her occuped such as embroidery, garment making and baking cakes/cupcakes with her daughter and niece. In the winter she likes to go skiing in Austria.
Marc van Diepenbeek
Previously, Marc had a dream to be a farmer and this definitely came true. Having worked for 6 years in the steel structure as a welder, he started on the farm in 1995.
Ever since the first day he started at the farm, Marc is called in when a machine or something is broken. So he invented and made a special machine, which can load potatoes, for Gehlmax.
Marc likes to ride with the New Holland on the land and the vast polder roads. In the winter, he likes to go skiing. And if possible he likes to drinks a beer at a party or drives his quad around.
Marlies van Diepenbeek
The youngest resident of De Kandelaar is the daughter of Marc and Mariska. Marlies was born on July 29, 2011 in Zwolle and weighed just 1645 grams and was 41 cm long.
Marlies is now a happy toddler who enjoys going to school: De Zonnewijzer (‚Sundial‘) in Dronten since August 2015. She likes to play with her dog Pukkie. Her main interest is swimming and she has achieved 12 swimming diplomas so far and is now working hard to become an Aqua ranger. On the weekends she enjoys the Flevoscouts and recently she got into equestrian vaulting.
Joris van Kempen
After his Higher Agricultural education in Dronten Joris has worked 9 years with Condor Agri-Systems.. Here he was working with management systems for cattle and pig on a daily basis. Since January 1, 2008, Joris works full-time our farm. Joris is primarily responsible for the care and management of dairy cattle.
In his spare time he enjoys watching football on TV. He has a season pass for PSV and you can find him at almost every home game in the stands behind the goal.
Since mid-2020, Lisette Maerman is a regular at De Kandelaar.
Lisette works at a large cheese factory and that is where her hobby of making her own cheese started. Now with Mariska, she has enthusiastically started making cheese from the milk produced by the cows at De Kandelaar.
In her spare time, Lisette can be found with her horse Laban. She also enjoys reading and socializing with Joris, Kaylee and her sons Björn and Jente.
Kaylee van Kempen
Kaylee is Joris’ and Natasha’s. Born on November 29, 2010. A fast lady indeed, because she started walking around before her first birthday. Since november 2014 she enjoys going to school at "De Zonnewijzer” (Sundial) in Dronten.
After school she likes nothing more than to put on her overalls and take care of the cows with her dad. Kaylee is very agile and does equestrian vaulting and survival swimming. Recently she also started taking saxophone lessons.
Jos van Kempen
After 3 years working as a sales representative in calf milk, Jos has been independent agricultural entrepreneur for over 40 years. Since January 2010 he moved to Dronten. Finally enjoying his retirement, but he is still a regular on the farm. When the boys are busy on the land he is still with the cows, but he mainly takes care of the plants, the chickens and the garden. In his spare time, Jos likes to watch football, cycling and other sports.
Maria van Kempen
As Maria lives with Jos in Dronten, there is more time for hobbies. Maria likes to go cycling, shopping or a relaxing trip. However, when it’s busy in the Bed & Breakfast, she still comes regularly to the farm. She helps cleaning, makes coffee and prepares breakfast and lunches.