Fort Bakkerskil (The Netherlands): A wood-fired guest house

Brabants landschap - Guest house opened in 2012


  • Construction period: 1877 - 1880
  • Municipality: Werkendam
  • Ownership status (since 2007): Brabants landschap
  • Guest house opened in 2012
  • Sleeps: 30 people
  • Annual consumption: 450 m3 (10 deliveries) i.e 9 000€ (heating and hot water)
  • Output: 65 Kw

An increased use of renewable energy
Today, the New Dutch Waterline forts are being used in different ways: interpretation centre, guest house, congress and reception... Several of them use renewable energy, mainly wood and geothermal heating.

A local resource recycled
Fort Bakkerskil, owned by Brabants landschap, was reconverted several years ago into a delightful guest house. Brabants landschap handed over the fort to the users in turnkey mode: restored, fitted out and equipped with a woodchip boiler installed in a recently built shed adjacent to the main building of the fort. This fuel was chosen due to the lack of alternative energy sources nearby. It comes from a nature reserve situated a few kilometres from the fort, managed by Brabants landschap. A company specialising in this field packs the wood chips before selling them to the users who are trained to be able to deal with problems related to the boiler. The wood chips are stored in a recently built shed close to the main building that also houses the boiler. All the developments and installations are reversible in order to anticipate possible changes in terms of usage in the future.

Finance plan

Cost of installing the boiler: 25 000€


Positive aspects

Plusieurs facteurs sont à prendre en considération pour le chauffage au bois dont notamment la livraison des combustibles qui demande des conditions d’accès suffisantes. Les exploitants sont très satisfaits de la performance énergétique.
Il est frappant qu’aucune communication ne soit faite sur ce mode de chauffage, innovant dans un site historique, qui pourrait constituer un « argument de vente » supplémentaire et devrait, d’après Brabants Landschap, être la première mesure à prendre dans le cas d’une reconversion, avant même la restauration.