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Monasteries | Echt - Tegelen (NL)

Cisterciënserabdij ‘Lilbosch’
Pepinusbrug 6 ~ NL - 6102 RJ Echt
tel. +31 (0)475 48 12 53 ~ fax +31 (0)475 48 48 53

Abdijwinkel ‘Lilbosch’
Pepinusbrug 6a ~ NL - 6102 RJ Echt
tel. +31 (0)475 33 31 89

Wijnstekerij Abdijwinkel ‘Uelingsheide’
Ulingsheide 1a ~ NL - 5932 NA Tegelen
tel. +31 (0)77 373 23 45 ~ fax +31 (0)77 373 73 62
abdijwinkel@uelingsheide.nl ~ wijnstekerij@online.nl


Trappists are to be found at two locations in Dutch Limburg: Echt and Tegelen. Together they form one abbey but each with their own tradition and persuasion.

In 1883, Trappist monks established themselves on an isolated farmstead called "Lilbosch", in the district of Echt, between Roermond and Sittard. On this little farmstead, the monks built their monastery, which officially became an abbey in 1912. The official name is "Abdij O. L. Vrouw van de H. Joseph", or "the Abbey of Our Lady of Saint Joseph", but the old farmstead continued to be commonly known as Lilbosch Abbey.

The neighbouring marshland was largely developed into a big farm, which is still the main source of income. With great care for the countryside and the environment and with consideration for the varied flora and fauna present, the monks manage and work their territory and feed themselves as much as possible with their own traditional products.

The Trappist settlement in Tegelen near Venlo dates from 1884, when a few monks from the Westmalle abbey in Belgium settled on heathland, the "Uelingsheide", and built a monastery there, which became an abbey in 1933.

The monks started trading in sacramental wine in 1898. Other wines were then added to the range. The monks also developed a number of exclusive monastery liqueurs.

This all served as the basis for their business that was given the name "Wijnstekerij Uelingsheide" ("Uelingsheide Wine Distillery").

When it became clear that the Uelingsheide-Tegelen abbey community could not survive on its own, the decision was made in 2002 to join the much more viable abbey community of Lilbosch-Echt.

The monks of  Uelingsheide Abbey developed their own liqueurs according to an old monastic tradition.  During the preparation of these fine liqueurs, produced in the abbey's own artisan distillery, countless herbs with their beneficial strengthening and relaxing powers are picked and blended with a monk's patience according to secret recipes.  They all carry the “Authentic Trappist Product” label.