De Bonte Fries

Cattle farm in Slappeterp, Friesland

Are you a fan of Friesland?

Farmer Piet and farmer’s wife Marije had known each other for years, but the two did not like each other. Farmer Marije’s father, however, thought otherwise; he saw farmer Piet as a very suitable partner for his daughter. He had a chat with farmer Piet, dropped his name a few times and a seed was planted. Farmer Marije let herself be persuaded to go for a drink with farmer Piet and what turned out to be the case. The two are totally different, but the spark struck. There are in fact a few important similarities: they love people, animals, chatting, sociability and especially a lot of fun. So they are a very colourful couple and before they know it, farmer’s wife Marije is living with farmer Piet on the farm, they have a beautiful daughter Eva and suddenly there are ten luxury glamping tents in this dairy farmer’s yard.

The farm is located in Slappeterp in Friesland, a small mound village less than a 20-minute drive from the Frisian coast, Harlingen and Leeuwarden. With all their cows, a lot of sheep and lambs, a good number of ‘wild’ breeding horses, (dwarf) goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, ducks and chickens, it is a colourful mess of animals here. It used to be mainly about the breeding horses here, at the peak there were even 500(!) on and around the farm. Farmer Piet has great stories about that, which you should definitely ask him about. Even today, there is still a large herd of wild Bonte and Friesian horses for breeding. Wonderful to watch!

There is plenty to do on this farm. For instance, you can take a look in the milk pit or help the farmer or farmer’s wife fetch the cows, feed the animals and clean the pens. Rather clean something else? Then the ponies of farmer Marije and farmer Piet are perfect for you, they need regular brushing and cuddling. If you want to go out a bit longer with a pony, you can hire a walking pony and go for a nice walk in the area together. Or how about your own little pet lamb that gets a bottle three times a day and is very happy with your cuddling and stroking.

If you don’t feel like animals for a while (weird, but possible 😉 ), you can have fun on the go-karts, in the mud kitchen, on the trampoline or in the sandpit and if the weather is bad, the kids can play in the stable. And don’t be surprised if the farmer and farmer’s wife also do a lot of crazy things on the farm. So suddenly you are pole-vaulting, building a hut, sliding down a belly-slide or joining a go-kart and tractor ride. It’s all possible, as long as there is fun, and believe us, there will be fun at De Bonte Fries.

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What a great choice!

Pole vaulting on the farm!

This is what makes this farm so much fun!

Where do I sleep

Surrounded by Frisian nature and tranquillity lies FarmCamps De Bonte Fries. This farm offers green views for as far as you can see, interspersed with canals flowing through the farmland. If that’s not enjoyment…

At De Bonte Fries you can choose from 6 luxury Barntents and 4 luxury Farmtents to spend your glamping holiday in. The luxury Farmtent has a private bathroom with a shower and a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, gas cooker and espresso machine. The luxury Barntents include a private bathroom with a bathtub, a large luxury kitchen with a dishwasher and a Hay Hay sleeping loft! Both tents are air-conditioned to keep cool in the hot summer months.

The 10 luxury tents are on a large field, which is partly divided by a canal flowing into the land.

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Luxury Barntent with air conditioning

Luxury Barn tent with air conditioning and bathroom in the tent. Spaciously furnished including a cosy living area.

Luxury Farmtent with air conditioning

Luxury Farm tent with air conditioning and bathroom in the tent. Spaciously furnished including a cosy living area.

Finding out is fun!

Of course, your farming adventure is only complete when you also learn something on the farm. And farmer Piet and farmer’s wife Marije personally take care of that. Every day, you can help the farmer or farmer’s wife pick up the cows or feed the other animals on the farm. There is also plenty of room to have fun on the farm, like building cool huts or pole vaulting.

If the kids are more into playing, the farm is the right place for them! In good weather, they can play in the sandpit and make sand cakes in the mud kitchen. Even in bad weather, they can play in the barn. Fun is guaranteed at De Bonte Fries!

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Farmer’s Passport

During check-in all children are offered a Farmer’s Passport from FarmCamps. These are loaded with fun and educational activities which they can do independently or together with their farmer. Your mini-farmers can discover and experience real life on a farm.

For each completed task they will receive a stamp in their Farmer’s Passport. When their work is done they will graduate with their own farmhand diploma!

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Farm Tours

Upon arrival at the farm, you will be given a guided tour so you can explore the farm and learn all about it.

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Horseshoe pimping

Enjoy an afternoon of creativity! Have fun pimping a real horse’s shoe together with the farmer’s wife.

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Out for a walk with the hiking pony

Go on an outdoor ride with one of the walking ponies. Together with your parents, you will be given a route and you can enjoy a nice ride.

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Raising your own lamb

On the farm, there are lambs who have no mother, you can raise them by giving them a bottle three times a day and cuddling them.

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Ride along on the pony cart

Join the farmer for a tour on the pony cart. Three children can go along at a time.

Please note: this is by appointment only, check with the farmer(s) on arrival.

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Campfire

Get cosy together around the campfire. For the parents, farmer Piet and farmer’s wife Marije will pour a nice Frisian drink and for the kids, there will of course be marshmallows to roast, yummie!

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Visit to the milk parlour

If you are on a dairy farm, you must have seen the milking pit! The farmer will gladly take you into the pit and show you how the cows are milked.

As not everyone can fit in the pit at the same time, there is a sign-up list so everyone gets their turn.

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Evening walk at sunset

Farmer Marije and farmer Piet enjoy an evening walk through the meadows, over the bridges, past the cows, sheep and wild horses. Add to that a beautiful sunset and great stories from farmer Piet, it doesn’t get any better than that!

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Pampering ponies

The ponies at the farm like to be brushed and cuddled. Something you are only too happy to do!

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Getting crazy

Bullfighting, stilt walking, building huts, making a belly slide or a go-kart and tractor parade, nothing is too crazy at this farm!

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Practical & delicious

How convenient and delicious is that. Breakfast delivered to your tent, a towel pack waiting for you on arrival or coveralls to prevent your washing machine from working overtime when you get home.

The farm also has a farm shop where you can buy various basic foods. And every day, farmer’s wife Marije delivers fresh rolls on request. Handy anyway.

Don’t fancy piles of laundry when you get home? Then order the towel package and rent the one and only FarmCamps farmer’s coverall for the kids. This way, they will look just like the farmer and their clothes will not get so dirty! Is the little one coming along? Then book the baby package so you don’t have to carry all that baby stuff around.

You can order all these extras directly when booking. But of course you can also arrange it on the spot.

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Breakfast in Tent!

A deliciously fresh farmers breakfast delivered to your tent including fresh bread, milk, juice, yoghurt, eggs (you cook these to your own liking) and of course a variety of condiments.

Every morning you can also use the bread service. You can order the bread rolls a day in advance in the farm shop.

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Baby bundles

No need to lug around your own baby gear! This package includes a baby bed, high chair and a changing mat. There is also a little baby bath available, as well as changing tables. Don’t forget to bring your baby’s own bed linen though.

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FarmCamp Mini-Farmers Overalls

Not only will your mini-farmers look very cool in these red overalls but you’ll be sure their clothes don’t get ruined!

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Towel bundles

Includes 1 x large and 1 x small white towels. Perfect for leaving washing behind at the end of your holiday!

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Not a moment’s boredom!

From experience, we know that you probably won’t leave the yard. Just because the kids are having such a great time and are not bored for a minute. And then the parents have a good time too, right?

If you still want to see something of the surroundings, there is plenty to do in Friesland. This province is known for its lakes and windmills, but there is much more to see and do, such as the Wadden Sea and a real Aqua Zoo!

Did you know that the historic town of Franeker is a 10-minute drive from the farm, and the Boerepaad is within walking distance. So plenty to do!

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Water

Swimming pond the Swanneblom

At Zwemvijver de Swanneblom, you can spend the whole day when the weather is nice. There is a sunbathing area and a pond for a nice swim. This swimming pond is 1.5 kilometres from the farm.

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Boat rental Hitzum

A 20-minute drive from the farm, you will find Anneke’s Tea Garden and Boat Rental. Here you can rent your own boat and enjoy sailing around on the Frisian waters, or of course enjoy the tea garden.

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Wadden Sea

While you are in Friesland, don’t forget to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wadden Sea. This special sea falls dry at low tide and is home to all kinds of different animals.

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Swimming pool Bloemketerp

Is the weather bad during your holiday? At the indoor swimming pool Bloemketerp you can still have a nice swim!

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Monkey Town Franeker

Spend all day climbing and clambering at Monkeytown in Franeker. Kids are guaranteed to have fun all day here!

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Bowling Bloemketerp

Enjoy an afternoon of bowling in Bloemketerp at Restaurant & Bowling Bloemketerp. A kids bowling package is also available here, including something to eat and drink.

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Sanjes Safari play and animal park

Romp around in the indoor playground of up to 2,500 m2, check out all the animals in the zoo or have fun in the outdoor playground with boats, cars and a train – Sanjes Safari’s play park has it all!

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Nature

Aqua Zoo Friesland

Aqua Zoo Friesland is home to an extensive collection of water loving animals. The natural character of the park and the special holding areas where visitors can walk among the animals create unforgettable experiences and a great day out for the whole family. Come face to face with seals, stand among the free scrambling dwarf monkeys or walk along the beach with the penguins. Aqua Zoo Friesland is situated in Leeuwarden, just 40km from the farm.

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Boerepaad

On the Boerepaad, you can take walks from 4 kilometres to over 20 kilometres. A unique walking route in Northwest Friesland to enjoy space, nature and the seasons. Across the farmers’ land for an introduction to the beautiful mound landscape.

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Leeuwarder Forest

Go for a walk in the Leeuwarder Bos, in which you will find more than 2,600 species of plants, animals and mushrooms. Can you find as many as possible?

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Bird-watching hut Dronrijp

Less than 30 km from the farm is the Vogelkijkhut Dronrijp, where you can spot birds. You can also learn all about the birds that live here.

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Culture

Franeker

Franeker is truly a historic city with a rich past. Take a stroll through the city centre and see all the beautiful monuments, or settle down on a terrace.

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Leeuwarden

Like Pisa, but in Friesland. The tower is one of the sights in this beautiful city. Friendly and hospitable people, always up for a chat, characterise this city.

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Poptaslot

Its unique history makes this Marsum fortress one of Friesland’s best-preserved defensive towers. Book a guided tour here or explore on your own.

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The Frisian Mills

Typical to this area of The Netherlands are the Frisian mills. Did you know that Friesland is home to a whopping 124 windmills? From windmills to corn and hulling mills, this area has them all on display and a lot are still in use today.

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The kids will never get bored at FarmCamps De Bonte Fries

About De Bonte Fries

De Bonte Fries is our newest FarmCamps farm and will open for the first time this year. We are sure you will enjoy all the animals and activities on the farm, all surrounded by the beautiful Frisian countryside.

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Do you have a question? You can always e-mail us.

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