Farmer Piet and farmer Marije had known each other for years, but the two did not notice each other. However, farmer Marije’s father thought otherwise, seeing in farmer Piet a very suitable partner for his daughter. He chatted a bit with farmer Piet, dropped his name a few times to daughter Marije and a seed was planted. Farmer Marije let herself be persuaded to go for a drink with farmer Piet once and what appeared. The two are completely different, but the spark struck. In fact, there are a few key similarities: they love people, animals, chatting, socialising and, above all, having fun. So a nice 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, a small mound village less than 20 minutes’ drive from the Frisian coast, Harlingen and Leeuwarden. With all their cows, a whole lot of sheep and lambs, a good number of ‘wild’ breeding horses, (dwarf) goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and chickens, the place is a motley crew. It used to be mainly about the breeding horses here, at the peak there were even 500(!) on and around the farm. Farmer Pete 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. So you can take a look in the milk pit or help the farmer or farmer’s wife feed the animals and clean the pens. Prefer brushing something else? Then you’ll be fine with farmer Marije and farmer Piet’s ponies, which need regular brushing and cuddling. If you want to go out for a bit longer with a pony, hire a walking pony and take a nice walk in the area together. Or how about the sweet lambs you get to bottle feed and get very happy with your cuddles and stroking.
If you don’t feel like animals (weird, but possible 😉 ), you can have fun here on the go-karts, in the mud kitchen, on the trampoline, the air trampoline or in the sandpit, and in bad weather the kids can play in the stable. And don’t be surprised if the farmer and farmer’s wife also do some pretty crazy things on the farm. So suddenly you are pole-vaulting, building a hut, sliding down a belly-slide in good weather or riding along in a go-kart and tractor ride. It is all possible, as long as there is fun, and believe us, there will be fun at De Bonte Fries.
Surrounded by Frisian nature and tranquillity, FarmCamps De Bonte Fries is located. This farm offers green views for as far as you can see, interspersed with canals flowing through the farmland. On a clear night, you can also do some great stargazing here. If that is not enjoyment…
At De Bonte Fries, you can choose from 6 luxury Barntents and 4 luxury Lodgetents to spend your glamping holiday in. The Lodgetents have their own toilet and bathroom with hot shower and the fun HooiHuys. The Barntents a private toilet and a bathtub in the bathroom! You will also find the Hay Hay sleeping loft in this tent.
The 10 luxury tents are on a large field, which is partly divided by a canal flowing into the land. The field is fenced with a 1-metre high fence, so you don’t have to worry about safety for the kids.
Luxury Lodge Tent with private bathroom. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cosy living space.
Luxury Barn tent with bathroom in the tent. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cosy living space.
No farm adventure would be complete without learning a thing or two from the professionals. And farmer Piet and farmer’s wife Marije personally make sure of that. So you can help the farmer or farmer’s wife look after and feed the animals on the farm every day. There is also plenty of room to go crazy 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! When the weather is nice, they can play in the sandpit and make sand cakes in the mud kitchen. You can also play in the barn in bad weather. Fun guaranteed at De Bonte Fries!
At check-in, children will receive FarmCamps’ Farmers Passport. This contains fun and educational assignments. 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.
Upon arrival at the farm, you will be given a guided tour so you can explore the farm and learn all about it.
Together with farmer Marije and the other kids you will get creative. For example, you can decorate a horseshoe or make an insect hotel or another nice souvenir to take home!
Go on an outdoor ride with one of the walking ponies. Together with your parents and the other kids, you will walk a one-hour route together under supervision.
A short half-hour route is also available for kids under 6. The cost for this is €15.
Go for a ride along on the pony cart. Three children can participate at a time.
Note: this can only be done by appointment, check with the farmer(s) on arrival.
Snuggle up together by the campfire. Of course, there are marshmallows to roast which you can then enjoy sticking between two biscuits, yummie!
If you are on a dairy farm, you must have seen the milking pit too! The farmer will gladly take you into the milking pit and show you how the cows are milked.
Since not everyone fits in the milking pit at the same time, there is a sign-up list so that everyone gets their turn.
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 couldn’t be better!
The ponies at the farm like to be brushed and cuddled. Something you are only too happy to do!
In our picking garden, you can pick free flowers for your mother, grandmother or, of course, for farmer Marije. In the herb garden grow all kinds of delicious herbs that you may pick to cook delicious evening meals with.
Fierljeppen, stilt walking, building huts, making a belly slide or a go-kart and tractor parade, nothing is too crazy at this farm!
Looking for ultimate relaxation? A 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 pantry where you can buy some basic foods and treats. And every day, farmer Marije delivers fresh rolls on request. Handy right?
No one likes going home with a bag of dirty washing, Then order the Towel Pack and rent the one and only FarmCamps farmer’s overall for the kids. That way they look just like the farmer and their clothes don’t get so dirty either! Is the smallest one coming along for the ride? Then book the baby package as well, so you don’t have to lug all those baby things around.
You can order all these extras directly during booking. But of course, you can still arrange it on the spot.
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. NOTE: Breakfast in tent is only available on Saturdays.
You can also use the sandwich service on Saturdays and Sundays. You can order the sandwiches from the farm shop a day in advance.
Farmer’s wife Marije regularly bakes delicious pancakes for lunch on Sundays. Yummy! On the activity board, you can see whether a pancake lunch is organised during your stay.
No need to lug around your own baby gear! This package includes a baby bed, high chair and a changing mat. Don’t forget to bring your baby’s own bed linen though.
Not only will your mini-farmers look very cool in these red overalls but you’ll be sure their clothes don’t get ruined!
Includes 1 x large and 1 x small, thick white towel. Perfect for leaving washing behind at the end of your holiday!
Watching other families enjoy themselves here shows us how few leave the farm since there is so much to see and do. Here the kids are in their element and don’t have time to get bored! That´s why the parents are having a great time too.
If you still want to see something of the surrounding area, there are plenty of fun things 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!
Is the weather bad during your holiday? At the indoor swimming pool De Blauwe Golf in Leeuwarden, you can still have a nice swim!
At Swanneblom swimming pond, you can spend the whole day in good weather. There is a sunbathing area and a pond for a nice swim. This swimming pond is 1.5 kilometres from the farm.
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 the Frisian waters, or, of course, enjoy the tea garden.
While you are in Friesland, don’t forget to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wadden Sea. This special sea falls dry during low tide and is home to all kinds of different animals.
Enjoy all-day climbing and clambering at Monkeytown in Franeker. Here the kids are guaranteed to have fun all day!
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.
Go 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!
The name says it all: here you see mostly animals that live in and around water. There are penguins, seals, tapirs and capybaras, among others. Water inhabitants such as carp, windes and sea bears are also not lacking. But plenty of animals live on land too, which you can admire from a short distance away. Ring-tailed lemurs even roam freely among the visitors.
The Boerepaad offers walks ranging from 4 kilometres to over 20 kilometres. A unique walking route in Northwest Friesland to enjoy space, nature and the seasons. Cross the farmers’ land for an introduction to the beautiful mound landscape.
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 you can?
Less than 30 km from the farm is the Bird Watching Hut Dronrijp, where you can spot birds. You can also learn all about the birds that live here.
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.
Just like Pisa, but in Friesland. The tower is one of the landmarks in this beautiful city. Friendly and hospitable people, always up for a chat, characterise this city.
Its unique history makes this Marsum castle one of the best-preserved defensive towers in Friesland. Book a guided tour here or explore on your own.
Typical for Friesland, of course, are its windmills. Did you know that there are as many as 124 mills in Friesland. From Polder mills to Wheat and Husk mills. Very many mills can also be visited and are still in use.