De Bosrand

Horse farm in Ellertshaar, Drenthe

Swimming in the forest next to the tent - now that's cool!

It was both love at first sight when farmer Martijn met Naduah and when they first saw the farm “De Bosrand”. In December 2020 they took over the dairy farm from farmers Jacob and Ellis who had enjoyed running this FarmCamps location since 2014.

By taking over the farm their mutual dreams came true, as they weren’t just looking for a beautiful place to live, but also a way to share their love for animals with their guests.

As the dairy farming part of “De Bosrand” has now been decommissioned, many other kinds of animals will find their new home here. Cute ponies, donkeys and alpacas are already on their way, so you will most definitely find a wild bunch of animals when you get here. Everything will be about taking care of and looking after the animals, which you’re welcome to join in. You can take the ponies and donkeys for a stroll through the woods adjacent to the campsite. As the alpacas are still young, they are yet to be tamed. Will you come and help?

De Bosrand has a lot to offer those guests who like to keep active too. Being a former sports teacher, farmer Naduah is eager to host sporting activities, such as supping on the water of a former “sand quarry” opposite the farm. If you have never even heard of supping, then farmer Naduah is happy to teach you all about it. Those with supping experience are challenged to try a yoga session on the SUP. Cyclists will love this area as the woods which are found directly opposite the farm, are perfect for exploring on a mountain bike. Bike hire is available on site.

Farmers Martijn and Naduah warmly invite you to come and stay at their new paradise.

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What a great choice!

100 meters from a forest lake!

This is what makes this farm so much fun!

Take a sneak peek at De Bosrand

Where do I sleep

This beautiful farm is located at the edge of a large, stunning forest. From your tent you can walk straight into the woods where you can take a refreshing dip in its beautiful lake.

At FarmCamps De Bosrand you can choose from one of our 14 luxury, fully equipped Safari Tents including a private toilet. Showers are in the nearby heated bathing facilities. Or you can treat yourself to a little extra luxury with one of our 6 fully equipped Lodge Tents including private bathrooms.

This FarmCamps farm is located on a quiet forest road and is surrounded by woods, meadows and fields. On this farm our luxury tents are spread over several fields.

The Lodge Tents are all situated adjacent to the forest, where the trees provide much wanted shade to cool down on hot days. The Safari Tents look out over the paddock or on open pasture where you can watch the ponies graze.

The site also offers space for guests who wish to bring their own camping equipment. In the summer and spring breaks there are a maximum of 40 spots. This is a friendly farm with many visitors so there will be plenty of play-buddies for your mini-farmers!

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Luxury Safari Tents

Luxury Safari Tent with toilet in the tent. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cozy living space.

Luxury Lodge Tents

Luxury Lodge Tent with bathroom in the tent. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cozy living space.

Finding out is fun!

Your farm adventure wouldn’t be complete without learning new things whilst on the farm and farmers Martijn and Naduah will personally make sure that you do. Every day you can help farmer Naduah to feed and look after the animals on the farm. The ponies love to be brushed, groomed and cuddled. If you love animals you can do it all!

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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

During each stay the farmers Martijn and Naduah give a guided tour of the farm, otherwise known as, “Tour de Boer”.  You get to know your way around, become acquainted with the animals they keep and learn about all there is to do during your stay.

You get to know the farm and hear of some special tales relating to the farm itself.

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Out and about with the farmer's wife

Do you like baking cookies? Together with farmer Naduah you get to bake and eat the local waffle delicacy “kniepertjes”. And then, of course, eat it!

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Meet & Greet with the animals

A real meet & greet with all animals that live on the farm. Together with farmer Naduah you can visit all of the animals every day, to feed and pamper them. At the same time farmer Naduah will tell you all the ins and outs of the animals that live here.

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Grooming ponies

Many sweet ponies live at De Bosrand. Of course, they like to be brushed and cuddled. Naturally, you can help with this. There is a large paddock and cleaning area where you can admire all the ponies. Check the activity board to see when the pony activities take place.

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Tractor and trailer adventure

Farmer Martijn regularly takes the guests for a ride through the surrounding area in the covered trailer, towed by the tractor. Don’t be surprised if you spot deer in the meadow!

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Rent you own Cuddle Pony

Don’t you want or can’t you ride a pony yet, but do you like to have your ‘own’ pony? Then rent a cuddle pony during your holiday. You will then get your “own” sweet shetlander that you can take care of, brush, of course cuddle a lot and go for a daily walk in the yard. Please note: the cuddle ponies cannot be ridden.

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Pony walk

Parents can take their children out for a ride on one of our ponies through the adjacent Drente-province forest. Riding experience is not required and you will be given a map with an outline of the route hence you get to do it alone. Children from the age of 3 onwards are allowed to ride the ponies whilst parents are walking next to them holding the reins.

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SUP on the forest lake

Stand-Up-Paddling, also known as SUP, are floating boards that you stand on as you use one long paddle to steer. They can be hired from the farm to use to paddle on the water of the former sand quarry located opposite the farm. You can even take lessons from farmer Naduah.

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Riding lessons

Do you love ponies and would you like to ride one of the sweet shetland ponies and small ponies? Instructor Lisanne takes you through everything that comes with driving. From getting the sweet ponies out of the meadow, brushing, saddle up and of course great riding. A pony lesson takes about 60 minutes.

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Alpaca walk

The alpacas of De Bosrand can’t wait to walk with our guests through the forest around the farm and secretly snack on each leaf.

The walk takes about 1.5 hours. Children under the age of 12 always accompany an alpaca together with an adult.

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Corn maze

At FarmCamps De Bosrand you can find a cool corn maze from the beginning of July to the end of October. For the little ones there is a special children’s maze, looking for a little more excitement? Then get lost in the large maze of more than 2 hectares!

FarmCamps guests have unlimited access to the maze after paying once.

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Practical & delicious

How handy and delicious: breakfast delivered to your tent by farmer Naduah. For a lush evening BBQ there is no need to leave the farm either as Naduah can arrange everything for you.

The small farm shop on the premises sells several basic groceries and delicacies. You can also order your daily fresh bread from the bakery here. You can enjoy a drink, ice cream or a bite to eat on the terrace. Isn’t that handy?

Not looking forward to piles of laundry upon your return home? Simply order the towel pack or rent the real FarmCamps overalls for kids. This way you keep their clothes spotless.

All these extras can be booked up front or upon arrival at the farm.

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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.

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A farmers market BBQ

Treat yourself to a tasty farmers BBQ including local artisan meats, salads, bread and sauces and of course it wouldn’t be complete without a treat for the kids. The barbecue (charcoal or gas) is included in the price.

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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. 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 towel. Perfect for leaving washing behind at the end of your holiday!

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A welcoming bed

For € 5.50 per bed we’ll make sure your beds are ready and waiting for you. Fall into them as soon as you arrive and let the relaxation begin!

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Not a moment’s boredom!

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.

But if you do want to discover the local environment and what Drenthe has to offer then don’t forget that you can go for a walk in the forest to hunt and gather wood for the campfire right on your tent’s doorstep! De Bosrand is located in the heart of Drenthe with nearby attractions like Hunebedcentrum, Boomkroonpad and Kabouterland

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Forest lake swimming

With direct access to a forest lake less than 100 meters from the tent this is a wonderful past time for outdoor swimming, paddling and lounging by the lakeside.

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Hunzedal swimming pool

Situated in Borger, just a few kilometers away is the Hunzedal swimming pool offering a tropical indoor swimming experience with a large water slide, a paddling pool, whirlpool and an outdoor swimming pool too.

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Want more indoor swimming fun? Then you should head off to Emmen where you’ll find the Aquarena swimming and wave pool, including an 80 meter long water slide, white water creek, Splash Island for the kids and a whirlpool for mum and dad.

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At 13km from the farm, in the heart of the Drenthe village of Exloo is Kabouterland; a fun day out full of gnomes, trolls, animals and plenty of indoor and outdoor playgrounds.

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Attractiepark Drouwenerzand Drenthe


Attractiepark Drouwenerzand

The cheapest theme park in The Netherlands with well over 30 attractions located less than 10km from the farm!

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Plopsa Indoor Coevorden

Studio 100 is a Belgian company that produces popular children’s television series. For true fans of their loveable heroes then it doesn’t get any better than a visit to ‘Plopsaland’ in Coevorden. This 30km drive will end with radiant smiles and cheers of joy on this fun day out with the family.

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The Boomkroonpad state forest in Drouwen (10km) offers beautiful forest trails, a treetop walkway, playgrounds & a lookout tower.

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Wildlands Adventure Zoo

The most beautiful zoo in The Netherlands can be found in Emmen, only 25km from the farm. Here the animals are arranged according to the continents of the earth. Every ‘continent’ in the zoo, from Asia to Europe, represents the plants and animal species of that area. A walk through the park is a fun and educational trip around the world.

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Hunebedcentrum Borger

Pull on your bearskin and take a pre-historic trip back in time to when the first settlers arrived in Drenthe. Borger, where Hunebedcentrum is situated, is less than 10km from the farm and offers a wide variety of educational activities and outdoor fun, including a large selection of pre-historic dolmens.

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Museum Orvelte

Orvelte is one of the most beautiful villages in Drenthe and presents itself as an outdoor museum. In this lively village you will experience history firsthand including beautiful Saxon farms and live demonstrations of ancient crafts.

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Open air museum Ellert & Brammert

Step back in time at the open air museum ‘Ellert & Brammert “Schoonoord”! A short 7km from the farm, this museum lets you relive the olden days in south east Drenthe. Legend has it that the giants Ellert and Brammert used to raid the surrounding area but now they thankfully stand at the entrance of the museum.

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Memorial Centre Westerbork

In the middle of Drenthe lies the Westerbork memorial center depicting Dutch war time under occupation, where between 1942 and 1945 more than 100,000 Jews, Sinti and Roma were deported to camps in Eastern Europe. The history of Westerbork is represented by means of photographs, documents, drawings, paintings, images, maps, and objects.

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Play time

The kids will never be bored at FarmCamps De Bosrand

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At the end of 2020, Martijn and Naduah took over the beautiful camping site de Bosrand with a former dairy farm from Jacob and Ellis. Because the farm is no longer in use as a dairy farm, many different types of animals will be living there in the near future. It will be a cozy Beestenboel with lots of time for cuddling and taking care of the animals and of course plenty of play on the campsite and in the woods


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