You could call farmers Aico and Kirsten high school sweethearts as their life together started in secondary school 10 years ago. Brought up on a farm, Aico’s love for farming came naturally, whereas Kirsten was more into making cheeses. This turned out to be the perfect combination for making the most delicious cheeses from milk, produced by the best cows!
This success story has continued for some years already and their cheeses, made from raw milk, are regular award winners. The delicious homemade dairy products are well known across the region of Haaften and are also for sale in their own farm shop. Their 60 cows produce all the milk they need and (weather permitting), enjoy grazing on the luscious grass in the outdoors. The milking is done by a milking robot that operates around the clock, allowing the cows to decide for themselves when they want to eat or would like to be milked. Isn’t that lovely!
There are even more residents to meet on this dairy farm and cheese factory. Riley their 2-year-old son will soon have a brother, as Kirsten is expecting. On the farm we have Ko the mini donkey, Luna the Shetland pony, Ollie and Stoer the Hafling horses, Kwik, Kwek and Kwak the goats, Ridge the farm dog, Malibu the cat, calves and chicks… We could go on and on as being big animal lovers, you can count on Aico and Kirsten expanding their animal family soon too!
Choosing to holiday on De Buitenhoeve means you get to learn a lot. Do you know how cheese is made? Farmer Aico will show you. Always wanted to make your own yoghurt? Farmer Kirsten will teach you. Of course, there is more than enough time and space to play or cuddle the animals. How about taking one of their sweet ponies for a walk on the Clogs path opposite the farm? Or give Ko the donkey a good brush: he just loves that!
FarmCamps De Buitenhoeve is located in Haaften, a small village on the Waal river in the West-Betuwe region. The versatile landscape has dikes, lush pastures and fruit orchards. The farm of Aico and Kirsten is located just outside Haaften, opposite a small nature reserve, so very rustic and rural.
At De Buitenhoeve you will stay in one of the 10 luxurious Barn Tents. In the Barn Tent you discover the real glamping experience, with your ensuite bathroom and bathtub, large kitchen with dishwasher, Lavazza espresso machine, 6 super comfy beds, 2 of which can be found in the cozy Hay Hay sleep attic, your own BBQ, outdoor fireplace and a hammock for total relaxation when outside.
The spacious field that houses the 10 Barn Tents is situated to the right of the farm. It has its own drive and carpark and is only accessible to residential guests. The 10 luxurious tents are playfully pitched spaciously apart from each other and overlook the play equipment on the same field. Kids can walk directly from the tent into the cuddle and play barn, or take a peek in the cowshed.
It is not permitted to bring your own camping equipment to this campsite.
Your farm adventure would not be complete without learning something new, and farmers Aico and Kirsten personally make sure you do. For example, by helping with the daily feeding and looking after the animals, or by making delicious yoghurt out of fresh milk with farmer Kirsten.
Farmer Aico can always do with a hand collecting the cows from the meadow and whilst you are there you may as well feed the calves! Don’t miss out on finding out how that delicious cheese is actually made. You may even assist!
For those who would rather just play, there is plenty to entertain yourself with, such as go-karts, a trampoline or messing about in the mud kitchen: everything is possible and allowed!
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!
During your stay farmer Aico or Kirsten will give a Tour de Boer (guided famers tour). They help you get acquainted with the farm, tell you how they work and what they do.
As they show you around you get to find your bearings and also hear special stories about the farm.
Do you know what yoghurt is made from? Exactly, fresh milk! Together with farmer Kirsten you are going to make delicious (fruit) yoghurt from fresh milk straight from the milk tank. Children up to the age of 6 can participate under the supervision of an adult.
Farmer Kirsten likes to share her love for horses with her guests. Her ponies Luna, Stoer and Ollie, not forgetting Ko the donkey, really enjoy being polished, brushed and cuddled. Those who are brave enough can take them for a ride from time to time in the arena or out on the meadow.
The cows of farmer Aico are collected in from the field twice a day and he could certainly do with a helping hand. Whilst you are at it, you may as well feed the calves. Please note: on this farm, the cows are taken out to the fields later in the season, so this activity may not take place during your visit.
You are welcome to take one of the farm ponies for a walk. Together with your parents, you can follow the route that has been mapped out for you. Taking you through the “Tuilse Put” nature reserve opposite the campsite. You get to sit on the pony, whilst your parent walks next to you. €10 per half hour.
Do you want to be creative for a while? Together with farmer Kirsten you will work with paint and glitter to paint a beautiful cow on a real canvas.
The Tuilse Put Nature Reserve opposite the campsite is a great place to go fishing, so make sure you pack your fishing gear.
If you prefer to play, then you will certainly enjoy yourself on the farm. Go-kart, trampoline jumping or mess around in the mud kitchen. Everything is possible and allowed!
How handy is this: breakfast delivered to your tent by farmer Aico. For a lovely evening BBQ you don’t need to leave the farm either, as farmer’s wife Kirsten can arrange everything for you.
The farm has a large farm shop where fresh produce is sold, such as homemade dairy products, cheeses, but also regional products, fresh fruit, vegetables and meat from other local farmers. During Dutch school holidays you can order your fresh bread daily from the bakery. Handy eh?
Not looking forward to stacks of laundry upon your return home? Why not order the towel pack or rent the one and only, FarmCamps farmers overall for the kids? They will look identical to the famer and it will almost keep their clothes clean!
All these extra’s can be ordered when booking or upon arrival.
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.
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.
A delicious cheese fondue cannot be missed at the Buitenhoeve cheese farm! At farmer’s wife Kirsten you can order a complete cheese fondue package, including baguette with herb butter, various raw vegetables, meat, a bottle of cider and of course the use of a fondue set.
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 white towel. Perfect for leaving washing behind at the end of your holiday!
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!
From experience we know you probably won’t leave the farm, simply because the kids will be so busy entertaining themselves that they won’t have time to get bored. Which is when parents enjoy themselves the most, right?
Should you still wish to explore the local area, then this region has a surprising amount to offer. The West Betuwe region is scattered with orchards growing apples, pears and cherries. The presence of the rivers Linge and Waal also has a great impact on this area. There is always something to see or do on the water. There is plenty of water for swimming or sailing, and the typical meandering dikes along picturesque villages and historical cities are well worth visiting.
Fancy a day out at the beach? The Betuwestrand is only a 15 minute drive from the farm. It is a large recreational lake with a sandy beach, 3 slides, a water trampoline and water ski facilities. On the beach there are plenty of things for children to play with, such as a wooden pirate ship to climb on and more.
To cool down you don’t have to walk very far as the Tuilse Put is just opposite the farm. It is a small nature reserve with a large lake ideal for swimming and fishing. In Haaften you can also go swimming in the Crobsche Waard or the floodplains of the Waal river.
If the weather isn’t cooperating but you’d still like to go for a swim, then 2 subtropical swimming paradises are merely 20 minutes away. The Omniom in Den Bosch and the Caribabad in Gorinchem have slides, rapids, extensive toddler pools and much more.
The idyllic Linge river is perfect for a boat ride or canoeing adventure. Several places rent out canoes, electric boats or even luxurious longboats.
This thrilling fortress island hosts an interactive science center about planet earth. Take a virtual journey to the center of the earth, get lost in the underground tunnel, find your way through the maze, create landscapes in the interactive sandpit or experience the Netherlands in a thousand billion Minecraft blocks. Outside there is a large natural playground and a pancake restaurant with delightful terrace.
This natural playground offers hours of fun in the wilderness. Build a raft, clamber and climb in and around the water, get lost in the corn maze or walk the bare foot path. Those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land can play mini golf, jump on the air trampoline, ride go-karts or enjoy the animal meadow. The great restaurant with super terrace serves a variety of delicious healthy food.
The Waardenburg en Neerijnen estate invites you to enjoy its natural beauty and the estates two old castles. In between the castles you find orchards and a lovely woodland park. The woodland park with its short mapped out walking routes, is great for a leisurely stroll. The dike offers a phenomenal view on the Waal river.
The floodplains of the Waal river near Haaften village hold the beautiful Crobsche Waard nature reserve. The particularly wet area attracts a great variety of aquatic birds. On a warm day it is the perfect spot for paddling.
Depending on the season you can pick your own cherries, apples or pears from one of the many fruit orchards in the Betuwe region.
Slot Loevestein is one of the most beautiful castles in the Netherlands. This genuine medieval castle situated on the bank of the Waal river, is surrounded by a thick wall and moat with a draw bridge. For children there is plenty do, like detonating gunpowder in the powder tower or going exploring with their own key! Guides tell thrilling stories, in particular about Hugo de Groot (Hugo Grotius) and his spectacular escape in 1621.
Zaltbommel is the birth place of the famous Dutch children’s book illustrator, Fien Westendorp. The old Zaltbommel city castle hosts a small museum in honour of her famous books. Imagine yourself in the world of children’s characters Jip & Janneke, dress up like them, have your picture taken in the famous red car from “Pluk van de Petteflet,” and go out on adventures just like the characters do in the famous stories