Meet Farmer Bill, his wife Ella and their son Michel. Together, they moved into this beautiful Frisian farm at beginning of 2017. In addition to their cattle farm, they also started a small horse livery and stables.
On their old farm, they kept over 300 dairy cows and calves but with the move to FarmCamps De Geele Bosch, they decided to take things a little bit more slowly. But that really didn’t happen! They just cannot sit still! Now Farmer Bill runs this young farm where he keeps around 40 dairy cows and calves. The young cows arrive at De Geele Bosch when they are around 4 months old and leave again when they are pregnant with their first calf. So, in fact, no cows are actually milked here but there is still plenty to see and do. Farmer Bill also spends a lot of time on his hobby: horses! And there something here just for your mini-farmers. Meet Elske: a sweet and cuddly pony that your mini-farmers can take care of, and of course, take a short ride on too!
Farmer’s Wife Ella is a busy bee and very creative. As your hostess, she will make sure that you want for nothing and she loves to organize fun activities for your mini-farmers (and you too!). Their son Michel lives in an old-fashioned farmhouse about 800 meters away, and also works on the farm. He is a real animal lover and spends his time around all the sweet animals on the farm.
Their farmhouse is situated in a beautiful and peaceful spot in the heart of Friesland (or as the locals say ‘Fryslân’). An exciting adventure forest on-site keeps your mini-farmers playing for hours where they can also gather wood for the camp fire or build wooden huts. But if you do want to discover the local environment then in Terherne, near Lake Sneekermeer, you can discover the characters from the famous Dutch children’s fiction series called ‘Schippers van de Kameleon’ (The Chameleon). Take a boat and sail out to the Chameleon Adventure Island where children can relive the adventures of characters like Gerben, Hielke and Sietske. Friesland also offers stunning lakes and canals and lots more to see and do.
De Geele Bosch is pure nature at its best, offering uninterrupted views over the meadows in this beautiful Frysian landscape. The small Tjonger canal a few hundred metres from the farm is perfect for fishing and watching the boats go by. The luxurious Safari tents border our own adventure forest.
Choose from one of our 11 luxury, fully equipped Safari Tents including a private toilet. Showers are in the nearby heated bathing facilities, which can be closed off with a good wooden door.
This FarmCamps farm is situated on a quiet road, surrounded by open pastures and fields. There is also a nearby field with 15 plots for those who bring their own camping equipment. A short walk away and you’ll discover the ‘Tjonger’, a canal where swimming and sailing is also possible.
The 11 luxury Safari Tents are on a large field adjacent to the adventure forest. In the middle of the field your mini-farmers can entertain themselves splashing around at the water playground or bouncing around at the playground while you relax in a chair watching. In the evening you’ll relax together and enjoy a campfire. Glamping heaven!
On this farm you have the option to bring your own camping equipment
No farm adventure would be complete without learning a thing or two from the professionals. Farmer Bill and his wife Ella take this very personally! So you can expect to join Farmer Bill every day to help with the calves and other animals on his farm. Farmer’s wife Ella loves handy crafts and together with her you can make something really special to take home as a souvenir of your unique experience.
If you are more in the mood to play then you won’t be disappointed! Here you’ll find go-karting, hut building, forest adventures and even a Tractor-Tyre Tower to climb and play on. You can also build huts or play in the Hay! Hay! Play barn. Here there are no rules – just enjoy yourself!
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!
When arriving at the farm, you receive a farmers scavenger hunt Bill and Ella have set out for you, which you can carry out in order to discover the farm and learn all about it while hunting.
Can you imagine something more delicious than making your own milkshake from fresh milk, and the self made ice cream of farmer Bill? Of course you don’t have to do this all by yourself, farmer’s wife Ella will help you make this.
Together with Ella you will have an hour of crafting fun! Whether it be, decorating candles, decorating your own glass, t-shirt or cooking apron or decorating a horse show. Check the possibilities with farmer’s wife Ella
Ella is totally addicted to making Dutch pancakes and she loves to teach your mini-farmers how to do this on the farm. While you enjoy a nice drink on their beautiful terrace your mini-farmers are hard at work. And of course, everyone gets to enjoy eating them together. No doubt, you’ll be making them at home too!
Every Wednesday and Saturday there is a campfire together with all the guests at the campsite. The ideal opportunity to have fun with each other.
If you would like to rent a canoe and go out on the river near the campsite, this is possible as well.
Farmer Bill is crazy about horses! If you are a pony lover too then you should definitely take a short ride on one of their lovely ponies on the campsite. You can also help with taking care of them and of course giving them plenty of cuddles!
You also have the possibility to bring your own horse to the farm. Here they have brand new horse boxes and a large outdoor arena. You can make wonderful trips around the farm. Price includes box, straw, hay, water, biks and pasture.
Farmer Bill will take you on a unique tour on his tractor trailer down to the nearby woods where there is also a really cool watch tower!
At De Geele Bosch they also carry out horse coaching. Horses communicate non-verbally and are masters at reading body language. Therefore, they are very suitable animals for a coaching session when you experience stress, want to learn to communicate more clearly or be more assertive. You do not have to have any experience with horses for this activity. Are you looking for more information regarding these extraordinary coaching sessions? Contact the farmers directly.
Can you already ride a horse well? Then you can rent the beautiful, large horse ‘Crème de la crème’ from farmer Bill to show off your riding skills for an hour. It’s not a riding lesson, but Farmer Bill can guide you during the hour if you want.
Just bring your own riding gear, such as your helmet.
During school holidays, extra activities are often planned such as bingo, kids disco, movie night or bonfire. Keep an eye on the activity board at the farm, so you don’t miss out on anything.
Looking for ultimate relaxation? Well look no further because Farmer’s wife Ella is up and about at the crack of dawn and happy to deliver breakfast to your tent! Or maybe you fancy an evening BBQ? Not to worry, she will organise this for you.
And of course there is always the small on-site farm shop where you can pick up your basics and a few local treats. Every day Ella bakes fresh bread – now that’s handy! You can also enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, sandwich or pancake while sitting on the beautiful farm terrace.
No one likes going home with a bag of dirty washing, so we recommend you order the towel bundle and rent some genuine FarmCamp overalls for the kids. Your mini-farmers will not only look great but their clothes will not get so dirty either!
You can order all your extras at the point of booking, but if you are not sure yet don’t worry, you can also order them 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.
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.
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.
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 towels. 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! The coffee lovers bundle
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 then Friesland offers stunning lakes and canals and lots more to see and do. For fishing enthusiasts the River Tjonger is less than 300 meters from the farm.
Did you know that De Weerribben National Park and the must see stunning touristic village of Giethoorn are less than 30km away from the farm?
Just outside Heerenveen and only 6km from the farm, there is a beautiful recreation area with a lovely natural swimming pool. For those who enjoy a spot of fishing then it’s also particularly good here for catching carp.
In Noordwolde is a large outdoor pool (50 meters in length) including a separate children’s pool, large water slide, diving boards and a lovely lawn to relax on.
If the weather is not on your side then in Joure you’ll find a beautiful tropical swimming paradise complete with a wave pool, some awesome water slides, a lazy river and separate paddling pool. For Mum and Dad there are herbal baths and an infrared sauna.
The famous ‘Tsjûkemar’ is the largest lake in Friesland and is located less than 20km from the farm. Here you can hire all kinds of boats but also swim and sunbathe. There’s plenty for water lovers to enjoy!
In Terherne, near Lake Sneekermeer, you can discover the characters from the famous Dutch children’s fiction series called ‘De Kameleon’ (The Chameleon). Take a boat and sail out to the Chameleon Adventure Island where children can relive the adventures of characters like Gerben, Hielke and Sietske. For the younger kids there is a large sand pit with real treasures to dig for!
A well-organized park for a complete and affordable day out for all the family; from the ‘indoor Apenkooi’ and ‘Flying Heli’ for tiny tots to the “Super Nova” and “Hara Kiri” for the older kids. In the park are several trampolines and bouncy castles, climbing frames and many other attractions for young and old.
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.
A short distance from the farm you will find the Oranjewoud nature reserve. In this historic forest park you will find stately country houses. If you climb the Belvédère watchtower, you have a beautiful view over the forest.
When you experience it from the water by canoe or silent electrical boat this park is probably best described as an amazing large green maze of reeds. Trees, the water, the birds… a magnificent nature reserve.
At the edge of the Drents-Friese Wold is a great adventure and climbing park. All routes start from the central tower at 5.5 meters high and there is a variety of climbing obstacles ranging from 4 meters to 14 meters in height. This climbing park is suitable for everyone over 1 meter 40 centimeters tall.
Not even 30 km form the farm, you will find the ‘Orchideeënhoeve’ (orchid farm), where you can spot flamingos, have lunch in the flower garden, take selfies by the waterfall or admire beautiful tropical butterflies.
The Frisian Museum of Natural History dates from 1923 and is a unique day out! The permanent exhibition is intended for visitors from 8 till 88. The presentation is in the style of storytelling like a novel, and the museum is a collection of short stories. One of these short stories for example tells all about teeth. This is done in a theatre-like presentation. The teeth are presented in a real dental practice, there’s a waiting room and once it’s your turn you have to sit down in a real dental chair. Another presentation tells the story of poo. Everything you always wanted to know about poo but were too afraid to ask is explained in a realistic toilet unit with water closets as showcases!
The idyllic village of Giethoorn is also known as Dutch Venice. 170 small wooden bridges invite you for a scenic tour on foot of the village, but it is best experienced by taking an organised boat tour or canoe.
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.