On the Pieperpolder 3 (“pieper” means potato in Dutch) Rindert and Gerdien don’t grow spuds but keep livestock: 110 cows and roughly 50 young cattle. Their modern dairy farm lies hidden behind a dyke in the “Midden-Nederland” region near picturesque hanseatic cities and “Het Zwarte Meer” nature reserve. The farm is almost completely “energy neutral” operating only on Solar panels. The fodder for the cows (grass, sweetcorn, roughage) is cultivated by farmer Rindert himself.
Rindert, Gerdien and their 2 children, Koen and Tim have been living on this beautiful spot in the polder since 2018. Farm life holds no secrets for Rindert and Gerdien, as Rindert grew up as a farmers’ son. When he and Gerdien were looking for the perfect location to start their own farm they settled in Genemuiden. Gerdien, still an office clerk back then, is now fully committed to looking after the calves on the farm where Rindert looks after the cows.
The cows are frequent prize winners at breeding stock events in the towns of Putten and Oldenbroek. The milking is done by a milk robot, so the cows can decide for themselves when they would like to be milked. The milk is then sold to produce Leerdammer cheese.
There is never a dull moment on the farm. Cruise the yard in a go-kart, build huts in the Hay Hay Play Barn, jump on the trampoline, mess around in the mud kitchen or cuddle the other animals. Apart from the 160 cows and calves, many other animals live on the farm. Sheep and lambs help to keep the grass short and then there are goats, rabbits, chickens, the farm dogs Max, Suzy and Roxy and 2 cute cats that love a cuddle.
So, would you like to become acquainted with life on a modern dairy farm and at the same time enjoy nature, animals, playing and relaxation? Then De Oostermaat is the place to be!
The modern dairy farm of farmers Gerdien, Rindert and their 2 children is located on the outskirts of the village of Genemuiden (which actually has city rights!).This farm is slap bang in the middle of the polder and is beautifully situated to fully appreciate the quiet and beauty of its surroundings.
Quick fact: the village of Genemuiden is well known for its tapestry industry. It is part of the Zwartewaterland municipality. Near the farm you will find the “Zwarte Meer” nature reserve, ideal for bird spotting. Within easy reach of the farm are the must see hanseatic cities of Kampen and Zwolle.
At FarmCamps De Oostermaat you can stay in one of 10 luxurious tents. There is the choice of a Barn Tent with en-suite bathroom with bathtub, luxurious kitchen with dishwasher and the Hay Hay Sleep Attic. Alternatively, you may opt for the luxurious Safari Tent with en-suite toilet (you can shower in the shower block).
The modern dairy farm belonging to farmers Rindert and Gerdien is situated in the middle of the polder, surrounded by meadows, fields and water. A lush and quiet place with plenty of space to relax and discover farm life.
The 10 luxurious tents are playfully pitched, allowing for lots of space and privacy on a cozy field and overlooking the meadows, with the “Kamperzee” dyke in the distance. Children can walk directly fromthe field, which houses the tents to the animal meadow and play barn, or take a peak in the cow stable.
It is not permitted to bring your own camping equipment to this farm.
Your farming adventure wouldn’t be complete without learning a few things on the farm. Farmers Gerdien and Rindert will personally attend to this.
Farmer Rindert enjoys telling you all there is to know about milking cows robotically and he loves it if you give a hand sweeping the stable. Farmer Gerdien shows you how calves are fed. Of course the rabbits, goats, sheep and other animals need to be looked after as well. When it is time to mow the grass you could be lucky enough to get to ride along on the tractor out onto the farmland.
If you prefer to play, then you won’t be bored either. Go-karts, trampolines, walk through the corn maze, build huts with your new friends in the Hay Hay Play Barn, climb the Tractor Tyre Tower or make a mess in the sandpit. Everything is allowed!
Sunday rest is observed on FarmCamps Oostermaat. Apart from feeding the animals no other activities will take place on this day.
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 Gerdien or farmer Rindert will show you the ropes with a guided tour of the farm. They will share with you the pleasure they get from working the land and caring for their cows.
Experience this unique chance to go where only farmers dare to go and soak up the special stories they´ll share with you about the farm they love and care for.
Together with farmer Gerdien you can bake delicious ‘poffertjes’ (mini pancakes) from fresh milk and eggs. What a feast!
Each day you can help the farmers Gerdien and Rindert to feed the calves and other small animals. You might just become an accomplished farmhand during your holiday!
The “Grote Vaart” or the steam pumping station near the farm are excellent spots to go fishing. Make sure to pack your fishing rod (permit required
What is more fun than ending the day altogether with a campfire? Enjoy the sunset whilst the kids are roasting marshmallows
Always wanted a pet rabbit, but were your parents unsure of whether you could take proper care of it? Then the farm is the place to get in some practice. After an introduction and a little explanation from farmer’s wife Gerdien, you get to take your “own” rabbit to your tent to pamper and look after during your holiday. It is not just fun but you get to learn a lot too!
If you like to play, then you’re in the right place! Here you can play football, splash in the water playground, ride the go-karts or play with sand and do somersaults on the trampoline.
How handy: get your breakfast delivered to your tent by farmer Gerdien. Even when you fancy a BBQ evening there is no need to leave the farm as farmer Gerdien can arrange everything for you! The farm has a well stocked pantry where you can buy some basic provisions. Fresh bread can be ordered from farmer Gerdien: how handy is that?
Not looking forward to a stack of laundry upon your return home? Simply order the towel package and also rent the original FarmCamps overalls for the kids. They will look just like the farmer and their clothes won’t get too dirty either.
All these extras can be ordered when booking your holiday. Of course you can still be done upon arrival too.
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. 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 that it’s most likely you will not even leave the farm. Simply because there is so much to do at FarmCamps De Oostermaat and the kids will be far too busy to get bored. As parents, this is when your downtime starts too, right?
For those who still like to get out and see some of the surrounding area, there is lots to see and do within half an hour of the farm. If you like a bit of culture you will love strolling around the old must see hanseatic cities of Kampen, Hasselt and Zwolle. If you prefer to be out on the water there are plenty of water sports options for example, Zwartsluis or rent a boat at the Zwarte Meer lake. There is something for everyone!
About 10 km from the farm,in the city of Kampen you will find ‘de Steur’ swimmingpool. There is an indoor pool with slide and a smaller outdoor pool with lawn. The cozy pool restaurant serves drinks, chips and sandwiches.
Only a few steps from the farm is “De Goot” river. Perfect for swimming, relaxing on the grass or even fishing. You will find the sons of Rindert and Gerdien here on a regular basis. De Goot also has a small solar powered ferry to take you across the river.
Lake Milligerplas is a recreational lake with a lovely beach near the city of Zwolle. There is catering available here too. At the pavillion you can order a drink or a decent lunch and dinner.
At the Zwarte Meer you can enjoy the magnificent nature, go out on a boat ride or take a swim. Boats to take out on the Zwarte Meer can be rented in Genemuiden. It is easy tospend a whole day on the water. All this close to FarmCamps De Oostermaat.
Monkey Town in Zwolle is a 20-minute drive away from the farm. This large indoor playground is great entertainment for kids aged 0 to 12. Its soft play area includes a ball pool, air cushions and a climbing maze.
Are your children endlessly curious, fond of scientific experiments and love learning new things? The Ontdekhoek (“discovery corner”) is just the place for children who like discovering anything scientific or technical in a playful way. Over 30 different experiments can be carried out in the workshop, such as developing photos in the dark room, making a sail boat or scented soap, discovering the force of water and much more.
This cool trampoline park is only 25 minutes away from the farm. Children (and parents) aged 7 or older can totally let themselves go on the mega trampoline area. Jump, practice summersaults or backflips and land in the soft foam or on the large air cushion. Super cool!
The well-known Slagharen theme park is 40 minutes away from FarmCamps De Oostermaat. Over 30 rides, theater shows, parades and swinging street theatre, guarantee a great day out.
National Park Weerribben-Wieden is the largest compact peat bog in Northern Europe. By foot, bike or boat (silent “whisper” boat) you get to view the best that nature has to offer. The most impressive way of exploring the national park is by canoeing through the small moats surrounded by reed, waterfowl and other animals.
The “Staphorster Bos” forest, 26 km away from the farm is great for a nature walk or playing in the “Zwarte Dennen Speelvijver” play pond. The adjacent meadow is ideal for sunbathing and a picnic.
Ijsselmuiden Kalter Aardbeien is a strawberry nursery with a playground. You can pluck and eat as many strawberries as you caneat. A variety of strawberry based produce is sold here too.
The city of Genemuiden has a long history and was granted city rights in the year 1275. For many years the city was famous for growing crop used for the production of seats and mats which later developed into the production of carpets. The Tapijt museum in the city center of Genemuiden is dedicated to this.
The picturesque port town of Zwartsluis is easily reached by bike or ferry across the Zwarte Water. A lovely place to stroll and enjoy the old architecture whilst enjoying an ice-cream or two.
The must see historic hanseatic city of Kampen is about 10 km away from FarmCamps De Oostermaat. A lovely way to see the historic city center is by tour boat, or by simply going shopping and enjoying the bars and restaurants with their terraces.