Kaatsheuvel is full of fairytales but don’t be fooled because this stunning livery is very real! Karin Smulders, her husband and their three outgoing kids Mees (16), Suus (14) and Faas (10) live here together with her Mum and Dad. The livery is home to around 28 boarding horses and, of course, horses and ponies of their own. Karin’s herd nowadays has more than 32 horses, ponies and shets. However, the lead role goes, without a doubt, to their Shetland ponies: Tommy, Roxy, Knofje, Udo, Joe, Rokkie, Eigenaar, Devin, Sam, Stippel, Elvis, Sjonnie, Baron, Billy and Willy and the hug foals Bami and Nasi. These incredibly sweet and trustworthy ponies are excellent fun for your mini-Farmers!
But it’s not all about horses and ponies at FarmCamps Smulhoeve! Here there are two kinds of camps; pony camp and football camp! This family may be horse crazy but they are also mad about football and that’s hardly surprising when you discover that their father played professional football for a number of years. This sporty family are perfectly happy to see the guests playing football and there is a tennis court here too!
So FarmCamps Smulhoeve has something for everyone – even if you’re not a fan of ponies there is still plenty to see and do here. This farm is ideally situated with a short bike ride to the Efteling theme park or a walk to the Loonse and Drunense dunes.
Situated on the outskirts of the town of Kaatsheuvel is this delightful horse livery owned by the Smulders family. In just a few minutes’ walk from the farm you find yourself at the stunning Loonse and Drunense dunes, a unique nature reserve with incredible shifting sand plains, beautiful heathlands and aromatic pine trees.
At FarmCamps Smulhoeve you can choose from 3 types of luxury tents: 6 Ranch tents, 4 Lodge tents and 9 Barn tents. The tents are fully equipped and even have their own bathroom. The Lodge tent include a bathroom with a large shower cubicle. In the Barn tent you also have your own bathroom but with a comfy bathtub. With the Ranch tent you can experience our unique ‘Hay! Hay! Bathroom trailer’ complete with a bath and shower next to your tent. It’s all about luxury – all you have to do now is choose…!
This FarmCamps farm is located on the main road between Kaatsheuvel and Waalwijk but when you’re on the farmyard you’ll have no idea you are so centrally located because you won’t even notice the traffic. Just past the stables and you’ll find yourself in the middle of peace and tranquility, overlooking the beautiful Kaatsheuvel countryside. Behind the campsite there are sports fields, when the wind is at the wrong direction you can hear the highway at night.
Our 16 luxury tents are all pitched on a large field with wide open views onto the grazing pastures where you’ll not only watch the horses and ponies, but you’ll also spot a few cows from the neighboring farm.
On this location, it is not possible to camp using your own equipment
No farm adventure would be complete without learning a thing or two from the professionals and Farmer Karin takes care of this personally. This farm is crazy about horses and ponies which you can feed, groom, ride and take for walks. But don’t forget you can also get stuck in helping to feed the goats, chickens and rabbits too. For those who prefer a cuddle or two, you can lie in the hay barn with the bunnies and enjoy their soft little noses nuzzling up to your cheeks.
If you are more in the mood to play then you won’t be disappointed! Here you can climb and tumble in the Hay! Hay! Play barn, there is a large playground where you can play football and tennis, or you can have a go at go-karting or simply mess around in the water or sandpit. On the weekends you might run into Mees, Suus or Faas at the football field. Maybe they will even join you for a game of football! 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!
During your stay Farmer Karin will show you the ropes with a guided tour of the farm. She will share with you the pleasure they get from working the land and caring for their horses.
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.
Why not take a great souvenir home and decorate a horseshoe together with Farmer Karin? A horseshoe can even bring good luck if you hang it on the wall at home!
If you fancy a nice ride outside the farm, then join the walking tour with one of the cute little Shetlands? And of course you sit on your pony while your parents walk next to you and hold the pony. No riding experience is needed. You’ll be off for a super adventure in the Loonse and Drunense dunes together with the other guests.
Good to know that Mum and Dad don’t get left out! Once a week they can ride in the outdoor arena on one of the horses of Farmer Karin. This is not a lesson, so experience is required.
Once a week it is possible to go on a two hour outdoor ride through the Loonse and Drunense Dunes, Riding experience is necessary. For the horse’s wellbeing, we work with a maximum body weight of 80 kg for a pony and 95 kg for a horse.
Farmer Karin also organizes cozy pizza evenings. During your stay, check the activity board for the exact date.
During your holiday you can of course take a ride on one of the farm’s lovely ponies. If you get a taste for it and want more then that’s possible too! Then rent your ‘own’ pony or book an hour of riding in the riding arena. €25,- per hour (max. 1x per stay). Please note: Farmer Karin does not provide riding lessons on the farm!
Always wanted your own pony? Well, here you can! You will be responsible for your ‘own’ pony during your stay. Together with one hour of driving each day, you will take care of your pony, including brushing, feeding, mucking out the stable and putting your pony out to pasture. Minimum age of 4 years.
At FarmCamps De Smulhoeve you can do almost anything with your ‘cuddle pony’; take him or her out to the meadow, or for a tour round the yard, feed and walk him or even take your pony to visit your tent! The only thing you can’t do is riding. Minimum age of 4 years.
If you like to play, then you’re in the right place! You can play football here, build huts in the bushes, ride the go-karts or play with sand and do somersaults on the trampoline.
It doesn’t get more convenient than this: breakfast delivered to your tent by Karin the Farmer? Should you fancy a delicious evening BBQ then there is no need to leave the farm either because Karin can also arrange it all for you! Don’t feel like cooking full stop? Take a seat on the terrace and Karin will prepare you the yummiest pizzas ever.
And of course there is always the small on-site farm shop where you can pick up your basics and a few treats, together with ordering fresh bread – now that’s handy!
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. 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!
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 in the North-Brabant province then we recommend a trip to the Loonse and Drunense dunes which are a short walk away and dotted with delightful restaurants along the way like De Roestelberg or Het Genieten. Visit any one of the lovely villages and towns in Brabant and enjoy a drink on their terrace, or take a day trip to the Efteling – not even a full kilometer away from the farm! Something for everyone!
In Sprang-Capelle, just a few kilometers from the farm, you will find this outdoor pool with 4 heated lanes, a 30 meter long slide, two diving boards, a separate children’s pool and a sunbathing area.
If the weather is not on your side then spread your wings a little further at the indoor Olympia swimming pool in Waalwijk. Here you can splash around in three pools, complete with a 46 meter long water slide, rapids, a paddling pool and a whirlpool.
In the Kurenpolder is a lovely lake with a beach, playgrounds and also a climbing park. There is also no shortage of catering. Perfect for a day out with the kids.
The biggest open air swimming pool in the area is less then 10km away from the farm. The pool is heated, the showers are great and so are the places where you can get something to eat or drink.
This beautiful outdoor swimming pool in Udenhout is less than 20 minutes away by car and less than half an hour by bike. The swimming pool has a wonderful catering facility, a large lawn for sunbathing and a very large slide. Perfect for a wonderful of swimming!
With its white beaches and crystal clear waters you’ll easily enjoy yourself swimming, sunbathing or having a drink on the terrace.
Situated near the farm, on the edge of the Loonse and Drunense dunes, this brasserie also offers an awesome wet play area for the kids. Guaranteed hours of fun while Mum and Dad relax and enjoy themselves on the terrace.
This incredible fairytale theme park is but a short bike ride (less than a kilometer!) from FarmCamps Smulhoeve.
In Gilze you will find this cozy farm that has been converted into a play paradise for kids with an indoor and outdoor playground. While the kids are having fun playing, the parents are enjoying a drink and a snack from the extensive menu.
Monkey town is only a 5 minute drive away from the farm. This children’s play paradise has indoor soft play areas as well as an outdoor play area, laser games and indoor golf. At Monkey town you will find the best and most spectacular rides for children aged 0 to 12.
Here children from 7 years old can go wild on the mega trampoline fields. Jumping, practicing somersaults and flopping down in the soft foam tray or on the large air cushion, super cool! Also great for older children ánd parents.
This 3,500 hectare nature reserve is also known as the ‘Brabant Sahara’. Discover the great shifting sand plains, heathland and woodlands it has to offer. Romp around in the sand, take a bike ride through the forest or go horseback riding over the dunes – it’s all on your doorstep with just a short walk from the farm.
In this nature park you will find lots of fens, trees, fields and of course the Estate itself. Tip: Discover the National Park Dune Express: a heated train (boarding near the farm) that takes you through this beautiful area.
Situated in Hilvarenbeek, you can’t miss out on a trip to the famous, award winning safari park Beekse Bergen. An African adventure full of roaring lions, curious giraffes, roaming zebras and many more stunning beasts awaits you! The park also offers an outdoor playground, a large sandy beach with safe bathing facilities and water slides.
Heusden is a beautifully restored fortified town. You’ll find quaint shops, beautiful art galleries, large harbours and terraces. Every Sunday the shops are open and you can enjoy an interesting mooch around this delightful town.
Did you know that Waalwijk and its surrounding area is known for its leather industry? For centuries they have been making products here from animal skins. In this museum in Dongen, you can see how “leather tanning” was done then compared to now. For children, there is a special treasure hunt through the museum.
Experience what it is like to be an artist or exhibition maker in the Textile Museum in Tilburg. You go on a treasure hunt through the museum with the whole family and afterwards you can eat delicious sandwiches in the TextielCafé!