De Smulhoeve

Livery yard in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant

A fairytale come true...

Not everything in Kaatsheuvel is a fairy tale, because this incredibly beautiful and cosy horse farm really exists! This is where farmer Karin and Dennis live with their 3 teenage kids Mees, Suus and Faas. Karin’s parents live next to the farm and especially Farmer Cees, Karin’s father, you will often come across on the farm. This horse farm not only houses the Smulders family’s horses and ponies, but also 3 boarding horses. Farmer Karin’s herd currently comprises more than 45 horses, ponies and shets. The main characters are the sweet Shelanders, including Tommy, Roxy, Rocky, Knofje and Udo. Super sweet and reliable ponies who are used to dealing with children.

But at The Smulhoeve, it’s not all about the horses and ponies. In fact, there are two camps in the family; the ‘horse camp’ and the ‘football camp’. Because besides their love of horses, they are all very active with football. Fancy a game of your own? On the farm, there is plenty of space to play your own game of football.

FarmCamps De Smulhoeve is therefore not only the place for horse girls and boys. Even if you do not like horses, there is plenty to do and experience. How about racing around on the go-karts or taking a walk on the beautiful footpath with one of the sweet alpacas. The animals in the cuddle barn also like to be pampered. And if you do want to leave the yard for once, you can cycle to the Efteling or walk to the Loonse and Drunense Dunes.

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What a great choice!

Out and about with the sweet ponies!

This is what makes this farm so much fun!

Guests about De Smulhoeve

Our stay was very nice! We enjoyed it a lot. Our 3.5 year old daughter has had the time of her life again with cuddling bunnies, pampered her grooming pony and played a lot with new friends. Great, FarmCamps!

Family van Deuveren

Take a sneak peek at De Smulhoeve...

Where do I sleep

In the outskirts of Kaatsheuvel you will find this nice and cosy horse farm of the Smulders family. A few minutes’ walk takes you to the Loonse en Drunense Duinen, a unique nature area with large shifting sands, heathland and coniferous trees.

At De Smulhoeve, you will stay in one of the 6 luxury Ranchtents, 4 luxury Lodgetents or in the 9 luxury Barntents. The tents are fully equipped and all have a private bathroom.

The Lodgetent has a large bathroom in the tent with a lovely, spacious shower cubicle. The Barntent also has a bathroom in the tent, but with a lovely bathtub with shower. If you opt for the Ranchtent, the Hay Hay Bath Trailer with bath and shower is next to your tent. Nothing but luxury, so now all you have to do is choose………

This FarmCamps farm is nice and central on a through road from Kaatsheuvel to Waalwijk. On the farmyard, you won’t even notice the traffic on the road. As soon as you pass the stables, you will discover the peace and space of this beautiful rural area of Kaatsheuvel. Behind the campsite are the sports fields; if the wind is wrong, you can hear the motorway at night.

The 19 luxury tents are on a large field at the very back of the yard. Here you have a view of, and are surrounded by, the meadows where you can see the horses, ponies but also the neighbour’s cows grazing.

On this location, it is not possible to camp using your own equipment. Also, it is not possible to bring your own pony, horse or dog to this farm. 

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Luxury Ranch Tent

Luxury Ranch Tent with Hay Hay Bath trailer next to the tent. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cosy living space.

Luxury Lodge Tent

Luxury Lodge Tent with private bathroom. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cosy living space.

Luxury Barn Tent

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

Finding out is fun!

No farm adventure would be complete without learning a thing or two from the professionals. And that is what farmer Karin personally takes care of. Here, everything revolves around the horses and ponies. If you have booked a cuddle pony, you can cuddle it, groom it and take it for a walk on the farm. Would you like to ride too? Then a grooming pony is just the thing for you! But of course you can also help feed the pigs, alpacas, goats, chickens and rabbits. The real cuddlers can lie down in the hay with the bunnies and enjoy those soft snouts that curiously come and sniff at you.

If you are more into playing, you will also find what you are looking for in this yard. There is a hay barn, go-karts to tear up and a large playing field in the middle of the tent site where you can play football or mess around with sand. Or live it up on the tennis court.  

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Farmer’s Passport

At check-in, children will receive FarmCamps’ Farmers Passport. This contains fun and educational assignments. 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.

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Pony Cuddle time

Every morning after feeding the animals, you can brush one of Farmer Karin’s shetland ponies together, accompanied by your parents or grandparents. If you really want to groom your own pony, take it to your tent or ride it. Then ask whether it is possible to reserve a grooming or cuddly pony.

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Horseshoe pimping

Together with farmer Karin, you will pimp a horseshoe. You will also have a nice souvenir to take home! If you hang the horseshoe on the wall at home, it will even bring good luck! To be booked on site. Costs and times are on the registration form at reception.

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Pony walks

During your holiday, you can join the pony walk to the beautiful Loonse and Drunense Dunes nature reserve. Together with farmer Karin, your parents and the lovely ponies you will set off. And of course you sit on your pony while your parents walk next to you and hold the pony. Riding experience is not necessary. The walk lasts about an hour and a half. Price € 45 for children with a grooming pony and € 55 for children without a grooming pony. It is also possible to hire a pony on your own and go for a nice walk, ask the farmer’s wife about this.

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Walking pony

Together with your parents, you walk a marked route along the farm. Your parents walk next to the pony, and you sit on it, of course.

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Care for your own pony

Would you like your “own” pony during your holiday and are you 3 years old or older? Then hire a grooming pony from farmer Karin. Besides one hour of supervised riding every day, you will also be responsible for all the care: i.e. feeding, brushing, cuddling but also “shovelling poo”. you have little or no experience, help from your parent(s) is required.
There is a choice of ‘Care for your own Pony’ small (4-12 years, max 40 kg), ‘Care for your own Pony’ medium (8-12 years, max 50 kg and experience preferred) and a ‘Care for your own Pony’ large (from 11 years to max 65 kg, riding experience preferred).

The ‘Care for your own pony’ is very popular. We recommend to book this directly at booking of the accommodation (if still available).

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Cuddle pony

Don’t want to or can’t ride a pony yet, but do you enjoy cuddling them? Then hire a cuddly pony during your holiday. You will get your “own” sweet shetlander, which you can groom, brush, cuddle and walk around the farm every day. You can also take your cuddle pony to the tent twice a day for a photo opportunity, to let ‘your’ pony graze and, of course, to cuddle. Age from 3 years. Please note: the cuddle pony cannot be ridden.

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Alpaca walk

The alpacas of De Smulhoeve can’t wait to walk with you along the footpath around the farm! Children under 12 years always accompany an alpaca together with an adult.1 alpaca per 2 persons.

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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.

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Practical & delicious

On weekends and holidays, you can order a delicious breakfast. This will then be delivered to your tent by farmer Karin. How handy is that! Don’t feel like cooking yourself? Twice a week, Karin prepares delicious fresh pizza for you. For dessert, you can enjoy a delicious organic farm ice cream!

No one likes going home with a bag of dirty washing, Then order the Towel Pack and rent the one and only FarmCamps farmer’s overall for the kids. This way they look just like a farmer and their clothes don’t 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.

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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.

You can order breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.

Every morning, except in midweek outside school holidays, you can also use the sandwich service. You can order the sandwiches from the farm shop a day in advance.

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Farmer Karin also organises cosy pizza evenings. During your stay, check the activity board for the exact date.

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

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A welcoming bed

What better way is there to soak up the beautiful landscape than to take a lovely bike ride from the farm. Luckily you can hire a range of bikes on the farm. There are bikes for adults, children’s bikes and even the popular Babboe box bike, perfect for packing everything in for a family trip to the beach. Please note that this service is not available in July and August.

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