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 cool kids Mees (17 years old), Suus (15 years old) and Faas (11 years old). 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 numbers over 45 horses, ponies and shets. The leading roles are played by: Tommy, Bami, Nasi, Roxy, Rocky, Udo, Knofje, Joe, Baron, Billy, Bart, Willem, Micha, Messie, Elvis, Stippel. Super sweet and reliable ponies who are used to being around 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 having fun in the hay barn. 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.
This is what makes this farm so much fun!
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. FarmCamps BoeBaDoe also welcomes day guests, as it is possible to and spend an afternoon (or morning) playing and enjoying the animals. Also, it is not possible to bring your own pony, horse or dog to this farm.
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 with private bathroom. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cosy living space.
Luxury Barn tent with bathroom in the tent. Spaciously furnished with, among other things, a cosy living space.
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.
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.
During each stay, farmer Karin gives a Tour de Boer (Farmers’ tour) around their yard. She will tell you what they do, how they live and work and show you around the farm.
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.
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!
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 care pony and € 55 for children without care 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.
Do you love pony riding? Then book an hour of loose riding in the arena. There is opportunity for this twice a week. Would you like to ride more? Then book a grooming pony. If you have no riding experience, your parents will walk alongside the pony. Please note: Farmer Karin does not provide separate riding lessons on the farm!
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).
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 then get your “own” sweet shetlander, which you can groom, brush, cuddle and walk around the farm every day. Age from 3 years. Please note: the cuddly pony cannot be ridden.
If you like to play, this is the place to be! Among other things, you can play football here, build huts in the bushes, tear around on the go-karts or mess around with sand and do somersaults on the trampoline.
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.
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.
Breakfast can be ordered for every day except Monday and Friday and the midweeks outside the school holidays.
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.
Farmer Karin also organises cosy pizza evenings. During your stay, check the activity board for the exact date.
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, thick 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! The coffee lovers bundle Please note that this service is not available in July and August.
We know from experience that you are unlikely to leave the farmyard. Simply because there is so much to do at FarmCamps De Smulhoeve and the kids won’t be bored for a minute. And then the parents have a good time too, right?
If you do want to see something of the surrounding area, this part of North Brabant has plenty to offer. For example, De Loonse en Drunense Duinen at walking distance from the farm, with cosy restaurants on the edge of the dunes such as De Roestelberg or Het Genieten. Visit one of the charming villages and terraces in Brabant or spend a day at the Efteling, less than a kilometre from the farm. Monkey Town and Jump XL are also nearby if the weather is a bit less pleasant. So there is something for everyone!
In Sprang-Capelle, you will find this outdoor swimming pool with 4 heated lanes, a 30-metre slide, 2 diving boards, separate paddling pool and lovely sunbathing area.
If the weather is not so good, you can go to the indoor swimming pool in Waalwijk, located further away. Here you will find 3 pools, a 46-metre water slide, rapids, paddling pool and whirlpool.
In the Kurenpolder there is a lovely lake with a beach, playgrounds and also a climbing park. There is no shortage of catering facilities either. Perfect for a day out with the kids.
Less than 10km from the farm, you will find the most beautiful and largest outdoor swimming pool in the region. With heated swimming water, lovely showers and good catering facilities.
This beautiful outdoor swimming pool features a lovely catering facility, a large sunbathing area for sunbathing and a very large slide. Perfect for a great day of swimming, then!
Prefer swimming in natural water? In Loon op Zand is Het Blauwe Meer. With a beautiful terrace, large sunbathing areas, white beaches and swimming water of excellent quality, Het Blauwe Meer is the perfect place for a day out!
At Brasserie Het Genieten in Kaatsheuvel, on the edge of the Loonse and Drunense Dunes, you will find a super cool water playground for the kids. Guaranteed hours of fun while you enjoy yourself on the terrace.
Cycling to De Efteling? This is possible from FarmCamps De Smulhoeve because this fairy-tale and amusement park is less than a kilometre from the farm.
In Gilze, you will find this cosy farmhouse converted into a kids’ play paradise with indoor and outdoor playground. While the kids enjoy playing, parents sit and enjoy a drink and a bite from the extensive menu.
At this play paradise, kids can have fun both indoors and outdoors. Here, children aged 0 to 12 can have endless fun in the ball pits, on the climbing and scrambling equipment or on the air cushions.
Here, children from the age of 7 can go wild on the mega trampoline fields. Jumping, doing somersaults and crashing in the soft foam pit or on the big air cushion, super cool! Also fun for older children and parents.
This nature reserve is also known as the Brabant Sahara. Here you will find very large sandy plains with white drifting sand, but also heathland and forests. Romp around in the shifting sands, take a bike ride through the vast forests or go horseback riding over the sand hills.
On this estate north of Tilburg, you will find a very varied nature. From heathland and fens to herb-rich fields and varied forests. From the two watchtowers you have a great view of the entire area.
In Hilvarenbeek, you will find the well-known Safaripark Beekse Bergen. Situated in Hilvarenbeek, just 15km from the farm, 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 Vesting is a beautifully restored fortified town. You will find nice shops, beautiful galleries, spacious harbours and cosy terraces. Every Sunday afternoon, the shops are open and you can join an interesting city walk.
Did you know that Waalwijk and the surrounding area is famous for its leather industry. Centuries ago, they turned animal skins into leather products here. At this museum in Dongen, you can see how “leather tanning” used to be and is done now. For children, there is a special treasure hunt through the museum.
Experience what it is like to be an artist, artwork or exhibition maker at the Textielmuseum in Tilburg. You will go on a scavenger hunt through the museum with the whole family, and afterwards you can eat delicious sandwiches in the TextielCafé!
The kids will never be bored at FarmCamps De Smulhoeve
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