Contrary to the rest of Holland, South Limburg boasts beautiful rolling hills where you can almost forget you are in The Netherlands.
Nestled between the valleys surrounding Gulpen lies FarmCamps De Verloren Kost. The meandering drive up to the farm is as spectacular as the location itself. It’s no wonder that Farmer Sherman and his wife Annemarie can think of no better place to live and work. Together with their family they took over the farm from Sherman’s parents and have never looked back.
Together, this farming family recently converted their old dairy farm into a fun, educational and friendly recreational spot where the ponies play the lead role. The cows have moved out and their four legged friends have moved in.
Annemarie runs this small-scale horse livery, teaches local kids how to ride and offers you the best Limburgse tart and ice creams while sitting in the sun on their outdoor terrace. Farmer Sherman is often out at work during the day but in the evening he pulls on his overalls and gets cracking on the farm – the work here never stops!
This farm offers something for everyone from having fun with the ponies, helping to care for the other animals or just playing on the yard or in the neighbouring forest. ‘Verloren’ may mean ‘lost’ in Dutch but the only thing you will lose here is your sense of time as you bask in the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings here.
At FarmCamps De Verloren Kost you are literally sleeping on a ‘higher level’. Nestled in the middle of the beautiful rolling hills of South Limburg, the luxury tents here are pitched on different levels. You’ll lose yourself in the peace and tranquility here, no traffic; just pure nature, as you enjoy panoramic views of the local forests, fields and meadows all dotted with cows and horses.
At FarmCamps De Verloren Kost you can choose from 25 luxury Barn tents. In the Barn tent you will experience the true glamor of glamping; equipped with a private bathroom and bath tub, a large kitchen including a dishwasher and an Lavazza espresso machine and 6 heavenly beds (2 of which are in the Hay! Hay! Sleeping Loft). Outside you have your own BBQ, fireplace and hammock too; what more do you need to relax and enjoy life outdoors?
If you’re picturing South Limburg then you’ll be thinking of the stunning, rolling hills and landscape. Why go abroad when you can experience the real beauty of South Limburg right here at FarmCamps De Verloren Kost? Just a few kilometers outside Gulpen, situated on a delightful road (with no passing traffic) and just below the top of the Gulpener Mountain this farm also boasts a neighboring forest.
With just 25 luxury tents this farm will never be crowded so peace and tranquility amongst the horses and ponies is guaranteed. 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. Farmer Sherman and farmer Annemarie take this to heart! If you are an equine fan then you couldn’t pick a better place; here it’s all about caring for, cuddling, riding and walking with the ponies and horses. And don’t forget, you can also help out with feeding the goats, pot-bellied pigs, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.
If you are more in the mood to play then you won’t be disappointed! There is a lovely playground complete with football goals, or you can build huts in the nearby forest, tear around on go-karts or play in the sand pit. There is also a great trampoline to bounce around on or you can discover your own adventures in the forest and romp around in the ‘lion dens’.
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!
Farmer’s wife Annemarie and farmer Sherman have devised a super cool treasure hunt for the whole farm! And when you have discovered everything on and about the farm, you can go for a pony ride as the icing on the cake.
Together with the farmer Annemarie, your mini-farmers are going to have a great hour of fun whether it be dressing up the ponies, decorating horseshoes or making pony keyrings.
During your holiday on the farm you can take advantage of one free pony ride. If you find you have the taste for it and want to learn more then why not join one of Farmer Annemarie’s riding lessons! Annemarie is a qualified instructor for both experienced and novice riders.
If there is enough interest then Farmer Annemarie is delighted to take the group on a beautiful outdoor pony hack, including a special walk through the forest. Riding experience is a pre-requisite for this activity. Pony hacks take about 1.5 hours and cost
There are many sweet ponies on the farm that you can pamper, cuddle or decorate. A superb farm for the real pony lovers!
There are many animals living on the farm such as alpacas, chickens, goats, pigs and rabbits that of course all need to be fed. Farmer’s wife Annemarie can surely use your help!
There is nothing more delightful at the end of a fun day than sitting down together, watching the sun setting while your mini-farmers toast marshmallows.
Direct from the farm you can take a stroll into the forest for an enchanting afternoon walk, to play in the large sandpits or collect wood for the evening campfire.
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.
Looking for ultimate relaxation? Well look no further because Farmer’s Wife Annemarie 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, Annemarie will organise this for you.
Situated on the farm is a cozy, partly covered and heated, farmhouse terrace where you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, together with a Liège waffle, a piece of real Limburg pie or a fresh cup of soup. And for the kids, there is delicious fresh Italian ice cream
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! 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.
The farm itself is situated on a unique location with panoramic views of hills, forests, Dutch Belted cows, ponies and horses. The surrounding area of Gulpen has a lot to offer you too, even though tourist destinations such as Valkenburg, Maastricht and Aachen are less than half an hour away, you still feel like you are in no-man’s land.
Enjoy a fun day out with the family at the Mosaqua tropical swimming pool. Take the plunge on all the water slides or relax and re-energize in the whirlpool or steam rooms. There is also a 25 meter pool which is heated to a balmy 30 degrees Celsius.
Fancy exploring the local river Maas on kayak or canoe? Well now you can. Take a trip down to ‘Kajak Maasland’ where you can rent all kinds of kayaks and canoes – perfect for a day of adventure on the Maas. e boerderij zijn 2 openluchtzwembaden met glijbanen, duikplank en zonneweide.
If you get caught out by bad weather then fear not. At the Leisure Dome you can pass hours of fun with ten pin bowling, laser games, glow in the dark golf and watching a movie. This indoor leisure center spreads over 2100m2 and has something for everyone.
This amusement park is the oldest family park in The Netherlands and is therefore definitely worth a visit. The theme park has over 25 indoor and outdoor attractions so there is plenty to do for young and old alike.
There are several beautiful spots to take a stroll nearby the farm but one that is highly recommended by Farmers Sherman and Annemarie is the Vijlener Forest. Take a short 15 minute drive and enchant yourself with highland walks followed by a refuel at the Hijgend Hert restaurant.
If you are visiting the most southern part of The Netherlands then you cannot miss out on visiting the ‘Drielandenpunt’. Here is where the borders of The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany come together. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is free of charge to enter. Visit the playground, labyrinth and other fun activities on offer. It isn’t every day you can say you were in three different countries all at the same time!
Discovering the province of Limburg doesn’t get any better than a trip to Valkenburg. This historic town offers ancient caves (which you can discover on foot or by train), castle ruins, coal mines, a cable car and much more.
OK, something the kids will have to skip but a visit to this local brewery is a must for adults! Here you can discover the 18 different kinds of beers they brew and of course tasting is a must!