Frank Luyten and Eva van der Heyden met over twenty years ago at work in the banking sector. Although they had a career in the financial and construction world, they felt very much attracted to the outdoor and farm life and so they decided to also do what felt right. Frank did an internship at a dairy farm to learn the tricks of the trade and the first four “Brandrode” cattle (beef cattle) were purchased. They bought a farm in a nearby and made the move to Neerkant in Brabant province, together with their two kids Roos and Teun. Farmhouse “Hoeve Luyterheyde”, a combination of their surnames, was created. Quite a challenge, but with the motto ‘Komt goed’ (“it’ll be fine”) their dream becomes more and more reality and you as a guest can enjoy it.
The farm, on the edge of the Brabantse Peel, is completely self-sufficient. The cattle graze outside all year round. Animal welfare, sustainability and nature development are key, nature-inclusive farming is what they call it. This is clearly reflected in Frank and Eva’s farm. Not only in the form of their rare Dutch farm animals (also called ‘living heritage’) such as the Brandrode cattle and the Bonte Bentheimer land pigs with their beautiful pattern of blackspots and large, funny hanging ears, but also in the surrounding nature. For example, the grass meadow is very rich in herbs and Frank and Eva own a piece of forest, where the pigs and cows can walk around and take shelter in moments of bad weather
By the way, the pigs and growing herd of Brandrode cattle are not the only inhabitants of Hoeve Luyterheyde. Sheep, ponies, chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats also live on the farm. So farmer Eva, farmer Frank and the kids can use some help feeding all the animals, checking the herd and splitting wood for the campfire. The cows and calves can be admired by taking a walk along the meadow and through the forest. When farmer Frank or farmer’s wife Eva goes to feed the ponies, rabbits, cats and pigs in the morning, it is of course very nice if you come along.
And there is more to do. On the fields near the tents and in the adjoining forest, children can play and discover the farm to their heart’s content. In the forest, it is possible to have a picnic, build huts or do a treasure hunt, for example. In addition, we occasionally organise a walking pony ride through the forest. The ponies love to be cuddled and brushed and doggie Sammie loves all the extra attention. Go for a walk with farmer’s wife Eva and learn all about nature and the animals on and around the farm on a discovery tour through the forest and meadow. Feel like relaxing more? We haven’t even mentioned the lovely heated outdoor pool with pool bar 😉.
As you can see staying with the farmer means enjoying animals and nature. No worries! It’ll be fine at Hoeve Luyterheyde!
What a great choice!
Getting to know 'subsistence farmers' in the countryside of Brabant
This is what makes this farm so much fun!
FarmCamps Hoeve Luyterheyde is located on the outskirts of Neerkant, a small church village in the Brabant Peel area on the Limburg province border. A wonderful place where you can fully enjoy the farm, peaceful location and the beautiful forest adjacent to it.
At FarmCamps Hoeve Luyterheyde you have the choice of 3 types of luxury tents spread over two cozy fields. The farm has its own driveway with parking and is only accessible to resident guests. Go for one of the 3 Cosy Ranch tents with unique Hay Hay Bath Trailer next to your tent. Or will you opt for the luxury Cosy Farmtent with en-suite bathroom and shower. You can also select one of the 8 luxury Barntents with private bathroom and bath, a large luxury kitchen with dishwasher and the Hay Hay Sleeping Loft.
The luxury tents are playfully pitched and overlook the play facilities that are on the fields, with an open view over the meadow behind them. Kids can easily walk straight to the cuddle barn directly from their tent, or take a splash in the pool behind the tent fields. Above the reception is a super nice loft to play and chill in. An ideal location for a family farm holiday in the Netherlands.
It is not possible to bring your own camping equipment to this farm. Pets are also prohibited.
No farm adventure would be complete without learning a thing or two from the professionals. And farmer Frank and farmer’s wife Eva personally take care of that. For example, you can often help Frank and Eva look after and feed the animals on the farm. You can also go exploring in the woods. Look for woodpeckers, squirrels, beautiful butterflies and dragonflies and see how the herd of cattle is doing! If you love animals, this is the place to be!
If you prefer to play, the farm will satisfy you. Go tobogganing, play hide-and-seek in the woods, bake sand cakes in the water and sand playground, somersault on the trampoline, splash in the swimming pool, explore the farmyard with your new friends. Everything is possible and allowed.
Upon check-in, children will receive FarmCamps’ Farmers Passport. 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 Then, of course, they deserve the one and only Farmhand Diploma!
During each stay, farmers Eva and Frank give a Tour de Boer (farmer’s tour) around their farmyard. They are happy to tell you more about the way they farm, about the rare animals and of course about what you can do on their farm.
This way you get to know all about the farm and hear unique and special stories about the animals that live there.
A discovery tour through the forest and the meadow with farmer Eva where you learn everything about nature and the animals on and around the farm.
Children up to 6 years old can participate when accompanied by an adult.
Follow the gnomes for a fun walk through our (play) forest and along the trail along the meadow.
Have you already met dog Sammie via the blog? Read all her adventures at www.sammieluyterheyde.nl. Maybe you would like to go for a walk with the farmer’s wife and Sammie one day. Or will you take her out with mum and dad?
FarmCamps Hoeve Luyterheyde has a real outdoor pool! Isn’t that nice to cool off during hot summer days! Even if you don’t like swimming, you can laze on the sun loungers around the pool and have a cold drink from the pool bar.
The pool is about 10m by 4m in size and 1.40m deep, nicely heated and open until 1 October
Please note that this pool is unsupervised and children under the age of 12 must always enter the pool under the supervision of an adult.
The ponies Jolly and Brammetje love to be brushed and cuddled by you. If you also dare to sit on them, it is occasionally possible to go for a ride through the forest with the ponies.
Check the activity board to see when the pony activities are taking place.
A real meet & greet with the animals living on the farm. Together with farmer Frank or farmer’s wife Eva, you visit the small animals to feed and pet them. Meanwhile, Eva or Frank will tell you all about the animals.
Looking for ultimate relaxation? On weekends and holidays, you can order a delicious breakfast. Frank or Eva will deliver it to your tent. And if you fancy an evening BBQ, you don’t need to leave the farm for that either. Farmer Eva will take care of it all for you!
The farm also has a farm shop where you can buy all kinds of delicious things from around the farm and order fresh bread from the hot bakery every day. Frank and Eva also sell, while stocks last, meat from their own Brand Red cattle. Handy right!
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. This way they look just like a farmer and their clothes don’t get so dirty either!
All these extras can be ordered when booking or upon arrival on the farm.
A farm-fresh breakfast delivered to your tent with fresh rolls, juice, dairy products, eggs to prepare yourself and, of course, a variety of toppings.
Breakfast can be ordered for every day except Monday and Friday and the midweeks outside the school holidays.
Every morning you can also use the bread service. You can order the bread a day in advance in the farm shop.
Farmers Frank and Eva occasionally organize cozy pizza evenings. Delicious! Check the activity board for pizza evening timings.
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!
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.
If you still want to see some of the local area, the Brabantse Peel has lots to offer. Walk through the Luyten family forest to the village of Neerkant straight from the farm. A little further on you will find nature reserve De Groote Peel. Peat was intensively extracted in the Peel for years resulting in a unique, vast nature reserve of former peat colonies where you can enjoy walking and cycling. Or go wild in the adventurous Toon Kortoomspark.
At the Schatberg in Sevenum you can find an outdoor and indoor pool with slide. There is also a water playground and swimming lake with sandy beach. To relax there is a lovely whirlpool.
Additional to trout fishing in the fish pond it is also possible to rent a canoe for a beautiful trip on the Deurne canal through nature reserve De Peel, a trip that takes about 2.5 hours.
Whether you come for the fast roller coasters, such as Troy, the splashing water attractions, such as the Backstroke, or because of the enchanting atmosphere, in Amusement Park Toverland everyone will experience a magical day out.
Fancy an afternoon of supping? At Whatsup, book a nice sup trip on the Deurnes Canal.
At Porcus Campus you will learn all there is to know about different pig breeds, and you can even cuddle them. If you fancy a challenge, why not dive into the corn maze?
This beautiful nature reserve was created by the peat past of this region and offers several children’s walking routes, including the route Vrolijk Veenhoppen. The area hosts several bar terraces where you can sit and enjoy a cuppa or some lemonade!
This beautiful zoo has a variety of animal species. Here you will find giraffes, penguins and kangaroos, there are also Brazzamer cats, tapirs and sloths. The park is divided into various habitats ready for you to go out and embark on your own expedition.
At this educational nature centre in Deurne, there is plenty to discover. Follow the gnome trail, do a treasure hunt and visit the playground, petting zoo and nature gardens.
Open Air Museum Eynderhoof is a beautiful and lively village in the de Peel region in The Netherlands. By passing through the village’s iron gates you are transported back in time to 1900. There is plenty to do here for mini-farmers like play, crafting and discovering life over 100 years ago.
This (open-air) museum shows Brabant farm life at the beginning of the last century. You can visit houses, farms and a school and get to imagine yourself in the Brabant countryside of the early 1900s. There are regular real-life demonstrations, such as crafts and clog making.
Rent a Trabant or army jeep and drive through the Peel nature reserve via an exciting discovery tour.
The Toon Kortoomspark is a privately-owned park with a “barefoot path”. Here you walk barefoot on various surfaces with some easy obstacles to navigate along the way. You will find demonstrations of peat cutting and in the tasting room you can sample some regional beers.
See the largest collection of bells and carillons in the world and discover how special the nature reserve ‘the peel’ really is. Children can discover the museum with a funny booklet containing two activity tours. Super fun!
Nothing is what it seems! Mind Mystery is an extraordinary theme park where everything revolves around optical illusions. Become taller or smaller, walk across the ceiling in the ‘house upside down’ and wander through the mirror maze.
The kids will never be bored at FarmCamps Hoeve Luyterheyde