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 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 conservation are paramount, 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 richin herbs and Frank and Eva own a piece of forest, where the pigs and cows can walk around and take shelter inmoments of bad weather
The pigs and growing herd of Brandrode cattle are not the only residents of Hoeve Luyterheyde. There are also sheep, ponies, chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats living on the farm. Farmers Eva, Frank and the kids can therefore use some help with 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. If farmer Frank or farmer’s wife Eva is going to feed the ponies, rabbits and cats in the morning, it is of course very nice if you come along.
And there’s more to do. On the fields near the tents and in the adjacent forest, the children can play to their heart’s content and discover the farm. In the forest it is possible to have a picnic, build huts or, for example, do a treasure hunt. In addition, we occasionally organize a walking pony ride through the forest. The ponies love to go out on a ride, being cuddled and brushed and dog Sammie enjoys all the extra attention on his morning walk. Join farmer Eva and learn everything about nature and the animals on and around the farm during a discovery tour through the woods and meadows. Do you prefer to relax? We haven’t even mentioned the lovely outdoor pool with pool bar yet.
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.
Your farming adventure would not be complete without learning something during your time on the farm. Farmers Frank and Eva will personally take care of that. You may help Frank and Eva in their chores as they take care of and feed the animals on the farm. Sammie the dog also loves to start the day with a nice morning walk through the forest, and you don’t have to go far to check in on the herd of cattle to see how they are doing! If you love animals, then this farm is just the treat you are looking for!
If you prefer to play, then you will certainly get your money’s worth on the farm. Go-karting, playing hide and seek in the forest, baking sand cakes in the mud kitchen, doing somersaults on the trampoline, splashing in the pool, discovering the farmyard with your new friends. Everything is possible and allowed.
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 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.
Each morning farmer Eva walks through the forest and along the meadow to check on the herd of Brandrode cattle, eagerly accompanied by Sammie the dog. He simply loves you to join them as they stroll through the forest and meadow. How many cows can you see? It could just happen that you count one more than the day before as a calf has since been born!
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, Brammetje and Woezel love to be brushed and cuddled by you. If you dare to sit upon them, then it is occasionally possible to take 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 that live on the farm. Together with farmer Frank or farmer Eva you visit the small animals to feed and pamper them. Meanwhile, Eva or Frank will tell you all the ins & outs about the animals that live here.
How convenient and tasty is this: In the weekends and Dutch Holiday periods you can order a delicious breakfast that will be ready for you in the morning. If you feel like an evening of barbecuing you don’t have to leave the farm for that either. Farmer Eva takes care of everything for you!
The on-site farm shop provides all kinds of local delicacies and you can order fresh bread rolls from the bakery every day. If in stock, Frank and Eva will also sell meat from their own cattle in their shop. Handy, right?
Don’t feel like piles of laundry upon your return home? Then order the Towel Package and rent the one and only FarmCamps farmer’s overalls for the kids. They will look like a farmer and don’t get their clothes so dirty!
All these extras can be ordered when booking or upon arrival on the farm.
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 you can also use the bread service. You can order the bread rolls a day in advance in the farm shop.
Treat yourself to a tasty farmers BBQ including local artisan meats, salads, bread and sauces. The Deluxe Complete package is slightly more luxurious and extensive than the Standard Complete package. The barbecue (charcoal or gas) is included in the price.
Farmers Frank and Eva occasionally organize cozy pizza evenings. Delicious! Check the activity board for pizza evening timings.
From €7,50 per children’s pizza
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 towels. Perfect for leaving washing behind at the end of your holiday!
From experience, we know you will probably find it hard to tear yourself away from the farm. Simply because the kids are having such a great time, they’ll just be too busy to be bored. And that’s when parents get that holiday feeling, right?
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.
A lovely swimming pool with children’s playground, a miniature golf course, a climbing forest and a water ski run.
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.
Do you feel like bowling, laser games, trampolining, playing in the indoor playground of Bob the Builder and other TV heroes, or fancy having a bite to eat? At the Fun & Entertainment Center in Sevenum they have it all!
Adventurous? At climbing park “Klimpark Brabant” children (and adults) from the age of 8 can climb up to 10 meters high via various routes and obstacles and slide down a super long and high zip line. For the little ones from 4 years there is a mini climbing park low to the ground, so that they too can experience climbing.
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.
Open-air museum Eynderhoof near Nederweert is a beautiful and lively Peel village. In this hands-on museum you can play, eat, drink, craft, discover and explore.
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.
The kids will never be bored at FarmCamps Hoeve Luyterheyde
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