At this modern dairy farm on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee, it’s not only you that enjoys pure luxury for the cows here are treated like royal princesses. Farmer Huibert, his wife Annet and their four children Corens, Annelie, William and Marijn run this unique dairy farm together where their cows are at leisure to choose whether they prefer the bright and spacious cowshed complete with real ‘cow mattresses’ or roaming the lush, green pastures. This alternative way of dairy farming not only produces happy and relaxed cows but the results can also be seen in the prices at the Hellevoetsluis show ring.
Besides the love for his animals, Farmer Huibert is also passionate about the environment. The newly built farmhouse (2010) is complete with solar panels and energy efficient lighting in the barn, making the farm completely energy neutral in terms of electricity. He also produces his own cow fodder from corn and grass which then re-grows on the farmland thanks to the manure from the cows. A beautiful circle of life.
The farm is located in a beautiful and peaceful area on the island, in the middle of a polder and a stone’s throw away from the Haringvliet nature reserve and the charming town of Middelharnis. Despite its natural beauty, the island itself is not yet overwhelmed by tourism. Surrounded by water from the Haringvliet, the Grevelingen lake and of course the North Sea, there are more than 25 kilometers of coastline so you can always find a peaceful spot on the water.
If you are looking for a unique dairy farm experience in a quiet, beautiful area where you can enjoy a spot of island life then look no further – FarmCamps Op Flakkee has it all.
Goeree-Overflakkee is officially part of the South Holland province but it is actually regarded more as the northernmost island of Zealand, which makes sense because it lives and breathes all things Zealand. The island is surrounded by water from the Haringvliet nature reserve, the Grevelingen lake and of course the North Sea. With more than 25 kilometers of coastline you can always find a peaceful spot on the water.
Despite a few crowds around the famous resort of Ouddorp, FarmCamps Op Flakkee is located in a very peaceful area on the island just on the outskirts of Middelharnis (great for shopping) and a stone’s throw from the dyke along the Haringvliet.
On this farm you can choose from one of our 20 luxury tents. The Farm Tent includes a private toilet (showers are in the nearby heated bathing facilities). Or you can treat yourself to a little extra luxury and opt for one of our Ranch Tents complete with the unique Hay! Hay! Bathroom Trailer (including bathtub and shower) next to your tent. Better still why not experience our luxurious Barn Tent with its own private bathroom in the tent. There’s so much luxury – all you have to do is pick which type you prefer!
This modern dairy farm owned by Farmer Huibert and his wife Annet is located on wide, open land, close to the polders and the Haringvliet nature reserve. A lovely quiet spot where you can enjoy rural life and a perfect starting point from which you can explore the island.
The 20 luxury tents are divided over four fields which are adjacent to the large playground where the kids can run around and enjoy themselves or spend a relaxing moment cuddling the animals in the petting zoo. Behind the tents the cows roam free on the grazing pastures and from a distance you can see the stunning tree lined dykes along the Haringvliet nature reserve.
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 Huibert and his wife Annet take this very personally! So you can expect to join Farmer Huibert every day when he gets to work milking the cows, feeding the calves or taking care of the many other animals under his wing. And if the grass needs a good mowing, then of course you can join him on the tractor.
If you are more in the mood to play then you won’t be disappointed! There is a huge playground where you can run and jump to your heart’s content, you can also climb, go karting, bounce around on the trampoline or mess about in the mud kitchen. There is also a great treehouse you can explore with your new farmyard friends.
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 your stay Farmer Huibert will show you the ropes with a guided tour of the farm. He will share with you the pleasure they get from working the land and raising their livestock.
Experience this unique chance to go where only farmers dare to go and soak up the special stories they´ll share with you about the farm they love and care for.
Together with Farmer’s Wife Annet your mini-farmers will make something delicious using fresh milk from the farm or make yummy cookies according to a local recipe. And of course they get to eat it too!
Every evening you can help Farmer Huibert with taking the cows from the field, milking his cows and feeding the calves. By the end of your holiday you will really be an accomplished farmhand!
Nothing beats getting together at end the day around a campfire. Enjoy the sun setting while the kids roast their marshmallows.
The Shetland ponies Bobo, Rocky and Appel will love it when you cuddle and brushing them. If you like, you can ride a round on the back of one of these sweet ponies.
Boer Huibert and Boerin Annet also organize pizza evenings. During your stay, check the activity board for the exact date.
Within walking distance you will find fishing waters. Are you able to catch the biggest fish!?
Looking for ultimate relaxation? Well look no further because Farmer’s wife Annet 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, she will organize this for you too. The farm also has a small shop where you can pick up some basic food supplies and local delicacies, together with ordering your fresh bread. Now that’s handy!
No one likes going home with a bag of dirty washing, so we recommend you order the towel bundle and rent some genuine FarmCamps 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, 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
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.
But if you do still want to see something of the local area that the island of Goeree-Overflakkee has to offer then you’ll not be disappointed. Located on the border of South Holland and Zeeland this island is largely regarded as one of the most northerly Zeeland islands, sandwiched between the waters of the North Sea, the Krammer-Volkerak, Grevelingen lake and the Haringvliet nature reserve. Whether you are cycling through the vast polders, strolling through the dunes, sunbathing on the beach or swimming in the waters here – there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are also many charming villages to visit like Middelharnis, Goedereede and Zierikzee.
Just 15 km from the farm, located between Bruinisse and Oude Tonge, Grevelingendam is a beautiful area of secluded beaches, including a swimming pool, to relax and enjoy yourself. In addition to swimming and playing, you can get to grips with a number of different water sports here. If you fancy a snack and a drink then visit the Lake View Beach pavilion.
Offering both indoor and outdoor swimming facilities, ‘t Zuiderdiep can be enjoyed by guests of all ages, regardless of the weather. This swimming paradise has a subtropical indoor pool with a rapids area, whirlpool, wading pool, water umbrella and a large outdoor pool with slides and children’s area. There is also a lovely space to get a refreshing drink.
Let the kids blow off some more steam at this fun playground including a jungle gym, trampolines, swings, carousels, slides and a sandpit. Your mini-farmers won’t be bored for a second. The older kids can also enjoy table tennis and table soccer.
Adventurers big and small can spend the day exploring Adventuredome in Hellevoetsluis. With both an indoor and outdoor play area there is plenty to see and do here including a soft play area, glow in the dark mini golf, a Lego house and large blocks to build with for the younger kids, together with laser games for the older ones. Outdoors you’ll find a pirate ship, tunnel and fort and 27 meter long obstacle course. 30 minutes from the farm.
For a fun day out with the kids we highly recommend a trip to Fauna Park Flakkee. This beautifully landscaped park of 25,000m2 is full of fauna and flora. The park plays host to a wide variety of animals ranging from parakeets to birds of prey, owls and several larger animals such as capybaras, deer and even a white kangaroo. There is also a petting zoo with rabbits and goats, not to mention a treasure hunt or a spot of mini golf to keep you occupied.
Between Haringvliet and Nieuwendijk is the last true south-west island in The Netherlands. Sail with the ferry to the island of Tiengemeten and get blown away by its pristine wilderness, ancient countryside and the many species of birds that breed here together with more than 100 Scottish Highlanders that roam freely. Kids can play around to their hearts content while discovering various parts of the island and for toddlers there is Ukkie Island where they can dig, scramble and splash around.
Near the farm, in the heart of Sommelsdijk, you will find the historic regional museum of Goeree-Overflakkee. Spread over seven small houses dating back to the seventeenth century you can step back in time and discover all about the local history of the island. Practice for example on the famous reading board in the old schoolroom; discover in the museum attic how craftsmen used to go to work or visit the old village shop. You can also learn the history of local agriculture industry and fisheries on the island together with observing many archeological finds.
All aboard! Throw an extra scoop of coal on the fire, wait until the driver pulls the steam whistle and off we go! RTM stands for the Rotterdam Tramway Company and this museum takes you on an historical journey from Brouwersdam, passing the Grevelingen lake where the conductors will recount the stories of a time when RTM was the largest tramway in the area. Visit also the RTM museum.