Meet Sentine, Gavin and their three children Jacob, Alice and Tobias. This cute couple met in a construction site in Middelburg. He was the archaeologist and she the intern. Now they are the proud residents of one of Walcheren’s largest historic farms, voted the most beautiful farmyard in Zeeland in 2019.
In 1990 it became the property of Sentine’s parents Jo and Tineke, who developed the farm and campsite into what it is today. Even though Sentine took over in 2018 you will definitely still see Jo and Tineke help out around the farm.
You will become familiar with the sight of Farmer Sentine and will most likely spot her around the farm carrying out her daily chores. If she is not found out in the fields growing wheat, potatoes, sugar beet, onions or corn, she is busy with the campsite and her guests. Gavin still works as an archaeologist so you may see a little less of him on the farm, but during weekends and the holidays he likes to take out his magic metal detector to find treasures in the fields together with the kids. How cool is that!
And it does not stop here. How about the pigs, chickens, sheep, goats, geese, cats and rabbits that have to be fed? Or race endlessly across the yard with one of the many go-karts or bikes? And when the weather is nice you can be at the Veerse Meer Lake or one of the beautiful beaches of Walcheren, although we suspect it is quite possible that you may not leave the grounds of this hugely hospitable and beautiful farm!
What a great choice!
Endless go-karting around the barn
This is what makes this farm so much fun!
Oranjepolder is situated right in the middle of the gorgeous Veerse Meer lake and the town of Middelburg, on the Zeeuwse Walcheren “Island.” This area of land which is named the Oranjepolder (polder means reclaimed land) was reclaimed in 1618. It is within this area of reclaimed land that you will find the national treasure and monument of Oranjepolder farm, which is now home to farmer Sentine and her husband Gavin. This listed farm was formerly a royal estate belonging to the House of Orange no less!
At Oranjepolder you can choose between 2 types of luxurious tents. There are 4 luxury Safari tents with their own private toilet. The showers are located in the former pigsty which has been transformed into a modern shower block. It is also possible to rent private sanitary facilities. There are also 4 luxurious Barn tents with private toilet, bath and wait for it…….., a dishwasher in the fully kitted out kitchen. It’s going to be hard to choose!
Located on a quiet road, this FarmCamps farm is surrounded by meadows and fields. Nearby is the Veerse Meer lake, where you can enjoy swimming and water sports and which, because of its shallow shores, is ideal for families with children.
The farmyard houses the family’s residential building and a huge barn. To the rear and adjacent to the monumental barn are 4 fields. The quiet field at the rear is where you will find the 8 luxurious Safari and Barn tents which look out onto wide panoramic views of arable farmland.
The fields behind the barn are reserved for private camping emplacements. This is also where you find the playground so the children are never far away and always safely in sight.
Luxury Safari Tent with toilet in the tent. 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.
At FarmCamps Oranjepolder there are also 16 camping spots for guests with their own camping equipment. More information can be found on the website of the farm itself.
No farm adventure would be complete without learning a thing or two from the professionals. And farmer Sentine personally takes care of that. Sentine will teach you all about the wheat, potatoes, sugar beet and maize she grows. Grandpa Jo, a farmer in heart and soul, also lends a hand and likes to talk about his work. And every day you can help feed the chickens, sheep, goats, geese and pigs that roam the cuddly meadow.
If you like to play more, you will also enjoy the farm. Race around the farmyard on your go-kart or bike. Countless laps around the barn: who is the fastest or chase each other with a group. Climb on the playground equipment and slide down the slide. See who can jump the highest on the trampoline and bake cakes in the mud kitchen or play football. In the large barn, a recreation room has been set up with a straw play corner, a playhouse, a shuffleboard and a table tennis table. There are also picnic tables, so when the weather is bad you will have all the space you need here to enjoy reading or drawing. 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 Then, of course, they deserve the one and only Farmhand Diploma!
At check in, farmer Sentine or farmer Gavin will give you a Tour de Boer (farmer’s tour) on their farm. She will tell you what they do, how they work and will show you around their farm.
To discover the farm completely, Sentine has devised a cool puzzle tour for you. That way, you will learn everything about life on the farm you are staying. This tour will be conducted in Dutch.
Farmers’ Wife Sentine tells you all about the crops that are grown and about the journey from the grain to your plate. You can grain your own wheat, in order to make your own ‘Zeeuwse Bolussen’, which you obviously get to eat after!
Find hidden treasures out in the field under the guidance of Gavin the Archaeologist. You get to use a real metal detector as with the naked eye you cannot see what’s hidden beneath…
Take a ride with Sentine on the tractor. She regularly takes the open trailer out for a spin. The whole tour takes about 45 minutes, it’s great fun and full of excitement for the kids. What’s more, you get to see more of the lovely polder fields too.
Every day the rabbits, pigs, goats and chickens need feeding and farmer Sentine can most certainly do with you helping out!
Nothing is more fun than ending the day together with a campfire. Enjoy the setting sun and chat with your friends, family or the other guests, while the kids roast marshmallows. Farmer Sentine builds the fire with the kids and provides marshmallows. You may also rent your own fire bowl and start a fire at your own place.
There are a few fields behind the large barn on the farmyard. The furthest field is the playing field with goals for football. A great place to play together with your (new) friends or with your parents.
Veerse Meer is a water lover’s paradise. Enjoy a swim with the kids, do watersports with the whole family, rent a boat or canoe, or take a boat trip along the numerous uninhabited islands.
Looking for ultimate relaxation? Your breakfast will be delivered to your tent by farmer Gavin or farmer’s wife Sentine. The farm also has a small shop where you can buy all kinds of local Zeeland products or order bread rolls. Handy right?
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. They will look just like the farmers and their clothes won’t get dirty either!
Almost all of these extras can be ordered at time of booking but if you don’t, or are undecided you can still arrange them when 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.
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.
If you do want to discover the area, then Walcheren (which is the name of the Island you are on) offers everything you may need. Most famously known for its seaside resorts and fine beaches, there are also lovely places to visit like Middelburg or the lakeside town of Veere. Perfect family days out with kids in tow!
Just less than 2 kilometers from Oranjepolder lies lake “Veerse Meer”. This former bay is now a watersports paradise and with its shallow shore it is particularly suitable for families with children. Perfect for swimming but you can also go canoeing, sailing, fishing or take a boat trip along the numerous uninhabited little islands
This outdoor and events center offers the possibility to rent canoes and sups, is also for windsurfing, but also to do all kinds of activities such as climbing, bow and catapult shooting. Recently they also have a treetop trail in the climbing forest.
About 15 minutes away from the farm you’ll find many gorgeous beaches. With its beautiful dunes stretching the expanse of the beach, Zoutelande is a perfect example. The beaches of, Dishoek, Domburg and Oranjezon beaches are definitely worth a visit too.
Discover animals in the mini jungle, go underground in the Fossil Mine, come face to face with giant dinosaurs and discover all kinds of butterflies in the butterfly garden. Enough of the animals? Then the kids will have fun in the indoor playground or the outdoor play forest of this attraction in Kwadendamme. Tip: bring clean clothes!
At Hof Poppendamme in Grijpskerke, the children can play on the nature, play and experience farm. Enjoy a drink or snack while the kids play. Guaranteed fun, especially for the younger kids.
This large indoor and outdoor playground in ‘s-Heer Arendskerke is suitable for both the younger children in your family as much as the bigger ones. Klok’uus has it all, a restaurant, ranging from a ballpit to sandpit, go-kart track to the Freefall slide or how about trying out the 6-meter-high suspension bridge!
At the Delta Park Neeltje Jans you can learn about the history of the Delta Works – built to keep everyone safe and to prevent a recurrence of the 1953 flood disaster – and the power of wind and water when combined. Step into a simulator and feel the force of a hurricane or take a boat trip out see to the Delta Works. There is extra fun for the kids with a sea lion show and the water playground. Step into the hurricane machine and feel the power of a hurricane or take a cruise to the Delta Works. There is a large water play area outside, so bring your swimsuit
Terra Maris is Zeeland’s premier museum of nature and landscape. It is located in the beautiful De Manteling nature reserve in Oostkapelle and regularly organises fun activities for kids, such as beachcombing. The (small) museum has very nice, child-friendly exhibits.
Enter the wonderful world of Reptile Zoo Iguana and get up close and personal with huge lizards, iguanas, snakes and other reptiles. The zoo is a shelter to animals that have lost their homes, been confiscated or cannot be returned into the wild.
The picturesque town of Veere has a rich history. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and take in the old trading houses, the Big Church and the famous City Hall. A visit to Veere wouldn’t be complete without popping in to Museum Veere along the way. What about ending your day with a bite or a meal in one of the many restaurants or waterfront terraces?
This museum in Vlissingen offers great entertainment. You can experience Zeeland’s maritime past and present whilst you find out about the important role that the sea plays to those who live in Zeeland. You can play all kinds of interactive games, do a treasure hunt or even have a go at piloting a vessel to the port of Antwerp.
Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland has a rich history. This monumental city is full of historic buildings and those who know more about the history of Zeeland should visit the Zeeuws Museum. In addition, stroll through the nice markets or have a drink in one of the many restaurants and cafes.
The kids will never be bored at FarmCamps Oranjepolder
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