Meet Charlotte, Gavin and their three children Jacob, Alice and Tobias. This lovely couple met on a construction site in Middelburg where Gavin was the archaeologist and she the trainee. Now they are the proud residents of one of the largest historical farmhouses on Walcheren, which for centuries has been leased out as a royal estate of the House of Orange.
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 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!
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 heated shower block. 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!
This FarmCamps farm is situated on a quiet road surrounded by fields. Veerse Meer lake is less than 2km away: a great location for swimming and watersports. With its shallow shore it is particularly suitable to 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 front and centre fields 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.
Your farm adventure wouldn’t be complete without acquiring new farming skills. Farmer Sentine will personally see to it that you learn everything there is to know about wheat, potatoes, sugar beet, onions and the corn she grows. Jo, the farmer’s Father, is a dedicated farmer too and if he isn’t busy helping out on the farm he will tell you all he knows about his craft. Besides all that, you can help feed the chickens, sheep, goats, geese and pigs that walk around the “cuddling meadow”.
If you prefer to simply play, then you’re in for a great time on the farm too. Race around the yard with your go-kart or bike or check out the climbing frame before zooming down its slide. See who can jump the highest on the trampoline, play in the sand or have a game of football. Even poor weather won’t stop you from having fun because then there is always the Hay Hay play barn to explore or you can join in a game of table tennis in the large barn. Explore, have fun and make yourself feel at home.
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!
At check in, farmer Sentine 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.
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 on the land and the surrounding area. The whole tour takes about an hour, 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.
With the Farmer Every day the rabbits, pigs, goats, chickens, geese and sheep need feeding and farmer Sentine can most certainly do with you helping out!
Pony Lady loves it when you come and cuddle her. If you like, you can also take one ride on the back of this sweet pony during your stay.
Nothing beats ending a busy day on the farm with a cosy campfire. Enjoy the sunset and a take time to have a relaxed chat with your friends, family or the other guests whilst the kids entertain themselves toasting marshmallows on the fire. Sentine might just decide to join in and before you know it you may even end up baking bread above the fire too. You can also borrow a fire pit to use next to your own tent.
There are a few fields behind the large barn on the farmyard. The furthest field is the playing field which is excellent for volleyball or a game of football 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 or take a boat trip along the numerous uninhabited islands.
Holidays are all about taking a slower pace of life, so why not let breakfast come to you? Sentine will gladly deliver your delicious pre-booked breakfast right to your tent. You could get used to such luxuries couldn’t you? Well why not! Farmer Sentine can bring you a BBQ package for your evening meal too! The farm has a generous farm shop where you can buy all the basics and other treats. You can also order fresh bread and sandwiches. How handy is that?
Not looking forward to a stack of laundry when you return home? Simply order the towel package and rent the super handy and practical FarmCamps overalls 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.
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 towels. 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!
From experience we know that it is unlikely you’ll even leave the farm, simply because the children are having so much fun. And let’s face it: that’s when you can start to relax and enjoy being on holiday 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, the lakeside town of Veere and Vlissingen. 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, for windsurfing, but also to do all kinds of activities such as climbing, bow and catapult shooting.
About 20 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, ranging from a ballpit to sandpit, go-kart track to the Freefall slide or how about trying out the 6-meter-high suspension bridge!
In Deltapark Neeltje Jans you will learn everything about the history of the Delta Works and the power of wind and water. Step into the hurricane machine and feel the power of a hurricane or take a cruise to the Delta Works.
Situated in the beautiful “De Manteling” nature reserve at Oostkapelle, Terra Maris is the museum to go to if you want to explore the natural environment of the province of Zeeland. Various activities designed to engage children with the natural surroundings are organised throughout the year such as beachcombing.
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.