- Typical Friesland farm
- Lots of activities for children
- Private Boat dock
- Beautiful Dutch Countryside
- Lots of nearby hiking
The Canvas Frills Lodge with hot tub, at Hoeve Meskenwier is one of the tents that are located on this working farm, just outside the picturesque village of Akkrum in the Netherlands. This typical Friesland farm lies on the Boarn River, a tributary of the old Middelzee, which used to flow into the heart of Friesland. It has a private dock and boats can be rented for day trips along the river.
The name Hoeve Meskenwier comes from the Friesian word Meskenwier, meaning the knoll that floods in winter. The farm is over 200 years old and is situated on a knoll on the banks of the river. Any stay at Hoeve Meskenwier includes a tour of this working farm. The farm is built in a typical Friesian style known here as a head, neck, and body farm. The head was traditionally used for cheese and butter making and, due to the lack of any refrigeration, always faced north. The neck housed the living quarters and the body would have been used for sheltering the cattle and storing the supplies.
There are about 50 calves on the farm and guests can help with looking after them and they can also help with the chickens by collecting fresh eggs. Rabbits, goats and ponies are also available for guests to pet. Corn is also grown on the farm and guests can explore the cornfields in the summer to try to spot deer and other animals.
The Canvas Frills Lodge has a wood-powered hot tub and has a double bed, a bunk bed, and a single bed, sleeping a maximum of five guests. There is a private gas-powered shower, a flushing toilet, deck chairs, an outdoor cooker, a hammock, an extended canopy for the wooden floored covered veranda, and cold running water. The lodge comes with a starter pack made up of wood for heating and cooking, starter pack candles, and lamp oil. Kitchen linen is provided, there is a BBQ provided, and there is ample parking space.
The farm is close to many villages that lie on the banks of the River Boarn. These include Grou, Terhorne, Goingarijp, Joure, and Sneek. These villages offer a host of hospitable inns and pubs and many activities both in the villages and on the lakes and waterways.