- Help with the calves
- Close to waterways for swimming
- Close to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Beautiful Dutch Countryside
- Lots of hiking and pathways
The Canvas Frills Lodge with hot tub is one of the tents found at Hoeve Waterschap in the Netherlands. The farm is a short distance from Lemmer and has a 150-year-old, monumental, Frisian farmhouse. The farm was one of the first to be built in the area after the recovery of the land from peat-digging. This classic stolp (Dutch for bell jar) farm lies in the heart of the Echtenerveenpolder, in an area of outstanding natural beauty called the Veen-weidegebieden.
The area used to be a peat-cutting district and consequently the landscape is criss-crossed with waterways, ditches, and lakes. The farm was built as a co-operative farm for all the cattle and sheep that graze amongst the surrounding dykes. Visitors will never be far from the water, and 150 yards from the farm is the Pier Christiaanvaart waterway that is connected to the beautiful Frisian lakes. A meadow separates the farm from the waterways, so adventurous children can still play safely.
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.
Any stay at Hoeve Waterschap includes a tour of this working dairy farm. The farm has nearly 100 cows and in the summer, they graze in the meadows and guests have the chance to get involved with farm activities. The calves sometimes need to be fed by hand and guests often assist with this. There is also a small petting zoo with sheep, rabbits, chicken, and goats. Children can help look after all of these animals and help to collect the eggs. Three of the goats need to be hand fed and taken for walks daily, which guests can help with.
Another favourite activity for children is swimming in the nearby river Tjonger or in the Tjeukermeer (Lake Tjeuker.) The village Echtenerbrug is close by and is a great place to go for a drink and watch the boats going past.