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'Under the Oaks' - the real Netherlands

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 9 reviews

Under the Oaks - a farmhouse dating from 1836

Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Our holiday farmhouse will provide all amenities for the most perfect stay in the peaceful village of Diever - an historic Drenthe village - at the heart of rural Netherlands and surrounded by areas of stunning natural beauty. It is just a 10 minute walk to reach the forests of one of the largest National parks in the Netherlands! Perfect for hiking, biking, riding or just picnicking.

The farmhouse has cable TV (including UK and American channels) and there is a selection of films on DVD, as well as a CD collection and English language books. There is also secure wireless internet access throughout the farmhouse.

For children, there are soft toys, games and books available while 2 cots, 2 highchairs, a play-pen and a baby bath will help accommodate our youngest guests.

Comprehensive tourist information covering Diever village and all attractions in the surrounding areas (including those in the nearby provinces of Friesland and Overijssel), as well as most major tourist attractions in the Netherlands is provided.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Friesland 90 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Amsterdam Schiphol 164 km, Nearest railway: Beilen 19 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Bedrooms:

1 double bedroom with king-size bed with TV/DVD player (on ground floor).

3 twin bedrooms with 2 twin beds (on first floor / all complete with wash basin / including TV/DVD player in 1 bedroom).

1 single bedroom with 1 single bed and 1 extra rollaway visitor's bed (on first floor).

2 foldable beds( suitable for children or smaller adults). These can be placed in the twin or double bedrooms.

2 canvas cots for babies / small children.

Also, 2 highchairs, a playpen, a play rug & a vertical baby bath are all available for our smallest guests (all baby items are for your use & are free of charge)

Bathroom:

Large 'American-style' shower room with basin (ground floor). Separate WCs (ground and first floors).

Kitchen:

The kitchen has dining area for up to 10 people, includes a 4 ring gas stove, an electric grill/oven, a microwave/grill, fridge/freezer, toaster and coffee maker. There is a double set of cutlery, and a complete set of crockery, pans and utensils.

Utility Room:

The utility area has a large capacity washing machine and dishwasher.

Living Rooms:

Large living room with LCD TV (including BBC), DVD player with a selection of DVDs, radio and CD player, plus a CD collection. There are children's toys and board games, plus a 'tourist information' point.

Other:

Bookcase on the upstairs landing containing a selection of English-language books.

Downstairs cupboard with iron and ironing-board, vacuum cleaner and a collapsible drying rack. There is also a tumble-dryer available.

The farmhouse is fully centrally heated for a winter stay, while standing fans are provided for use during summer.

Further details outdoors

There is ample off street parking.

For your use there is a private patio with chairs, tables and parasol supplied, plus gardens with a trampoline (shared).

Bicycle-hire is available locally (which can also be arranged before arrival), with secure storage on site.

Guests have exclusive use of the front farmhouse which adjoins the owner's property. The holiday farmhouse is entirely self-contained and has its own entrances for full privacy.

Up to 2 well-behaved pets can be accommodated with prior notice.

Please note that the accommodation is non-smoking.

Further details

Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds

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Preferred changeover day is on Friday (although we are flexible on changeover days)

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Earliest arrival time: 4.00 pm.

Latest departure time: 10.00 a.m.

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A complimentary welcome pack will be found on arrival, containing bread, butter, milk, jam, cheese, eggs, sugar, coffee, tea, orange juice and breakfast cereal. If you would like anything else in particular to be included in the welcome pack, please just let us know

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It is our pleasure to be of assistance to you during your stay and our priority to make sure that you will have a pleasant holiday in our farmhouse. We are happy to offer any help on preparing your trip. Please email with any questions you may have about the farmhouse, Diever, Drenthe or anything at all to do with the Netherlands!

Northern Holland region

The Frisian islands make a great day out with some of the best beaches in the Netherlands:

Terschelling island -

The ferry to Terschelling leaves from Harlingen, Friesland (1 hr 45 mins).

Ameland island -

A ferry service runs from Holwerd, Friesland (45 mins/cat -120 mins/ferry). Excursions are available from Ameland to visit seal colonies on Robbeneiland.

Schiermonnikoog island -

The ferry runs several times a day from Lauwersoog, Groningen (45 mins).

The ports are around 1 1/2 hours from Diever.

There is also an 18-hole golf course available in Havelte (14km away).

Sailing and fishing can be enjoyed at Giethoorn (the Venice of the North). The provincial capital at Assen is just 25 minutes away. While Emmen (with its world-famous zoo), the city of Groningen (shop till you drop) and the German border are all less than an hour's drive away

For the children, there are 18 funparks in the surrounding area. More than 25 museums will provide an interest to each member of the family (yes, there's even a museum of comic books!)

Diversity on your doorstep: Diever is placed at the crossroads of three provinces - Drenthe, Overijssel and Friesland - all uniquely different to one another. So when you are in Drenthe, why not discover Friesland and Overijssel provinces as well - the borders lie just 15 minutes away by car!

Diever

Located on the edge of the Drents-Friese Wold (6100 hectares), one of the biggest national parks of the Netherlands, with 32 marked walks and numerous cycle paths. Also situated close by to National Park Dwingelderveld (3692 hectares) - the largest moorland on the European Continent - with its 60 kms of walking trails and 40 kms of bicycle paths

Local activities in this area of outstanding natural beauty include walking, bicycling, horse riding and birdwatching

Then there's Diever village itself, its restaurants, cafes, shops and supermarket, its 14th Century church and famously renowned for the open-air productions of Shakespeare which have been re-enacted in its forest amphitheatre every Summer since 1946

So, whether its picnicking in the forest, taking a dip in a forest bathing pool or going by horseback along one of the many marked trails, you wont be disappointed by this area's rich heritage, its welcoming, English-speaking people and its unending choice of excursions and attractions.

Come and visit the real Netherlands!

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Other Attractions & Activities:

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Drents-Friese Wold National Park -

'Under the Oaks' farmhouse is just a 10-minute walk away from the entrance to one of the largest areas of natural beauty in the Netherlands. Over 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of forest, heath land, shifting sands and river valley grasslands.

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Dwingelderveld National Park -

The largest moorland in Europe - 3,692 hectares (9,120 acres) - with its 60 kms (37 miles) of walking trails and 40 kms (25 miles) of bicycle paths.

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Westerbork -

The WW2 internment camp from where Anne Frank made her journey to Auschwitz

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Emmen zoo -

World-famous Emmen zoo, considered to be one of the finest zoos in Europe. Animals live in carefully reconstructed natural habitats according to vegetation, climate, and elevation.

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Giethoorn -

The 'Venice of the North'. The famous village of waterways, bridges and boats.

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Ancient Megalithic graves at Borger -

More than 5,000 years ago a peasant tribe erected impressive tombs, which for thousands of years have remained untouched from the ravages of time. These tombs have been preserved at a museum in the village of Borger.

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Orvelte -

The museum village of Orvelte. Go back in history to a village as it was hundreds of years ago. See among others, a working saw mill, a blacksmith, a glassmith and a wooden shoe maker.

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Review 1-9 of 9

2 Sep 2014

5/5

"Ideal Base for North Holland"

Thank you for a lovely, relaxing break. We've had a wonderful time discovering this part of the Netherlands and love this little village. There was still so much more to discover. Many thanks to our hosts for all their help and advice. The children have loved the freedom of cycling safely (the routes are there, now we need to work on their 'road awareness'!). The village has lots of little restaurants and shops- with a supermarket not 100 metres down the road. A trip to the ice cream shop is a must- fabulous with late opening times too! Many thanks to David and Monique for also requesting decent weather for us!

15 Aug 2014

5/5

"Picturesque Diever....Hidden Treasure in the Netherlands"

Traveled to Diever with my father and four teenage daughters. From the moment we arrived, the owners went above and beyond to cater to our jet lag, as well as help with determining an itinerary for our stay. We rented bikes in Diever and enjoyed a day in the forest exploring, not to mention the ice cream shop we encountered. Home is very well maintained, allowing for plenty of room for our large group. Kitchen was much appreciated to help curb spending and eating out so frequently. After spending a day in the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, it was a welcome reprieve to return to the calmness of Diever. Plenty of restaurants around most within walking distance, which provide a large variety of fare....hoping to visit again soon.!

11 Jul 2014

5/5

"Farmhouse in Diever in the middle of the Netherlands."

Our hosts went above and beyond to make our stay the best it could be. They genuinely wanted us to have a great trip. The house was perfect for my loud family of 12. Thanks for everything and if I eve… More

22 Apr 2014

5/5

"Comforts of home"

We were very happy with our stay at Under the Oak. After long days of tour the Netherlands it quickly became a home away from home. Very economical for this family of 7 and married daughter and grandp… More

10 Sep 2013

5/5

"By far the best rental experience I've ever had!"

I have never taken the time to write a review for any of the many rental properties I have stayed. I have always been pleased and happy, but the owners of this property made our experience unforgetta… More

10 Sep 2013

5/5

"Home Away From Home"

This is the third time we have stayed at Under The Oaks in Diever! We absolutely enjoy the gracious hospitality of owners David and Monique, the idyllic surroundings and the home itself. The owners al… More

2 Aug 2012

5/5

"Wonderful accommodation and great location"

The farmhouse has everything you could want, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Beds were lovely. Very spacious and roomy. David and family, the owners who live at the back of the accommodation, could not have been more helpful, giving us a tour of the village and finding out anything we wanted to know, and the welcome package was very generous. David arranged the hire of bikes for us, which I would recommend, as the area is beautiful and very flat. Would recommend this accommodation to anybody. Thank you very much - we had a very special holiday.

10 Jul 2012

5/5

"i highly recommend this accomodation and location"

very friendly owners couldnt do enough for us.great base 20 minutes to assen race track .very clean and tidy. very nice villageplenty of good resturants in walking distance.supermarket 2 minute walk … More

4 Jul 2012

4/5

"Ideal location and warm welcome in spacious house."

Your hosts are welcoming, friendly, attentive and helpful without being obtrusive. The front of the property is for holiday let and easily accommodated seven adults, three small children and an infant. The separate kitchen has a breakfast table and also a large family dining table for the adults. In the large lounge there is plenty of easy seating along with TV etc. and a full toy cupboard for the children. The windows look out onto the street and you can glimpse the world go by (not noisy or an intrusion). A ground floor bedroom is handy to give a little separation from the large bedrooms upstairs. There is a little side garden for sitting out or BBQs and sufficient parking for our three cars.
Diever is a charming small village in the attractive Drenthe region and has some small shops, restaurants, cafes and take-a-ways for your holiday needs, all within walking distance. We recommend local bicycle hire, canal boat rides and walks in the woods, all of which your host can arrange.
Our concerns over only one shower room were overcome by a little flexibility and the use of washbasins in some bedrooms. There are separate loos upstairs and on the ground floor, which helps. The stairs are steep and open to one side, so care is needed, especially with small children and the gate on the drive helps keep them off the street.

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David & Monique S.

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Calendar last updated:21 Sep 2014

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