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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in Drenthe, Netherlands your home away from home

Drenthe is the cycling capital of the Netherlands. It is in the northeast of the country and is the most scenic and least populated area of the Netherlands. The area is criss-crossed with a network of cycle paths and the quiet country roads making it perfect for cycling, especially as the region is quite flat. Old farms and villages stand as they have for centuries, and the forests and heath provide delightful scenery for exploring. It is the perfect place to unwind with a Drenthe self catering holiday cottage.

Things to Do in Drenthe

Drenthe is best known for cycling and there are many places where you can hire a bicycle for an hour, or for the whole week. It is also ideal for walking and hiking or for taking scenic driving tours. Horseback riding is also popular through the forests and old bridle paths. The countryside offers a host of sights including the old “hunebedden” which are grave markers. The area lends itself perfectly to bird spotting and nature watching, particularly in the marshes of the wildlife sanctuary De Weerribben. Go punting (a boat like a gondola) on the waterways around Giethoorn .

Places to Visit in Drenthe

Cycle to Havelte past the Saxon farms and ride along the Havelterberg to the two dolmen - huge stones stacked on top of each other as grave markers. Also, in the Koelingsveld between Vledder and Doldersum, look for the burial mounds dating from 1000 to 500 years BC. Visit the Smilde forests near Diever and explore some of the scenic villages around Lhee. Orvelte offers a fascinating look at the history of Drenthe as the whole village is a living museum. The Dairy Factory is a fascinating place to visit. See how organic cheese is made, just as it was when the factory opened in 1899, then try some tasty samples. Hijkerveld is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary in one of the most scenic areas around your Drenthe holiday rental. Groningen should also be visited as it is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands.

Weather in Drenthe

Drenthe has moderate temperatures all year round. Winters are fairly mild, around 4°C (39°F) during the day and possibly freezing at night. Summer temperatures reach 22°C (72°F) in July and August. The area has around 5cm (2inches) of rainfall every month which may fall as drizzly showers.

Travel to Drenthe

There are several easy ways to reach a holiday home in Drenthe. The nearest airport is Schipol (AMS) Airport in Amsterdam. From there you can pick up regular trains and buses to Giethoorn or hire a car. You can also take the ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland, then a train and bus to Giethoorn. Alternatively you can drive to the area, enjoying some of the lovely Netherlands scenery on the way.

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        Excellent! 4.6/5
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              Villa #1970355
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                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                Farmhouse #6729671
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                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                    Excellent! 4.7/5
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                    Studio #729138vb
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                      Farmhouse #1930639
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                        Multiple rentals Farmhouse #1643518
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                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                              Farmhouse #8005429
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                                Farmhouse #1103483
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                                  Apartment #6786259
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                                    Farmhouse #1535503
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                                        Chalet #6709636
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                                                    Farmhouse #366540vb
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                                                      Villa #1888648
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                                                              Very Good! 4.2/5
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                                                                                  Multiple rentals Chalet #2580738
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                                                                                              Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  Enjoyed our stay in quiet spacious farmhouse next to pretty tree-lined canal

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  Our lovely hosts both spoke perfect English and immediately welcomed us with fresh slices of cake. We also appreciated the various food and drinks thoughtfully left out for us including jars of muesli, preserves, and even a proper English china tea pot! The property is very comfortable and full of character, with some interesting antique items placed around the rooms and a large wood burning stove in the sitting area, which we enjoyed lighting on the dark October nights, with plenty of wood provided. There is also perfectly adequate underfloor heating, and for an evening in, the TV set picks up BBC1, CNN, and National Geographic Channel - along with Dutch, French, and possibly German stations. We love history, so enjoyed exploring the vibrant medieval university town of Groningen about 30 mins drive away; but a highlight for us within a similar radius was a day at the Hunebed Centre - a UNESCO site of prehistoric burial chambers made of huge boulders - older than Stonehenge and of equal importance. We were moved by a visit to Kamp Westerbork (a Nazi transit camp) and refreshed by a trip up to the North Sea coast and the Lauwersmeer National Park (about 70 mins drive). Equally enjoyable was simply walking along the peaceful and beautiful canal that passes the bottom of the garden and which seems to stretch for miles - as far as the eye can see. We spotted a kingfisher; and the sight of the lines of golden-leaved trees reflected in the still water through the autumn morning mist was a photographer's paradise! We have already booked a return visit here next summer, and would recommend this property to anyone - especially those seeking a quieter rural location but with easy road access to nearby shops, supermarkets and tourist attractions. Stephen & Sue Southampton, UK
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Nov 08, 2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                  Hospitality with a Capital H!

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  Under The Oaks is in an excellent location to discover a treasure of small villages set within this natural, and unique, area of The Netherlands – the province of Drenthe. David’s fantastic welcome set the tone for our to-be-remembered stay with our family of nine: friendly and open communication, very knowledgeable of the area, walking us through our home-away-from-home, always available to answer any questions, yet respecting our privacy. In other words: Hospitality with a capital H! The kitchen is the heart of the home. Here it is true! We opened the lovely bottle of wine, part of the welcome gift. “Proost!”, my sister-in-law and I said as our glasses touched. More than you can ask for, and everything you need, is already in place in this well-stocked kitchen. The Coop grocery store is close by and in a short time our groceries were put away. The smaller table is ideal for breakfast – since members of our group drift into the kitchen at different times for, here, you want to sleep in because the beds are so comfortable. The large table is perfect for all of us to gather around during dinner time, and to stay awhile, unhurried, stretching out the mealtime into the early hours of the evening. Diever is a walking town. Step on the bike-and-foot path next to the farmhouse and you walk past the neighbour’s fields, where a black Frisian horse feeds on the lush grass. This path will lead you to a tranquil park, surrounded by homes. You will discover shops to explore, see the church with its steeple at the centre of town, and continue walking along quiet roads. We stopped and picked apples out of a wheel barrow, a present from an unknown giver, which was made into applesauce to accompany our meal. You will discover another park which is home to friendly ducks, turn the corner, pass a café, walk for a few minutes more, and: You are home. Dora S.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016