A large, well-equipped & tastefully furnished Dutch farmhouse dating from 1890 situated in the center of unspoiled Diever village. Located on the edge of the Drents-Friese Wold (6100 hectares), one of the largest national parks of the Netherlands, with 32 marked walks & 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 & 40 kms of bicycle paths.
Local activities in this area of outstanding natural beauty include walking, bicycling, horse riding & birdwatching. Sailing & fishing can be enjoyed at Giethoorn (the Venice of the North). The provincial capital at Assen is just 25 minutes away. While Emmen (world-famous zoo), the city of Groningen ('shop till you drop') & the German border are all less than an hour's drive away. Picnic in the forest, take a dip in a forest bathing pool or go by horseback along one of the many trails. Diversity on your doorstep!
Diever village, located at the south-westerly tip of the province of Drenthe (approx. 2 hrs east of Amsterdam), is adjacent to the largest forest in the Netherlands - perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding.
Also renowned for its Shakespearian plays held in the open-air theatre during the Summer months, Diever is at the heart of unspoilt rural Dutch countryside.
There is a supermarket, good variety of shops, cafe-pubs, restaurants and bank.
A Dutch National Tourist office is also nearby with a wealth of information on the surrounding area.
Forests for biking, hiking, swimming, fishing are all nearby.
A market selling everything from clothes to local products is held in Diever every Monday throughout the Summer months.
Days out to the Giethoorn lakes (the 'Venice of the North'), Emmen zoo, museums, attraction parks. 'Shop till you drop' in Groningen & the German border are just 45 minutes away!
Diever is easily accessible from both Amsterdam Schiphol and Eindhoven airports (both 2 hours distance). A car is recommended (rental cars also available at both airports), although public transport (bus) just a few minutes walk away with links to the surrounding villages and towns. Nearest train station is at Beilen (20 minutes away)
Using the farmhouse as a base to explore the Netherlands:
Are you looking for a central base in which to explore the Netherlands?
- apart from being able to explore the north and east of the country with ease, ‘Under the Oaks’ is also very centrally located for visiting both the south / south-west of the Netherlands, as well as the west of the country. The travelling times for reaching these areas are considerably shorter than travelling via the highway network in the west of the country, as our roads and highways here in the north and east are less congested. Being situated in the south-west corner of Drenthe, the farmhouse is only 15 minutes to the borders of Overijssel and Friesland, with the highway just 7 miles away!
Driving times from Diever to other parts of the Netherlands?
- it’s less than 2 hours from Diever to the southern city of Eindhoven (the Belgian border is just south of there).
A visit to Amsterdam while staying in Diever?
- many of our guests drive the 45 minutes to the outskirts of Almere (Almere Buiten), and then take the short train journey from there into Amsterdam city. It’s much easier to park your car outside the city and use the fast and efficient public transport from there!
Wishing to explore Rotterdam and the Hague in the south-west of the country as well?
- these cities are also just 90-120 minutes away. Again, travelling times from our region to these cities is faster than from many other parts of the country, as the highway network via Zwolle to Utrecht has lighter traffic.
Under the Oaks - additional notes:
Complimentary welcome pack of groceries provided on arrival containing bread, butter, milk, jam, cheese, eggs, sugar, coffee, tea, wine, beer, orange juice and breakfast cereal. If you would like anything else in particular to be included, please let us know.
Around the farmhouse:
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).
A BBQ and tumble-dryer is available for your use.
Bicycle-hire is available locally (which can also be arranged before arrival), with secure storage onsite.
Guests have exclusive use of the front farmhouse which adjoins the owner's property. The house is entirely self contained with two entrances for full privacy.
Please note that 'Under the Oaks' is a non-smoking accommodation.
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 vacation. We are happy to offer any help on preparing your trip. Please email with any questions you may have!
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Greetings from Diever! We are David and Monique Samson. In 2004 we decided to relocate our family to peaceful rural Drenthe, one of the most beautiful parts of the Netherlands.
In the small village of Diever we found the perfect location to begin a vacation home: restaurants and shops at walking distance, as well as two National Parks close by (including the largest area of moorland in Europe).
The many attractions in the area and the outstanding natural beauty of South-West Drenthe are here for all to enjoy. Not forgetting the forests, lakes, dunes, hiking & riding trails, parks for the kids, the many museums & places of historic interest, as well as the ease of reaching the surrounding towns and cities.