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British/Dutch owned former Farmhouse adjacent to beautiful Drenthe National Park

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 4,845 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Sleeps up to 12 (max. 10 adults). Village location - biking, hiking, horseriding

'Under the Oaks’ - a large, well-equipped holiday farmhouse, dating from 1836 and situated in the centre of unspoilt Diever village (the farm is no longer operational, so there is no livestock present)

*New!* -

-Brand new boxspring beds and bedroom furniture

-New Smart large-screen TV (Netflix/Youtube, etc.)

-New sound system with USB connections and Bluetooth

-Bluray players

-Separate and improved WIFI network

** Year-round discounts, including early-booking/late booking and long-stay discounts (please note that these discounts are not shown in the online quote - it will be manually adjusted - see under 'Rates' for full details) **

The vacation farmhouse:

- Our farmhouse will provide all amenities for a perfect stay in this historic Drenthe village which is situated at the heart of rural Netherlands and surrounded by areas of stunning natural beauty, including the largest wet-heathland in western Europe at Dwingelderveld.

- Fast and secure wireless internet access throughout the farmhouse.

- Comfortable new boxspring beds and washbasin in 3 of the 4 twin bedrooms upstairs. The large double bedroom comes with a king-size box spring bed, a large built-in wardrobe and also has a modern LCD TV plus Bluray DVD-player

- Large main room, with high ceilings and large windows. There are 4 sofas plus armchairs to easily accommodate even the largest of parties. A new Smart TV gives access to American, British & other European TV stations and there is a new sound system and Blu-ray player, plus a selection of movies on DVD, as well as a CD collection.

- Dining area with table that can be expanded to accommodate larger groups.

- Kitchen with all modern amenities, including separate full-size fridge/freezer

- The bathroom has a double swing door walk-in shower.

- Separate upstairs and downstairs WCs

- For children, there are cupboards full of soft toys, electronic / board games, puzzles and books. While 2 cots, 2 high chairs and a baby bath will help accommodate our youngest guests.

- Safety features include fire extinguishers, fire blanket, smoke detectors and a stair gate

- Comprehensive English-language tourist information available covering Diever village and the surrounding areas (including Friesland, its islands and Overijssel), as well as most major tourist attractions in the Netherlands is provided.

- Library of English-language books.

- Easy walking access to nearby grocery store, restaurants, bars, ice cream parlour, an award-winning bakery (one of the finest in the Netherlands!), souvenir shops, tourist office, as well as the village bird sanctuary, archaeological museum, megalithic stones and the Drents-Friese forest.

- 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

- Well-behaved pets can be accommodated with prior notice (a maximum of 2 large dogs are permitted)

- Please note that this is a non-smoking accommodation

Nearby attractions:

- It is just a 10-minute walk to reach the forests of the Drents-Friese Wold (6,100 hectares / 15,070 acres), one of the largest National parks of the Netherlands, with its 32 marked walks & numerous cycle paths. Also situated close by to National Park Dwingelderveld (3,692 hectares / 9,120 acres) - the largest moorland on the European Continent - with its 60 km's (37 miles) of walking trails & 40 km's (25 miles) of bicycle paths. Diever is at the center of an abundance of historical sites and attractions for adults and children of all ages. Diversity on your doorstep!

- Get a glimpse of life in the Netherlands during the 18th century at the ‘working‘ village of Orvelte. Visit the WWII transit camp at Westerbork – to where Anne Frank and her family were brought. Take in the many museums that will provide an interest to each member of your group. For teenagers, there are 18 fun parks and, for our younger guests, enchanting ‘fairy tale’ parks nearby. While the city of Groningen ('shop till you drop') & the German border are all less than an hour's drive, the provincial capital at Assen is just a 25-minute drive away! Not forgetting a day-out to the world-famous Emmen zoo, while, for those looking for sports activities: sailing, boat excursions & fishing can be enjoyed at Giethoorn (the ‘Venice of the North’). Also, there is an 18-hole golf course available in Havelte (14km / 9 miles away).

- Want to visit the beach as well? 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 ferry crossing).

Ameland Island-

A ferry service runs from Holwerd, Friesland (45 minutes by catamaran or 120 mins by regular 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 minutes crossing time).

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

The village of Diever -

Diever is located at the south-westerly tip of the province of Drenthe (approx. 2 hours east of Amsterdam), is renowned for the open-air productions of Shakespeare which have been re-enacted in its forest amphitheatre every summer since 1946. In the village, there is a grocery store, an award-winning bakery, a good variety of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and a bank. There is a market, encircling the village’s 14th-century church, selling everything from clothes to local products – this is held in Diever every Monday throughout the Summer months.

There is also a Dutch National Tourist office in Diever with a wealth of information on the surrounding area.

So, whether it's picnicking in the forest, taking a dip in a forest bathing pool or going by horseback along one of the many marked trails, you won’t 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!


- Diever is easily accessible from both Amsterdam Schiphol and Dusseldorf airports (both are 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 rail station is at Beilen (20 minutes away)

Using the farmhouse as a base to explore the Netherlands:

Are you looking for a central base from 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, Diever is placed at the crossroads of three Dutch 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, with the highway just 11 km's (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 suburbs of Almere, 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.

We want you to have a wonderful and memorable vacation!

- It is our pleasure to be of assistance to you before and during your stay, and it is our priority to make sure that you will have a pleasant vacation.

- We are happy to offer any help in preparing your trip.

- We do advertise on many holiday home sites, including those operated by agencies with a 'live' instant booking function. Certain dates (especially around Easter, in Summer and Christmas/New Year) can be very popular, with some dates booked more than a year in advance. At certain times of the year, many people are looking for the same dates. In order to avoid any disappointment, please ask us to hold your dates on option for you, if you are unable to confirm immediately.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about the farmhouse, Diever, Drenthe or anything at all to do with the Netherlands!

More Details

David & Monique Samson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, dutch
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Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2018

About David & Monique Samson

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.

David has thirty years experience in tourism, having worked for several major airlines, tour operators and business travel agencies.

We have advertised our holiday farmhouse rental property with VRBO/Homeaway since 2010.

Secure credit card payments accepted via the Homeaway/VRBO online payment system.

David & Monique Samson purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why David & Monique Samson chose Diever

In 2004, here in the small Drenthe village of Diever, we found the perfect location for a holiday farmhouse. The property was originally the site of a very popular B&B, which operated from 1972 until 2004 (at which point the previous owners decided that it was time to retire!)

We have discovered the most idyllic spot in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Being situated between two National Parks (including the largest area of moorland in Europe at 'Dwingelderveld'), this allows for many recreational activities. Yet, the close proximity to the motorway network makes for easy day trips to other parts of the Netherlands and the German border, which is less than an hour away.

If we can provide you with any local knowledge to make sure that you have the perfect holiday then please contact us.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Centrally located in Diever village. Within walking distance of a good-sized supermarket, an award-winning bakery, ice-cream parlor, 6 restaurants, chemist, newsagents, many souvenir shops, a bike rental shop and an archaeological museum. We are just a short walk/bike ride away from the nearby 'Drents-Friese' forest.

The farmhouse, situated adjacent to fields and a bicycle path running alongside, can comfortably accommodate up to 10 adults. Smaller groups are most welcome (see our discounts of up to 20%).

You will be amazed by the many attractions in the area. The outstanding natural beauty of Drenthe is 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.


Diever Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4845 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Upstairs washroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Downstairs washroom
    Bathroom 1 - shower , Basin/mirror, large shower, hairdryer, towels, soap
  • Complete with a large double swing-door shower cubicle, basin, cupboards complete with hand/-bath towels/washcloths and soap (ground floor) Separate Washrooms/WCs (ground and first floors)
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: //////////////////// Sleeps 12 (maximum 10 adults). There are also cots for additional babies. 5 bedrooms /////////////////// Notes on bedrooms: /////////////////// 1 double bedroom - King Size box spring bed complete with LCD TV/Blu-ray player (ground floor) /////////////////// 4 twin bedrooms upstairs. 3 of these bedrooms with new box-spring beds and washbasins (1st floor) ////////////////// 2 foldable beds (suitable for children/teenagers). These can be placed in the twin or double bedrooms. ////////////////// 2 canvas cots for babies / small children ////////////////// Also, 2 highchairs, 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)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
- We are completely flexible on changeover days - Earliest arrival time: 4.00 pm. (we will always try to accommodate an earlier arrival time for those travelling on early morning flights) - Latest departure time: 10.00 a.m. (8 p.m. on Sundays for Fri-Sun stay) - 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 - Pet fee: €20.00 per pet (a maximum of 2 large dogs are allowed). Please inform us when booking if you intend to bring a pet with you


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British/Dutch owned former Farmhouse adjacent to beautiful Drenthe National Park
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Another great stay in Diever

  • 5 of 5

We also stayed in 2013, IIRC. The Sampsons are friendly and gracious hosts. The town is adorable, with a grocery 3 doors down and plenty of restaurants in walking distance and of course everything you could want in biking distance.

The beds are comfortable, toys for the kids and David makes sure you are set up with bikes if you want that, and there's food in the fridge when you arrive. Always a pleasure to stay here!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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A home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Traveling from the U.S., our stay at "Under the Oaks" was a refreshing change of pace for a 3 day portion of our trip. The small town had everything we needed for a nice time away. We enjoyed the village shops and restaurants and just walking around. There was so much more to do in the area than we had time for. We used this convenient location as home base to travel around the area and north. Amsterdam was a reasonable distance and good roads. We were very pleased with the hospitality and kindness shown to us--from a personal tour of the house and village to a wonderful and generous welcome gift. Plenty of space and well maintained. Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alles da was man braucht.

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren mit acht Erwachsenen und sechs Kindern dort einquartiert. Die Wohnung befindet sich im vorderen Teil eines alten Bauernhauses, das aber solide renoviert wurde. In der Küche und auch sonst war alles enthalten, was man für einen Trip dort braucht.

Für kleine Kinder stellt die Treppe zwischen den Etagen eine Gefahr da, doch oben lässt sie sich vergittern und unten haben wir die Türen zum Flur einfach ständig zu gemacht, so dass nichts passieren konnte.

Draußen gab es einen kleinen Hof und über einen Fußgängerweg eine Koppel mit Pferden, die von den Kindern gefüttert werden durften. Auch auf dem Hof stand ein Trampolin.

Insgesamt haben wir den Aufenthalt sehr genossen, auch wegen der Gasteltern, die wunderbare Gastgeber waren und uns sehr viele Tipps für Ausflüge in der Umgebung gegeben haben.

Insgesamt ein super Ausflug.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Still thinking about this wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

I have been home 2 or 3 months and I am still reflecting on this holiday which was faciltated mostly by the wonderful location of this property. We both love countryside and village living and because of the fantastic location of this house we were able to literally have it all. Even the small amount of bad weather added a different aspect to the mood of the area. I have some great memories and photos of my time there. I have stayed in many places but the attention and knowledge from our host was exceptional in planning our stay.

The welcome package was the best we've ever had if you like to feel safe whilst cycling then this village is perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem in a great location in the Rural Netherlands

  • 5 of 5

We had never been to this part of the Netherlands before and were very impressed at this hidden gem of an area and a property. 2 families stayed for 1 week. The house is in the centre of a lovely village surrounded by National parks and forests. The village has everything a holidaymaker needs (Supermarket, Bike Hire, cafes, restaurants, weekly market) and the accommodation is well equipped. The owner lives in the house behind and is on hand to assist with advice, suggestions of things to do and bookings. When we arrived there was a very good welcome pack left including wine, beer as well as coffee, tea, bread, butter and cheese. Parking is easy and off road. Being Holland it is very flat and great bike riding country and we were pleased to see that there were tarmac bike pathways through the forest making it safe for children to cycle away from cars. For day trips you are about an hour away from the coast or from the border with Germany. However, there is a wealth of information at 'Under the Oaks' with ideas of things to do more locally.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Schöne Zeit über Silvester

  • 4 of 5

Hallo, wir waren mit unserem Kind und zwei anderen Familien (plus Kinder) über Silvester bei Familie Samson und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Haus war in einem super Zustand, die Zimmer sauber, perfekt für mehrere Leute (wir waren insgesamt 12). Ein große Küche, in der wir immer zusammen essen konnten, sehr gemütliches Wohnzimmer und eine tolle Umgebung in einem sehr schönen kleinen Örtchen. Das Geschäft nur 2min vom Haus entfernt, war auch ein großer Vorteil. Familie Samson ist super freundlich, hilfsbereit, aber nicht aufdringlich. Wir können das Haus auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen und haben dies im Freundeskreis auch bereits getan. Wir würden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen. Vielen Dank für eine schöne Zeit!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Amsterdam Schiphol
Nearest Barpub
0.15 Miles
Nearest Ferry
140 Miles
Hoek of Holland / Rotterdam Europort
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7.5 Miles
Dwingeloo / Spier (A28)
Nearest Restaurant
0.15 Miles
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
Car: recommended

Other Attractions & Activities:


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.


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.


Westerbork -

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


'Wildlands' Adventure Zoo Emmen -

The newly opened Adventure Zoo Emmen (Wildlands) consists of the three areas "Serenga", "Nortica" and "Jungola", which emanate from a central main square


Giethoorn -

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


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.


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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $24.69

** Year-round discounts (not quoted) **

- Bookings made more than 6 months before arrival date - deduct 5%

- Bookings of a 14-night duration or more - deduct 10%

- Bookings made within 6 weeks of arrival date - deduct 15%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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