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De Nijenshof is located in south-west Drenthe, close to Frederiksoord, and 250 meters from both the Provinces Friesland and Overijssel. Within a half hour, you can 'travel' by bicycle or on foot from De Nijenshof through three provinces with very different landscapes.

Drenthe is old, tough, unspoiled and original. You find places where it seems that time has stood still. We are pleased to share with you the most beautiful, untouched spots. In about 2 hours, per e-car, we will show you the area and the special places of which we are proud.

Three National Parks

There are 17 areas in the Netherlands which are designated as Nationale Parks. Three of them, the Drents Friese Wold, the Dwingelder Veld and the Weerribben and Wieden are within the immediate vicinity of De Nijenshof. They all have their special nature characteristics, like wetlands with special plant and animal life.

Frederiksoord, Colony I of the Society of Benevolence

The Society of Benevolence was established in 1818 by Johannes van den Bosch who was a General in the Dutch army during the reign of King William I. He founded an agricultural colony in Frederiksoord. Frederiksoord and surroundings have become what it is now, due in part to his utopian vision.

His ideas (and the implementation thereof) are so distinct that 'his' Society of Benevolence and the Colonies he established have been nominated for World Heritage by UNESCO (2020) 

The Heerlijckheid De Eese Estate

Across the road from De Nijenshof is a nature area of 850 hectares. The estate is privately owned and is open to ramblers.

The Holtingerveld

A large herd of Drenthe heath sheep is grazing a short cycle distance from De Nijenshof. The Gate to the 'Oerlandschap Holtingerveld' has an excellent visitors' centre. The two hune beds are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in the Netherlands.

Vledder Aa

This is the way Drenthe would have looked in days gone by. The area is used by large grazers and herded sheep; you can imagine yourself there centuries ago. 


Cities and villages to visit:

  • Frederiksoord
  • Fortified city of Steenwijk
  • Giethoorn, (the Venice of the North)
  • Hanzestad Zwolle (Museum De Fundatie)
  • Groningen
  • Diever
  • Dwingeloo
  • Havelte

Food & Beverage

  • Restaurant Bovenmeester, Steenwijk
  • Restaurant De Sluiswachter, Dieverbrug (13/20 Gault Millaut)
  • Restaurant Ludiek, Havelte
  • Restaurant Kaatje bij de Sluis*, Blokzijl (15/20 GM)
  • Restaurant De Groene Lantaarn**, Staphorst (18/20 GM)
  • Restaurant De Lindenhof**, Giethoorn (18/20 GM)
  • Theeschenkerij De Buytenplaets, Noordwolde
  • De Havixhorst, De Schiphorst (13/20 GM)
  • Geertien, Muggebeet
  • Herberg Het Volle Leven, Oude Willem
  • De Bospub in Lhee
  • Restaurant Sukade, Meppel (13/20 GM)
  • Frisone Pazzo, Heerenveen (13.5/20 GM)
  • Ons HUus, Golfclub Havelte