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