Meppel Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking our way around De Zwarte Dennen pond.
    Hiking our way around De Zwarte Dennen...
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  • Don't leave anything behaind please!
    Don't leave anything behaind please!
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  • Paulien is enjoying the hike.
    Paulien is enjoying the hike.
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Best Rated Off The Beaten Path in Meppel

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    Modern printing

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

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    MEPPEL PRINTING COMPANY GIETHOORN TEN BRINK

    Meppel has been a printing city for centuries. There are still many printing business in Meppel of which this one, Giethoorn ten Brink, is the largest.
    I did business with them often and the director is a good friend of mine.

    It's always great to see the many machines running, turning out amazing amounts of printed paper for books and magazines.

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    Havixhorst - Manor house of 1753.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 4, 2013
    Beautiful entrance of the Havixhorst.
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    In the Middle Ages peasants settled on the high ground along the banks of the Reest River. One of the homesteads on the border between the provinces of Drenthe and Overijssel later became De Havixhorst, one of the most important manor houses in Drenthe. De Havixhorst was first mentioned way back in 1371 and was owned from the beginning by the Van den Clooster family. Due to several devises the De Vos van Steenwijk family became owner and lived in the château for more than three centuries. Their coat of arms can still be seen over the entrance.

    I love coming to places like this. It is close to my home and always makes me realize what a beautiful things my little country has to offer. Besides that I always have the urge to share this history with the amazing surroundings with my children. Therefore we all like to hike our way around along manor houses like this, especially when there are beautiful gardens present like here at the Havixhorst.

    Address: Schiphorsterweg 34-36, De Schiphorst
    Directions: Driving on the A28 take the exit De Wijk, follow the sign towards De Wijk and you will notice a sign of Havixhorst soon.

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    Havixhorst - Château Hotel and Restaurant.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 4, 2013
    View at the Havixhorst from the woods.
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    The château changed hands several times. In 1982 it was acquired by the present owner, who together with Het Drentse Landschap (local landscape organization) converted the monumental building into an exclusive Château Hotel and Restaurant. Due to this it has been extensively restored and renovated. Funny thing is that whenever you arrive, you will be greeted by a fire burning in the front courtyard.

    I have been inside only once and read that the hotel has eight suites and every suite is individually styled. They all have a bathroom with bath and shower, telephone and TV. The one thing we actually did was just enjoying a drink in the small but cozy lounge. Keep in mind that during nice weather, the terrace and castle gardens provide a relaxing setting for a drink. We love the chateau’s garden’s which is designed in French baroque style. It all just beautifully adds up to the amazing atmosphere.

    Address: Schiphorsterweg 34-36, De Schiphorst
    Directions: Driving on the A28 take the exit De Wijk, follow the sign towards De Wijk and you will notice a sign of Havixhorst soon.

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    Havixhorst - Hiking possibilities.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 4, 2013
    What an amazing statue / sculpture.
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    For us the main reason to visit De Havixhorst is not the manor itself. Of course it is always a beautiful sight to arrive by car and drive your way up to the amazing façade of this historical building. But anyway, we always like to hike around the woods and its sculpture garden. Please note that the sculpture garden can only be explored when De Havixhorst is open to the public. The woodlands surrounding the manor are always open for a nice stroll.

    Behind De Havixhorst lies the estate’s woodland with its many mature trees is part of a bigger nature reserve, ideal for long unwinding walks. For us it is always a great area to explore, especially in the spring when the grassy areas are full of daffodils. The stork sanctuary De Lokkerij is nearby and also a part of the hike. After a nice stroll we always visit the chateau’s garden as well. Its design is French baroque and you will find works of art by many well known Dutch contemporary artists. Free of charge is just great!

    Address: Schiphorsterweg 34-36, De Schiphorst
    Directions: Driving on the A28 take the exit De Wijk, follow the sign towards De Wijk and you will notice a sign of Havixhorst soon.

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    Boswachterij Staphorst - Recreational center.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 11, 2014
    Hiking our way around De Zwarte Dennen pond.
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    The Boswachterij Staphorst is located near the very small village of IJhorst, which is located near Meppel. IJhorst is a village in the eastern part of the Netherlands, with a population of about 1,500 people. The village and its surroundings are the recreational center of the villages of Staphorst and Meppel. This area is very popular for hiking, walking and biking through fields and forests. There are also several campsites near the river The Reest, which is a small creek that runs along IJhorst from the ice ages.

    Do keep in mind that forests are rare in the area between Zwolle and Meppel. The more valuable are the forests of the Boswachterij (forestry) Staphorst that like a magnet are attracting animals and plants. In addition, the forest has more than trees alone. It has a huge fen area, which recalls the time before the peat was won here. De Vier Bergen (the four mountains) is an area that gives a good idea how the environment looked like before the construction of the forest.

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    Boswachterij Staphorst - Belevingspad.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 11, 2014
    The kids at the entrance of the Belevingspad.
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    The so called Belevingspad was for us this was the main reason to visit the Boswachterij Staphorst. I don’t know if there is any translation for the word “Belevingspad”, but maybe experience path comes as close as it can get. It simply means that if you take this track in the forest you will experience everything the forest has to offer. We read that you will feel, smell, taste, hear and see the woods. It was time for us to do so.

    We parked the car at the north part of the De Zwarte Dennen, the centrally located lake. We walked our way along the lake, over the Vijverweg) and ended at the southern part of the lake where the Belevingspad starts. It has a huge sign, so you simply can’t miss it. The entire track is about 1.5 kilometers long, which makes it very accessible for young kids. We took the path and walked along the so called Herriehut (hut of noise), a Kleurenpad (path of colours), a small maze made of trees and much more. On every location there was an assignment written down which gave instruction what to do and what to expect. It was very educational and great fun. A must do once you are in the Boswachterij Staphorst.

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    Boswachterij Staphorst - Nature at its best.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 11, 2014
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    Do you want to see birds of prey flying in the air and between the tree tops? Or do you want to get face to face with a deer? This is all very well possible in the Boswachterij Staphorst. Because it is the only forest in this area animals and flowers are attracted to it like magnets. Besides that the forest is known for its vipers, lizards, hawks, woodpeckers and foxes. We were in the Boswachterij during the day and did not see any wild animals, but did see some traces of foot prints at the ground. … the evidence that they are there!

    We had a great hike during a sunny mild winter day in January. We walked in between two ponds. On the one side we saw the De Zwarte Dennen, a pond that was dug out especially to swim in. On the other side we saw the Oude Vijver, a pond which was created by nature itself. After that we entered the woods and finally ended up via the Belevingspad at the other side of De Zwarte Dennen again. From that point it is only a small hike to the parking spot. We will be back!

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