This farm is a national monument and dates back to the beginning of 1600. It is run by enthusiastic volunteers. They tell you all about farm life, the beautiful interior (the stables, the style rooms) and typical life in Drenthe.
Entrance in 2008 costs € 3,50 per person and includes a personal tour.
Unfortunately, it is not allowed to make photos in the main house. It's a real pity because I saw many beautiful things!
Dogs are allowed inside.
A 'Hoeve' is a farmstead.
Ruinerwold is a tiny village that can be easily explored on foot or, even better, with a bicycle.
Here's a map to give you an idea.
The owner bought this farm and started to experiment with growing old fashioned vegetables that we don't see very often anymore. She preserves them herself or sells them fresh. In the farm stable she has a collection of old kitchen parafernalia to do with cooking and preserving. Quite fun. Entrance and advice is free.
What to buy: Ecologically grown vegetables and fruits, preserved vegetables and fruits (all home made), jams, syrups and cordials.
I bought gooseberry jam, a jar of sweet 'n sour courgette and errr... something else in a jar which I forgot.
All for under 5 euro in total.
What to pay: A very few euro!
Not in use anymore although one could. The well known hole in the ground, with a wooden toilet seat in a shed. That's how people went to the toilet until about 50 years ago. I suspect in some rural areas they are still sometimes used :-)
Arriving at the beautiful farm Karstenhoeve, the first thing I saw was this sign saying: Coffee almost ready.
The guy tending the hedges explained to me: we don't say that the coffee IS ready, because if it is, it's old! If the coffee is ALMOST ready, then it is always fresh!
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The Tourist Information Office is situated right next to the Karstenhoeve (see Things To Do tip). A tiny office but with full facilities for all the local information, brochures (free), cycling and walking routes, books and souvenirs.
Address: Dr. Larijweg 21, 7961 NL Ruinerwold.
Tel. 0522 482255
Fondest memory: A very clean toilet!
I also bought a delightful little bar of soap with 'Ruinerwold' imprinted on it.