Blokland Things to Do
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At Riga Ranch they milk horses in stead of cows or goats. Horse milk is said to be healthy, helping with stomach and bowel troubles. People with an allergy for cows milk can drink horse milk. Horse milk is also used in cosmetics and said to be purifying for the skin.
The horses are milked four times a day. And you can see how that is done during a tour.
During our tour in November 2007 we also saw how the farmers wife made chocolates. We tasted the chocolates and the horse milk, and ofcourse we did try the horse milk liquor.
You can buy all kinds of milkproducts and chocolates at the end of the tour.
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Do go for a walk along the entire Blokland street and through the meadows of the Kazan farm.
The walk is about 12 km, a three hour walk. You can't go through the fields between the 15th of March and the 15th of June. This is to protect the breeding birds.
Wear some sturdy boots, because the fields can be muddy and slippery. It is also good to wear long trousers because of some poison ivy at parts of the field route.
The walk starts in Nieuwveen, where you find a info panel (in dutch only). But you can pick up the blue six cornered signs anywhere along the route. Although it seems an easy route it is advisable to take a print (or picture on your camera) from the route. The first time I walked in the fields I missed a sign and ended up at a ditch filled with water. Choosing between going back or jump over it....
Have a break at the Lindehorst farm, where you can have a drink on weekdays and saturday until 18:00.
This route opened in the beginning of 2008.
0 Hotels in Blokland
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Only once a year there is nightlife here. In the first weekend of July a music festival is held in a huge tent placed along Blokland.
The bands playing here are populair dutch bands or singers and bands that like to party.
Blokland is situated in the green hart of Holland. Not far from the big cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht. But it is as rural as you will find in the west of our country.
The only way to travel to Blokland is by foot, bicycle, car or take busline 147 from Connexxion.
This line is travelling between Alphen a/d Rijn and Uithoorn. It is passing Blokland every 30 minutes around a quarter for and a quarter past the hour.
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Favorite thing: On the road junction where Blokland goes from a small village road into the wider N231 we find a mansion appropriately called Driesprong (three forked road).
This mansion was built in the beginning of the 1800's by Jan Hendrik Horstman, a rich man from Amsterdam. He bought some property in the new dry land Polder Zevenhoven. And to see what was happening with his money we lived in this mansion three days a week.
Some people claim the beams used to built this mansion came from old VOC ships. Behind the mansion he built a workplace to do the carpenter work for his farms and workers houses in the neighbourhood. He placed 12 farms on his property: "Amsterdam", "Het Suikerriet", "Dijkzigt", "Vlijt en Zegen", "De Zomer", "De Herfst", "De Uithoek", "De Eensgezindheid", "De Winter", "De Verbetering", "Het Verlangen", "De Lente".
Not all the farms and workers houses are standing today.
In 1865, 20 years after Horstman died, the mansion was rebuilt into a farmhouse.