In the "Grondulows", i.e. cozy earth houses integrated into the landscape on the "Koe in de Kost" farm in Overijssel in the Netherlands, you spend the night in the middle of nature next to your animal companions. The architecture of the houses is reminiscent of hobbit caves and is truly unique. As soon as you wake up you have a fabulous view of the lush green meadows and the cows grazing on them and you can relax wonderfully.
The exceptional houses were built in 2012 by the hosts Frans and Truus and are equipped with all the comforts of home, can be booked for 365 days a year and are ideal for families and groups.
Koe in de Kost is a real family business. In addition to Frans and Truus, son Lenn and daughter Loes also lend a hand on the farm. And the guests can also help out on the farm if they want. The tasks range from feeding the chickens and milking the cows, to walking the two Border Collies Evi and Kiddik, to helping with the sowing and harvesting the tasty fruits and vegetables in the garden.
The vision at Koe in de Kost is to bring urban families back to nature. All of the nine houses are built with sustainable materials and invite you to really let go and connect to yourself and nature.
ArchitectureThe Grondulows are true one-offs - individually designed, built with sustainable and healthy materials and with low radiation. In addition, only local companies were used to build the houses.
FoodWhen eating, guests can help themselves to the milk they have milked themselves and the eggs from the farm's own chickens, and they can even buy the meat from the farm.
A good working atmosphere and the appreciation of the team - which, by the way, comes from the region - is high on the list of priorities at Koe in de Kost.
EnvironmentThe team is currently working intensively on sustainable energy generation and recycling. But the change is not only in the deeds, but above all in the education. At Koe in de Kost, for example, they try to animate the little guests to turn off the lights, not turn up the heating quite as much and to pay attention to nature.
Ever heard of a Grondulow? At Koe in de Kost , near Deventer, you can stay in it! Grondulows are spacious, sustainable holiday homes with a semi-circular green grass roof on which wild flowers and plants grow. You will find them in the middle of a meadow, near a farm. Equipped with every luxury and yet very close to nature. Read from The Gruffalo and then fall asleep in your own Grondulow. The perfect night out with kids, right?
It takes about 2.5 hours by car from Cologne to Heeten (213 km). It takes about 2 hours from Duisburg (153 km), from Münster it takes about 1.5 hours (123 km), from Bremen it takes about 3 hours (253 km), from Hamburg about 4 hours (363 km) and from Amsterdam Koe in de Kost can be reached in just under 1.5 hours (116 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
Koe in de Kost is not easily accessible by public transport, as the nearest bus stop (Heeten, Zonnenbergerdijk) is still about 1.2 kilometers away.
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