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Hoeve Montigny is located in Giethoorn. This beautiful village is situated in the north of Overijssel near the nature reserves “de Wieden” and “de Weerribben”. Hoeve Montigny is a mixed farm, with the dairy cows as the main focus, which has been active with recreation as the secondary activity for years.

On our farm you can milk or feed cows amongst other things, or maybe a calf will be born which you can feed milk yourself. A ride on the tractor on the fields is an experience in itself.

Hoeve Montigny comprises of a campsite, group accommodation and a farmer’s lodge: rooms and apartments with Bed & Breakfast (breakfast with local produce). Tours are given of the farm and in the educational centre films are shown of the history of the relatively young “Giethoornse Polder” and the business.
Visitors get a very good impression of the formation of the area and the progression of farming. Courses, workshops and demonstrations are given on the process of dairy farming and ancient crafts.


Hoeve Montigny, which is a excellent base for cycle, walking and boating routes, is one of the attractions of the tourism project “Het Tuinpad” (The Garden Path) and “Avontuurlijke Trektochten door Noord-West Overijssel” (Adventurous Hiking routes through North-West Overijssel). We offer hospitality where quality is of considerable importance, and all at reasonable cost.

We invite you to have a look at our website. In the menu to the left you can find more information about the different services we offer. In case you have any further questions please contact us through the form below. We are open all year round.




New beautiful accommodation for groups. The accommodation will be opened in April 2007 and is suitable for 18 people. The accommodation is situated in the grounds of the farm which is still fully operational.


Beside it there is another accommodation (very well separated from this one) for groups up to 20 people. The accommodations can be rented together for groups up to 38 people. In the grounds there is also a small scale campsite and this is separated from the accommodation by hedging.


A large recreational room fitted out as a cosy living (lounge) room. This consists of a sitting- and dining area, tv with satellite dish, dvd player and stereo and several games. The luxury kitchen is professionally equipped with a 6-ring gas cooker with oven, dishwasher, large refrigerator, microwave and kitchen utensils for 18 people.


The accommodation consists of 6 cosy bedrooms, 2 of which are on the ground floor and one of which contains a romantic “bedstee” or cupboardbed. Four bedrooms are located upstairs, and all bedrooms have their own shower and toilet. The bedrooms sleep 3-4 people and one is completely adapted for wheelchair use.


There is a beautiful sunny patio with barbeque and garden furniture. There are plenty of possibilities for sports and games and for children there is a small playground. You can play farmersgolf or rent bycicles or kickbikes on the farm.



Bed & Breakfast

In the farmer’s lodge you will find 10 stylish double bedrooms with their own bathroom. There are 3 bedrooms suitable for more people with a separate kitchenette in which you will find: a microwave, refrigerator and coffee- and tea making facilities. During breakfast you will be introduced to several local products. In the farmer’s lodge pets are not allowed.

€29,50 per person, per night. Excluding tourist tax.



On our well equipped campsite there are 35 large pitches. The whole area consists of a nice grassed area surrounded by sheltering plants. For the children there is a playground. You will also find all other necessary facilities such as good sanitation, warm water, lockable bicycle shed, waste disposal, euro-plugs, laundry and telephone/fax. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Campsite is also suitable for campervans. There are hard surfaced pitches for campervans and caravans.

Fees for the campsite:

€2,50   per adult

€1,50   for children up to the age of 12

€0,75   tourist tax per person

€3,00   per caravan

€3,00   per trailertent

€3,50   per campervan

€3,00   per Bungalowtent

€1,50   per tent (2-/3-persons)

€2,60   voor electricity

€0,50   per car

€0,50   per dog

€1,00   environmental tax per unit

€1,00   visitor per person per day

€6,50   bicycle hire per person per day



The apartment has been equipped for 4-5 people and comes with it’s own bathroom, kitchen and television. There is a completely equipped kitch which contains a microwave and refrigerator. The apartment is situated in the front of the farmhouse. Pets are not allowed.

€395,-   per week. Exclusief toeristenbelasting.



Boating and Fishing

The holiday guests have free use of our rowing boats to have fun on the water.

There is an 8-person vlet (a flat bottomed boat) for a beautiful and adventurous trip through the nature reserves of the Wieden and the Weerribben (€17,50 per hour).

There are also two “fluisterboten”, (silent motorboats) for a beautiful trip though the picturesque villages of Dwarsgracht and Giethoorn (€10,- and €12,50 per hour).

In front of the farmhouse is the Steenwijk-Beukers canal. You can fish here to your heart’s content. Your fishing spot will provide a view of the beautiful nature reserve.


Klompjesgolf (clog golf) is a variation on the regular gold game where a klompjesgolf course with ten holes has to be covered in as few hits as possible. The amount of klompjesgolf courses is growing steadily.
During this activity you will walk through nature and fields with friends, family or colleagues. For klompjesgolf you do not need a diploma. Anyone can play irrespective of age or sporting ability.

The costs are €5,- including a drink. This can be added to with a barbeque (€10 or €12 per person)

How do you play klompjesgolf?

On the course two groups of a maximum of 5 people will play against each other. Group 1 hits the ball from the tee and then group 2 will do the same. The ball that is furthest from the hole will be the next one to be hit.

The ball may always be moved a club length but never so that it’s closer to the hole. The two groups will walk the holes together during the duration of the game. Within a group everyone takes turns hitting the ball.

A hole is made when the ball has been hit into the bucket. Following this you will remove the ball from the bucket and put it 4 meters in the direction of the next hole and start hitting again. The whole course is done this way. On the competition form the names of the group members are written on the left side. Beside the numbers 1-10 the amount of hits will be counted by way of “turven”.

The group with the least total amount of hits is the winner.

A klompjesgolfcourse consists of 10 holes with an average length of more than 200 meters per hole. A hole consists of the tee and the endpoint, “the put”, a bucket dug into the ground with a numbered flag beside it. The put is the beginning of the next hole. The total area of the course is at least 8 hectares or more.

Educational Centre

In the educational centre a very interesting picture is painted of the advancement of farming in the area. The centre is located in a very special location and very suitable for children’s parties and as a training facility. There are also tours of the farm and explanations given about current farming practices.

Bicycling and Walking

There is the possibility of renting bicycles on the farm. In the direct surroundings there are bicycle paths where you can enjoy the scenery while riding. Maps are provided free of charge. For walking the Turfstekersroute is an excellent way of exploring the area. More about this in the text below.

The Turfstekersroute

The Turfstekersroute consists of several routes. There are a walking-, bicycling-, and boatingroute through the beautiful nature reserves of “the Wieden and the Weerribben” in the north of Overijssel. Hoeve Montigny is the starting point of these routes. The bicycling- and walking route are arrangements including overnight stay in Giethoorn (Hoeve Montigny).

The boating route is also possible without an overnight stay. The routes will take you past some working people in the area, aiming to show you the modern and ancient crafts. The main theme in the routes is the turfsteker (peat cutter). U will follow the same routes as the peat cutters. You will come into contact with the peat cutter along the routes in very surprising ways.

Surrounding area

Hoeve Montigny is situated in the northern part of Northwestern Overijssel in between de nature reserves of the Wieden and the Weerribben. We are talking about a nature reserve of about 7000 hectares which is unique in Northwestern Europe. A holidaymaker can enjoy walking-, bicycling- and walkingroutes.

Take a boating trip through the characteristic canals to see the picturesque villages. On the lakes closeby you can enjoy sailing and surfing. The farm is within a short distance of the nice town of Steenwijk where in Summertime lots of activities take place.

The Wieden

The Wieden in the north of Overijssel is with it’s 5700 hectares of water, reed, grass- and hay land and mire woodland one of the larger areas owned by Vereniging Natuurmonumenten (The Natural Monument Association). Together with the Weerribben (Staatsbosbeheer ��"state owned forest) the Wieder forms the largest peat and swamp areas of Western Europe.

To improve the natural value of these mire woodland areas the connecting zone between the two are being widened where possible and the watersystems improved. There are also far advanced plans to reintroduce the otter into the area.

The area we now call the Wieden lies between two dam walls: “het Hoge Land van Vollenhove” (the high land of Vollenhove) and the area surrounding Steenwijnk. This land used to be very swamp-like and several rivers ran through it. There where the water stagnated reed beds and peat moss were formed.

These plants then formed peat in the Wieden. From the Middle Ages onwards it was a wellknown fact that dried peat was very suitable as fuel. Especially in the 17th century a booming trade of peat existed. In Blokzijl, Vollenhove and Zwartsluis you can still find houses that were built in this era.

Many animals can be found in the Wieden. Birds are most prominent but many deer can be found also. On floating plants such as the “krabbescheer” (water soldier) or the replacement of these: floating rafts the rare black stern nests.

If you are lucky you will hear the bittern in the reed. Cormorants breed in the Wieden in large numbers in a colony at the “Bakkerskooi”. You can visit this colony during a boating excursion organized by Natuurmonumenten.

In the Wieden there are still several “eendenkooien”. These are oases of peace and greenery where you will almost feel like you are in a jungle. Eendenkooien are not freely accessible but you can visit the Grote Otterskooi if you join on of the boating excursions organized by Natuurmonumenten.

The Weerribben

This distinctive nature reserve lies withing close proximity to Hoeve Montigny and is the most important swamp area of Northwestern Europe. The Weerribben is located in the north of Overijssel, near the town of Steenwijk. It has a landscape where water and reed are the predominant factors. Together with the closeby nature reserve of the Wieden it forms the most important swamp area of Northwestern Europe.

The current landscape of the Weerribben was formed through the digging of peat. Reminders of this are found in the landscape and the name of the area. “Ribben” are narrow strips of land where the cut peat was laid to dry and the “weren” are the areas where the peat was cut from. After the cutting of the peat the reed farming defined the landscape.

The Weerribben are especially valuable from a scientific point of view, mainly because of the different stages in the formation from open water to mire woodlands. Because of this there is a large diversity of environmental types. We distinguish open water, reed land, hay land and mire woodlands. Every type has it’s own vegetation. This diversity offers a suitable living environment to all sorts of animals (mammals, birds and insects).

Water is the predominant factor in this National Park. All species of flora and fauna present here are in some way connected to the water. The natural wealth is, especially on this scale, very exceptional. It is however also very vulnerable.  

For peat moss areas plenty of water of a good quality without high levels of nutrients is essential. Lowering of the water level, air- and water pollution have a negative effect on the quality of the area.

The Weerribben is a peat moss area that has been mainly dug up. Peat formed after the last ice age. When the temperature on earth went up and the ice melted, large swamps were formed. In these swamps plants started to grow. The dead parts of these plants were not completely digested by the acid water that had very low oxygen levels. This is how a thick layer of peat moss was formed.







world-traveller123 says:
Very well done. I like to come check this out now.
Posted on: Jul 07, 2009
becroes says:
Hi Patricia, congrats on being featured! This is one part of Nederland I still need to visit.
Posted on: Jul 07, 2009
klaartje1968 says:
Gefeliciteerd! Leuk om te lezen!
Posted on: Jul 07, 2009
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