The singing of the birds, the sound of lapping water and the rustling of the leaves... There is nothing quite as relaxing as waking up in the heart of the countryside. Whether it’s a romantic cottage, a tree house or unique group accommodation, Brabant has countless locations where you can completely unwind. You cannot get any closer to Mother Nature than this.
Kampinastaete is located in the heart of the beautiful Oisterwijk's Forest and Fens, surrounded by 80 beautiful pools and at the edge of the extensive Kampina nature reserve. Want to get back to nature but still keep your comforts? Then this could be the place for you. You will spend the night in a cosy but luxurious cottage or lodge.
The village of Oisterwijk has countless boutiques and fine terraces in beautiful natural surroundings. No surprise then that Oisterwijk is known as the ‘Pearl in the Countryside’. In addition to De Lind, the largest terrace in the Netherlands boasting 6000 seats, Leerfabriek KVL is also well worth a visit – this former leather factory has been renovated into a trendy hotspot where you might just bump into Master Pastry Chef Robèrt van Beckhoven. Plus, don’t forget to sample the pastries at Bij Robèrt, the bakery and patisserie.
Want to experience ultimate freedom at the heart of Brabant’s Kempen region? Verblijf bij Hygge (Stay at Hygge) in Bergeijk is not only the ideal base for larger groups of up to 65 people, but is also a great place for smaller groups, with both luxurious holiday homes and a campsite on offer.
There are ample hiking and cycling routes nearby. Combine your trip through De Malpie, De Plateaux or Cartierheide nature reserves with a visit to Bergeijk, where you can’t miss the cultural heritage of Rietveld & Ruys. Or head off on a journey of discovery on one of the sagas and legends cycle routes and learn more about the exciting local stories that live on in Kempen.
Nestled in the woods, in the middle of the Maashorst, the largest contiguous nature reserve in Brabant, is Charme Camping Hartje Groen. The Maashorst is an ancient primeval area and is home to large grazing animals, an unusual natural phenomenon known as Wijst and beautiful cycling, hiking and riding routes through extensive forests and heathland.
This countryside campsite in Schaijk is particularly popular with young families and older visitors with children and grandchildren thanks to the natural play areas, Docus Das adventure path, the large fun meadow with cableway and the indoor play area. For more activities and accommodation in the Maashorst, please visit: ‘The hidden secrets of the Maashorst’.
Or opt for a magical stay in Cabin ANNA in the Holenberg forest. Holenberg is one of the most eco-friendly resorts in Europe! In Cabin ANNA, you can – quite literally – sleep and bathe in the open air. The accommodation is made of separate slide-out sections, so you can decide what your stay should be like.
Charme Camping Hartje Groen
Charme Camping Hartje Groen
The Dutch word ‘kas’ means greenhouse in English, and as the name suggests, at De Kas Inn, you get to spend the night in a greenhouse, right at the edge of De Biesbosch National Park in Hank! Fully equipped with two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, lounge area, dining room and two patio areas, it’s uniquely luxurious accommodation. Surrounded by windows, you’ll feel like you’re camping in the open air.
Always wanted to wake up next to your beloved classic car or motorbike? If so, Hank also has the Garage Inn, which needs no further translation! Combine your overnight stay with a visit to Biesbosch MuseumEiland or take a refreshing dip at De Kurenpolder daytime beach in Hank.
You can camp in luxurious natural surroundings at Glamping De Bosweide in Alphen. You can enjoy the outdoor Brabant lifestyle to the full in a luxurious safari tent. It’s highly recommended for a wonderful (family) holiday. Tip: don’t forget to visit nearby Baarle Hertog-Nassau, an unusual village on the Dutch-Belgian border.
The Marina Waterfront, Jachthaven Waterkant in Dinteloord, where night really does mean quiet! Wake up at the mouth of the Volkerak, in the heart of the countryside, floating on your own luxury houseboat. Just imagine the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from your own private terrace!
From the marina, you can explore the body of water that separates Brabant from Zeeland in a sloop. Why not sail along Hollands Diep to the fortress town of Willemstad or along the Mark towards Oudenbosch to admire the impressive Oudenbosch Basilica?
Want to sample real country life? Then why not visit Landgoed De Barendonk estate in Beers? Situated in the natural environment of Land of Cuijk, this estate is coloured by its rich history. Sleep in the Paardement above the old horse stables or in the cosy Koetshuis, where you can wake in the morning in a real box bed. Larger groups can head to Het Grote Huis or Vlaamse Schuur, two spacious locations that are both accessible to visitors with disabilities.
There are a number of mapped hiking routes from the estate, plus a gnome trail for younger adventurers! While you’re in the area, a visit to Overloon War Museum or Billybird Park Hemelrijk should also be on your bucket list. A visit to the fortress towns of Grave and Ravenstein is also highly recommended.
Every child’s dream – at Recreatiepark d’n Mastendol in Rijen, you can spend the night in a tree house! Maybe you’d prefer a luxurious chalet, a cosy hiker’s cabin or your own little house on wheels? Whatever your preference, this family campsite has it all, including spacious camping pitches.
The park also has a heated swimming pool, large nature playground and why not see if you can spot a fox? D’n Mastendol is conveniently located for the cities of Breda and Tilburg and Efteling and Beekse Bergen theme parks.
For some true Brabant hospitality, In de Hei is the place to be – a beautiful, rural bed & breakfast in Mariahout. Surrounded by woodland and meadows, it’s the perfect place to relax. Spend the night in a former milk parlour or in one of the luxurious glamping tents at BoerenBed, one of the B&B’s local partners.
Fancy getting out and about? The B&B has electric bikes available for hire, and there’s even the option of an alpaca walk! The local area is also ripe for discovery. In Nuenen, you can follow in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh and visit sites dedicated to his memory, including Van Gogh Village Museum, the Van Gogh Church and the Opwetten Watermill. Fancy going into town? By car, it’s just half an hour to ’s-Hertogenbosch or Eindhoven.
RCN De Flaasbloem in Chaam offers young families the ideal spot for a wonderful family holiday! It’s nestled in the heart of the countryside with a unique combination of woods, water and beach. The park is home to a recreational lake with a nice sandy beach, spacious sunbathing lawn, triple slide and water playground.
From RCN de Flaasbloem, you can cycle directly into the Chaam Forests, which also include the Ulvenhoutse forests, Alphense Bergen and Generaalsbossen near Alphen. Together, they form a wonderful combination of ancient woodland, marshy grassland, streams and heathland with fens.
At CenterParcs De Kempervennen, you will wake to find yourself floating in a real houseboat! Who wouldn’t want to experience something like that? CenterParcs has just about everything – in fact, there’s so much, that you cannot see it all in just a single day.
Daredevils can ride the zip wire, gaming enthusiasts can have fun in Gametown and wintersports enthusiasts can glide down the piste at Montana SnowCenter. Maybe you’re a water rat? If you are, then how about a subtropical swimming pool with two spectacular new slides? CenterParcs De Kempervennen is right next to the vast De Malpie nature area, another location that’s well worth a visit.