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Recreate fairytales of old at Hayema Heerd, a Dutch hotel made of straw, set on a peaceful farm in the north of the Netherlands.

Located on an authentic and refreshing Dutch farm, in the rural north of the Netherlands yet just twenty minutes from the stunning city of Groningen, Hayema Heerd Straw Hotel is a bucket-list stay just begging to be experienced.

After all, who could resist the nostalgic fairytale temptation of sleeping on straw (which just for the record is far more comfortable than you might first imagine!) under a huge and characterful sky, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes the Netherlands has to offer?

Choose your innovative accommodation from a straw igloo, a straw castle and a straw hayloft. Each option comes complete with electricity, toasty heating and endless rural views, not to mention some of the friendliest service you'll experience.  And that's just for starters.

Your luxurious beds are made from a thick, cosy layer of straw, on top of which is a mattress and a downy quilt, immaculate linens and dream-soft pillows. Indeed, the straw beds found here are so popular, that it's not unheard of for eager guests to ask how to construct one themselves at home!

The Straw Igloos are, as you might imagine, redolent of circular Inuit ice-homes, simply made from bales of straw. A glass dome in the ceiling allows you to drift off to sleep among the stars, waking to watch the birds soaring overhead. Ideal for families, the straw igloos are set close to the on-site playground and trampoline, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities close by.

Make like royalty in the Straw Castle, a spacious barn suitable for up to six people.  Here you'll discover enchanted regal draperies, grand chandeliers and castle chairs, with soft cowskin rugs underfoot and beds that will make you feel like a genuine royal. You'll find private facilities here too (well, this is a regal dwelling after all!) that include a piping hot shower.

Group breaks are made extra-special in the rustic hayloft! Overhead are authentic trusses and beams, you'll enjoy private facilities, and with up to sixteen people accommodated in three double beds and eight bedsteads, you'll find the humble sleepover has just taken on a new level of fun and uniqueness.

How about bedding down in a unique covered wagon instead? You'll find each wagon perfectly situated for you to enjoy the scenery, and each one is equipped with comfy mattresses topped with duvets, linen and beautiful blankets with authentic Western prints. Yee-ha!  

Enjoy home-cooked campfire feasts on home-style crockery, and with a battery for lighting and telephone charging, all you need is right here.

Hang out in the sociable communal area, complete with games including table tennis for the more competitive amongst you. There are plenty of onsite farm activities to get involved in too, including straw-building and herding, while excursions that feature sailing and cycling can be easily arranged.

Further afield, just twenty minutes away is the exquisite old city of Groningen, while a one and a half hour drive will take you to the delights of Amsterdam.

So if you're ready to make hay while the sun shines (or even if it isn't!)... get ready to discover your brand-new favourite ever holiday amongst the heady bales of straw at Hayema Heerd!

Things to note


Family/group parties are possible on request, enquire for details. Check in between 3-6pm, check out 11am.

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The basics

Region: Oldehove, Groningen
Cost (from): £95 per night
Sleeps: Varies
Bedrooms: Varies
Bathrooms: Varies
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 753

Facilities

Straw Igloos sleep 2-4,  straw bed, dining area, electricity, heating, glass dome roof, small fridge, picnic table. Bathroom, showers and a wooden cabin kitchen area are a short walk away.

Straw Castle sleeps up to 6, double/twin beds, bedding, luxury bathroom, shower, sink, toilet, fairytale draperies, chandeliers, cow hide rugs, castle chairs.

Straw Hayloft sleeps up to 16, 3 double beds, 8 unique hay bedsteads, bedding, luxury bathroom, breakfast, kitchen cabin, cooking facilities, fridge, microwave, dishes, glassware, cutlery, shared space, games, air hockey, table tennis, drums, stereo, WiFi, projector, screen, terrace, outdoor play equipment.

Wagon sleeps 2, double bed, comfy mattresses topped with duvets, linen & blankets, authentic Western prints, 2 seats, table, storage box, crockery, water can, wood stove, wood, tools, battery for lighting/telephone charging (12 volts). If the covered wagon is on the premises, you can use the separate log cabin for rinsing/cooking.

Local activities

Bicycle and elliptigo hire, swimming, walking, sailing safari, straw building, outdoor cooking, herding, Wadden Sea.

At a glance

  • A selection of straw-constructed accommodation on a farm site in the North Netherlands, located 20 minutes from Groningen. Ideal for families, couples and groups looking for an authentically rural and fun break!
  • Fly to Groningen Airport Eelde, and hire a car or arrange transfers directly with the Straw Hotel.
  • Choose from a straw igloo sleeping 2-4 people, the straw castle for six, or the hayloft for group breaks of up to 16. Each accommodation features comfortable straw beds, private or shared facilities, electricity and full heating.
  • Linen, towels and kitchen crockery/utensils are all supplied. Breakfast is included or on request, depending of the type of accommodation.
  • Many activities are available on site, with a playground for children and a communal space for guests. Excursions can be arranged, and Amsterdam is accessible within a 1.5 hour drive.
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