Guestbook

 

Hershel, Israel  Review submitted: Aug 07, 2005     Date of stay: Jul 31, 2005

''The owners were very gracious and helpful, including helping us make arrangements with Dutch speakers at places we wanted to visit. The house was in good condition and the amenities were as advertised, and in some respects better than advertised. The location is good and provides convenient access to much of the east and northeast Netherlands. The neighborhood was quiet and the surroundings were pleasant''.

 

Ms m. e. Reuhman, Waalre, Nederland  Review submitted: Aug 2005     Date of stay: Aug 15, 2005 

''Wij hebben ons hier tijdens zonnige augustusdagen heerlijk vermaakt. Het huis is heel smaakvol ingericht en comfortabel. Het is uitstekend geschikt voor een grotere groep, ook als het weer tegenvalt. Door de aparte eetkeuken en extra's (zoals spellen en wat speelgoed, boeken, een CD verzameling, een CD-speler/radio in de eetkeuken, een DVD speler, en een grote tv) kan ieder een plaatsje en bezigheid vinden. Onze kinderen speelden verstoppertje, in huis, zonder overlast te geven. De tuin vangt alleen 's morgens zon. Het huis ligt midden in Diever. Gezellig en handig voor de boodschappen. In de omgeving is van alles te zien. Er zijn prachtige wandelingen waaraan je vanuit het huis kunt beginnen. Informatie hierover vonden wij op het presenteerblaadje in de huiskamer. Al met al een aanrader''.

 

J. Adriaans, 'S-Hertogenbosch, Nederland  Review submitted: Oct 2005     Date of stay: Sep 30, 2005 

''Onze reactie is wellicht aan de late kant maar dat zegt niet over onze ervaring. Het huis is erg gezellig en voorzien van alle facaliteiten. Daarnaast is de opzet erg ruim en de ligging perfect. We hadden voor aankomst niet verwacht dat we dit in deze perfecte staat aan zouden treffen!!! Bedankt voor een erg geslaagd weekend!''

 

Ms T.B. Vlaskamp, Deventer, Nederland  Review submitted: Feb 2006     Date of stay: Feb 10, 2006 

''Een riant huis van alle gemakken voorzien op een perfecte locatie. Het huisje biedt vele extra's zoals afwasmachine, kleine oven e.d.. Het ligt middenin Diever, 50m vanaf de supermarkt. Het dorpje is niet groot, maar wel heel gezellig. Je hebt wandelroutes van diverse afstanden die beginnen vanuit het dorp (Bosweg) en uitgezet zijn in het Nationaal Park Drents Friesewold. Een park met een afwisselend landschap van vennen, bos, heide, stuifzand en gave es (of je dit ziet, is afhankelijk van de wandeling die je kiest!). De routes zijn aangegeven met markeringen. Met onze hunebedwandeling zijn we fout gelopen, waarschijnlijk hebben we niet goed opgelet. We zijn ook een middag naar Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork geweest (een half uur rijden met de auto vanaf Diever). Ook al ben ik er een keer geweest, het blijft indrukwekkend. We wilden ook graag naar het gevangenismuseum in Veenhuizen dat ook een half uur rijden is vanaf Diever. Gezien de tijd die we hadden is het hier niet van gekomen. Al bij al was het een erg geslaagd weekend in een ideeal huis op een perfecte locatie!''

 

Matt, Australia  Review submitted: Aug 08, 2006     Date of stay: Jul 06, 2006

''For a quiet and peaceful break, we found this place to be perfect. A beautiful cottage in a beautiful village.As Holland is so small, and we had a car, travelling to places was easy from Diever aswell as being a great place to get away and chill out from everything.Restaurants and shopping all within walking distance and the cottage had everything that you would need.Our hosts made sure we had food in the cottage on arrival and showed us around the village when we arrived so we new where everything was.They were also available at any time to answer any questions or give advice.On our trip around Europe we found this place of a weeks accommodation the best value''.

 

Don, swansea south wales, UK  Review submitted: Aug 28, 2006     Date of stay: Jul 21, 2006

''What a great place! The area is magnificent loads to do and see. Bike hire is cheap and simple - aided by the fact that nearly everyone speaks English which is a bonus when negotiating rentals. the house itself was better than we imagined - 3 adults and 3 very active young children and we still weren't tripping over each other. David and Monique were a godsend (so was the route planner) nothing was too much trouble. Pity they couldn't sort out the weather as easily as they found the information we needed. Overall an excellent holiday and one I would not hesitate to recommend to any one''.

 

F. Deschamps, Berkel-Enschot, Nederland  Review submitted: Sep 2006     Date of stay: Sep 08, 2006

''Wij hebben een heerlijk weekend gehad in deze leuke vakantiewoning. De woning is ruim, schoon en heeft heerlijke bedden. Het dorp is klein en erg gezellig. Vanuit de woning kun je mooie wandelingen en fietstochten maken. Een bezoekje aan Giethoorn en daar een boot huren vinden wij een aanrader''.

 

Alan from Milton Keynes, UK   Review submitted: Sep 17, 2006     Date of stay: Aug 10, 2007

''I would highly recommend this property, the accommodation was spacious, comfortable and very clean. Gnd floor bedroom ideal for elderly as shower and WC easily accessible. Steep stairs to first floor with stair gate provided, all bedrooms comfortable and airy. Well-equipped kitchen. The owner has provided books and games in case of bad weather. Welcome pack on our arrival was a very nice touch. Situated in the centre of a busy village, close to local shops, restaurants and well stocked supermarket nearby. Diever is ideal for horse riding and cycling with many cycle paths close by, cycle hire is easily available. Lots to do in and around the area with a good bus service. We found the Dutch people were very friendly and helpful and we never found communicating a problem. The owner, David and family were extremely hospitable and nothing was too much trouble. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in “Under the Oaks” and in Diever''.

 

Mr f.m. Reekers, Den Haag, Nederland   Review submitted: Sep, 2006     Date of stay: Sep 22, 2006

''Leuk huis, mooie ligging, prima bedden, ideaal voor een groep van 7/8 personen, aanrader!''

 

Ms A Dijkstra, Houten, Nederland    Review submitted: Mar, 2007     Date of stay: Mar 16, 2007

''Het verblijf van een lang weekend in "onder de Eiken" is onze familie (8 personen) goed bevallen. Vriendelijke eigenaar, lekker ruim huis, keurig schoon en van alle gemakken voorzien en allemaal goede bedden. Maar verder is dit huis een aanrader! Familie Dijkstra, maart 2007''

 

Hank, Canada   Review submitted: Apr 05, 2007     Date of stay: May 19, 2006

"Excellent facilities. Excellent hosts. We enjoyed ourselves in this well-furnished home despite unpleasant weather. We would highly recommend this to others. Gift welcome pack was a nice touch too. Thanks!"

 

Fam J Groot, Heerhugowaard, Nederland   Review submitted: Apr, 2006     Date of stay: Apr 06, 2007

''Met onze kinderen en kleinkinderen (7 volwassenen en twee kinderen) hebben we een heerlijk paasweekend gehad in Diever. Het huis is heel ruim (grote lichte slaapkamers), en comfortabel en midden in het dorp gelegen. Mogelijkheden te over om er op uit te gaan en als dan het weer ook nog meewerkt, blijft er niets te wensen over. Fam. Groot.''

 

Bridget, Mike, Anna, Susan, Aidan, Frank & Rose, UK  Review submitted: Oct 08, 2007     Date of stay: Aug 17, 2007

"A very low carbon footprint holiday! Beautiful countryside, just a cycle ride in every direction. Thank you for all your suggestions. We have been to some very different places, and only wish we had time to visit them all. Thank you for a warm welcome and a relaxing stay. Susan, Aidan, Frank & Rose. Wonderful holiday home and a great welcome. Thank you very much - we will recommend it to friends in England! Best wishes, Bridget, Mike & Anna Broadhurst"

 

Carol, Chico, California, USA  Review submitted: Apr 09, 2008     Date of stay: Mar 28, 2008

"This is a charming farmhouse, but conveniently located in a very walkable village. Everything was both functional and comfortable. Probably the best feature is the gracious helpfulness of the owners who live nearby. We arrived late in the evening and they had thoughtfully stocked the kitchen with the basics for breakfast--a marvelous surprise and well beyond our expectations. Throughout the stay they were very wiling to provide local knowledge and tips for things to do. We would definitely stay there again!"

 

Ruth, bramley, leeds, UK  Review submitted: May 14, 2008     Date of stay: May 05, 2008

"The owner David and his family was very welcoming, he had lots of info on things to do and see in the local area. The welcome pack was very useful and the house was more than adequately stocked for four adults and two babies. It was a great first family holiday and we hope to return in the future We really enjoyed our first holiday in Holland"

 

George, Chatham, Ontario Canada  Review submitted: Jun 18, 2008     Date of stay: May 28, 2008

"We were more than pleased with the spacious, clean, welcoming feeling that we expereinced from start to finsh. David and Monique were most helpful, accomodating and informative in regards to any questions that we had. The arrival package was most apprecative. We already have recommended to our friends this lovely renatal property and are planning on returning ourselves in the near future. What a wonderful way to experince the Dutch way of life, culture and hospitality"

 

Gary & Sylvia, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA  Review submitted: Aug 08, 2008     Date of stay: Jun 27, 2008

"Sylia & I cant thank you enough for making our family holiday a very special time for all of us. After to having postpone our vacation a year due to the accident we had & your help in getting it rescheduled, it was as if we had known you both for a few years. For all your help to us & our children is just hard to say thanks, from all of us. The farm house, location in Drenthe, was perfect for all the biking we wanted to do. Your house was very comfortable for all nine of us and your help with bike, train, restaurant and the local open-air Shakespeare theater reservations we greatly appreciated! This being our 5th trip to bike Holland, we have seen a lot of the country, but Drenthe will remain our favorite & we shall return. After a month here we still hate to leave. The accomodations were perfect for a family of nine. David and Monique couldnt have been better hosts, they helped us through our stay in so many ways to make sure we enjoyed our vacation instead of having to do household chores. They took care of us well beyond our expectations. I would not only recommend Under the Oaks to friends, but we hope to go back again in our future. Under the Oaks we will recommend to all interested in really seeing rural Holland. From all of the Rast family who so much enjoyed our stay, we say thanks for making it so through your hospitality. With our best regards, Gary & Sylvia Rast, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA"

 

Paul, Trish and family, Kinross, Scotland, UK  Review submitted: Aug 11, 2008     Date of stay: Jul 25, 2008

"I'd just like to say on behalf of my family how much we all enjoyed our break in Diever. The weather definitely helped of course, but the accomodation was superb and you both make fantastic hosts."

 

Julie, Portsmouth, UK  Review submitted: Aug 18, 2008     Date of stay: Aug 08, 2008

"The property was very good and David and Monique were very nice and very helpful. I would recomend this accomodation to anyone."

 

Robert, Middlesbrough, UK   Review submitted: Nov 04, 2008     Date of stay: Oct 24, 2008

"Fantastic property in a fantastic location. We had a great time and would love to return."

 

Jeff and Marcelle, Kuranda, Australia   Review submitted: Apr 24, 2009     Date of stay: Apr 11, 2009

"As international visitors it was pleasing to arrive to our home and find it fully prepared for our stay. The warm and friendly welcome we received and the welcome pack of food and goodies exceeded our expectations. This was followed up with handy advice on what this community had to offer us. We really loved the local shops, walking/cycling tracks and the genuine warmth of the local people. We look forward to returning again in the future. Jeff & Marcelle - Kuranda, Australia"

 

Wendy, Langley, BC, Canada   Review submitted: Jul 13, 2009     Date of stay: Jun 26, 2009

"The spacious beautiful home far exceeded our expectations.. The complementary bottle of wine and breakfast goodies was so much appreciated. David was extremely helpful to us as we had many questions regarding the area. Diever is absolutely the perfect village, with nearby restaurants on cute cobble stoned roads..you really get a good taste of the culture that a large city could not touch."

 

Emmy & Colin, VIC, Australia   Review submitted: Nov 6, 2014     Date of stay: Oct 03, 2009

"We have had a fabulous stay in your beautiful cottage, thank you for your hospitality. Diever is perfect, juust as we imagined - very different from the hills in Australia where we come from. Thanks again, Kylie, Duncan, Bronte & Aidan, Olinda, Victoria, AUSTRALIA Thank you for an unforgettable holiday experience from both Emmy and I. I look forward to seeing you again. Emmy & Colin Jamieson, Belgrove South, Victoria, Australia"

 

Rob, Andrea, Jenny, Dave, Julie, Charlotte, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton on Tees, Teesside, UK   Review submitted: Dec 02, 2009     Date of stay: Oct 24, 2009

"Dear David & Monique, Thanks for everything. We have had a great time again just as we did last year. We had bikes for two days as we did a 30km bike ride. Thankyou again, Charlotte, Jenny, Andrea, Julie, Ben, Rob, Dave Thank you x"

 

Bettina, Caroline, Mike & Mary, UK & Texas, USA   Review submitted: Oct 28, 2010    Date of stay: Sep 21, 2010

''We're on our way back to Texas. Mike and I have really enjoyed our stay here. Our hosts made us very welcome. We would recommend this house to anyone!  I have spent a really lovely holiday here with my family. I would point out that I have not ridden a bicycle in over 50 years but I managed it (not sure about my spelling though!!) Really great. The bike rides were fun and have inspired me to carry on when I get home. I may even buy a Dutch bike!! Would love to come back one day''.

 

Garth & Sharon, Red Deer, AB, Canada   Review submitted: Apr 25, 2011    Date of Stay: Mar 2011

''My family just finished a stay at Under the Oaks in Diever, NL, and had an absolutely wonderful time. There was nothing that we needed for our stay that wasn't provided for in the house. The accommodations completely exceeded our expectations! It was so spacious and well equiped! David and Monique are fantastic hosts who truly want their guests to get the best experience possible in the Diever area. The wealth of information that they can provide and assistance was fantastic! We can't wait to go back! A gorgeous house, in a beautiful setting with the grocery store a few doors down, the butcer and baker also just a short walk down the street, and a quick stroll to the ice cream parlour make the setting absolutely perfect! The location is also so central to many activities in the area! We can't wait to go back and visit again on our next trip to Holland. If you are considering staying at 'Under the Oaks', don't hesitate any longer! You can't go wrong with this place!''

Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

 

Dhr. Feijen, Nederland    Review submitted: May, 2011    Date of stay: May 23, 2011

''We hebben heerlijk genoten van de rust en de omgeving''

 

Marie & Jerry, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA  Review submitted: May 30, 2011    Date of Stay: April 2011

''This is by far the best vacation we've had in years, thanks to David and Monique. Everything went smoothly. A lot of room and conveniece for a very inexpensive cost . Everything was so close and convenient we had a great deal of free time. Acouple of kids even went to Paris for 2 days.. Thanks for everything , you've been a great help.. We will be Back. Marie, Jerry, Michelle, Jeff, Jennie, Pete, and Jacob''

Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway

 

Mvr. Heussen, Nederland     Review submitted: Jan, 2012     Date of stay: Jan 20, 2012

''We hebben genoten van ons verblijf in Onder de Eiken door het warme onthaal en de goede voorzieningen in en rondom het huis''.

 

Vince, UK     Review submitted: Jul 10, 2012     Date of stay: Jun 26, 2012

''Very friendly owners couldnt do enough for us. Great base - 20 minutes to assen race track. Very clean and tidy. Very nice village, plenty of good restaurants in walking distance. Supermarket 2 minute walk. We would stay there again''.

 

Allison F., UK     Review submitted: Aug 02, 2012    Date of stay: July 14, 2012

''The farmhouse has everything you could want, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Beds were lovely. Very spacious and roomy. David and family, the owners who live at the back of the accommodation, could not have been more helpful, giving us a tour of the village and finding out anything we wanted to know, and the welcome package was very generous. David arranged the hire of bikes for us, which I would recommend, as the area is beautiful and very flat. Would recommend this accommodation to anybody. Thank you very much - we had a very special holiday''.

 

Mvr. Janssen, Nederland      Review submitted: Oct, 2012     Date of stay: Oct 05, 2012

''Gastvrije ontvangst''.

 

Dhr. De Graaf, Nederland      Review submitted: Oct, 2012     Date of stay: Oct 19, 2012

''Zeer ontspannen. Lekker gefietst in fantastische omgeving. Zeer gastvrije familie (Samson). Goede restaurants in de omgeving. Voor oudere kinderen veel bezienswaardigheden. Voor de jongsten talloze speelgelegenheden''.

 

Laurie w., Colorado, USA  Review submitted: Apr 9, 2013      Date of Stay: Mar 2013

''Our stay at the Farmhouse in Diever was wonderful! It truly felt like a 'home away from home'! We loved that we could walk to the local restaurants and shops....we rented bikes and rode on one of the many bike trails for hours exploring the countryside! Also, loved feeding the horse apples, carrots and bread and waking to the sound of birds each morning! The owners of the house are so helpful and kind and we felt very welcome... How now to have wine and a bag of groceries for us when we arrived!! We were close enough to anywhere in Holland that we wanted to visit ...just a short drive to see the rest of the country...although, we felt so comfortable in the home , we just loved exploring the local area! I will recommend this home to everyone! It was the most wonderful vacation!''

Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

 

Dhr. Mekkes, Nederland      Review submitted: Apr, 2013     Date of stay: Apr 26, 2013

''Prettige ontvangst en woning voelt goed''.

 

Dhr. Gommers, Belgie       Review submitted: May, 2013     Date of stay: May 16, 2013

''Wij hebben bij de familie Samsom een prachtig lang weekend gehad zeer vriendelijke mensen zeker een aanraader voor wie graag wandel fietst en van de natuur houd. je hebt er gezellige terasjes en zeer goede restaurants waaronder een uitschieter de shakespeare is Fred de kok en zijn vrouw hebben ons daar goed verwend.voor ons en onze vrienden was ons jaarlijks verlengd weekend zeker geslaagd en wij keren zeker nog terugGommers Luc en de rest van de bende''

 

Mvr. Brunninkhuis, Nederland       Review submitted: May, 2013     Date of stay: May 24, 2013

''Voor ons jaarlijkse uitje met vrienden hadden we, voor een weekend in mei, het huis "Onder de Eiken" in Diever gereserveerd. We waren met 10 personen, 5 stellen van 50-60 jaar,een prima accommodatie, veel ruimte en van alle gemakken voorzien met schone en confortabele kamers.De eigenaar was vriendelijk en behulpzaam.Diever is een mooi plaatsje in een schitterende Drentse omgeving.Kortom een echte aanrader!''

 

Amy, Silver Bay, MN, USA  Review submitted: Aug 19, 2013      Date of Stay: Aug 2013

''I have never taken the time to wrote a response for VRBO. I have always been pleased and happy, but the owners of this property our experience unforgettable! I communicated with them quite a bit, via email, prior to arrival and they were more than willing to answer any and every odd question I had. Upon arrival, they had arranged everything we could ever want or need for our stay. They went above and beyond to make our stay perfect. It truly was the best experience I have ever had and I hope to have the opportunity to visit and stay there again. I highly recommend this property for anyone considering a stay in the countryside of the the Netherlands. Wonderful home and environment! Thank you David, Monique and girls!''

Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

 

Teresa, Toronto, Canada  Review submitted: Sep 3, 2013     Date of stay: Aug 2013

''The "Under The Oaks" farmhouse was a lovely property. The principal rooms are large, nicely decorated and have all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. There are many comfortable bedrooms that can accommodate a large group. The propery location is ideal with close access to all shopping needs in Diever (groceries, baker, butcher, pharmacy, etc) as well as many recreational activities such as the National forest, bike trails, lakes, swimming, short drives to Friesland. The property is a wonderful base to explore Drenthe and Friesland. Lastly, our hosts David, Monique and their children were so hospitable, friendly and extremely helpful. I would highly recommend this property.''

Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

 

Caroline, Ontario, Canada  Review submitted: Sep 10, 2013    Date of stay: Aug 2013

''This is the third time we have stayed at Under The Oaks in Diever! We absolutely enjoy the gracious hospitality of owners David and Monique, the idyllic surroundings and the home itself. The owners always go out of their way to make our stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. The home is very clean and spacious with many updates done to it over the years. When we arrive, we are welcomed to a gift basket full of delicious foods and drinks. David is there to show us around the home and bring us to the bike rental shop to get our bikes. The first time we came, four years ago, he gave us a tour of the town and the shops we might need use of. When we come to Under The Oaks we feel like it is our home away from home and I would say that the hospitality of the owners has a great deal to do with that. When they found out our son and his girlfriend got engaged a few days after we arrived at their home this summer, they came with a special cake for the occasion. During our stay in Diever, David went out of his way to locate tickets to the sold-out Military Tatoo in Edinborough after where we were traveling to. He helped us with purchasing train, bus and tour tickets to use during our stay in The Netherlands and Scotland. David and Monique's gracious hospitality goes far and beyond what most would expect and that is why we feel this is one of the best places to stay in The Netherlands. The home itself has excellent features: The beds are comfortable, there is plenty of seating in the large living room, the eat-in kitchen has plenty of space, and refridgerator is amply large. Fantastic accommodations!''

Recommended for: People with disabilities, Families with young children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Families with teenagers

 

Mary, New Ross, Ireland  Review submitted: Nov 16, 2013    Date of stay: Sep 2013

''Recently My Husband and I along with our five Children stayed in a beautiful 5 bedroom Holiday House Under the Oaks Which is located in Heart of Diever, The Netherlands. It is owned by a lovely couple David and Monique Samson. The House was a Home away from Home for us all. It's a wonderful house with all its amenities. The Kids Loved all the toys and games which were available for them to play with.The Owners David and Monique were very helpful to us. For example getting a 50% discount with some coupons that they had for Slagheren Theme park and also printing out all our ticketsI would most definitely recommend this house''.

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Families with teenagers

 

London Aussies, UK  Review submitted: Jan 10, 2014    Date of stay: Dec 2013

''It has been a wonderful Christmas/New Year stay for us in Diever. This house is zo gezellig! We found our bed very comfortable and enjoyed spending time in the large living area. It was especially nice to arrive to a Christmas tree with all the trimmings and little treats and decorations scattered around. We also appreciated the well thought out ‘welcome’ food hamper. It made breakfast the next day nice and easy. The farmhouse is in a great position within the village – perfect as a launchpad for walks to the bakery (excellent selection of yummy Dutch treats!) near the church and for further adventures into the surrounding forest. Thank you for all your helpful advice! Best wishes for 2015''.

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Families with teenagers

 

VGs, New Jersey, USA & Prince Edward Island, Canada     Review submitted: Apr 24, 2014     Date of stay: Apr 2014

''We were very happy with our stay at Under the Oaks. After long days of touring the Netherlands it quickly became a home away from home. Very economical for this family of 7 and married daughter and grandparents. Quite and beautiful village of Diever with beauty of the old and two doors down from a small market place for the necessities of life. Great bike paths and hiking. Thank you for your hospitably. Owner was very helpful. Even took me shopping the first night so I could get what this family needed while not knowing Dutch and getting over jetlag. Always sharing information about sites to see''.

Recommended for: Sightseeing, Families with teenagers

 

Mevr. Pennings, Nederland      Review submitted: May, 2013     Date of stay: May 02, 2014

''Prima gelegen huisje in dorp met natuur en dorpje op loopafstand''

 

Rachael, Leeds, UK  Review submitted: June 26, 2014     Date of stay: May 2014

''This fantastic house offers a very high standard of accommodation and facilities - we are a large family group of young children and adults (2yrs to 67yrs) and really appreciate the space in this property. We can all sit together in the lounge and eat at the same table in the kitchen! We have visited 'Under the Oaks' several times and have always received the warmest of welcomes from the owners ho have never failed to provide us with a wealth of information (both local and further afield) as to attractions/excursions and activities to suit us all. David and Monique are brilliant at suggesting new and exciting things to do to keep the kids (and adults) happy. Diever is a very pleasant village (a few cafes, supermarket, a few quirky shops, cycle hire) with lots to do only a drive away - or if you prefer you can simply cycle off into the woods! There is a fantastic amount to do in a relatively small area. We recommend a boat trip in Giethoorn - the Dutch Venice! and Gnomeland is a must for small children! We can also recommend hiring bikes in the village and cycling out into the woods on the fabulous cyclepaths - the Uk has a lot to learn! Diever has the perfect mix of cafes, small quirky shops, a supermarket, petrol stations etc. (There is also an amazing fish van selling fresh/ fried fish that is NOT to be missed!) You don't really need to go anywhere else - the house is great for relaxing in as it has ample space for 12 people to sit and eat together. The accommodation has been prepared to a very high standard and is also GREAT value for money! We will be returning for many years!''

Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, People with disabilities

 

Rachel, Canada & USA  Review submitted: July 6, 2014     Date of stay: June 2014

''The perfect place for our loud family of 12. Located in the heart of Holland, everything was accessible and easy to get to.
Our hosts were BEYOND accommodating. Logisitcs for a large group are always difficult and they had answers for everything for us. They were legitimately interested in making our vacation the best it could be. Thanks for all your help!''

Recommended for: Sightseeing

 

Teresa, North Carolina, USA  Review submitted: July 29, 2014     Date of stay: June 2014

''Traveled to Diever with my father and four teenage daughters. From the moment we arrived, the owners went above and beyond to cater to our jet lag, as well as help with determining an itinerary for our stay. We rented bikes in Diever and enjoyed a day in the forest exploring, not to mention the ice cream shop we encountered. Home is very well maintained, allowing for plenty of room for our large group. Kitchen was much appreciated to help curb spending and eating out so frequently. After spending a day in the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, it was a welcome reprieve to return to the calmness of Diever. Plenty of restaurants around most within walking distance, which provide a large variety of fare.Thank you all so much for being so hospitable not only during our stay in Diever but being supportive with advice, suggestions, and information in the months leading up to our visit. It was our first trip to the Netherlands and it certainly will not be our last. Your home is very welcoming and definitely exceeded our expectations. We will be more than glad to recommend your property to our friends and family. Thanks again guys and hope to see you soon!''

Recommended for: People with disabilities, Families with young children, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

 

Tanya V., UK  Review submitted: Sep 01, 2014     Date of stay: Aug 2014

''Thank you for a lovely, relaxing break. We’ve had a wonderful time discovering this part of the Netherlands and love this little village. There was still so much more to discover. Many thanks to our hosts for all their help and advice.The children have loved the freedom of cycling safely (the routes are there, now we need to work on their ‘road awareness’!) and Anna has loved playing with Caitlin and Amy and will take the ‘full wiggle’ dance back to England with her! Best wishes to you all from the Vincents and Tomlinsons, Kent, UK''.

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Families with teenagers

 

Clare, Leeds, UK  Review submitted: Sep 01, 2014     Date of stay: Aug 2014

''We had a really great time on this holiday, in a very pretty location with plenty to do. The house is beautiful, well maintained and very clean and the owners have really thought of everything you could need. The children’s toys were especially welcome to a 3 year old who was already bored of the ones she brought with her. Above all the owners were extremely helpful and had plenty of advice and help to make sure we got the most out of our time. Although only a week, it felt like we’d been there ages – and that’s what I call a good holiday! We would recommend this property very highly''.

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Families with teenagers

 

Meesh, Essex, UK  Review submitted: Sep 27, 2014    Date of stay: Sep 2014

''Okay, so you’re in the kitchen making lunch. Then you need one of those wire thingies to tie up the bag of bread so the remains of the loaf won't go stale. I wonder if there's something in the draw? Oh, but of course there is! Our hosts, David and Monique have thought of everything. A welcome pack of food for our hungry first few days, loads of fresh towels and this clean, well-maintained property. Close to local cafés and the beautiful Dutch countryside, not forgetting a first-rate bakery, we enjoyed our two week stay and can't wait to visit again. Woooooa! Hold on a minute! We really should be keeping this excellent property a secret for ourselves''.

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing, Adventure seekers, Age 55+

 

Nieto Conde, Belgium & Spain  Review submitted: Nov, 2014    Date of stay: Oct 31, 2014

''Muy buen ambiente, los dueños tienen la casa en prefectas condiciones, se vuelcan con los invitados, una atencion excelente. es un lugar acogedor y muy bien situado para conocer los espacios naturales de Drenthe. En pocas palabras muy recomendable!''

 

Wendy M., Alberta, Canada  Review submitted: Jul 8, 2015   Date of stay: May 2015

''The hosts David and Monique greeted us like we were family, and kept that spirit going throughout our stay, including having a few essential groceries on hand for us upon our arrival. The 4 bedroom home was so nicely decorated, with a cottage feel, and everything you need for cooking a meal if you wanted. And the laundry facilities were greatly appreciated. David was very helpful in advising what sites to take in, and even arranged for bicycles to rent for 6 people. The bike paths are all around this small village, with very interesting points of interest to visit along with beautiful tulip fields if you are there in early May like we were. Diever itself is a quaint village, surrounded by open fields and only minutes from other neighboring villages. It has many shops, a bakery, a number of restaurants and grocery stores with everything you might want, and a great ice cream store open until 9pm. We would highly recommend this as a central location to use when touring this area of Drenthe, which has many interesting stops to make it a unforgettable holiday. We hope to return one day soon. Travelling from Taber and Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada''.

 

Vince, Salisbury, UK  Review submitted: Jul 10, 2015   Date of stay: Jun 2015

''Second time staying at Under Oaks, it offers everything we need for a group trip, close to attractions, clean, good value for money and run by helpful friendly owners''.

Recommended for: People with disabilities, Families with young children, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

 

8 Little Rembrandts, Litomyšl, Czech Republic  Review submitted: Jul 14, 2015    Date of stay: Jul 2015

''We spent a great holiday in Diever. The farmhouse is very comfortable, fully equiped,very clean and the hosts extremly generous and helpful. Supermarket and bike rental are just around the corner. The village centre is a few minutes walking away and suprisingly good reastaurants can be found there + an awardwinning bakery. Walks or cycling in the national park can be highly recomended. Easy to reach even without a car. Good transport links to the train line and the regional center Groningen''.

Recommended for: Sightseeing, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Families with teenagers

 

Ruth N., Leeds, UK   Review submitted: Jul 16, 2015    Date of stay: May 2015

''This is our 7th year at Under the Oaks and it was as amazing at it always is. The house is just perfect for the 11 of us ( 7 adults 4 children) David Monique and girls are great hosts and cater to all our needs from the welcome pack to bike hire. The house is in a gorgeous location with plenty to do for all ages, our group ranges from 3 to 68! We have already booked for next year''.

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing

 

James S., Washington, USA  Review submitted: Aug 03, 2015   Date of stay: Jul 2015

''This was a great retreat from urban stress in a lovely village setting with lots to explore on foot or by bike or car. The central location made for easy in-town living with pedestrian access to everything we needed - groceries, restaurants, bike rental, bakery, ice cream, post office - all within a short walk. The house had plenty of room, a clean, well equipped kitchen, and comfortable beds. David and Monique were great hosts with lots of suggestions for local activities and also helped to arrange our bike rental. We would certainly recommend Under the Oaks to friends''.

 

Arnaud P., Toronto, Canada  Review submitted: Aug 10, 2015    Date of stay: Apr 2015

''I have now stayed 3 times with large groups at beautiful “Under the Oaks” farmhouse and can highly recommend it. The location and facilities are just great, very convenient and close to all attractions and the best part that is in the heart of the beautiful town of Diever. Do not hesitate and book it! Ik ben nu al 3 keer op het mooie "Onder de Eiken " boerderij verbleven en kan het iedereen van harte aanraden. De locatie, accomodatie en faciliteiten zijn gewoon geweldig, de boerderij dicht bij alle attracties en in het hart van de prachtige dorp Diever. Aarzel niet en boek deze prachtige accomodatie!''

Recommended for: People with disabilities, Families with young children, Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

 

Emmy A., Ontario, Canada  Review submitted: Sep 15, 2015    Date of stay: Aug 2015

''We have stayed at "Under the Oaks" quite a few times now. It is a place we like to call "Our home away from home". We have been here with our children and grandchildren and we keep coming back! We couldn't ask for a nicer place to stay. Our accommodations are clean and spacious. David and Monique are excellent hosts and are willing to assist us with anything we need. Waiting for us upon our arrival is a welcome basket filled with food items. We love the small village atmosphere with its shops and restaurants. It is a very picturesque town! Here we can also enjoy kilometers of biking through the forest which lies adjacent to the village. We hope we can come back sometime in the near future''.

 

Sarah B., Canada  Review submitted: Sep, 2015    Date of stay: Sep 12 2015

''We took a family trip with 5 adult children, our father, and our Uncle to the Netherlands and chose this place based on the description. The listing was very accurate and actually, even better. The house had plenty of room, was clean, comfortable, and the location great. Once we had booked David also gave us plenty of very helpful and useful information ahead of time to help us plan our entire trip to the Netherlands and made sure we knew many of the small details to help our trip go smoothly. We enjoyed the village as well and found it very quiet and peaceful. However, the best part about the farmhouse was having David's help! He was our personal travel agent and we were so grateful. David helped us book things, gave us amazing information and tips, and was always helpful with anything we needed. We also really appreciated the groceries that were already in the house when we got there as we had a long day of travel before arriving. Everyone in my family would highly recommend Under the Oaks - you really will not be disappointed. Thank you for all of your help and hospitality David and Monique!''

 

Cecile H., Nederland  Review submitted: Dec 15, 2015   Date of stay: Dec 2015

''Allereerst een prima communicatie vanaf het begin van de boeking. Makkelijk mailcontact, prettig.Bij aankomst, rondleiding door het huis dat al gezellig verlicht was door de kerstboom.Prima huis! Schoon, groot genoeg voor 10 personen.Voldoende handdoeken, bedden opgemaakt, lekkers in de koelkast, echt geweldig! Wij voelden ons echt welkom en hebben, zeker door de sfeer en gezelligheid van het huis, heerlijk kunnen genieten van onze familie. Onze studerende kinderen zijn 's avonds nog met elkaar het café ingegaan, waar zij ontzettend veel plezier hebben gehad. Dit was allemaal op loopafstand dus wat wil een mens nog meer? Dank aan David en zijn vrouw, als het aan ons ligt komen we volgend weekend weer''.

 

Jens S., Deutschland  Review submitted: Jun 22, 2016   Date of stay: Dec 2015

''Hallo, wir waren mit unserem Kind und zwei anderen Familien (plus Kinder) über Silvester bei Familie Samson und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Haus war in einem super Zustand, die Zimmer sauber, perfekt für mehrere Leute (wir waren insgesamt 12). Ein große Küche, in der wir immer zusammen essen konnten, sehr gemütliches Wohnzimmer und eine tolle Umgebung in einem sehr schönen kleinen Örtchen. Das Geschäft nur 2min vom Haus entfernt, war auch ein großer Vorteil. Familie Samson ist super freundlich, hilfsbereit, aber nicht aufdringlich. Wir können das Haus auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen und haben dies im Freundeskreis auch bereits getan. Wir würden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen. Vielen Dank für eine schöne Zeit!!!''

Recommended for: Families with young children

 

Oded, Israel  Review submitted: Jun, 2016   Date of stay: Jun 2016

''David was very nice and welcoming. He was very communicative and assisted us a great deal. He even provided some groceries. The house is well appointed, and accurately represented in the pictures. While we haven't seen much of the village, the area is beautiful and pretty much anyone can enjoy the Netherlands. All in all, a nice place to stay while visiting the area''.

 

Maureen Barrett, Bury, Lancashire, UK  Review submitted: Jul 22, 2016   Date of stay: Jun 2016

''David could not have been more helpful. Absolutely fantastic location for cycling, walking, and boating at Giethorn. The house was well equipped and clean. The master bedroom is on the ground floor. Close to a fabulous supermarket, gift shops and restaurants. Everyone cycles in Holland so the pace of life is very relaxed. Would love to live there as everything feels safe and the people are friendly. At the back of the house there are horses an allotment and countryside. Being in Diever has inspired us to dust down our bikes and cycle. Directions from the airport are excellent and very straight forward. David also has a great knowledge of the area and its history''.

Recommended for: Families with young children, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

 

Patricia, Germany  Review submitted: Jul, 2016   Date of stay: Jul 2016

''Lovely and hospitable family. A wonderful time had in this great house. Thank you and best Wishes''

 

Marlou, Nederland  Review submitted: Jul, 2016   Date of stay: Jul 2016

''De verhuurder was erg sympathiek, we kwamen eerder bij de accommodatie aan dan verwacht en we konden er iets eerder in! Er was zelfs een welkomstpakket aanwezig met wat eten etc. De beschrijving van de woning is duidelijk en alles voldoet hieraan! Verder gaf de verhuurder leuke tips om naartoe te gaan in de omgeving. Daarnaast was de verhuurder makkelijk aanspreekbaar als er iets aan de hand was! We waren met een groep jongeren en hebben het erg naar ons zin gehad! Alles was goed in orde, er was niks kapot oid, alles was schoon en in iedere kamer is een wasbak aanwezig. Ideaal!''

 

Nigel W., Kent, UK  Review submitted: Aug 22, 2016   Date of stay: Aug 2016

''We had never been to this part of the Netherlands before and were very impressed at this hidden gem of an area and a property. 2 families stayed for 1 week. The house is in the centre of a lovely village surrounded by National parks and forests. The village has everything a holidaymaker needs (Supermarket, Bike Hire, cafes, restaurants, weekly market) and the accommodation is well equipped. The owner lives in the house behind and is on hand to assist with advice, suggestions of things to do and bookings. When we arrived there was a very good welcome pack left including wine, beer as well as coffee, tea, bread, butter and cheese. Parking is easy and off road. Being Holland it is very flat and great bike riding country and we were pleased to see that there were tarmac bike pathways through the forest making it safe for children to cycle away from cars. For day trips you are about an hour away from the coast or from the border with Germany. However, there is a wealth of information at 'Under the Oaks' with ideas of things to do more locally''.

Recommended for: Families with young children, Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

 

Dora S., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  Review submitted: Oct 20, 2016   Date of stay: Sep 2016

''Under The Oaks is in an excellent location to discover a treasure of small villages set within this natural, and unique, area of The Netherlands – the province of Drenthe.

David’s fantastic welcome set the tone for our to-be-remembered stay with our family of nine: friendly and open communication, very knowledgeable of the area, walking us through our home-away-from-home, always available to answer any questions, yet respecting our privacy. In other words: Hospitality with a capital H!

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Here it is true! We opened the lovely bottle of wine, part of the welcome gift. “Proost!”, my sister-in-law and I said as our glasses touched. More than you can ask for, and everything you need, is already in place in this well-stocked kitchen. The Coop grocery store is close by and in a short time our groceries were put away. The smaller table is ideal for breakfast – since members of our group drift into the kitchen at different times for, here, you want to sleep in because the beds are so comfortable. The large table is perfect for all of us to gather around during dinner time, and to stay awhile, unhurried, stretching out the mealtime into the early hours of the evening.

Diever is a walking town. Step on the bike-and-foot path next to the farmhouse and you walk past the neighbour’s fields, where a black Frisian horse feeds on the lush grass. This path will lead you to a tranquil park, surrounded by homes. You will discover shops to explore, see the church with its steeple at the centre of town, and continue walking along quiet roads. We stopped and picked apples out of a wheel barrow, a present from an unknown giver, which was made into applesauce to accompany our meal. You will discover another park which is home to friendly ducks, turn the corner, pass a café, walk for a few minutes more, and: You are home''.

 

Vitali H., Deutschland  Review submitted: May 03, 2017   Date of stay: Apr 19, 2017

''Wir waren mit acht Erwachsenen und sechs Kindern dort einquartiert. Die Wohnung befindet sich im vorderen Teil eines alten Bauernhauses, das aber solide renoviert wurde. In der Küche und auch sonst war alles enthalten, was man für einen Trip dort braucht. Draußen gab es einen kleinen Hof und über einen Fußgängerweg eine Koppel mit Pferden, die von den Kindern gefüttert werden durften. Auch auf dem Hof stand ein Trampolin. Insgesamt haben wir den Aufenthalt sehr genossen, auch wegen der Gasteltern, die wunderbare Gastgeber waren und uns sehr viele Tipps für Ausflüge in der Umgebung gegeben haben. Insgesamt ein super Ausflug''

 

Marlene W., Deutschland  Review submitted: May 07, 2017   Date of stay: May 05, 2017

''Es war prima...wir haben ein schönes Wochenende mit 10 Frauen verbracht. Großes Lob...Wir kommen gerne wieder''.