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Bed and breakfast Friesland

Do you prefer personal, small-scale, and unique accommodation? Are you curious about what Friesland has to offer? Take a look at Nature.house for a bed and breakfast in Friesland. Whether you prefer to wake up in the morning with a view of farmlands, the Wadden Sea, or a farmyard; the choice is wide and for every preference, there is a cozy nature house.

Have you ever been to Friesland? This typically Dutch province is located in the far north of the Netherlands, bordering the provinces of Flevoland, Overijssel, Drenthe, and Groningen. The province has a wide and open polder landscape in which water plays the absolute leading role. It is therefore not without reason that Friesland is called the water province of the Netherlands. Are you a fan of water sports or pleasure boating? Then you will feel like a fish in water in a holiday home in Friesland. In terms of total area, land plus water, this province is the largest in the Netherlands. If you only count the land area, then Friesland is the third largest province in the country.

Frisian nature

Although flat polders may not sound exciting at first, you will discover that there is an abundance of beautiful nature in this province. To begin with, it is in possession of no less than four national parks (National Park Schiermonnikoog, National Park De Alde Feanen, National Park Lauwersmeer, and National Park Drents-Friese Wold), two areas have been designated as national landscapes (Nationaal Landshcape Noardlike Fryske Wâlden and Nationaal Landschape Southwest Fryslân), UNESCO has designated the Wadden Sea Region a World Heritage Site, and 12 areas are part of Natura 2000, the European network of protected nature areas where special flora and fauna can be found.

In all these parks, the water, the tranquility, and the panoramic views will definitely catch your attention. Just like the human water lovers, aquatic animals feel right at home here, including various amphibians, birds, insects, arthropods, and of course all kinds of fish. The areas in Lauwersmeer National Park are some of the best places for bird watchers in Northwest Europe, guaranteeing to spot special bird species such as the sea eagle and the shy oriole. Each area has something special to offer. In the low moors of De Alde Feanen National Park, you will find swamp forests, reed lands, and various lakes where the otter flips around. Nature reserve, Het Mandefjild, is a must because of the sand drift and fens.

Fun activities in nature

All of our bed and breakfast homes are situated in nature, away from the crowds, and mass tourism. You can plan your time as you wish. There are plenty of wild adventures to think of. While staying in one of our properties, you can go hiking, biking, or paragliding. Test your stamina with a hike to the soaring peaks and you'll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the valleys, rivers, and lakes that lie below. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you pick the most suitable home for a dream vacation in the wild. Or perhaps you'd prefer a small B&B that is near water. Just imagine waking up to the fresh breeze and one perfect view of the rising sun and the sea. Another idea is to rent a house with a garden, where you can snooze in the shade of trees and have lunches and dinners outside. Are you ready for your dream vacation in nature? Start by checking our special selection of B&Bs in Friesland and find your home away from home!

What to visit in Friesland?

Lauwersmeer National Park

On November 12, 2003, the Lauwersmeer area was officially declared a National Park. It is approximately sixty square kilometers. In 1969, the Lauwersmeer was closed off from the Wadden Sea by a dam, causing higher seabeds to become dry. Because these soils were left to their own devices, an interesting area for nature development was created. In the Lauwersmeer area, you will find different types of habitat. You will find large wetlands, open water, willow forest, polders, and islands. Water is central to all these habitat types, which is probably one of the reasons why the area is an enormous attraction for migratory birds. The Lauwersmeer is accessible all year round.

Bird enthusiasts can indulge themselves in the Lauwersmeer during the spring and autumn migration. During the migration, thousands of birds visit the area, especially the Ezumakeeg, a popular hotspot for bird watchers. You can observe different species from the viewing hut. Species that you can see here in spring are lesser sandpiper, temminck's sandpiper, golden plover, silver plover, black-winged stilt, avocet, and bar-tailed godwit. In the summer of 2012, the bald eagle brooded for the first time in a long time in the National Park. Besides the Lauwersmeer, the white-tailed eagle has already successfully nested in the Biesbosch, the Oostvaardersplassen, and in 't Roggebotzand. The bald eagle is the largest bird of prey in the Netherlands and with its wingspan of about two meters, it is not called 'the flying door' for nothing.

Drents-Friese Wold National Park

The Drents-Friese Wold consists of the forest areas of Appelscha and Smilde. The National Park is located on the border of the provinces of Friesland and Drenthe and is one of the largest nature reserves in the Netherlands. The area covers approximately 6,000 hectares of forest, heathland, drifting sand, and brook valley grass landscape. The Appelscha forestry was planted at the beginning of the 20th century to keep the drifting sand in check. Various recreational facilities can be found in the Appelscha forestry, such as holiday homes, camping areas, and cross-country trails. Because there are different habitat types in the National Park, the flora and fauna are very diverse. You can best find this in the bird species that occur in the area. For example, forest birds, meadow birds, and marsh birds live side by side in a relatively small area. The forests are rich in crested tit, black woodpecker, and coal tit. In the spring you will find the black-tailed godwit and redshank in the meadow areas.

Alde Faenen National Park

The Alde Faenen is a vast swamp area in the middle of Friesland. This National Park covers an area of ​​more than 4,000 hectares. The landscape consists of open water, reed beds, willow forests, and moist hay meadows. It is a wetland that is important for over a hundred different breeding bird species and four hundred different types of plants. Especially the quaking bogs and blue grasslands are rich in special flora and fauna; these habitat types are hard to find anywhere else in Europe. In 2004, otters were successfully reintroduced to the Netherlands for the first time in the Wieden, Weerribben, Lendevallei, and Rottige Meente. Three orphaned otters from the Rottige Meente nature reserve were released and followed by transmitters in the Alde Faenen. In the summer and spring, the hay meadows are transformed into yellow fields that are full of marsh marigolds, alternated with the Spanish rider. Birdlife in the Alde Faenen is also very interesting. There is a large cormorant colony in the area and you will find typical reed birds such as the little bittern, bittern, and the great and lesser reed warbler. In the open waters, you will see several pairs of black-necked grebe and nesting black terns. In winter, the area is visited by thousands of geese and ducks. Mainly white-fronted geese, wigeons, and pintails visit the area.

Schiermonnikoog National Park

Schiermonnikoog is the easternmost and smallest of the five large Dutch Wadden Islands. The holiday homes on the island are all located in or near the only village on Schiermonnikoog. No more than 1,000 inhabitants live in that village. The island is therefore very quiet and consists of more than three-quarters of a nature reserve. Only around the village of Schiermonnikoog, in the southwest of the island, there are some polders and meadows. From your holiday home, you can best explore Schiermonnikoog on foot or by bike. The dunes and the beach sands form beautiful landscapes, while the blue color of the sea and sky are superb.

During the autumn migration, thousands of waders forage in the Wadden Sea area around the island. You will find many different types of waders including the bar-tailed godwit, golden plover, silver plover, pied sandpiper, and black horseman. These waders breed in the northern tundra and visit the island in both spring and autumn. During the months of September and October, bird watchers can see a lot on the island of Schiermonnikoog. The island is one of the first points where the little songbirds can land when they cross the North Sea. During these months you have the chance to see common migratory birds such as the firecrest, collared redstart, and the pied flycatcher. It is also an exceptionally suitable place to observe rare bird species at this time of the year. This way you have a chance of spotting the Eurasian warbler, wryneck, or the dwarf bunting.

The dunes and mudflats of Schiermonnikoog are very varied. From your holiday home, you can take a walk that takes you through older dune forests as well as through young salt marshes and drifting dunes. Each biotope is characterized by its own plant and animal species. It is worthwhile to view the eastern part of Schiermonnikoog during a stay in a holiday home. Here lies the Oosterkwelder, a large salt marsh area with ditches, channels, salt marshes, and mudflats. Many bird species, such as bar-tailed godwit, curlew, and spoonbill, rest here. Numerous salt-loving plants, such as samphire and sea lavender, also grow there. The Wadden Sea is located south of Schiermonnikoog. Large areas dry out at low tide. Seal enthusiasts should definitely check the sandbanks. Both the harbor seal and the gray seal can often be seen on the mudflats at low tide. Do you fancy a relaxing stay in a small-scale and unique accommodation in the special Friesland? A bed and breakfast in this province is the perfect choice for you.

Beautiful Friesland

But why exactly would you choose a bed and breakfast in Friesland? The long coastline of Friesland stretches along the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea. In addition to the part on the mainland, the Wadden Islands, Schiermonnikoog, Ameland, Terschelling, Vlieland are near the province. Based on the total area, land, and water, this province is the largest in the Netherlands. The province has its own characteristics - open, wide, and low. The highest point on the mainland is only 26.6 meters and in Vlieland it is the Vuurboetsduin with a whopping 45 meters. In the Frisian polder landscape, water plays an absolute leading role. The Frisian waters attract many water sports and pleasure boating enthusiasts from other parts of the Netherlands and Germany to the province. Well-known events are the Skûtsjesilen and the Sneekweek.

How is the weather in Friesland?

The weather in Friesland is similar to the one in the Netherlands. Therefore, it is a known fact that there are a lot of rainy and cold days. The country has a temperate maritime climate with temperatures between 3 °C and 6 °C during winter and it can reach a maximum of 25 °C during the summer in some regions of the country. Therefore, there are mild winters and cool summers. This type of climate is influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t forget to take an umbrella or your raincoat, waterproof shoes, and some clothes that can keep you warm.

Rent a bed and breakfast in Friesland

Traditionally, a B&B is part of a family's private home, whether or not separated from the private part of the owners, or in a side house on the same property. Usually, there are only a few rooms. Sometimes you have your own sanitary facilities, but you may also have to share these with other guests. In addition to an overnight stay, you will also be served breakfast. The level of service is often quite high and in a bed and breakfast, a lot of attention is usually paid to quality, personal service, and unique decoration. As a result, no B&B is the same, and every weekend away is a unique experience. At Nature.house you will find a wide range, so you can choose a B&B in Friesland that meets your wishes. As any traveler knows, there is no better way to get to know the new environment than to talk to the locals. It is easy to ask the owner of your accommodation for tips. What is the best restaurant in the village? Where do you find the best view? What is a nice walking route? And which sights should you definitely not miss? Your host will undoubtedly be happy to tell you more about it.

Spending the night in a bed and breakfast is becoming increasingly popular and we understand why! It is a very nice way to spend the night and no B&B is the same, you always experience something special. Each rental has its own characteristics, which makes the overnight stay unique. A bed and breakfast is often located in a special building. For example, you can spend the night in tree houses, monuments, mills, school buildings, an old factory, log cabins, and houseboats. So, this is an excellent opportunity to take a look inside that mysterious monastery or castle that you have always wanted to visit. Are you ready for some luxury for the upcoming holiday? Then go for a luxury bed and breakfast in Friesland! A B&B is a unique way of staying, because you often stay directly in the house or in the yard of the owners, making a stay very personal and cozy. In a luxury version of a B&B, you enjoy just a little more comfort and luxury than you are used to. The personal service, the delicious breakfast, and the small-scale overnight stay in a B&B provide a completely different kind of holiday feeling than staying in a hotel. Spending the night in a luxury bed and breakfast gives you the ultimate holiday feeling, completely unwind in a beautiful room with soft beds and a nice bathroom. In the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast with fresh orange juice, a boiled egg, and warm croissants. Take a nice walk through nature or follow an interesting cycling route along beautiful monuments. A luxurious B&B means more space, service, and fantastic facilities. The accommodation might even have a hot tub, a jacuzzi, a swimming pool, or a fireplace. This way you can completely unwind in a luxurious B&B, and fully focus on relaxing and enjoying the moment.

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