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Borger, Netherlands

Borger

Borger

Front of the house

Front of the house

Old Borger

Old Borger

Old Borger

Old Borger

Stone age park at Hunebed Centre

Stone age park at Hunebed Centre

Borger houses the biggest Hunebed (neolithic monument) of the Netherlands. More smaller ones in the vicinity.

Borger houses the biggest Hunebed (neolithic monument) of the Netherlands. More smaller ones in the vicinity.

Hunzedal, great lake for swimming and playing just 5 minutes from our house

Hunzedal, great lake for swimming and playing just 5 minutes from our house

Loomeer (6km), one of the many small lakes with sandy beaches in the woods surrounding Borger

Loomeer (6km), one of the many small lakes with sandy beaches in the woods surrounding Borger

Arend and Siebren at t' Gasselterveld, a big lake with sandy beaches, great for swinning, surfing and canoeing

Arend and Siebren at t' Gasselterveld, a big lake with sandy beaches, great for swinning, surfing and canoeing

't Gasselterveld (10 km)

't Gasselterveld (10 km)

Hundreds of kms of special biking paths troughout the province of Drenthe

Hundreds of kms of special biking paths troughout the province of Drenthe

Or enjoy the beach on Wadden Isle Schiermonnikoog. The ferry leaves from Lauwersoog, 1 hrs drive from our home.

Or enjoy the beach on Wadden Isle Schiermonnikoog. The ferry leaves from Lauwersoog, 1 hrs drive from our home.

The ferry to the German Wadden Isle Borkum is less than an hrs drive away.

The ferry to the German Wadden Isle Borkum is less than an hrs drive away.

Drouwenerzand (5 km) one of the many fields of heather in the vicinity

Drouwenerzand (5 km) one of the many fields of heather in the vicinity

Amusementpark Drouwenerzand (5 km)

Amusementpark Drouwenerzand (5 km)

Boomkroonpad, walkway in the trees (5km)

Boomkroonpad, walkway in the trees (5km)

Enjoy the view from the tower at Restaurant Poolshoogte in the middle of the forrest near Exloo (4 km)

Enjoy the view from the tower at Restaurant Poolshoogte in the middle of the forrest near Exloo (4 km)

Go on safari in Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen (15 km)

Go on safari in Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen (15 km)

"Green Venice" Giethoorn is a must visit, less than an hours drive away

"Green Venice" Giethoorn is a must visit, less than an hours drive away

Mill museum De Wachter in Zuidlaren (30 km)

Mill museum De Wachter in Zuidlaren (30 km)

Assen, capital of Drenthe

Assen, capital of Drenthe

Drents Museum in Assen (18 km) is famous for its preserved peat bodies and has very interesting exhibitions.

Drents Museum in Assen (18 km) is famous for its preserved peat bodies and has very interesting exhibitions.

National park Dwingelderveld (40 km)

National park Dwingelderveld (40 km)

Chinese Garden in Hortus Botanicus Haren (30 km)

Chinese Garden in Hortus Botanicus Haren (30 km)

Charissa works in one of the oldest buildings of Groningen.

Charissa works in one of the oldest buildings of Groningen.

Old Hanseatic Groningen is beautiful in winter

Old Hanseatic Groningen is beautiful in winter

Groninger Museum (modern art) is a must see

Groninger Museum (modern art) is a must see

Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren (40 km). One of the many beautiful estate houses and strongholds in the province of Groningen.

Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren (40 km). One of the many beautiful estate houses and strongholds in the province of Groningen.

Ancient fortress Bourtange (40 km)

Ancient fortress Bourtange (40 km)

Old hanze town Appingedam (40 km)

Old hanze town Appingedam (40 km)

Old church on a "wierde", a typical landscape in Groningen

Old church on a "wierde", a typical landscape in Groningen

Borger Front of the house Old Borger Old Borger Stone age park at Hunebed Centre Borger houses the biggest Hunebed (neolithic monument) of the Netherlands. More smaller ones in the vicinity. Hunzedal, great lake for swimming and playing just 5 minutes from our house Loomeer (6km), one of the many small lakes with sandy beaches in the woods surrounding Borger Arend and Siebren at t' Gasselterveld, a big lake with sandy beaches, great for swinning, surfing and canoeing 't Gasselterveld (10 km) Hundreds of kms of special biking paths troughout the province of Drenthe Or enjoy the beach on Wadden Isle Schiermonnikoog. The ferry leaves from Lauwersoog, 1 hrs drive from our home. The ferry to the German Wadden Isle Borkum is less than an hrs drive away. Drouwenerzand (5 km) one of the many fields of heather in the vicinity Amusementpark Drouwenerzand (5 km) Boomkroonpad, walkway in the trees (5km) Enjoy the view from the tower at Restaurant Poolshoogte in the middle of the forrest near Exloo (4 km) Go on safari in Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen (15 km) "Green Venice" Giethoorn is a must visit, less than an hours drive away Mill museum De Wachter in Zuidlaren (30 km) Assen, capital of Drenthe Drents Museum in Assen (18 km) is famous for its preserved peat bodies and has very interesting exhibitions. National park Dwingelderveld (40 km) Chinese Garden in Hortus Botanicus Haren (30 km) Charissa works in one of the oldest buildings of Groningen. Old Hanseatic Groningen is beautiful in winter Groninger Museum (modern art) is a must see Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren (40 km). One of the many beautiful estate houses and strongholds in the province of Groningen. Ancient fortress Bourtange (40 km) Old hanze town Appingedam (40 km) Old church on a "wierde", a typical landscape in Groningen
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House in Hunebedcapital of The Netherlands, Borger. Near Groningen: 'One of the best places to visit in Europe'.

SUMMER 2019 BOOKED!

Come and experience the beauty and tranquility of the Dutch countryside in the province of Drenthe. We are a family with two boys aged 5 and 9 and two friendly cats. And we love the intervac concept! We answer all invitations, don't hesitate to send us a message. We are also interested in weekend exchanges at max 3 hrs drive.

Our home is a semidetached house with 5 bedrooms. We have a front- and back yard with a trampoline and places to sit in the shade or sun. The house is situated at the end of a dead end street, the perfect place for a family with small children.
Lay-out of the house:
- Ground floor: garage, utilities room, hall with toilet and stairs, living/dining-room, kitchen.
- first floor: master bedroom, two children's bedrooms, bathroom with shower and toilet.
- top floor: small guestroom with two single beds (can be placed in other bedrooms), one large study/guest room with sink, attic.

We live in the outer rim of the beautiful small village Borger, the Hunebed Capital of the Netherlands. Borger is the centre of Geopark Hondsrug, the only UNESCO Global Geopark of the Netherlands. The village is famous for its old  farms with thatched roofs and houses the biggest hunebed (neolithic monument) in The Netherlands. Borger is surrounded by forests and fields of heather, bogs and marshes filled with ancient hunebedden and burial mounts, all within a few minutes reach from our home. It´s a cyclist's and walker´s paradise, with a lot of cycling and walking tracks.

There are various playgrounds in the vicinity and of course we have lots of toys for little boys and board games for grown ups. Lots of reading material (also in English and some in German), DVD's and xbox/playstation games.

The vibrant city of Groningen, home of the 400 years old University of Groningen, cultural capital of Northern Netherlands, was voted #1 event city of The Netherlands. This old Hanseatic city is only 30 minutes by car or public transport. Giethoorn, our own green Venice, is located in the largest continuous fenland of Northern Europe, and is an hours drive away. An hour to the north brings you to Lauwersoog, gateway to the Wadden Sea, with the ferry to the beautiful Wadden Isle Schiermonnikoog. And since we live in a small country, Amsterdam is just two hours away by car or by train (from Assen).
But why go to Amsterdam when, according to CNN, Groningen is the place to be? 'Young and hip, Groningen is a winning alternative to Amsterdam. The canals and classic Dutch buildings are all in evidence, but without the bustling hordes of tourists'.
Check: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/europe-best-places-to-visit/index.html

To get a taste of the countryside, check out the northern provinces of the Netherlands from above:
Drenthe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN5avcf43OE
Groningen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSfjV_qNSXg
Overijssel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwjqeZjPhHA


If you have a son or daughter considering studying in Groningen or somewhere else in the Netherlands, you and your child are welcome to stay at our place for a few days to explore the possibilities. Charissa works in international student recruitment, so she is happy to help you on your way!

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 2 Children
  • 10 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Communications officer at the University of Groningen
  • Front end developer

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 3
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 7
  • Living Area: 140 m2
  • Total Area: 350 m2

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed
  • No smoking
  • Pet care wanted

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Baby equipment
  • Toys and games
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Other musical instruments

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Park / playground
  • BBQ
  • Garage
  • Bicycles: 5

Our Destination Wish List

  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Austria
  • Slovenia
  • Hungary
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • France
  • Zeeland, Netherlands
  • Paris, France

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Dutch

Occupation

  • Communications officer at the University of Groningen
  • Front end developer

Children

  • Boy - Age: 10
  • Boy - Age: 6

Pets

  • Cat: Henk
  • Cat: Nelis

About Our Family

Hi!
We're Reinier (42, art school alumnus turned software developer trainee), Charissa (42, historian turned communications officer at the University of Groningen), Arend (sporty nine year old boy) and Siebren (creative six year old boy) Caron. And  we'de love to exchange homes with you!

We love being outdoors, that's why we moved from The Hague to the countryside. Our two very energetic boys now have plenty of space to run around.

Ofcourse we have lots of toys, especially cars, trains, duplo, LEGO, bikes and other wheeled vehicles for your children to play with and everything you need for a baby.

We adopted two five year old cats from the animal shelter. They are easy going, also with small children.

Lifestyle

When she's not working or playing games with the children, Charissa loves to sing and act with her musicaltheater choir. If there's any time left, you can find her working in the garden or reading sci-fi books. In summer, she goes to to an arts camp for a week in the local woods (Buitenkunst). Most times, the children join her.

Reinier loves to make art, builds remote controlled cars, tinkers with software and is a bit of a gamer (lots of Xbox and PlayStation 2 games here!). He also knows the best spots to find mushrooms in the surrounding woods.

Arend has a LEGO-, hotwheels-, and Pokemon addiction, and plays the drums in a band (we have a virtual drumkit, so he can practice without the neighbours going nuts). He also likes his parcours training sessions, playing soccer with his friends in the nearby soccer cage, swimming, and doing tricks on his bike and the trampoline. And playing with his little brother. His favourite subjects in school are mathematics, geography and biology.

Siebren is a very energetic and creative little boy. He loves drawing, creating works of art with paper, paint, tape and play-doh, playing with LEGO and cars, going to his swimming lessons and dressing up like a pirate. He too loves Pokemon.

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