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A resting place in the beautiful Gaasterland with plenty of forest and water.

4.88 (17 reviews) Verified Ruigahuizen, Friesland, Netherlands

About this campspace #s005190

Your host

Helene
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    3 pitches

You can set up your own tent in our garden or use our furnished caravan. Our house is located on a hectare of private land in a village of 120 inhabitants. The lovely village of Balk is 2 kilometers away with a wide range of shops, restaurants and plenty of opportunities for all kinds of water sports.
The garden where you will stay is surrounded by trees and hedges and offers plenty of privacy. There is a roof with a lounge area and simple kitchen.

Ways to spend the night

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    Motorhome

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    Trailer or caravan

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    Tent

This campspace offers

Shared amenities

Food and drink

  • Icon Drinking water
  • Icon Hot water
  • Icon Gas stove

Comfort & Fun

  • Icon Fire basket

Sanitation

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Electricity

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  • Icon Phone charging station

Ways to spend the day

Helene's tips
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    Walk and/or cycle through the beautiful Gaasterland.

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    Visit the fortified town of Sloten.

In the area
  • Icon Hiking
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  • Icon Horseback riding
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  • Icon Boating
  • Icon Canoeing or kayaking
  • Icon Fishing
  • Icon Surfing
  • Icon Wind sports
On the campspace
  • Icon Making a campfire

What will you find in the area?

Landscape characteristics

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  • Icon Urban area
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Your host, Helene

4.88 (17 reviews)

Reviews

chris

Tell us about your experience
It can rightly be called a micro campsite, wonderfully small-scale! Nice covered lounge area where you can grab a beer, ice cream, cup of coffee or tea (for a fee of course). The area is very beautiful, beautiful hiking routes and Balk is a cozy village.

How was the contact with the host?
Smooth and without problems

Tips for new guests?
Just book and enjoy

August 2022 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

What a great message Chris Thanks! Hope to meet you live next time.
Sincerely, Hélène

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Pieter

Tell us about your experience
We had a wonderful time in and around Sjrik and Hélène's caravan. The caravan is equipped with all camping comforts. Actually not once misunderstood something. The garden is a wonderful place to stay where we have come to relax.

How was the contact with the host?
Top! Every now and then a chat and then 'go with the flow'.

Tips for new guests?
Do not go here because this would mean that we cannot go when we go back. hahaha
Without fooling around, don't hesitate and experience it yourself.

August 2022 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

What a nice review makes you want to...
Really nice and nice if you come back again! Lots of love Helene

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Frank

Tell us about your experience
Very beautiful, quiet area.
Beautiful, nice farm animals, beautiful dogs and cats and some beautiful horses.
The view where we stood with our camper was formidable.
By bike you are close to a village with many shops.
Bike rides were beautiful, but Friesland is also very beautiful.

How was the contact with the host?
Helene and Sjirk are fantastic people.
We lacked nothing there.
Always a nice chat, very pleasant
Warm welcome with a cup of coffee or tea
Worth more than five stars👍👍👍
Thank you Helene and Sjirk because of Frank and Leen

August 2022 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

My goodness that's sweet I'm getting full thank you so much for being, your fun and see you next year!

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Dinphy

Tell us about your experience
Enjoyed the peace and space. Beautiful location very private. A very nice covered area to have a coffee or an ice cream.

How was the contact with the host?
Very good, very friendly people who do everything to make you feel comfortable.

Tips for new guests?
A very beautiful area to discover, sometimes seems like the middle of France. The photo shows our view from the tent.

August 2022 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

Wow what a lovely review thank you! It was very nice to have you 6 days in our yard with a view of the de Waard. We hope to see you someday with daughter and grandkids? And who knows the son-in-law ;-)

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Jodie

Tell us about your experience
Geweldig weekend gehad. Alles was goed voor elkaar! Schoon, mooi en perfect om te genieten. Wij kwamen kamperen met de tent en motor. Ideaal

How was the contact with the host?
Super, snel contact kunnen leggen

Tips for new guests?
Wij zijn naar ter herne, het kameleon dorp geweest

July 2022

Host Helene has responded

Glad you had a good time despite the bad weather! My daughter saw you relaxing in the Rustpuntje! Sounds great! Hope to see you. Helene

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Samantha

Tell us about your experience
What a magical place this is! We have really enjoyed the natural space that there is, the fire pit that is there, enough space to put up the tent, the covered kitchen and cozy living room feeling for when the weather is a little less and the peace and surroundings! Which is also a resting point for walkers and cyclists who are also allowed to use it, which makes it very pleasant again and you come into new contacts. We had the bicycles with us so that you can more easily discover the area and visit the nice restaurants on the water through the forest and along the canals.

How was the contact with the host?
We felt like 'the king too rich'! Every day there was a check to see if everything was still to your liking, everything in order, time for a chat and Hélene really gave us a warm welcome feeling.

Tips for new guests?
Bring your bicycles if you can!
If you want to take a shower, keep in mind that you will be standing in a layer of water, if you don't like this I would put on slippers. I have not experienced this myself!

July 2022 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

Too bad you couldn't stay longer. Come back soon!

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Henk

Tell us about your experience
What a lovely place Hélène, Sjirk, son Victor and daughter Jasmijn have created, just 8 minutes by bike from Balk. Nice and green and surrounded by beautiful tall trees. So shaded areas throughout the day, which was a true luxury in this top week with temperatures well above 30. Enjoyed cycling on beautiful cycling paths through the woods and cooled down at the IJSSELMEER and the Slotermeer. The caravan is indeed as cute as in the picture. Not only nice but also fully equipped. Helenè was always nearby, yet we experienced plenty of privacy. Good that all windows and doors were fitted with mosquito nets, because mosquitoes and flies also enjoyed the tropical conditions. We have come to love this place and will definitely return.

How was the contact with the host?
The contact with Hélène, Sjirk and their adult daughter Jasmijn was optimal. Had very useful and nice tips about fine catering, nature and places of interest in the area between Lemmer and Stavoren. Special was the pampering with pizzas from our own pizza oven! And during this week we regularly received clean towels.

Tips for new guests?
Do not carry too much with you because the caravan is equipped with everything. A big plus is also the 'rest point', further down the garden. It is covered with a comfortable sitting area, sink, hot and cold water, games, DVDs (a DVD player there and in the caravan). During our stay, another guest camped on 'our' property for 3 nights. That went wonderfully.

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Host Helene has responded

Yes, how sweet and what a gift you give us Henk! Wonderful review! We really enjoyed having you with us this week. Who knows until sometime?!

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Vincent

Tell us about your experience
Three fantastic days. Well situated. Close to beautiful Balk. All amenities available. Cozy roof with kitchenette. Proper sanitary and shower. Very friendly family. I will definitely return

How was the contact with the host?
Very friendly welcome. Helpful and super welcoming.

Tips for new guests?
If you want to discover this beautiful part of Friesland, I definitely recommend this place

July 2022 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

We look forward to seeing you again!
What a nice "neighbor" we had these three days :-)

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Justien

Tell us about your experience
Despite the rain, we were able to enjoy our overnight stay in the caravan. Everything was in tip-top shape, nothing was missing for a wonderful camping experience.

How was the contact with the host?
Helene was very flexible when we wanted to exchange our tent spot for the caravan last minute (due to the rain). She made everything in order by weather and wind before we arrived. The hospitality we have felt made the rain disappear for sunshine!

Tips for new guests?
Be sure to try out the caravan! We were sold!

June 2022 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

Does this make you happy? This is what we do it for! Celebrate life🤩

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Veronica

Tell us about your experience
very nice sheltered place - that was necessary with the strong wind - and the canopy was a joy to sit and shelter from the rain.

How was the contact with the host?
There was a blackboard with a welcome text, further contact was by mail and written information was available

May 2022 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

Hi Veronica, nice that despite the weather you could still be in our resting place and that you considered it a party. Nice to read that. I hope to meet you live next time?! Kind regards, Hélène

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Christel

Tell us about your experience
Had a wonderful stay, in a cosy, attractively furnished caravan with a great view at the front and in a lovely environment.

How was the contact with the host?
A very nice welcome, I immediately felt 'at home'.

Tips for new guests?
Enjoy!

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Host Helene has responded

How sweet thank you!

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Zoe

Tell us about your experience
A lovely and quiet place to stop for a rest, walking distance from Balk. I experienced bad weather but the camping area is sheltered from the wind. The kitchen and sitting area is wonderful and all amenities were fully stocked. A highly recommendable and atmospheric camping spot!

How was the contact with the host?
Contact with the host was quick and efficient. Helene was very welcoming on arrival, offering a hot drink and made clear that she was available for any questions.

October 2021

Host Helene has responded

Oh Zoë what terrible bad weather you have hit, but nevertheless it felt very nice and good between you and your mother in that little green tent! Thank you and see you soon!

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Suzanna

Tell us about your experience
Get away from it all? Then this is an ideal place to relax. In an enclosed, spacious garden, with many hiking opportunities in the immediate vicinity. A well-equipped caravan, excellent bed (slept wonderfully) and both indoor and outdoor cooking options. Due to the weather, little use of the outdoor facilities, but the canopy, seats and fire pit invite you to enjoy the outdoors. Never seen the Milky Way so bright in the sky!

How was the contact with the host?
Excellent reception, nice people and everything well taken care of.

Tips for new guests?
There is no WiFi, so if you use the internet a lot, make sure you have a good bundle. Plus point: those who want to stay 'radiation-free' are in the right place! A blessing for your body :)
late summer? Bring a mosquito net...

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Host Helene has responded

What a great review Susanna! I would like it myself. Glad you were able to refuel.

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Scout Bianca About the scout program

Tell us about your experience
Located in the beautiful Gaasterland you will find this nice campspace. Host Helene is very helpful and welcoming and the camping spot is spacious with lots of privacy. It is also possible to stay in the caravan, which is fully equipped.
The sanitary facilities are simple but neat.
And what really makes this place special is the roof with a kitchenette and a sitting area. How nice is it to read a book or play a game in a rain shower, on the couch and still be outside. And when the weather is nice, enjoying the silence of the Frisian countryside by a fire in the fire bowl is wonderful.
On request, a pizza evening can be organized by the host.
The area is beautiful, diagonally opposite the place are two estates where you can take a lovely walk and
for a more extensive walk, the Gaasterland forests are highly recommended. The towns of Balk, Sloten, Stavoren and Lemmer are within easy reach, with shops, restaurants and boat rental to discover the Frisian lakes. In short, a beautiful quiet place in a beautiful setting.

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Host Helene has responded

Hi Bianca, what a nice and beautiful pictures you have made! And your review is also very nice to read. I get excited about it. Nice to meet you. See you ever! All the best, Helene

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Mieke

Tell us about your experience
Our stay in the cosily furnished caravan with a luxurious bed was great! The place is quiet and beautiful. We were warmly welcomed and received good tips for our trips in the beautiful Gaasterland. Recommended!

How was the contact with the host?
Hélène and Sjirk are very hospitable and complete in their care.

Tips for new guests?
Hindeloopen is a gem!

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Host Helene has responded

Thank you dear people it was very nice and nice to meet you

We hope to someday! Regards, Helene

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Désirée

Tell us about your experience
Nice and well-maintained caravan in a quiet place near the village of Balk with good facilities. Good base for water sports, bike rides, forest walks, visits to villages and towns. We rented a kayak in Balk for a part of the day and sailed through the Luts. The awning attached to the caravan made it possible to sit outside in heat or rain. The lovely and large bed cannot be folded up, which means that the seating space is limited. Gaasterland was a surprise to us, a water-rich and wooded Friesland.

How was the contact with the host?
Helene and Sjirk received us hospitably, are nice and helpful.

Tips for new guests?
Take the bike with you for fun bike rides. In high season it is important to book a boat in advance.

July 2021 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

What a great review Desiree, thank you!

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Julian

Tell us about your experience
Nice reception in a small quiet spot next to the house in a private secluded garden. Nice friendly people who think along with you and are there for you. Facilities sufficiently available and everything is neat and clean! Nice quiet area with lots of animals in the meadow around it. We will definitely come back again! Thanks!

How was the contact with the host?
Top! Clear language, fluent.

July 2021 · Translated from dutch

Host Helene has responded

Julian, thank you for your positive comment. You are most welcome next time!

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Rules

Dogs please in consultation with their own dogs, sheep and game in the area.
Respect the place, the environment, Have fun, relax, explore and have fun.

Cancellation Policy

Guests who cancel at least 30 days before check-in date will receive a refund of the amount paid by them (excl. Campspace fees). If they cancel between 14 and 30 days before check-in, they will receive a 50% refund. Otherwise they will not be refunded.

Checking in and out

Check-in between: To be agreed
Check-out between: To be agreed

RV spot

Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

Equipped caravan for 2 people.

Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

tent spot

Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

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RV spot

Motorhome
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Minimum number of nights: 1
Maximum number of nights: 30
Child price applies from this age: 0
Children's price up to this age: 18
Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Minimum number of days that can be booked in advance: 0
Maximum number of days that can be booked in advance: 360

from € 15.00 per night

Equipped caravan for 2 people.

Trailer or caravan
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Pitches
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If you want to go out and don't have a tent or caravan, book our furnished caravan for 2 people with a bed of 1.80 x 2.00 meters.

Minimum number of nights: 1
Maximum number of nights: 30
Child price applies from this age: 0
Children's price up to this age: 0
Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Minimum number of days that can be booked in advance: 0
Maximum number of days that can be booked in advance: 360

from € 50.00 per night

tent spot

Tent
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Pitches
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If you are looking for a quiet place and you have your own tent with you, we have space to pitch your tent. There is a roof with lounge area to chill out for a while. Do not feel like cooking? In Balk there is plenty of choice to be culinary surprised.

Minimum number of nights: 1
Maximum number of nights: 30
Child price applies from this age: 0
Children's price up to this age: 0
Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Minimum number of days that can be booked in advance: 0
Maximum number of days that can be booked in advance: 360

from € 15.00 per night

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