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Trip Report A short trip to the Netherlands

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At the end of May/ start of June my husband and I drove over to the Netherlands for a few days. We live in the Midlands area of the UK and felt it was high time we visited our neighbours!

The aim of the holiday was to see the countryside of the Netherlands and visit Amsterdam for a day. It involved a considerable amount of driving but we found the roads lovely to use although some were very narrow especially around the Vecht . We enjoyed visiting Kinderdijk, Spakenburg, Zandvoort, Medemblik and driving across the Houtribdijk.

Travel was in our own car using the Dover/ Calais crossing with DFDS. The 90 minute crossing was smooth both ways. The ferries were fine and not crowded but a little drab and the catering seems rather basic, however we did not try the self service restaurant either way. The ferry from Dover to Calais was delayed for 30 minutes and no explanation was given.

Accommodation
At Ieper we stayed overnight at Kasteelhof 'T Hooghe. http://www.hotelkasteelhofthooghe.be
This lies a few miles outside Ieper. We had stayed here several years ago when touring the First World War battle fields and had loved it and did not regret stopping here again. Our room was comfortable and the food was good. It is served in the bar from a very limited menu (the beer menu is more extensive) but is very well cooked. Most of the guests were English speaking and seemed to be involved in touring the war sites. It really is an excellent base and even has old trenches in the grounds.

Near Amsterdam we stayed 4 nights at Landhuis Logies Ouderhoek at Nieuwerluis on the banks of the Vecht. http://www.ouderhoek.nl
We would certainly recommend this for a comfortable place to stay. The hosts do not speak English although one day we did meet a son who spoke excellent English but he did not seem to have much to do with the rental accommodation. A basic breakfast is served in your room (where there is a dining table) and you have to order it the day before. The cheese and ham were good and boiled eggs were available. They also left a bottle of their own apple juice in the fridge which was delicious.
Since you also have a kitchenette with a microwave, kettle and coffee maker it is possible to do some minimal self-catering. The bed was very comfortable and the view of the orchard and river was great.
We found that we missed having a breakfast room – or at least a balcony or terrace to eat on. I am not sure why but we are not fans of studio style accommodation. There were outside tables and chairs we could have used but the weather was never quite good enough.
Parking was easy and they gave us a control to open the electronic gates (explained by many hand signals) and the area is lovely. It is also convenient for Amsterdam as we drove 15 minutes to Gaasperplas and toke the train from there into central Amsterdam.
We would be happy to stay here again to visit Amsterdam.

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