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   De Distelkamp   

De Distelkamp

Welysestraat 21
Dodewaard, Gelderland
The Netherlands  6669 DH
Architectural Type:  19th Century Country House
Established In:  2000
Renovated In:  1998
Phone:  +31 (0)48-841-1841
Fax:  +31 (0)48-841-2713
Mobile:  +31 (0)6-12677221
Contact:  Eveline VAANE
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Single Occupant Rate Is: €55 or US $73 per room
Double Occupant Rate Is: €75 or US $99 per room
Additional Occupant Rate Is: €20 or US $26
Accepted Payments: Cash
Deposit Amount Requested: No deposit requested
Minimum Stay Is: 1 night
Check In Time Is: Flexible
Check Out Time Is: Whenever it suits the guest
Cancellation Policy: 48 hrs prior to arrival.

De Distelkamp is a country house set in large grounds with an orchard and a kitchen garden.

This country house was built by horse breeders (providing the horses for the cavalry of French and German troops) in 1850.

The former coach house and stables are now in use by the owners as a bookbinding and marbled paper business.

Guest are quite welcome to a tour of the premises which feature many turn-of-the-century (1900) cast-iron machines which are used in our craft.

Apart from the orchard with apples, pears and plums, the grounds feature two old, huge and very beautiful red beeches, an enormous holly, some chestnut trees and a walnut tree.

Guest are offered juice, jams and fruit from the grounds.

Of course, a house like ours has a poltergeist; don't worry, it's very friendly!

As we aim to help you relax, our house is completely free of televisions.

The name Distelkamp means "Field of thistles". Our logo, a thistle, can be found throughout the house.

Guest Rooms:

The three guest rooms are situated on the second floor and look out over orchard or grounds. They face east, so sunshine and birdsong greet you in the morning.

The "Red Thistle" room features a double bed and has a private bathroom with toilet and shower. The "Blue Thistle" room has twin beds and an ensuite bathroom. The exciting "Harry Potter" room has twin beds with hangings and owls watching over you at night. It also has a private bathroom. The Harry Potter room is most popular with children, but adults like it too!

Each room has fresh fruit and flowers from the garden, mineral water and towelling bathrobes for your comfort.

Complimentary coffee and tea are available throughout the day in the pantry on the second floor.

Each room has its own private bathroom.

If you are on honeymoon or a wedding anniversary, we can reserve the "red thistle" plus bathroom for your sole use for extra privacy.


Awaken to birdsong and the smell of freshly baked rolls.

We serve an extended continental breakfast with cereals, rolls, boiled fresh farmers' eggs and jams from our own fruit.

Breakfast is served in the breakfast nook on the east side of the house; again facing the morning sun.

Things To Do:

Dodewaard is in the eastern part of the Betuwe, the Dutch fruit tree region, very near Arnhem and Nijmegen.

The Netherlands being very small, however, even Utrecht and Amsterdam are only one to two hours drive away.

The main attractions very near Dodewaard are the Kröller-Müller Museum of Modern Art, situated in the middle of the large nature reserve De Hoge Veluwe, the Airborne Museum (of interest to veterans), the Dutch Open Air Museum, an open air Bible Museum, an open air Africa Museum, and some very exciting zoos.

The close proximity to three of the big Dutch rivers, means that the Distelkamp is ideally situated for hiking, bicycle-riding and bird watching.

An internationally famous restaurant is within 15 minutes walk.

Liberation Festivities:

Liberation festivities mark the liberation of Holland during WWII. Festivities in Wageningen always are around the 5th of May, the ones near Arnhem are around September 20, and then there is the "Driedaagse" which is the famous three day march, which takes place in the third week of July.


  • De Distelkamp can be reached on the A15 from Rotterdam to Nijmegen, taking the Andelst-Zetten exit.
  • Turn right towards Andelst.
  • Then turn right at the second signpost marked "Dodewaard - Hien".
  • Then follow the road through the hamlet Wely.
  • After the sign "exit Wely" de Distelkamp is the fourth house on the right, entering through a gate with two white pillars.

Guests arriving by train can, after consultation on times and costs, be picked up at Arnhem, Rhenen or Nijmegen station.

Trains from Schiphol Airport take about 2 hours to Rhenen or Arnhem including two or three changes.

Your Hosts:

Eveline Vaane has lived in the US, England and Germany and has now settled down in De Distelkamp to look after house, grounds, guests, orchard and paper marbling business and is also a freelance project manager.

Wim Kamsteeg, her husband, is the bookbinder and is always keen to show guests his beautiful craft and talk about books in general.

The Details

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Web Page:  Yes


Languages Spoken:  English, Dutch, German, French, some Swedish


Types of Breakfasts:  Extended Continental

Special Meals Available:  Yes


Room Types:  Rooms


Private Bathrooms:  Yes

Handicap Accessible:  No

Smoking:  Yes - no smoking in the bedrooms please

Consumption of Alcohol:  Yes

Children:  Yes - cot available

Pets:  Yes - after consultation


Amenities/Features:  Kitchen, Garden


Nearby Activities:  Bicycling, Hiking, Golfing, Bird Watching, Shopping, Sight Seeing, Historical Places, Museums, Botanical Gardens, Farmers Market, Arts & Craft Fairs


Suitable For:  Pleasure, Relaxation, Family, Spiritual, Anniversaries, Honeymoons, Romance, Cultural Experience, Gay/Lesbians


Near To:  Rivers, Forests, Countryside, Nature & Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries


Sunrises:  Yes
Foliage:  Yes
Open:  All Year


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