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
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
As we aim to help you relax, our house is completely free of
The name Distelkamp means "Field of thistles". Our logo, a
thistle, can be found throughout the house.
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
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
An internationally famous restaurant is within 15 minutes walk.
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
- 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 -
- 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.
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
Wim Kamsteeg, her husband, is the bookbinder and is always keen to
show guests his beautiful craft and talk about books in general.