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Gasselte, Netherlands

Open air swimming pool Zwanenmeer in Gieten (4 km)

Open air swimming pool Zwanenmeer in Gieten (4 km)

Open air swimming pool Leeuwal in Exloo (12 km)

Open air swimming pool Leeuwal in Exloo (12 km)

Arend and Siebren at t' Gasselterveld, just 5 minutes drive from our home

Arend and Siebren at t' Gasselterveld, just 5 minutes drive from our home

Drouwenerzand (10 mnts) one of the many fields of heather in the vicinity

Drouwenerzand (10 mnts) one of the many fields of heather in the vicinity

Farms with thatched roofs, typical for the region

Farms with thatched roofs, typical for the region

Go hiking near Gasselternijveen and you might spot a beaver!

Go hiking near Gasselternijveen and you might spot a beaver!

Stone age park at Hunebed Centre in Borger

Stone age park at Hunebed Centre in Borger

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.

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

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

Wadden Isle Schiermonnikoog. The ferry leaves from Lauwersoog, 1 hrs drive from our home.

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.

Amusementpark Drouwenerzand (2 km)

Amusementpark Drouwenerzand (2 km)

Boomkroonpad, walkway in the trees (5km)

Boomkroonpad, walkway in the trees (5km)

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)

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.

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

Open air swimming pool Zwanenmeer in Gieten (4 km) Open air swimming pool Leeuwal in Exloo (12 km) Arend and Siebren at t' Gasselterveld, just 5 minutes drive from our home Drouwenerzand (10 mnts) one of the many fields of heather in the vicinity Farms with thatched roofs, typical for the region Go hiking near Gasselternijveen and you might spot a beaver! Stone age park at Hunebed Centre in Borger Borger houses the biggest Hunebed (neolithic monument) of the Netherlands. More smaller ones in the vicinity. Hundreds of kms of special biking paths troughout the province of Drenthe 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. Amusementpark Drouwenerzand (2 km) Boomkroonpad, walkway in the trees (5km) 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) Drents Museum in Assen (18 km) is famous for its preserved peat bodies and has very interesting exhibitions. 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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Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
October 15, 2021 - October 23, 2021 1 weeks

Enkele dagen tot een week in NL

December 29, 2021 - January 08, 2022 1 weeks

If corona permits, we will go to Germany.

February 19, 2022 - February 27, 2022 4 days

Within 3 hrs driving distance

April 23, 2022 - May 08, 2022 1 weeks

Within 5 hrs driving distance. Germany, Belgium, Zeeland? Or (night) train destination: Vienna, Innsbruck, München, Paris...

July 16, 2022 - August 21, 2022 2 weeks

Sweden would be wonderful (south of Karlstad/Stockholm)! Or Normandy/north France, Les Ardennes, or somewhere in the mountains of Germany, Austria or Switzerland. Or ..surprise us!

Cosy home in charming old village Gasselte. Near Groningen: 'One of the best places to visit in Europe'.

Come and experience the beauty of the Dutch countryside in the province of Drenthe. We are a family with two boys aged 8 and 12, three rabbits and a friendly cat. 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 small but cosy detached house with 3 bedrooms, built in 1930, with a big garden (1700 m2). As we bought it in 2019 in a very bad state, we are still working hard on the renovation of the house.
Lay-out of the house:
Downstairs:
- small livingroom (the snug)
- separate kitchen/diner
- small bathroom with bathtub, toilet and sink
- bedroom/study (bed 1.40 x 2.00, with projector + playstation)
- Hallway with Siebren's atelier under the stairs
Upstairs:
- master bedroom (bed 1.60 x 2.00)
- bedroom with two beds ( both 1.20 x 2.00, the boys' room, work in progress)
- bathroom with sink and toilet

In the attic of the large garage, our boys have their own play room. There are also two spare beds located there. The garden offers several places to sit and has a lot of shade in summer. Nature trail De Hamerlanden starts just at the other side of the road.

There is a trampoline and soccer goal in the garden and of course we have lots of toys for children and board games for grown ups. Lots of reading material (also in English and some in German), DVD's and xbox/playstation games.

Please note: small children are welcome, but our house is not toddler proof. Our garden is not entirely enclosed by a fence, they can walk on to the road from the driveway. We no longer have fences at the top/bottom of the stairs, but we might be able to improvise something.

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
  • 13 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Stay-at-home dad, renovating our house
  • Communications officer at the University of Groningen

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 0
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 6
  • Living Area: 95 m2
  • Total Area: 1700 m2

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange

Indoor

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

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Park / playground
  • BBQ
  • Garage
  • Bicycles: 6

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Pet care wanted

Our Destination Wish List

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

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Dutch

Occupation

  • Stay-at-home dad, renovating our house
  • Communications officer at the University of Groningen

Children

  • Boy - Age: 12
  • Boy - Age: 8

Pets

  • Rabbit: Turbo
  • Rabbit: Speedy
  • Rabbit: Morrie
  • Cat: Nelis

About Our Family

Hi!
We're Reinier (44, art school alumnus, renovating our home), Charissa (45, historian turned communications officer at the University of Groningen), Arend (sporty twelve year old boy) and Siebren (creative eight 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, LEGO, bikes and other wheeled vehicles for your children to play with and everything you need for a baby.

We have an 11 year old tomcat who is pretty shy and needs some time before he will approach you. He usually avoids small children, but has never lashed out to anyone, even children pulling his tail. In 2020, we adopted three small rabbits. The oldest, Morrie, is a bit shy, but loves you if you give her dandelion leaves. The two youngest, Speedy and Turbo, like to cuddle. We hope you will take care of them. We will of course care for your pets, but you can not take your pet to our house.

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