A day at the beach

The recreation area Heerderstrand is less than 10 minutes from Hoeve WoudStee. Heerderstrand is a large lake with a wide strip of sand that slopes gently into the water. The idyllic location in the middle of a forest area and the clean water of the lake make this a popular place to visit. You can swim in the water or move over the water with a canoe or SUP board.

Access to Heerderstrand is free. If you come by car, you pay a parking fee. Our advice: take the bike! The bike ride takes about the same time, the parking is free and the cycle path runs through a beautiful area.

Dagje naar het Heerderstrand tijdens je verblijf bij WoudStee


Do you want more action? There are plenty of options for the sporty guests of WoudStee. In Emst, for example, you can wakeboard at the Burnside Cable Park. In addition to horse riding and hiking trails, there are also various MTB routes in the woods around Epe for enthusiasts. At Pitch & Putt in Heerde you can hit a (golf) ball while you can try padel on the tennis court of Epe. Canoeing, bowling, mini golf or swimming; there is really everything here for young and old. Would you like more information? We are happy to help you to give substance to your sporty holiday.

Wakeboarden bij Burnside tijdens je verblijf op de Veluwe bij WoudStee

Wellness experience

Do you want to relax after all the movement in nature? Just south of Epe is the well-known wellness institute De Veluwse bron. Here you can enjoy various types of saunas, swimming pools and treatments for ultimate relaxation.

For a special relaxation experience you can go to Floatingcentrum Heerde. By floating weightlessly in salt water, the stress hormone cortisol decreases while the endorphins and melatonin increase. This allows you to experience a feeling of well-being and recharge completely. After you also sleep on one of our box-spring beds for another night, you will wake up reborn in the morning.

Bezoek Veluwse Bron tijdens je vakantie bij WoudStee

Bike rental and more

Do you want to explore the Veluwe by bicycle or other means of transport? In Epe you will find various rental locations for this. In addition to regular bicycles and MTBs, De Weerdt Rijwielen also rents tandems, cargo bikes and even a real go-kart train for the whole family.

You can go for kick bikes at Step & Go; a kind of robust scooter and Vossenberg rents out E-choppers, E-fat bikes and swing trikes, all tough but also environmentally friendly means of transport. On this website of the Tourist Office of Epe you will find various routes that you can download.

Of course we can always help you on your way, so ask us about all the options.

Huur een fiets tijdens je vakantie op de Veluwe bij WoudStee

Commemorate on the heath

During the Second World War, the Veluwe played an important role in hiding Jews, resistance fighters and allies. In various places there are war memorials that commemorate the period 1940 -’45. In Epe, for example, there is a monument dedicated to the Van Essen family who managed to keep 54 people in hiding out of the hands of the Germans.

Every year, commemorations are held at various places, such as the National Veterans Cemetery in Loenen. In September you can witness the impressive Airborne on the Ginkelse Hei, where more than 1000 paratroopers are dropped, just like during Operation Market Garden in 1944.

Take a walk

Whether it is a detour or a trip of 20 miles; the easiest way to explore the Veluwe is on foot. From the WoudStee farm you are within a few steps in the middle of the Renderklippen nature reserve, where many walking routes run. The Bekenpad van Epe takes you along flowing water through forests with every now and then a historical attraction such as the Kopermolen in Zuuk. On the De Dellen estate you have the chance to spot a red deer while walking on one of the 4 short routes through this area. For children there are three experience trails in the area where you also have a chance to see game.

The children’s experience package with binoculars, assignment booklet and magnifying glass are available at the starting points and Tourist office in Epe. Here are also hiking maps available that we often have in stock.

Verschillende wandelroutes Renderklippen WoudStee in Epe

The countryside

Admire the Renderklippen

The Renderklippen is a special nature reserve that lies between the municipalities of Heerde and Epe. Hilly and overgrown with heather and pine trees, you can walk or cycle past grazing sheep herds. The name Renderklippen comes from rendering; walking up and down hills. Because of the height differences you have a great view over the area with sand drifts, small pools and in late summer the beautiful purple heather. And if you search carefully you might come across a grass snake or adder!

Bloeiende heide in natuurgebied De Renderklippen

100% wild

Just like Africa, the Veluwe has a group of animals that are difficult to spot. These are called the ‘Big Five’. This is of course not about lions and elephants, but about the red deer, wild boar, roe deer, fox and Scottish highlander (also the badger, the mouflon and nowadays even the wolf are sometimes mentioned in this list).

Epe’s motto is ‘100% game guarantee’, so you will definitely see one of these five animals. The best chance to spot these animals is at sunrise or sunset. You can try to find them yourself while walking or book a real wildlife excursion. Be as quiet as possible because these animals are very shy and will run as soon as they hear or smell you.

100% wildgarantie in Epe op de Veluwe

Veluwe for horses

The WoudStee farm is adjacent to the bridle path near junction 32 of the Horse Route Network. At the Tourist Office of Epe and with us you can get a map to the node network and where facilities for parking, saddle, tighten and find rest. The network consists of 90% unpaved dirt roads that lead through forests and along heaths. In some parts you will find loose sand and only short parts of the route are bridged by asphalted paths / roads.

The ‘Eper Vierdaagse‘ is organized annually in the second week of June. Epe is then entirely devoted to recreational equestrian sports. More information about this event can be found here.

Met je eigen paard op vakantie bij WoudStee 140km ruiterpaden veluwe

Art & culture

Art in the Hoge Veluwe

The Hoge Veluwe National Park is best known for its special landscape and the diversity of its fauna. However, there is also plenty to do in the cultural field in the park. The best known is of course the Kröller-Müller museum with art by Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others. In the accompanying sculpture garden you can admire art while walking and visit the Rietveld Pavilion. The Jachthuis ‘Sint Hubertus’ designed by Berlage and the interactive Museonder are also worth a visit. You will notice that you are not the only visitor, so we advise you to book a ticket in advance.

* Sites may be closed due to the Corona measures.

Bezoek het Kroller Muller museum op de Veluwe tijdens je verblijf bij WoudStee

Cities and villages

Explore Epe

The village center of Epe is about 2 miles from theWoudStee. farm. This cozy village has a wide range of shops with a shopping evening on Friday and a shopping Sunday on the last Sunday of the month. Every Wednesday morning there is a commodity market with a diverse range on the Market Square. In Epe you can experience much more such as a visit to De Hertenkamp, the children’s experience trails or beekeeping ‘t Haagje. In nearby Vaassen you can visit Castle Cannenburch.

* Sites may be closed due to the Corona measures.

WoudStee in het dorp Epe

Picturesque Elburg

Known as a Hanseatic city and perhaps even more so for all the cozy alleys, beautiful buildings and cozy shops, Elburg is more than worth a visit. This old fishing town exudes history that you can admire during a city walk.

The Gruithuis, Touwslagerij Deetman and herb garden ‘De Groene Kruidhof’ are some of the special sights in Elburg. Taste freshly smoked eel at Van Triest (since 1892) and sail on a botter boat to the Veluwemeer.

Want some more action? You can canoe, sail or surf on the waters around Elburg.

* Sites may be closed due to the Corona measures.

Bezoek Elburg tijdens je vakantie bij WoudStee

The big city

Less than 15 miles from Epe lies Apeldoorn, a city with almost 160,000 inhabitants and countless opportunities for a day of entertainment.

The Apenheul, Radio Kootwijk, Paleis het Loo and Julianatoren amusement park are well-known tourist attractions, but the lesser-known spots are also worth a visit. Take the Prinsengang, for example, the narrowest alley in Apeldoorn that Prince Hendrik used to go to his favorite pub.

Get on the Veluwe Steam Train for a ride through the IJssel Valley or buy freshly grown fruit in the Oude Olifantenschuur near the Loo. Of course you can also enjoy shopping in the center and get lost in one of the attractive shops of the 4 streets and ‘t plein.

Bezoek Radio Kootwijk tijdens je vakantie bij WoudStee


Big Green Egg BBQ experience

Have you always wanted to use a Big Green Egg BBQ? It is possible at WoudStee!

A fully equipped Big Green Egg is available with all our holiday homes. Whether it concerns game, fish, bread or vegetables; everything is possible. Do you want to prepare a special piece of high-quality meat? You will find master butcher Ter Weele in nearby Oene. They can tell you everything about the meat preparation method and give tips to make your Big Green Egg experience a success. We provide the necessary material so that you can get started without any worries.

Woudstee Cornelia veranda vakantie op het achterterras met een big green egg

The wild kitchen

In addition to the possibility to test your culinary qualities on our Big Green Egg BBQs, you can also visit one of the many restaurants in the area. From pancake house ‘De Honingpot’ and brasserie ‘Floor’ in Epe to a star restaurant in Harderwijk. You will find something for everyone in and around our holiday home. The Veluwe is also the perfect place to eat game. Veluws Eethuis Wissel offers a 3 and 4 course game menu including deer and wild boar. The eatery is located just outside the center of Epe and also has a mini golf course. We are happy to help you with more information, so do not hesitate to ask us for advice.

* Sites may be closed due to the Corona measures.

Culinair restaurant bezoeken tijdens je vakantie bij WoudStee


Go for a walk with the kids

The Veluwe is also a fantastic destination in itself for children.

Spotting wild animals, building huts in the woods, playing in the sprinkles (rivers) a stone’s throw away or a treasure hunt by bike; there is plenty to do. However, there is much more to experience. What about the hidden staircase tour in Castle Cannenburch, carrying out assignments while walking an experience path or the play park ‘t Smallert in Emst?

You will also find a bowling alley, mini golf course and an indoor playground near the WoudStee farm.

Do you want to get even more ideas for an outing with the kids? Then take a look at the website of the Tourist Office of Epe.

* Sites may be closed due to the Corona measures.

Met de kinderen op vakantie op de Veluwe bij WoudStee in Epe