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Rural and Quiet 90 Van Gogh's Paintings just a bike ride away.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

A privately situated light-filled thatched-roof cottage with three bedrooms.

Situated on a large parcel of land offering privacy and solitude in the heart of a small village, the cottage is ideal for two to four adult guests. There are two large bedrooms; one upstairs and one downstairs. There is also a smaller bedroom upstairs that overlooks the back field. Children will also be charmed by the home's storybook appearance and the ample outdoor spaces which include a large stand of trees, a brook and a large field perfect for games of tag and football; all of this and it is still only a 20 minute drive to one of Holland's more cultural larger cities, Arnhem, site of many WWII monuments.

The internationally renowned museum, Kroller Müller, with its sculpture park and important collection of modern art is located just a bike ride away and features beautiful exhibitions along with ninety paintings and drawings by Van Gogh. Zutphen, a very idyllic and intact merchant town along the river IJssel, is where the clock has stopped as far as architecture is concerned but you can get a latte macchiato, a frappecino do your organic food shopping at the local market on Thursday and Saturday. By car, public transportation or on the bike this area of the Netherlands is famous for its forests, historic towns, farmland, horseback riding as well its proximity to culture and city life.

The cottage itself is set on a large parcel of land which functions as a green lung for the town. We want to preserve the area and the premises and look forward to welcoming guests who enjoy the classic ambiance of a cozy home with plenty of peace and quiet. As the manager of the property - and son of the owner - I can offer tailor-made cultural day trips or vacation plans according to your interests; whether you are drawn to contemporary culture, historic sites, or the justly famous Dutch design, craft and architecture, my wife and I look forward to recommending the best and the latest.

Our cottage offers modern amenities and some rusticity: a very comfortable kingsize bed, one bathroom with a shower, excellent heating, a flat screen tv and wifi of course. There is no dishwasher but the kitchen sink offers a lovely view of the woods which makes washing dishes a pleasure!

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Johan Westenburg
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Johan Westenburg

Our grandfather was a doctor in the small city of Bloemendaal and enjoyed traveling to the rural regions of the Netherlands with his young family for summer vacations. Our father's youthful summers were spent in the cottage and during the war years from 1940-45 he and his friends would ride their bicycles from the city of Deventer to the secluded village of Loenen because food was still plentiful on the farms surrounding the cottage. 1954, the old cottage was razed and a simple, sturdy house was built on the foundations of the old. Our grandmother lived there when we were small children and we would venture out into the fields and woods that seemed to stretch on to infinity. The house is my memory of home in the Netherlands from my youth and it is a pleasure to take care of it. It is not only a good memory but a very special place in the modern world with it's fast pace; this cottage carries the good of the old which is so necessary in the present, a place to retreat to with privacy and the possibility to reconnect with daily life in the city immediately. As a economist and art dealer, I enjoy the peace and quiet and opportunity to connect with people who will enjoy this cottage as much as I do.

Johan Westenburg purchased this cottage in 1934

Why Johan Westenburg chose Bosgebied Loenen

For dreamers and lovers of nature, for partners or families, the Shepherd's Cottage is an idyllic retreat to the 'hissing of summer lawns' and the cool shade of tall trees.

The cottage is a unique little building with the original thatched food, a collection of eclectic heirlooms and other pieces of antique furniture; no Ikea furniture to be found anywhere. The 2+ acres are in town but the house is enveloped in the greenery and protected and private. Looking out over the meadow in the back of the house with the trees surrounding the land bordered by a little stream, it is an adventure for kids and one does not have to leave the premises to have a great day. There are plenty of spots to put your chair and read a book or your Kindle (wifi available of course), there are bikes in the shed, although for longer trips it is recommended to rent a good bike in town.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is a short walk to the requisite amenities but far removed from the hurly-burly of daily life.


Bosgebied Loenen Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , toilet separate from shower and wash basin
    Bathroom 1 - shower , shower and washbasin, toilet separate
  • One shower with washbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2, upstairs - 2 twin/ single , Looking out over the backyard, this is a quiet sunny room
    Bedroom 3 front of the house - 2 twin/ single , Early morning sun in the front of on the second floor
    Master bedroom 1st floor - 1 king , French doors into the garden and next to the bathroom
  • One bedroom has a king size bed. The other two bedrooms are furnished with two twin size beds with can be joined or separated according to the guest's preferences. There is only one bathroom. Staying with 4 people is ideal.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.736842 based on 19 reviews

A perfect get away

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the cottage. It was comfortable and charming.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Onze Schaapskooi Vacantie

  • 4 of 5

Our 3rd vacation at "De Schaapskooi" was wonderful...Hurray for WIFI and the added installation of a dryer, that made our stay even more enjoyable. Family and friends came to visit, appreciated the charm of the house.

We hiked, we biked, visited nearby castles, the 3 weeks flew by!

We certainly plan to come back,

Marion & Onno Leyds

New London, NH


  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sugar Land

Quiet home in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I enjoyed our stay in this cottage very much. It is in a perfect location if you want to visit places in Gelderland, Utrecht or the Veluwe. The house has everything you need and has some really nice walking trails around it. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and we were not able to enjoy the outside table for our dinners. Would definitely come back here on another trip.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wunderschöner, ruhiger Ort

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren 4 Tage im Mai an diesem schönen Ort. Das Haus ist hell, freundlich und mit allem eingerichtet was man braucht. Vom Fenster oder von der Terasse konnten wir viele Vögel und ein Eichhörnchen beobachten. Die Tage in Loenen waren sehr angenehm, mit dem Fahrrad ist man schnell beim nächsten Supermarkt. Von dort kann man viele Ausflüge starten, z.B. nach Arnhem oder auch über Land bis nach Enkhiuzen. Vielen Dank für alles. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und würden gerne einmal wiederkommen.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Goede uitvalsbasis voor tripjes naar de Veluwe

  • 4 of 5

Sfeervolle woning aan de rand van Loenen met een zeer royale tuin biedt een goede uitvalsbasis voor wandelingen in de omgeving of tripjes naar het Kröller Möller museum, de Apenheul of Apeldoorn. Wie rust zoekt vindt het hier.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

+ Lovely little house. Ideal for dog owners. Not particularly comfortable but everything you need is available. A nice view of the garden from the living room. Nature, Paleis Het Loo, Kröller Müller museum.

- The kingsize bed in the master bedroom downstairs is nothing more than a mattress on a wooden plate that serves as the top of a self-made storage cabinet, no slatted or mash base. This makes sleeping very uncomfortable. The second night we had to go sleep on the first floor in the single beds. That is a pity if you have a romantic stay in mind.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the feedback about the master bedroom; the firm natural latex mattress and Kewlox cabinetry is a bit modern and severe for some guests. We plan to make another sleeping arrangement upstairs in the spring for those who prefer something softer.
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Nearest Airport
115 Kilometres
Amsterdam (Schiphol Airport)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
NS Station Apeldoorn
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A50, A1, A30
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Car: recommended

Starting in 1934, the Shepherd's Cottage was the summer retreat of our grandparents and has been a part of our family's summers ever since. In 1954, our grandparents redesigned the cottage to accommodate year-round living. A retired physician, our grandfather started a rural practice and our grandmother was active in the community, the house remains a historic place in Loenen.

The cottage is situated on 2+ acres surrounded by trees and a small stream and straight across from the farm road into the fields.

Early morning walks passing the horses and Icelandic Ponies when the sun comes up is just magical.

The patio at the house has catches the sun most of the day and into the evenings. In summer it is daylight well into the evening and you will be able to enjoy outdoor dining, sipping a glass of wine or playing in the garden until 11pm. Always bring layered clothing since the evenings are cool. A great mild climate all year round, there is no necessity for air-conditioning in the Netherlands, summer nights are perfectly pleasant..

The world famous museum Kroller-Muller is within a half hour by car or an hour on the bike.


Van Gogh paintings and a great outdoor sculpture collection are just some of the attractions. <>

The Hubertus Slot is built by Berlage and is a national architectural treasure open to the public. Also in the Park Hoge Veluwe is the first underground museum called Museonder ("Museunder")


Fascinating for children and adults alike.

There is a wonderful swimming pool very close by,

In the Netherlands the job of shepherd was reinstated and walking around the woods and moors, you are likely to meet a herd of sheep with the dogs and shepherd doing their work.

A totally different experience can be had by WW2 history buffs visiting Arnhem. There are many WW2 sites to visit. Meanwhile Arnhem is a very sophisticated city 20 minutes by car from Loenen for museums, dining, theaters and movie theaters. It is the home of some great higher cultural education institutions and plays host to one go the best Fashion shows, Theater, Dance and Fine Art. this all makes for a city with young people, cafe's and great shopping in little boutiques.

Loenen is centrally located to visit both Holland and Germany and Belgium.

By car it is just under one hour or to Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Brussels, Cologne and frankfort are within the 3 hour range and Paris is a mere 5 hours by car. Of course all these places can be visited by train. Loenen can function as a base for a larger European trip.

It is a wonderful place for optimally 2-4 people of any age, with plenty to do for every-one.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35
Refundable damage deposit $200

There are no hidden fees no rental fees for linens and towels, all bedding and towels are provided.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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