Camping De Roos

Europe Netherlands Central Netherlands Overijssel

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
Stunning woodland location around the River Vecht. Relaxing, environmentally friendly and heaven for kids.

A zwembroek (if you’re a guy) or badpak (if you’re a girl – though what’s with the ‘bad’?) is an absolute must for a stay at Camping De Roos. Also known as bathers, swimmers, bathing suits, trunks or cozzies, unless you fancy a skinny-dip, these items are wardrobe essentials for a refreshing dunk in the River Vecht, which meanders through this sprawling campsite. So be sure you pack at least one or two.

Located within an area of outstanding natural beauty between the towns of Ommen and Beerze, the campsite occupies an expanse of sloping clearings surrounded by dense woodland, boasting friendly neighbours such as roe deer, nightingales and woodpeckers.

Despite the site’s capacity of 280 pitches the careful layout means you rarely get that unpleasant overcrowded sensation. The pitches are extremely roomy, and the undulating land scattered with trees, bushes and winding paths creates the illusion of a much smaller site, with more than enough room to go round. But if you’d rather a complete slice of countryside peace and quiet, two designated trekkersvelden are on hand to provide just the sanctuary you might be needing. Tucked away amidst the ground’s chunkier trees, they are exclusively reserved for anyone who’s come by bike or on foot. The site’s sensible ‘no-car’ policy, with vehicles only allowed onsite for unloading and loading, helps maintain that natural feel.

In fact, preserving the natural beauty of the site is a priority at Camping De Roos, as it’s a rare honour to be granted permission to run a campsite in a protected area. Timed showers and recycling bins, plus gentle requests not to pick the lovely flowers ensure the site remains as kind to its environment as possible. There’s also an onsite shop chock-full of healthy foods, planet-friendly cleaning unguents and the most local of local produce, of which ice cream made at a nearby farm is worth several return trips.

The merry tinkle of children’s laughter is a constant backdrop here, with the owners taking the term ‘child-friendly’ to a whole new level. It’s almost guaranteed you won’t hear the familiar ‘I’m borrrred’ when there’s a volleyball court, a football pitch, a kite- flying field, boules ground and dinghies dotted along the river bank; as well as a kiosk where kiddywinks (along with sweet- toothed mums and dads) can get their fill of tasty treats. Even on rainy days there’s plenty of indoor fun to be had. But the firm favourite has got to be the swimming opportunity, well...jumping into water and splashing around. The river’s tributary forms the ideal spot for a children’s pool – even boasting its own mini-beach – and when the weather’s fine they jump, dive and ‘bomb’ from its little pier.

The surrounding area is criss-crossed with cycle routes in the ‘river-dune’ landscape, formed at some point during the last ice age. You can hire bikes from the site, and a short pedal will find you plunged deep into wonderfully quiet woodland. Or if you’d like to dispense with wheels completely, the Vecht Valley walking path passes right through the campsite, covering a fair old trek of 441⁄2 miles (72 km) in total, taking in some top-of-the-range countryside.

This site’s enviable location means that, even with numerous amenities and kids’ activities on offer, it still exudes a tranquillity that can be hard to find at other European sites. And if it takes you a while to tune in to the country vibes, try floating along the cool river, with blue skies and fluffy clouds above and grassy banks on either side, to enjoy a bit of Mother Nature at her finest.



An onsite shop, which stocks organic and local produce as well as hot pizzas and vegetable pies. A small tea room and kiosk on a terrace near the river tributary. There’s also an onsite launderette complete with iron and board. Handy cooling elements and freezer packs are available. There’s also a payphone and free internet. The loo blocks are heated, with each shower doling out 5 minutes of hot water. Dogs are not allowed on the site.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans – yes. Dogs – no.


Take the kids on the Wolf Trail adventure walk through the woods. Games are played throughout the 1.5 mile (2.5 km) route, and each child gets a rucksack full of descriptions, assignments and a magic sweet that will apparently turn them into a wolf (sounds like fun). Info and rucksacks (€5.95) available at Ommen’s Tourist Info Centre (0031 529 451737). Take a canoe trip (00 31 529 45 19 24) along the River Vecht to experience the valley’s beautiful scenery. A bus will take you to the starting point and from there you travel at your own pace back to Ommen.

Food & Drink

For mouth-watering pancakes try the De Gloepe (00 31 523 25 12 31) farm restaurant in Diffelen.

Opening Times

15 April - 2 October

The Owner Says

Camping De Roos is an atmospheric, spaciously designed natural campsite, beautifully set in the gently rolling river dune landscape along the river Overijsselse Vecht.

This singular landscape, which is very rare in the Netherlands these days, is comprised of sand dunes covered in blackthorn, hawthorn and imposing old oak trees.

Not only is the campsite situated on the banks of the Vecht, a river tributary winds its way across the property.

The spacious pitches have been laid out according to the natural conditions of the site, giving each pitch its unique charming character.

For children, the campsite is a massive playground to be discovered and conquered

Exciting paths take you across the campsite from one playground to the next, with even a castle looming on the horizon. You can of course also build your own sandcastle on the beach along the tributary.

On that water, you can sail almost forever to unknown territories, catching tadpoles and sticklebacks along the way. Or you can take a refreshing dip.

Playing football together in the evening on Camping De Roos is great fun for young and old.


Contact Camping De Roos, Beerzerweg 10, 7736 PJ Beerze-Ommen

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Getting There

Head from Amsterdam on the A1 towards Almere/Amersfoort. Take exit 14 for A28 towards Zwolle. Just past Zwolle, get off at exit 21 for the N340 to Ommen. In Ommen, turn right onto the bridge and turn left onto Zeesserweg, which becomes Beerzerweg. The campsite is approximately 4 miles (6,5 km) along the road on the left. The closest you’ll get is Ommen if you come by train. The distance between the station of Ommen and Camping De Roos is approximately 7 km.

The Regio-Taxi (tel. 0031 900 8412) has cheap rates on routes where there is no public transport. Flag-down rate €2.64 plus €0.42 for each kilometer.


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