We booked a room for two nights, half board at the Koekoekshof in Elp, nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the Dutch countryside in the Drenthe province. Dogs were allowed so we brought our cocker with us. Breakfast and dinner was included, as was a knapsack arrangement ( a picknick bag for a long walk in in the countryside). We were greeted by the owner and went up to our room. The room was simple but clean and convenient with good beds ( on the hard side) a flatscreen, free wifi and a good bathroom.
Food is served in the modern and spacious restaurant. When you check in, the owners ask for your dietary requirements so they can adapt the menu to your needs. First night we got porc chops with peppercream sauce and fried potatoes, preceded by a nice creamy cauliflower and broccoli soup. Dessert was a forest fruit smoothie. The food was delicious without being posh. Not gastronomic but just tasty and ample portioned. Breakfast next morning was very complete with bacon, different kind of meats, eggs, jams.... You name it and there it was. Second dinner was clear chicken broth followed by tilapia(plaice like fish) fillet with fries and dessert was bavarois of strawberry and mango. Again cooked with precision and all very tasty.
The knapsack route comes highly recommended: it's quite long (14 kms, or 10 miles) but it's worth the effort. Very different sceneries present themselves on a very quiet and clean walking path: from forest to fields and through bogs and heather filled meadows.
I can can highly recommend this hotel. The arrangement didn't cost much: for 129€ you get a LOT of bang for your buck.
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