A gypsy wagon made of an old site hut
Karin Zwaan has a B&B named ‘boerderij de Klaproos’ in Westerwolde, the Netherlands. Besides her extraordinary hospitality, she offers an old farm to stay in nature, restored with only reused materials. With her love for second-hand furniture and materials, she contributes to a circular economy.
All furniture is second-hand
The old stable is made into a cozy and warm living room for guests to meet. For some private time, each guest has their own gypsy wagon. This gypsy wagon is made out of old site huts. They are located at a quiet spot in the garden, each with a small private garden as well. All furniture and materials are reused, which results in a warm antique look with a lot of history. The floor but also each cup and lamp have found a new destination in this B&B.
Vegetable & fruit garden
Karin also grows a lot of our own vegetables, herbs, and fruit in her garden. She has an orchard with 14 fruit trees which are 9 years old, with a variety of old fruits like Schone van Boskoop, Rode van Boskoop and Notarisappel. Organic fruit, which she grows without fertilizers and pesticides, is used as ingredients in the breakfast served and is sold at local stores.
She contributes to biodiversity, which results in so many different kinds of wildflowers, plants, bees, bumblebees, butterflies, and birds. She often hears this from her guests, who see all kinds of species that they do not have at home.
Oh yes, of course, she collects the waste separately.
Appreciating the little things
This concept became a success because visitors find their peace in this quiet and beautiful spot in the middle of nature. Taking a step back from a hectic life, and having the time to watch the clouds go by, is what makes ‘de Klaproos’ unique.