Boerderij Spa – The farm spa

An old farm diversified into a spa that combines leisure and countryside lifestyle.

Project summary: 

The old farm of Frans and Marinka Stegginkis located north-west of Ootmarsum in the Dutch province of Overijssel and is dated back to 1645. A casual passer-by would probably be surprised to learn that this old farm houses a health spa. This was exactly what the owners were aiming for when they had the idea for a farm spa. 

Aside the farm spa the owners also run an ice cream dairy, a cattle herd and farm-stay accommodation. The farm has also a bread oven, two hay saunas, a herbal sauna and a room with a clay oven for mud treatments. Each space provides a different experience. For instance, the floor of the herbal sauna is covered with pine branches to stimulate foot ref lex points. The gentle mist produced by the burner fills the air with the soothing aroma of pine needles and herbs. Visitors can make use of the various facilities, depending on the spa package they choose. All spa packages offered by the farm involve some element of the countryside and outdoor living. 

 

Project results: 

The project helped preserve this characteristic farmhouse of the area. Without this investment the farmhouse would eventually have fallen into ruin. 

The spa won the rural development programme prize ‘Passie op het Plattelandprijs’, in the category 'Quality of life'.