The history of the landscape surrounding Linschoten goes as far back as the twelfth century when most of the polders were created. The cutting of peat in the 18th and 19th centuries created lakes. Later some of these were impoldered again and today they are the deepest polders. The remaining lakes offer ample opportunity for watersports and other leisure activities. A number of old towns and villages in the region offer a rich variety of culture and history. The quiet rural roads are ideal for travel on foot or by bicycle. The estate is a starting point for many interesting travel routes. Your hostess will be happy to provide advice about possible routes. The central location brings the cities of Amsterdam and Utrecht within easy reach.
Culinary pleasures are available in the excellent restaurants in the village of Linschoten, for instance at De Burgemeester, www.deburgemeester.nl or at Bij Mette: www.bijmette.nl.
Het Wapen van Linschoten is a café in the village with a terrace overlooking the water : www.hetwapenvanlinschoten.nl
Landgoed Linschoten: The estate was established in the Middle Ages and with its 450 hectares it is the largest rural estate in Het Groene Hart (the ‘Green Heart’ of Holland). The estate has a manor house dating from the 17th century with a garden and woods. It consists of farmlands and a number of historic farmhouses. The manor house and grounds can be visited on open days or when concerts are held. www.landgoedlinschoten.nl
Linschoten: The old centre of the village has more than 30 historic buildings and an old church with a leaning tower.
Oudewater: This is the oldest little town in the Groene Hart. On the witches’ scales in the Weighing House you can prove that you are not a witch. In the Museum of Rope you can make your own skipping-rope and you can see, hear, feel and smell the story of the spinning ‘yellow-bellies’.
Gouda: This old Dutch town has a reputation for cheese, syrup or treacle waffles and candles. In the historic centre of the city the fairylike town hall is a real eye catcher.
Musea: The town museum of Woerden has an interesting collection related to its Roman past. Other options include the cheese museums in Gouda and Bodegraven and the peat museum in Vinkeveen. At the Witte Swaen in Montfoort you can see a collection of antique dinner sets and porcelain In Haastrecht a visit to the museum of the private house of the late Pauline Bisdom van Vliet will be very rewarding.
Walking and cycling: Some options for walking include the Groene Hart path by NIVON or the Engherkade way by the ANWB. There are plenty of cycling routes. One lovely trip, which is also very enjoyable for children, goes to the Teagarden de Kwakel. You travel by bike alongside woods and the little river, the Lange Linschoten passing a number of picturesque farmhouses. Children will find a gypsy caravan at their disposal full of toys, so they won’t get bored. Teagarden de Kwakel is just a little more than 6 km from B&B De Lage Polder. www.theetuindekwakel.nl
Swimming, sailing and canoeing: For these activities you can choose amongst the Reeuwijkse Plassen and the Nieuwkoopse Plassen, or a little further away the Vinkeveense Plassen and the Loosdrechtse Plassen. The towns of Montfoort, Oudewater and Woerden are within reach by canoe. Just follow the small river, the Lange Linschoten. There are a number of open-air and indoor swimming pools, within a 10 km radius of the B&B.
Woerden: There is a farmers’ market every Saturday between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm with farmers from the region selling their organic produce.
A general weekly market is held every Wednesday between 8.00 am and 12.30 pm. Both markets are located at the Kerkplein.
Oudewater: A weekly market is held every Wednesday between 12.30 pm and 5.00 pm at the Marktbrug.
Gouda: There are two weekly markets – one on Thursdays between 8.30 am and 1.00 pm and one on Saturdays between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm at the Marktplein. In summer there is also a special cheese market on Thursdays.