Ottenshoes & Film Het Orvelte Dagboek

In the farmhouse Ottenshoes you can view the film Het Orvelte Dagboek (‘Orvelte Diary’), and our guides are happy to take you on a tour of this heritage farmhouse. 


Orvelte Dagboek 

‘I went to the farm land and went into a sod hut for the first time.  The ceiling was low and it was dark and dank.  Eight people live in one room together with their small stock.’  This is a fragment from the diary of a teacher who lived and worked in Orvelte around 1900.  She later emigrated to the United States.  But why?  A broken heart?  What, exactly, happened in this village of ash trees?  Within a quarter of an hour you learn from a spectacular three-screen film what happened at the beginning of the twentieth century.  When you visit Orvelte, the film Het Orvelte Dagboek is a must. 


Period Rooms in the Saxon Farmhouse

But don’t forget the beautiful period rooms. Our guides take you around in the farmhouse of the Otten family. Here you get an impression of life in Drenthe villages in the nineteenth century. The farmhouse, designed to look like one from that period, has many objects used at the time:  clothing, furniture, traditional box beds, and much more.  Our guides show you everything and tell you about the objects; they also know interesting details about traditions and faith.

Visit to the Ottenshoes

When visiting Orvelte, it is best to start with a visit to the Orvelte Poort.  There you can get all the necessary information about the village and its surroundings.  A visit to the  Ottenshoes (‘the Ottens’ house’) is strongly recommended for a good overview of Orvelte’s history.  Our guides in the Ottenshoes are happy to take you on a tour of the heritage farmhouse, and you can view the film Het Orvelte Dagboek (‘Orvelte diary’).  Also, there are often demonstrations of traditional skills. 



Adults € 4,00 p.p.
Children 5 t/m 14 years € 2,00 p.p.
Family (2adults plus 2 children) € 8,50 p.p.
Group (10 people or more) € 3,50 p.p.

Wheelchair Hire You can hire a wheelchair at Ottenshoes for €12.50, of which €10 is a deposit.
Parking Orvelte cost €3,00 a day.


Opening times:
10am – 5pm

The Ottenshoes is open from 1 April to the end of the autumn school break.