Our plot covers 10,000 m2, of which 5,000 m2 is demarcated for our animal pasture and currently consists of deer, alpacas and chickens.
And do you know why?
Deer have been viewed as luxury animals for over 1,000 years. For centuries, deer and peacocks on an estate were a sign of prosperity, something for kings and dukes and wealthy people. Because you don’t hunt in your garden, so those animals are mainly there in front of you, but you have to feed and take care of them.
Expensive animals actually. Of course deer and peacocks were eaten but normally it was just for the “beautiful” and “chic” if you had them in the garden and that has actually not changed over the centuries, so that even now some people keep these animals. Let’s face it, deer are beautiful and elegant animals. In addition to the deer, we have expanded the “herd” with a couple of young alpacas.
The animal meadow at Bed & Breakfast Hertenhoef was completely new and maintenance-friendly in 2017. Our calm animals keep the grass nice and short and that is partly the reason that we have them. In addition, we love “different than usual” and therefore approach some things just that little bit differently, with a love for perfection.