About bodelaeke


A bit of history

We would like to take you back in time...

Where Beulakerwijde, the largest lake of Giethoorn, is located now, there used to be a village called Bodelaeke. Like Giethoorn and all the other small water villages in the area, it was founded in the 15th century as a settlement for peat workers. The name literally means ‘House (Bode) on the water (Laeke)’. Bodelaeke was a small hamlet with only a few houses. The residents worked as peat farmers in the area. In 1775, a heavy gale destroyed the village of Bodelaeke. Since the farmers had to extract more peat and at a faster rate in order to meet the growing demand, they started to take risks. The narrow strips of land (ribs or laying fields) which were, used to dry the peat that had been dug out and where the peat farmers lived, became narrower and narrower. The storm destroyed the ribs, and the water played havoc with the land. Only two houses and the church survived. After another violent storm in 1825, these eventually disappeared under water as well.

A wonderful source of inspiration

This piece of rich history and heritage was a wonderful source of inspiration from the designers and developers of Water Resort Bodelaeke. A small lake on the banks of National Park De Weerribben-Wieden was partly drained in order to create the characteristic peninsulas or ribs; right on the spot where Bodelaeke used to be. The various designs of the houses expresses a mix of ecological architecture with traditional building materials characteristic of this region, such as wood, thatch, brick and Dutch roof tiles. The 8 different house types have the following colour schemes: black, ochre, stone red and icy blue. The variation in high-grade building styles gives the holiday park the look and feel of a truly special and modern waterside village.

Bodelaeke: more than a holiday park

Bodelaeke is an iconic project for the Giethoorn area and consists of several parts. When you drive towards Giethoorn from Zwartsluis along the Beulakerweg, you will see this beautiful development outside Giethoorn on the left. In addition to Water Resort Bodelaeke with 191 luxury holiday water villas, more than 30 dream homes were built for permanent habitation. At Van der Gootplantsoen, just before the entrance of the Water Resort, another 8 detached water villas for permanent habitation were realised. 

Restaurant & Camperresort Bodelaeke 

The main building of Bodelaeke is situated at the entrance of the Water Resort. Here you will find the reception and the restaurant Bodelaeke, which are open to the general public. This allows people from outside to enjoy the large sun terrace with panoramic views of the marina with 39 berths and 15 colourful boat houses. It also makes the Beachclub a popular stop or starting point for a trip to National Park De Weerribben-Wieden, by land or water. Bodelaeke covers an area  of several square kilometres in size, with lots of nature and water. Camper Resort Bodelaeke is situated on the south side of the Water Resort. This full-automatic full-service camper site comprises 99 half-paved pitches overlooking water on all sides.

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