The location of Ria’s farmhouse is dab smack in the middle of an agricultural district, which makes it perfect if you are looking for somewhere quiet and private. It is very well-situated for visiting tulip fields or the polder district (the reclaimed land, of which her farmhouse was built), including the inland “island” of Schokland in close proximity.
Marknesse has a small town centre, with a reasonable supermarket and a few restaurants. The area is ideal for bicycling, and Ria has two available for guests to use. The house itself is one of the original farmhouses built in the post-war reclamation project. Ria has installed central heating (but beware of hot pipes that are exposed in rooms, if you have small children with you) and the bathroom and toilet are newly installed. The accommodation is fine, with a separate living and dining area, and 4 bedrooms. There is also a laundry room, with a washing machine and dryer. The downside is that there were no bath towels provided.
Also do be aware that Ria asks for a security deposit on arrival of £100 cash. Since Ria lives 20 miles away, and needs to be there in person to hand over the keys (rather than leaving them in a keylock) and again when you leave to return your cash deposit, it is a bit inconvenient, as you can’t just leave when you’re ready. But rita was happy to come at the arranged time. Also note that at the time of writing there are no bath towels at the property, so you will need to bring your own.