The Language Campus is

  • a group of school-owned buildings at holiday park ‘Landgoed Het Timmerholt’ in Drenthe
  • consisting of 2 group buildings and 10 holiday houses
  • renovated in 2021-2022
  • with a total capacity of 19 single rooms, 34 double rooms, 3 classrooms
  • which allows us to run maximum 6 groups at the same time (1 classroom is used for 2 groups: morning and afternoon)
  • and provide accommodation to all the students and staff members.

Outside the course periods of the Dutch Summer School and Dutch Winter School, the houses are available for regular holiday rental, individually or as a group.

  • leave the hassle of your daily life behind to focus on your studies
  • join a group of like minded people who all have a priority to learn Dutch
  • study in a quiet nature environment
  • a group experience
  • live together with other students in holiday houses
  • classrooms + residence in one place (no travel time)
  • affordable programme: group courses + shared accommodation
  • self catering (to keep it affordable)
  • for adults

A classroom:

  • capacity: maximum 14 students and 1 teacher
  • smart tv with chrome cast
  • whiteboard
  • coffee corner

We have 3 classrooms:

  • two classrooms in the group buildings 154 and 162 (when we have up to 4 groups)
  • one classroom in house 150 (when we have 5 or 6 groups at the same time)

A classroom is used twice a day.

Each group has half of the lessons class in the morning and the other half of the lessons class in the afternoon.

    The group buildings – type A (houses 154/155 and 162/163)

    The group buildings contain:
    – 4 shared rooms
    – 2 single rooms (with shared bathroom)
    – 1 classroom / dining area (with kitchen)
    – 1 lounge area (with kitchen)
    The classrooms are in use during the lessons. Students who live in the group building, can use the lounge area/kitchen during the time the classroom/dining area is in use.

    Holiday house – type B (houses 150 and 158)

    This house type contains:
    – 2 shared rooms
    – 1 single room
    – kitchen / living room

    Holiday house – type C (houses 138 and 156)

    This house type contains:
    – 4 single rooms (with shared bathroom)
    – 2 double rooms (for a couple)
    – 2 bathrooms / toilet
    – kitchen / living room

    Holiday house – type D (house 152)

    This house type contains:
    – 2 double rooms with a private bathroom
    – 1 single room with a private bathroom
    – kitchen / living room

    Holiday house – type E (house 83, 84, 85)

    This house contains:
    – 3 double rooms with a private bathroom
    – 2 single rooms (with a shared bathroom)
    – kitchen / living room

    Holiday house 82 and 187 are currently in use for staff members.

    Shared room, shared bathroom

    If you book a shared room, you will share the room with someone of the same gender. Most of the people who book a shared room will stay in the group buildings (we only use the shared room capacity in other houses once the capacity of the group buildings is full).

    A shared room has 2 box spring beds, that are separated from each other. There is a closet for clothes, a night stand and reading light.

    Single room, shared bathroom

    The single rooms with a shared bathroom are small rooms (most of our single rooms are the result of splitting a double room into two smaller single rooms). A single room has 1 box spring bed, a closet for clothes, a night stand and reading light.

    Single room, private bathroom

    The single rooms with a private bathroom (shower, toilet, sink) are bigger than the single rooms with shared bathroom. This room type has 1 box spring bed, a closet for clothes, a night stand and reading light.

    In most rooms, the bathroom is en-suite (with entrance from the room). Some rooms have a dedicated bathroom on the corridor within 3 steps from the bedroom door.

    Please note: in 2022, we will still have a limited amount of rooms with private bathrooms. These rooms might be fully booked soon. In 2023, we plan to realise 4-8 extra rooms with private bathrooms.

    Double room, private bathroom

    The double rooms with a private bathroom (shower, toilet, sink) have 2 box spring beds, a closet for clothes, 2 night stands and reading lights. We have 1 double room where the beds can be separated (if you’re not travelling as a couple, we recommend to inquire before booking if you want this room). All the other double rooms, the beds are double beds (for a couple).

    In most rooms, the bathroom is en-suite (with entrance from the room). Some rooms have a dedicated bathroom on the corridor within 3 steps from the bedroom door.

    Please note: in 2022, we will still have a limited amount of rooms with private bathrooms. These rooms might be fully booked soon. In 2023, we plan to realise 4-8 extra rooms with private bathrooms.

    Facilities at the park:

    • reception
    • bike rental
    • mini golf
    • tennis court
    • free parking
    • mini beach
    • water activities (canoe, pedal boat), swimming
    • fishing (lake is well-known for carp fishing)
    • restaurant / beach bar (to be opened in 2023)
    • park shop (to be opened in 2023)

    Distance to Westerbork (nearby town): 2.5 km:

    • 2 supermarkets (Lidl + Jumbo)
    • 1 biological super market
    • many restaurants
    • outdoor swimming pool (free tickets for visitors of the Language Campus)

    The initial plan: a budget option
    We started to promote the Dutch Summer School in Amsterdam in 2014. A lot of people reacted that the cost of the accommodation was simply too high for them.

    That’s when we decided to look for a second location (additional to Amsterdam). After scouting many locations all over the Netherlands, we found the ‘banana shape’ group accommodations of ‘Landgoed Het Timmerholt’ in Drenthe. To put it simple: the cheapest accommodation that we could find in the Netherlands. A little bit outdated, but significantly more affordable than Amsterdam.

    The other assets
    Already in the first week of the Summer School in 2015, we found out that price wasn’t the only benefit of this location:
    – the quiet nature environment was a perfect place to study, opposed ot a city with many distractions
    – the fact that all students booked accommodation and stayed together, resulted in a great social atmosphere
    – 100% of the students was fully focussed (compared to Amsterdam where half of the people didn’t book accommodation and continued their lives next to the intensive course)
    – it’s much easier to practise speaking Dutch in the country side, opposed to an international city where everybody is used to communicating in English

    Drenthe becomes main location
    In the beginning, half of the students chose ‘Amsterdam’ and the other half chose the ‘best price’ in Drenthe. But gradually we started to build our name, and more and more the other advantages of our courses in Drenthe became known. Most people who visited our programme in both Amsterdam as Drenthe, preferred Drenthe. The return rates in Drenthe were significantly higher. As a result Drenthe became our ‘main’ location and Amsterdam a second option.

    2020: the end of the banana buildings
    We were very sad, when we were informed that the good old banana buildings were bought by a developer; who planned to demolish them in order to construct luxury houses. So, again, we had to search all over the Netherlands: not only for the best price! Now, we wanted a place that could offer all the other things as well: nature, self catering houses grouped together, at the country side. But we had one extra demand: we wanted to avoid a similar situation, that we rent something for a few years and are then we’re kicked out. So, then we looked for something to buy.

    The solution
    We visited locations in Flevoland, Brabant, Overijssel, Gelderland and other places in Drenthe. But the solution was much closer than we thought: just 100 meters away! At the same holiday park: a whole street was for sale! After a week of playing monopoly, the deal was done.

    The upgrade
    The purchased buildings were not as outdated as the previous ‘bananas’. Nevertheless… now that we owned the buildings, we had the chance to invest in quality, just like we do with our programme. And so we invested in a total renovation: new kitchens, new interieurs, new bathrooms, new gardens, insulation, even some new roofs!

    And the result? In 2023, we still offer the same rates for the accommodation as in 2018. But in 2018, for this money you didn’t have a dish washer, a washing machine, an oven, locks on the door, a renovated interior, our single rooms even didn’t have a window! We can still offer the same rates, simply because we own the buildings.

    And that makes that our ‘Language Campus’ still meets the initial criteria: a great environment for the best price!

    The address of the Language Campus: Vakantiepark ‘Landgoed Het Timmerholt’, Gagelmaat 4, 9431 KT, Westerbork

    You can get there:

    • by car (free parking)
    • by transfer from railway station Beilen: the holiday park organises transfers on the arrival and departure days (from railway station ‘Beilen’), costs: 8 euros/transfer
    • by public transport from railway station Beien: QBuzz 22 from railway station to bus stop ‘Westeinde’ in Westerbork + walk 36 minutes
    • by taxi from railway station Beilen: call this company (please note: book it in advance!)
    • by bike from railway station Beilen: take your bike in the train (costs 7,50 euros), it’s 30 minutes by bike from railway station Beilen

    It’s not a hotel
    Would you like full board (meals included)? A spacious room with a table to study? Privacy and time for yourself? Someone who cleans your room every day?
    Then probably our Language Campus is not the right concept for you.

    Our concept is aimed to be affordable + sociable:
    – You prepare your own meals (or even better: you agree on cooking/eating together with your house mates).
    – The bedrooms are small (with just a bed and a closet). You share a kitchen / living room with other students, the shared space is where you spend most of your time.
    – You and your housemates are responsible to keep the house clean. An end clearning is included.

    It’s not a ‘normal’ language school
    Study at the Language Campus, stay at home, and commute every day?
    People who book accomodation: 96% finishes the programme. People who don’t: 70% finishes the programme.

    We’ve had plenty of students who booked a course without accommodation and regretted that choice. They miss out on the interaction between students after class: doing homework together, enjoying the time at the park, practising Dutch with each other. And the programme is super intensive. It’s too tiring if you combine it with being 2 hours/day in a car and all those things you need to do at home.