Westenschouwen || Zeeland

“Westenschouwen, ’t zal u rouwen dat ge heeft geroofd mijn vrouwe, Westenschouwen zal vergaan, alleen de toren zal blijven staan.” – A Dutch ancient saying that can be translated as "Westenschouwen, you will grieve for taking away my wife, Westenschouwen will be destroyed, only the tower will remain". According to this ancient saga about the old Westenschouwe, a merman is supposed to have pronounced this curse on Westenschouwen after a fisherman had taken his mermaid away from the sea and taken her with him to the village. It might be coincidence, but after that, Westenschouwen detoriated. The tower, however, was demolished in 1845.

The village Westenschouwen, not to be confused with the nearby forestry “Westerschouwen”, is located on the most southern point of the “Kop van Schouwen”. The harbour of the original fishing village silted in the 16th century, after which the fishermen left. Nowadays, the tranquil village has changed into a pleasant holiday destination for the entire family. The village is located near the forestry and the biggest forest of Zeeland: the “Domeinen”. Multiple walking trails are leading you straight through herds of wild Shetland ponies and Scottish Highland cattle. You can also go horse-riding here or hop on a mountain bike to discover one of the most beautiful mountain bike trails of our country.

The 330-hectares area has several faces. The dense woods with its huge lakes were created because of many years of water extraction. They merge smoothly into a very diverse dune landscape with barren valleys, sandbanks and dune heaths, with its many colourful and fragrant dune plants and flowers. In the entire area, you can hear the waves crashing on the shore, which is a very unique experience. The “Domeinen” are registered as a Natural Heritage Site area and is managed by Staatsbosbeheer (Forestry Commission). The biggest part of the area is freely accessible.

The area of Westenschouwen is perfect for long cycling tours through a landscape that can often not be found in the Netherlands anymore. The many quiet country lanes take you along characteristic villages and offer you safe cycling routes.

The saga about the Vrouwe van Westenschouwen (Lady of Westenschouwen) can be heard when you enter the “Plompe Toren”. This tower is the only remaining remnant of the village Koudekerke that once was a part of Schouwen-Duiveland. But because of the many floods that ravaged our country, the village disappeared into the sea between the 15th and 17th century. Today, the “Plompe Toren” is linked to the saga of Westenschouwen.

Westenschouwen is only one kilometre away from the world-famous Delta Works and the impressive Oosterscheldekering, which you can already see from the beachsides. This storm surge barrier connects the island de Schouwen-Duiveland with the island Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the well-known family water park ‘’Deltapark Neeltje Jans’’. For active and sporty people, there’s the Grevelingenmeer (Lake Grevelingen) with its wide offer of (water) sports facilities.

Westenschouwen has a small seasonal supermarket and some fine restaurants. The village also has a real “climbing park” where both the young and the old can enjoy themselves. A larger supermarket, pharmacy, bakery and bike rental shop, can be found in neighbouring Burgh-Haamstede.

The Old-Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg or seaside resorts Renesse and Domburg are also worth paying a visit.

For more information about Westenschouwen and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

Holiday homes in Westenschouwen

Family home Irisweg 1, "Thalassa"

Westenschouwen || Zeeland

Goddess “Thalassa”, known to the ancient Greeks as the mother of all marine life. In Zeeland, "Thalassa" is known as the ideal holiday home for North Sea coast enthusiasts. The long stretche…

max 8 persons
4 bedroom(s)
3 shower (s)
pets allowed
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Holiday home Breevosdal 6

Westenschouwen || Zeeland

This former home of the mayor of “Westenschouwen” is a prime location at the edge of the “Boswachterij”. The North sea beach is just a 5 minute walk away through the forest rich area. The property com…

max 7 persons
3 bedroom(s)
2 shower (s)
pets allowed
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Holiday home Westerduyn 14/4, "De Zwerfkei"

Westenschouwen || Zeeland

Luxurious 4-6 person holiday villa “De Zwerfkei”

Just a stone’s throw away from the beach and forest lies our holiday home “De Zwerfkei”.

“De Zwerfkei” is built to last and has a luxurious and mod…

max 6 persons
3 bedroom(s)
2 shower (s)
pets allowed
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Chalet Scalde Oort 14

Westenschouwen || Zeeland

Detached luxury chalet in the holiday park Scalde Oort in Westenschouwen. You will find the perfect balance between luxury and the great outdoors in this cozy cottage. The large kitchen and lovely sho…

max 4 persons
1 bedroom(s)
1 shower (s)
pets allowed
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