De Cantharel – a horse-friendly hotel in the Veluwe, the Netherlands

Do you have a horse? And do you want to bring your horse on holiday with you to the Veluwe, the most beautiful national park in the Netherlands? Check out the possibilities at Hotel Apeldoorn – de Cantharel. This horse-friendly hotel is part of Van der Valk Hotels & Restaurants, a Dutch hospitality group that has been welcoming guests at over 68 hotels in the Benelux for more than 100 years.

Van der Valk, luxury for horse and rider

Hotel Apeldoorn – de Cantharel stands out from other hotels in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands for its wide range of luxury facilities and services geared to both rider and horse. De Cantharel is the top horse-friendly hotel in the Veluwe. Bring your own horse and enjoy an all-inclusive stay together at our hotel.

Hotel de Cantharel has twelve first-class straw-bedded stables and secure tack rooms. Also, your horse will be fed Havens Basis-Sport condition cubes, so it

Our packages

Hotel Apeldoorn – de Cantharel has put together the ‘Veluwe on horseback’ package especially for horse lovers. With this package, you enjoy:

  • A one-night stay in a luxury comfort room
  • A lavish breakfast buffet
  • A Live Cooking dinner buffet
  • GPS routes for riders and carriage drivers
  • Coffee/tea and homemade apple pie
  • One-night stable hire or stay in the field

(This package does not include stable hire or stay in the field, these options can be booked as extras.)

Have a look at our Rider Packages

Explore the Veluwe on horseback

Van der Valk Apeldoorn – de Cantharel is the most unique horse-friendly hotel in the Netherlands. It is situated in the Veluwe, which has over 500 kilometres of bridleways. This is wonderful riding country, with the best of what the Dutch countryside has to offer: vast sand flats, green woodlands, flowering heathlands and meres. You can go riding all year round here, with the changing seasons providing a different stunning natural backdrop every season. With such a wide variety of rides to enjoy, you can quite easily spend several days in the Veluwe.

 After your special ride, why not treat yourself to a drink at the log cabin, next to the stables? By the way, this horse-friendly hotel offers much more than first-class accommodation for riders and horses. We also provide coaching with horses. So plenty of reasons to book a stay at Hotel Apeldoorn – de Cantharel! Check out the full range of packages on offer at Van der Valk Hotel Apeldoorn – de Cantharel and find out what other activities are available in the area!

Everything you need to know about horse-friendly Hotel De Cantharel

A luxury stay for both of you

The rider packages at this horse-friendly hotel in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands not only consist of first-class facilities for your horse, but you, yourself, also get to enjoy a luxury stay. Choose from five different types of suites, five different types of luxury rooms andtwo types of family rooms. The hotel is situated in the middle of the Veluwe, making it the perfect base to explore this beautiful area with the whole family or your partner.

If you want to discover Veluwe nature during your stay in the Netherlands, don’t miss out on a visit to De Hoge Veluwe National Park. With 45 kilometres of bridleways in the park and various junctions, it is really easy to put together your own routes. Go for a ride in the morning or afternoon to stand the best chance of spotting big game. Game is less likely to run away if you are on horseback and is mostly active during these times of the day. So keep your eyes and ears open!

Visit De Hoge Veluwe National Park websitefor more information about horse riding in this nature reserve. Staying at horse-friendly Hotel Apeldoorn – de Cantharel? The hotel is only a few kilometres from the national park. This makes it easy to combine a visit to the park with your stay.

Our luxurious suites and rooms

Activities in the area of horse-friendly hotel de Cantharel

Galloping on bridleways in De Hoge Veluwe National Park is not the only way to explore nature. Every Friday, you can go on a wagon ride from Hotel Apeldoorn – de Cantharel. Along the way, you will make a stop at our caterer’s de Cantharel and IJskaffee De Kei ice-cream parlour for some tasty treats. Always wanted to take a carriage ride? On Saturdays, you can take a carriage ride through this stunning nature-rich environment. Along the way, your driver will make a stop so you can enjoy a delicious snack and drink in the middle of nature. And if you want to fully unwind after a day out in the great outdoors make sure to visit our wellness area for a relaxing sauna or Turkish steam bath, among other things.

In short, there are plenty of fun activities for horse owners to enjoy in the area. So come on, treat yourself to an all-inclusive special stay at horse-friendly Hotel de Cantharel. Spend a couple of days out exploring this stunning natural environment with your horse. Any questions? Email us at