A Dutch dream in the heart of Coffs

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES -

THE Clog Barn pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into Dutch ar­chi­tec­ture and cul­ture.

This is an out­ing for all the fam­ily, es­pe­cially if you have out-of-town visi­tors to amuse dur­ing these school hol­i­days.

For those for­tu­nate enough to have vis­ited the Nether­lands, the minia­ture repli­cas will bring back travel mem­o­ries of the ac­tual build­ings.

All the model build­ings and town cen­tres are clearly marked as to what they are and where they are.

Com­plete with work­ing wind­mills, the work is a labour of love of Dutch­born Tom Hart­suyker (pic­tured) who has cre­ated this over the past 35 years.

The build­ings in­clude tiny de­tails and are also staged with minia­ture an­i­mal and peo­ple models as well as com­ple­men­tary land­scap­ing adding the magic.

For the kids, the two model trains wind­ing their way through the vil­lage are al­ways a hit.

After you’ve toured the minia­ture vil­lage, take some time to browse the at­tached shop.

Here you’ll find ev­ery­thing Dutch from knick-knacks, books, clogs, wooden cuckoo clocks and Delft ware – hand-painted blue and white pieces from the canal city of Delft in Hol­land.

There are also a large se­lec­tion of fun nov­elty items and range of sou­venirs.

Next door is Big Oma’s restau­rant, open daily from 8am serv­ing break­fast, lunch and af­ter­noon tea and Dutch del­i­ca­cies and cro­quettes, mak­ing it the per­fect end to your visit. The minia­ture vil­lage at The Clog Barn is free to visit. Park­ing is avail­able out front and there is dis­abled ac­cess.

For more de­tails about this pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion see www.clog­barn.com.au.

Photo: Trevor Veale

DUTCH TOUCH: Tom Hart­suyker at The Clog Barn.

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