Here is the travel guide, rates, and review of the Old Grove Farmstead, also known as the Netherlands of Lipa City.
The Netherlands is definitely on my travel bucket list, but this dream is still on the horizon. I will pray and work hard for it. Visiting the nearer and inexpensive version of the Netherlands in Lipa City, Batangas—the Old Grove Farmstead—makes up for it in the meantime. 😉
We availed package 1, which includes a self-guided farm tour and breakfast. It costs Php 750 per adult or Php 1,050 on weekdays or weekends/ holidays, respectively. Breakfast is served from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM every day. A day before our preferred schedule, we had to pay at least 50% of the total cost so they could lock in our reservation.
It took us over 2 hours to get there because the traffic in SLEX was a little heavy, even though it was a Friday. When we arrived, the security staff greeted us, and he handed us a piece of paper with a few details. We submitted it to the personnel in the receiving area that has the kind of Dutch Windmills. Just beside it is a function room that looks like a barn.
After posing for some snaps, we went directly to their alfresco dining area. The Landlord’s breakfast that we got, albeit Filipino dishes, made me say, “Alsof er een engeltje over je tong piest,” or in English, “As if an angel is peeing on your tongue.” This is a Dutch expression that means I enjoyed it so much. Nope, I don’t speak Dutch, and yup, I’m trying ~hard~ to go full-blown Dutch here so I can relay the experience to you passionately. Lol. To hammer my point home: the food was scrumptious! If only this place was more accessible, I wouldn’t mind eating their food every week.
Then, we roamed further to take more pictures. This property is sizeable that it can house gardens, cottages, a hanging bridge, pools, and farm animals, among others. One of my favorite experiences was seeing a herd of sheep for the first time! Also, I got to take many photos with it. As you know, this website is called “The Bloggeram” because I was born in the Year of the Ram/ Sheep, so this encounter was pretty special and, indeed, one for the books. I also felt some sort of connection with them (?). Lol.
Was it worth it?
I would rate the place 3.9 out of 5. Only because there is really nothing much to do aside from taking pictures. I would have given a different impression if we availed an accommodation and stayed there overnight. But if you’re seeking a way out of your mundane existence (haha), this is a perfect place to be. You also get to reconnect with nature, soak up the sun for some vitamin D, and savor their delectable food.
Purok 5, U. Mojares Street, Barangay Lodlod, Lipa City,4217, Batangas
- They are usually fully booked on weekends and walk-ins are discouraged, so make sure you book a reservation before visiting.
- A 50% downpayment is required before they can finalize your reservation.
- Outside food and drinks are not allowed.
- COVID-19-related documents are not necessary, but just to be sure, keep your vaccination card handy.
- Wearing of face mask is a must.
There you have it. I hope this review of the Old Grove Farmstead will help you as you plan your travel there.