Zwaantje Hans-Stokman’s Hof - museums

A beautiful traditional farmhouse

Zwaantje Hans-Stokman’s Hof is a beautifully-restored traditional Saxon farmhouse in Schoonebeek in the south of Drenthe. Zwaantje Hans, one of the last remaining members of the family who lived in the farmhouse, has created a tourist attraction here by displaying the old-fashioned art of ‘sand-strewing’.

Sand carpet

In the past, sand carpets were a common sight in many farmhouses in the province of Drenthe. Up until the beginning of the last century, farmers here did not have carpets and floor-coverings. Floors in the various rooms consisted of large pieces of Bentheim sandstone and blue and red tiles. Once a week the farmer’s wife would decorate one of the bare floors with fine sand to make a ‘sand carpet’. In this way she could display her artistic talent. All kinds of figures were spread out to form a complete patterned carpet, a real work of art. The farmhouse kitchen then looked its Sunday best.

Met zand bracht de boerin een versiering aan op de kale vloer: een zandtapijt.
Sand carpet in the farmhouse


People in Schoonebeek have continued to honour this traditional custom up to the present day. In this ‘sand-strewn’ farmhouse you can see the skill which it requires and even try it yourself. The farmhouse is also home to a permanent exhibition about the oil production that was very important for this area.

Met zand bracht de boerin een versiering aan op de kale vloer: een zandtapijt.
Artistic decoration on the bare floor

The oil exhibit in the rear of the farmhouse

Opening times

April to September from 13:00 to 17:00
Throughout the year by appointment
Closed Sunday and Monday

Contact details

Zwaantje Hans-Stokman’s Hof