Photography & text: © Anna Rubingh
When you drive, walk or ride through the small village of Oldeberkoop on a quiet day, which is almost every day, it’s like time stood still for a couple of hundred years. Gigantic oak and beech trees have stood and watched the small historic, 900 year old village for centuries now, the small village centre is dominated by the big old church parts of which date back as far as the 12th century.
With not much going on and situated in beautiful countryside Oldeberkoop is an excellent place for those who like peace and quiet and enjoy walking or riding a bicycle in the quiet countryside and nearby nature reserves.
The small village centre is dominated by the big old church parts of which date back as far as the 12th century.
The village itself is first mentioned in1228, then called Brokope, as Frisian warriors gathered to conquer parts of Drenthe, the neighbouring region. The small village centre aroudn the church has some truly beautiful and listed historic buildings. Being the region’s capital in the 19th century some grand houses were build which are still there today.
Oldeberkoop has a hotel and there are several B&Bs in the area, the village also has 2 restaurants, a few local shops and a textile centre, Hawar, and, on occasion, you can dine and visit a concert at Le Brocope.
On the pages “Editorial | Lifestyle” on this website you’ll find several photography series shot in Oldeberkoop; Mara’s Home, the home of the owner of Le Brocope in Oldeberkoop, a series about textile centre Hawar and its founders and a photography series about Hilde who works as a shepherd herding her herd of locally bred sheep in the Oldeberkoop region and working together with textile centre Hawar on some special workshops and projects.