Theo and Joke Mosterman started the guest house in 1971 and built the company over the years into the cozy apartment complex that it is now. Since 2018 we, Michiel and Froukje Mosterman, are proud co-owners of De Vlindertuin. Michiel is the youngest son of Theo and Joke. Grandsons Hidde and Jelle are also often found in the playground of De Vlindertuin. The daily management of the apartments is done by the Mosterman family.
Our aim is to give you a wonderful holiday on Ameland by bringing the beautiful nature of the island to the apartments and thus also contributing to the further improvement of the ecology of the Wadden Sea Region. Our ambitions to promote the sustainability of the island are realized by "greening" the building and the surroundings of the complex.
Our sustainability agenda is as follows:
• De Vlindertuin wants to become energy-neutral. We achieve this by planting the roof with solar panels from GroenLeven. More than 60 solar panels are installed! These panels generate more than 17,000 kWh of green electricity per year. Moreover, we avoid the emission of 11,098 kg of CO2 per year.
• In addition to investing in our planet, we believe your holiday should also be good for your well-being. That is why there are infrared cabins in a number of rooms. A six person sauna has been placed in the courtyard for general use and a two person infrared cabin can be found there as well. Please note that swimwear is required. There are lounge chairs and towels and bathrobes can be rented to complete your wellness experience.
• A picking garden has been laid out. Do you have green fingers? During your stay you can work to your heart's content in the fruit and vegetable garden. There is garden tools available to get started and at the end of the day you reap the benefits yourself. Mint, currants, strawberries, head of lettuce and hand apples make your holiday a healthy and delicious one.
• We will install green roofs on our other flat roofs. This saves energy because a green roof serves as good insulation in winter and summer. It also improves biodiversity because green roofs provide space for rare insect species. A sedum roof provides food for bees and butterflies by nectar and pollen. And we believe it looks beautiful!
• Exchange cabinets encourage the exchange of items and are also easy because you do not have to take everything along to your holiday address. There is an extensive book exchange and loan cabinet with all kinds of books for young and old. Bad weather or time for a family game? There is a loan cabinet with all kinds of games for indoor and outdoor fun. There is also a closet with practical items to borrow such as umbrellas
• Bed, bath and kitchen linen are also included so you do not have to take the car to the island.
• Flowers and plants are planted in De Vlindertuin that benefit biodiversity. Of course there is an abundance of butterfly plants that honor the name of the complex.
• The biggest threat that the wild has to contend with is lack of food and nesting opportunities. With our bee hotels we can easily and quickly offer extra nesting opportunities. In the hollow bamboo stalks, the pine cones and in the wooden blocks with holes the wild bees and pollinating insects can shelter, nest and hibernate.
• In order to further reduce energy consumption, parts of the building will be provided with new façade cladding, window frames and doors made from recycled plastics. This prevents the need to cut down trees