The North of Holland is mainly agricultural countryside apart from Groningen and Leewarden, two relatively big cities like the size of Bath ( in the UK.)
My mother remarried -to a farmer - that was a bit of a surprise as she is pretty arty- but she's very happy- and they moved into this house about 25 years ago. This is my mum and my step-dad some time ago.
Houses this size are not really called "farms" ( " boerderij " in Dutch )but "Heerenboerderijen" which means "gentleman's farmer's residence"- I suppose it has to do with the size.They are normally humongeous with huge barns.To the North of the city Groningen, you will find quite a few of these houses dotted in the landscape.
Because of this split into three parts, this kind of farm-house is called ( in the Netherlands ) a " Kop-Hals-Romp" farm- or a Head- Neck-Body farm- the head being the main living quarters, the neck the servants' quarters and the body the barns.
The main living quarters have very high ceilings and huge windows..it took a heck of a lot of fabric to get curtains for this place ! This is just one of the two living rooms, this one has a fireplace.
It has a very ingenious way of separating the two rooms so if you are with a group of people,where one group wants to sit in front of the fire- and the other group wants to watch t.v., you can draw the sliding doors to and you will have the room with the fireplace closed off from the other room.The doors run quite smoothly on rails and are very light to close but are actually made of very heavy solid wood.
You can see a bit of the wooden surround where the doors fit into on this picture here above. The fire place living room, and the main living room,plus the dining room corner form a huge room made out of three bits...
I have had some lovely festive meals in this dining room..my mum adores fine china..
You can see here a blue and white dinner service which she had for a long time.. which was her day-to day- dinner service..I always love blue and white , don't you ?
It was very similar to Villeroy and Boche's "Vieux Luxembourg"..
Here is some Villeroy and Boche " Aragon" to give you a bit of a feel of the design..it's really lovely..
Bear in mind I never lived in this house- I was already grown up and living with my then boyfriend when my mum and her new husband moved here... And I won't inherit this either.. as my step-dad had quite a large family before he met my mum, and we all have to share the inheritance- plus the house prices have dropped so much that I really don't think anything will be left when they pass on... It's quite a lovely big place but it's a bit big I think for two people- which is basically what it is- but what do I know!!
This is the main bathroom which is en-suite to the main bedroom.
And here is the main bedroom- the chair in the background is standing in front of a huge walk-in cupboard.
This is the main entrance hall with the stairs leading to the first floor and the 5 extra bedrooms and bathroom..
This is the view from the first floor towards the staircase.. the house is full of pictures that I painted once upon a time..
The servants quarter housed a small Lace Museum till a few years ago which my mum started and which she had for quite a few years, exhibiting her lace collection which she loves.
and it's own canal !
It's really a great place but my mum and step-dad are really get on in years now so they are thinking of moving to somewhere smaller..
So if you have fallen in love with the Netherlands and would like to buy this place, this link here will lead you to their estate agent.
Well that's it for the tour.
I'm linking this to Tablescape Thursday
Well it's a gorgeous day today but I have been up since 20 past five roaming the fields- I've had throat infection, scrathed cornea, and now a missing cat-it comes in threes- right? - My lovely cat Tilda has been missing since last night ( she never goes out as I have had 2 cats killed on the road here )- so please hope and pray for her safe return!! I have dropped an A4 print with a picture of Tilda on it ,in almost the whole village and put the same A4 up on the village hall notice board and lamp-postswith our phone number and a descirption of Tilda- and I may do the door to door tonight as very few people were at home- to check in neighbour's garden sheds! Wish me luck !! XOXO Bea