It must have been a good time for the merchants who came from Amsterdam with a barge across the Vecht to the country house that now bears the name Logement aan de Vecht. Here they shook the stench and pushed the city away with a good party.
The first owner dates from 1721 and then in 1832 it was Pieter Huidekoper’s turn, who, as mayor of Amsterdam, regularly exchanged the view of the Herengracht for the water of the approximately 42-kilometer-long river.
In 2021, a stay in the stately building is still a party, although in this time of the corona you have to hang the garlands yourself. On the other hand: don’t you always have to do that in life?
Feast for the eye
Admittedly, there are no streamers hanging from the high walls of the former country estate Vrede en Rust, built around 1700, but the necessary art.
Old in the form of stately portraits and tapestries, new with her colorful Marilyn Monroe images and texts, such as in the bathroom of our room, by Rob Scholte.
The impressive old pool table, supervised by a knight in armor and what it seems, a mummy, the antique Austin Seven car in a side room and the old hunting room are a feast for the eyes. The checkered carpet on the stairs, by the way, too.
It is a bit reminiscent of the Golden Age and thanks to the atmosphere that hangs there you can almost see the merchants of that time enjoying a good dinner and mugs of beer at the long tables. With the current rules, a good dinner is still possible: with delivery from the adjacent country estate Slangevegt and the nearby restaurant De Olifant, for example. And the beer mugs become cans from the minibar in the room.
That room itself is compact (a nice word for not too big; the large antique wooden, in itself not very useful linen cupboard and the table at the window for dinner in the room take up the necessary space).
The modern bathroom with rain shower is surprisingly hidden behind the semicircular high wooden door. The balcony is a bit of climbing, but overlooks the garden and of course the Vecht, with the charming saloon boat waiting for better weather.
It is clear why the hard workers of that time sought peace here. The construction of the guest house, the layout and the furnishings (which was also a feast for the eyes at the time) provide a lot of inspiration.
The location and surroundings, right in the ribbon along the narrow Vecht, provide peace of mind. The word hotel would not have fit here either. Rightfully the Lodge of the week.
Interior: Antique and contemporary design mixed together, which leads to an interesting mix.
Location: Close to the motorway, with Breukelen, the A10 can be reached by car in ten minutes.
Service: Warm, open and enthusiastic.
Practical: Prices from about € 108, logement.aandevecht.com
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