Relax - enjoy Amsterdam in a real home away from home
We’ve just returned from one of our most wonderful weeks away. What a gracious place this is! And host, Marcelle, and her assistant Ivan, were helpful and kind. Our stay could not have been better.
From the photos listed on the site, we knew it would be lovely and homey, but were not prepared for the feeling of being 'in' the rooms and living there. The front room, formal yet comfortable - with nearly 9-foot high windows - has the most wonderful original architectural details. The large plaster molding, a sculpted medallion from which the chandelier hangs, had the feeling of 17C interiors seen in paintings. What a treat to simply sit back and contemplate this voluptuous carving, or enjoy the mechanics of the complex window shutters that fold back to let the morning light fill the room. Across from the sofa is a beautiful Belgian marble fireplace, which now houses the TV we never watched. Sitting in the white chairs facing out to the canal and its waterway activity was sufficient entertainment – and it was a relaxing place to either eat breakfast or enjoy an aperitif.
Now, for cooks: the fabulous kitchen makes it hard to decide where to hang out. It is not easy to understand from the photos, but there is a skylight that floods the table below, and a unique corner window looks out at the spiral staircase up to the deck above. This is a great room with lots of character. The cupboards are filled with an assortment of dishes, and we had no problem finding all the pans for our preparations. The stove is excellent, with 6 gas burners, and a cute marble sink. There’s a dishwasher, and a fridge more like a cupboard under the counter. But, it was perfect.
The grocery store we preferred - of the four we visited - was the Albert Hein on the Elandsgracht. The store had everything we needed, and is located near some great little shops for cheese, wine and bread. Also, an organic butcher has lovely products. It’s an easy walk from the apartment, up the Prinsengracht.
Our weather for a week in Amsterdam was less than favorable, however, having the lovely apartment to return to was such a plus. Good heat and never a problem with hot water. Everything worked perfectly. We probably spent about half our time in Amsterdam ‘at home’ as it was so nice. I’d recommend this to any of our friends, and only hope that when we’re ready to return, it will not be impossible to book!
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