For a couple of weeks each year, daily thousands of people flock towards the tulip fields around Lisse, Noordwijkerhout, the surrounding areas and of course the world renown gardens at Keukenhof.
It always comes as a surprise to me that many of my fellow countryman have never taken the opportunity to visit the tulip fields. If you haven't had the chance yet to experience this wonder of being surrounded by innumerable tulips and other flowers, we would strongly encourage you to find a way to the tulip fields or Keukenhof.
At Keukenhof, you get to see countless different types of tulips and other flowers. I am sure you will find your very own favourite tulip.
Some of the best kept secrets in the old city centre of The Hague
The Period Gardens behind the Van Balckeneynde House and the Paulus Potter House are an oasis of elegant beauty and stillness in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the governmental capital of The Netherlands.
These Period Gardens can sometimes be visited during Open Monumentendag and 'Struinen door Haagse tuinen'. However some of our tenants have the privilege of daily views of these gardens...
Canal Views in October & November
Not one day is exactly the same. Every day has something special, something unique and something different to celebrate, to overcome or to get done. Also, here at the canal not one day is the same.
Each of the four seasons has it's own unique elements and merits. My week so far has included avoiding the rain showers, grey clouds and bike rides in the pouring rain. There are many nations where the people stay inside when it rains. Living in The Netherlands staying in whenever it rains, is not an option. We would lose our jobs, our children wouldn't go to school and we wouldn't have groceries and therefore no food to eat. Rain is simply part of our daily lives. Do we like it? No, not necessarily but life goes on and we take out our umbrellas or put on our rain suit (regenpak) and we embrace the reality (inconveniences and all). We are a cycling nation and it does rain a lot and often.
Convenience & Character
In a similar way, each of our apartments has it's unique character, elements and merits. Some apartment were renovated just last year and another five or ten years ago.
A sunny second floor apartment with a living room, a bedroom with a balcony, a kitchen, a bathroom (with a shower). The living room has a nice view over the canal and the trees along the water side. From the quiet balcony at the back side you also have a nice town view. A classic, monumental and light apartment with authentic stucco ceilings and ornaments but modern and stylishly furnished.
In the middle of the old city centre of The Hague
Conveniently located on the first floor, we have a light and spacious two bedroom apartment. The apartment has been renovated recently and it has a spacious living room with French doors to a sunny and sheltered roof terrace.
The living room also boasts a classic fire place and it has plenty of room to comfortably entertain guests or enjoy a quiet evening at home.
Connected to the living room is the dining room. The dining room is also light and spacious. It has a gorgeous view on the canal and the trees along the waterside. The open kitchen is also fully equipped with everything you may need during your stay.
The beautiful master bedroom with a double bed is located at the quiet back of the property. Furthermore, the apartment has a second bedroom (with a double bed or two single beds), a new bathroom with shower and a separate toilet.
The entrance hall downstairs has enough room for a stroller or a pram. For bicycles, we have private bike shed on the other side of the canal at Dunne Bierkade.
Also, within walking distance from your apartment is the Haagse Bos (the Forest of The Hague). In fact, this is one of the oldest remaining forests of The Netherlands. Originally, the Haagse Bos was a section of a vaste and age-old primeval forest. This was simply called Die Hout (The Woods). The title eventually gave way to the name Houtland or Holtland (which literally means "wood lands") and later became Holland. From this original forest only the Haagse Bos remains, and two traffic roads even cut it into three parts nowadays.
Nonetheless the remains are fascinating. Age old trees, ponds, small wooden bridges, romantic vistas and landscape views, sunny meadows, birds singing in the trees, ducks and even swans swimming in the ponds. And there’s also a Royal Palace in the middle of the forest, called Huis ten Bosch (“House in the Forest). The ideal place to spend the day over a warm weekend or just on an ordinary evening amidst a busy schedule.
The real diehards will go to the Waterleidingduinen (the dunes), a National Park where you can walk for hours or go for a serious bike ride.
The Hague, a great city to live in!
Tulips All Year Around
Tulips, cheese and their windmills. These are some of the things that the Dutch are world-renowned for. This time of year, one can travel to places like Noordwijkerhout and Lisse and wander around the endless fields of tulips in all colours. I have friends coming to visit me from overseas around this time of the year specifically, just so that they can also experience the wondrous magic of the tulip fields. So if you are ever in The Hague around April, make sure to visit the tulips as many dream of doing this but few are fortunate enough to really go and do it.
Now for those that don't have the opportunity to come to The Hague in April, you can always buy yourself some tulip bulbs at the airport or a garden centre so that you can plant them back home (as long as customs allows it) or you can stay in the fully furnished our Comfortable Family Apartment. This is where you have tulips in your living room all year around.
This two bedroom apartment has a light living room with a fire place and a lovely view on the canal, ,a kitchen, a toilet and little balcony on the first floor (first floor in Holland is not the ground floor), and a spacious master bedroom, a smaller second bedroom and a bathroom (with a shower) on the second floor. Everything you have need of is within your reach.
The Canal in the 20's
Look at the trees in their full splendour. Look at the motor vehicle parked along the Dunne Bierkade. Look at the horse and carriage. Look at the quaint little bridge keepers' cottage. Look.
When studying the shadows as they are displayed in the photograph, one can conclude that this picture was taken around half past five on a lovely summer day, a good many years ago. The building depicted on the right is where the following fully furnished one, two and three bedroom apartments are currently located: Dunne Bierkade 32I, Dunne Bierkade 32II, Dunne Bierkade 32III, Paviljoensgracht 88, Paviljoensgracht 90, Paviljoensgracht 92, Paviljoensgracht 94 and Paviljoensgracht 98.
About two years ago, the lime trees along the Dunne Bierkade were all removed because of the maintenance works on the canal wall that were to commence later in the same year. At last, the trees have finally returned to the canal and we now look forward with great anticipation to this years spring and summer. Where the trees will once again
slowly but steadily turn lush green.
There is always something special about the highest point of a building and structure. Whether one takes the cable car or hikes to the top of Table Mountain (Cape Town, South Africa), takes the elevator up the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France) or climbs to the top of Mount Everest (Himalayas, Nepal and China), the reward of the views is tangible and worth the ascent.
Here at the canal, we also have several top floor apartments with stunning views. Not as legendary as the above mentioned world renown views but still beautiful in their own right.
Here at the canal, everything is covered in a delicate layer of white snowflakes. It started snowing Sunday afternoon at around 1 o'clock and by 2 o'clock the trees, the side walk, the pavement, the rooftops, the bicycles and cars parked along the canal were are all engulfed in white. Everything seems to slow down somewhat as the snowflakes peacefully dance down from the sky. A wonderland.
The Dunne Bierkade
Living at the Dunne Bierkade is an experience. It's more than simply having an apartment to live in. It's much more! It's the ambiance of living around a canal, in the middle of the old centre of The Hague, the political capital of the Netherlands. A trendy lunchroom, a fine dining experience, having a refreshing drink on one of the boat terraces; it is all a part of canal living.
Next door to our office is number Twenty, a sunny one bedroom apartment on the first floor.
Headline in Dutch newspaper: “Amsterdam tourist will not go to The Hague”. This in response to the news that - since Amsterdam is suffering from too many tourists - they made a deal with The Hague to send their overload of tourists to the city of Peace & Justice. According to tourist expert Han Verheijden this strategy won’t work. His advice: “Try 17th century Holland with its beautiful canals, facades and famous old painters.
But this is exactly what The Hague has around the Dunne Bierkade: the dwelling houses of world famous painters Paulus Potter, Jan Steen and his father in law Jan van Goyen. Jan van Goyen was a painter of landscapes and sea and river scapes. His son in law Jan Steen is famous for his interior scenes. And Paulus Potter, a painter of rural scenes, is famous for his “Bull” which has the same renown worldwide as Rembrandt’s ’“De Nachtwacht” (The Nightwatch).
You can visit their houses nowadays and you could even stay in your very own (newly renovated) canal apartment. At the same canal, visitors can enter the monumental house of Claes van Balckeneynde, who has built the Royal palaces in The Hague as well as the Catshuis – the Dutch Prime Minister’s house.
Around the corner is the house of the great philosopher Spinoza.
Well, there is even more. In the 19th century painters of “De Haagse School” were living at this canal. Vincent van Gogh took his first painting lessons from them and lived for about 7 years in this area, before going to the French countryside where life was cheaper for a poor painter.
So far, The Hague hasn’t been proud of its past. However, it is now time for change. Especially since visitors from abroad seem to be more interested in these things than the Dutch in general. Are you interested in an authentic tour of the houses of the outdoor museum? Visit the Buitenmuseum.
The Ways Of The Dutch & Living In The Hague
The picture above gives a glimpse into the glorious beauty, history, and elegance that is the Netherlands in the spring and summer time! When you are in The Hague, although the way of life caters mostly to city living, you can also find a lot of time and many unique places to relax and have fun during your stay here. This time of year is really wonderful, because of the lovely weather and wonderful temperatures that make you want to sit outside and soak it all in.
The one thing that captures my attention like no other, every time I come for a visit, is the way that people conduct their day to day lives. Their priority is making and taking the time to enjoy the simple things of life. Here, they celebrate the warm weather like it is the best gift they could be given, and also make time for many outdoor activities such as visiting the beautiful, lush gardens throughout the city, going to spend time in the sun by the gorgeous beaches, or biking along the picturesque canals. Whether at the beach, sipping coffee or having a nice dinner, the Dutch really take time to live life to the fullest. As an American, that sense of taking time for true enjoyment, a less rushed existence, and more emphasis on relaxation and recharging is probably the thing that stands out to me the most. It is what I try earnestly to take home with me every time I return from Holland.
by Lauren B. (a frequent visitor at the canal)
An Apartment With A View On Every Side
The Fundatie Voorhoeve works with both weekly & monthly rates and the possibility to extend your stay if necessary. This way, you have all the flexibility that you need.
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This three bedroom apartment is a unique family apartment with a spacious yet cozy living room with a fire place. The apartment has an open kitchen with dining area, a master bedroom with a view, a second bedroom with a double bed (and a bunk bed) and third bedroom upstairs (which can either be made up as two single beds or one double bed). The apartment has a bathroom with a bath, a separate toilet and sunny and secluded roof terrace.
Elegant Two Bedroom Apartment
This charming first & second floor apartment can comfortably accommodate a family of 4 - 6 persons. At the same time, the apartment is also a good match in case you are looking for an apartment to share between colleagues or friends. The apartment is fully furnished and you will find it has everything you may need for your stay. On the first floor there is a big kitchen (also to be used as a dining room), a light living room (with a fire place and a sofa bed for guests) and a little bathroom with a shower and a toilet. On the second floor there are two decent sized bedrooms, the second bathroom with a bath and a separate toilet. The convenience combined with the character of the canal apartment create an idyllic home away from home.
Let’s forget about Wiki Leaks and Panama Papers. It’s now time for Doggy Leaks. The Fundatie Voorhoeve is Pet Friendly. Expats travelling with their beloved dog or cat are always welcome. Though we do appreciate to be notified in advance. But not everybody knows about that, we found out recently.
“There is a leak through the window”, the cleaning lady reported last week while cleaning a vacated apartment before the new tenant would arrive. This seemed a bit strange, since it hadn’t been raining. But the floor was wet, indeed. And so was the wall, but only from a height of 40 centimeters. We found a lot of black dog hairs in the apartment, and our nose detected something other than rain water. Fortunately the cleaning lady cleaned the apartment until everything was spic-and-span again.
Yes, we are pet friendly, indeed. Dogs don’t have to live like a stowaway in our apartments. Only, please do report this to us in advance. And walk the dog in time. Even on the morning of departure. No leaking dogs, no Doggy Leaks please.
Days filled with sunshine & all things green
After an extended number of warm and sunny days, the period gardens and the trees along the canal have transformed and they now once again boast in their green splendour. This reminds me of the promise of endless days of sunshine and summer celebrations (which include weddings, dinner parties and garden lunches).
Even though we are in the business of renovating monumental apartments (along the canal) in order to provide comfortable expat housing, we also recognize that some 'places' stand out on their own and should be embraced for what they are... In this 'historical accommodation' it literally seems like you have gone back in time. Fortunately, you do have all the conveniences of our modern day society!
Accommodation in the old city centre of The Hague. Fully furnished and newly renovated apartments and studios for temporary and long term rentals.