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De Amshoff Kiel-Windeweer Reviews
Worth a detour! Apr 08, 2012
De Amshoff is situated in Kiel-Windeweer, a ribbon-builded hamlet at the edge of the large peat-polder country near the border of the provinces Groningen and Drenthe (The Netherlands).
Although in the direct neighbourhood there are no touristic attractions to be found in this very quiet countryside, the city of Groningen and Zuidlaarder lake are at a stone throw away.
De Amshoff is a hotel or rather a B&B with two rooms. We stayed in a room with two levels. Downstairs is the entrance, the living room and a small kitchen. The hidden gem is an original cupboard-bed with wooden shutters. Unfortunately it is only suitable for small children.
A wooden staircase leads to the second floor, which offers a big bedroom with a view on the large garden as far as to the canal. En suite is the bathroom with bath and shower.
The room is pretty standard, but comfortable.
Breakfast is included and abundant. The hospitality is great.
However, the biggest reason why you should stay in De Amshoff is the building and its situation. It's very impressive.
More than 250 years ago the village was granted a church. Hendrik Amshoff managed the building of the church with a connecting vicarage.
Nowadays the church has lost its function, but it was saved from demolishing and got another destination.
The vicarage is resident of the proprietors and two rooms have been restyled for guests - separate entrance. They are situated right against the church. The church is the location for parties and weddings, while outside is a graveyard with old north Dutch tombstones. The names of the permanent guests are still easy to read.
When we visited De Amshoff the fog created a typical atmosphere...
There's also a restaurant which serves local cuisine.
De Amshoff is part of the "Maisons d'hôtes de caractére" and "Heritage lodging".
March 2012 we revisited the Amshof. We had the same room, but comlete different weather: the sun shined abundandly!
Thi time we made a reservation at the restaurant and enjoyed the wonderfull food chef Jan created for us and the five other tables. If you want to have dinner at the Amshof, you better make a reservation in forehand.
P.S.: traveling by car, don't take the narrow Pieter Venemakade, but the more comfortable Dorpsstraat right on the other side of the canal. Near De Amshoff is a bridge to cross the canal.
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