cran·ber·ry
1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
cot·tage
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Huis Singraven

We had a few days vacation this month to celebrate my 50th birthday. One of the places we visited was Huis Singraven in Denekamp. We were so fortunate that there was a guided tour on the day we were there. It is new this year to open the house at limited times in the winter season. The location has a long history dating back to the mid 1400s. The house itself was built in the 1600s and rebuilt many times in its history. The current house was lived in until 1966 when it was gifted to a foundation at the death of its owner. Small estates like this in Holland give a great look into the life of gentry of that time. 


The watermill on the estate is still in working order. It has been featured in a painting by Dutch artist Meindert Hobbema which is hanging in the Louvre. 


Although we did not go through the park to the sides of the house, the grounds to the front were beautiful. This garden would be beautiful in May when all the rhododendrons are in bloom. 


I would love to go back one day in the height of the gardening season. 

Heidi

14 comments:

  1. Nog van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag. Jullie troffen het zeker dat er een rondleiding was. Altijd leuk en interessant om binnen te kijken in zo'n prachtig huis. Ik geniet van je foto's. Fijne week,

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    1. Bedankt Willy. Het was zeker boffen dat wij precies op tijd waren. En de rondleiding was geweldig. De gids naam extra tijd dus we mogen al meer dan 2 uren het huis aan het bewonderen.

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  2. Het lijkt mij dat je van een heerlijke verjaardag hebt mogen genieten☺☺. Hoe bevielen de gekozen B&B's??

    Liefs Silvia.

    PS. Je ziet het is me uiteindelijk gelukt om comments te geven!!

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    1. Wat een leuke verrassing Silvia! B&Bs waren allerbei geweldig. Ga mijn volgende blogpost er over schrijven.

      Tot donderdag!

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  3. Happy Happy Birthday Heidi!!
    What a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for taking me along :)

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    1. You are welcome Chris and thank you for the birthday wishes.

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  4. Happy big five-oh, Heidi! I'm glad you got to have a lovely getaway for your birthday.

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    1. Thanks Melanie. It was fun to get away and have some quiet time together.

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  5. I love the ironwork on the gate and lamp post! Very pretty! I can't imagine living in a house so large.

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    1. I was drooling over the iron gates Jackie. Funny but the house is so comfortable inside that it does not feel big as much as warm. I just loved the library! You cannot take photos so I cannot share that with you.

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    2. That watermill is just beautiful. I like it even better than the house and it is soooo pretty. It is lucky to have it to visit when it is open.
      Love you, Mom

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  6. I didn't realize we are just a few years apart in age!

    Can you imagine living in a house like that? Of course, the mistress of the house had staff to clean, etc. Some days, that sounds really nice.

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  7. Happy Birthday Heidi. What a beautiful place to visit. I hope you get to go back.

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  8. Did your kids come to help celebrate too, or do they live too far away?

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