Monument House in Utrecht, Netherlands

Spend a cosy Christmas and/or New Year in the Netherlands

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We (a writer/musician couple) have long dreamed of living and working in a space with good acoustics for rehearsal, performance, recording, and accommodation for ourselves and visiting artists from abroad. Since January 2006 we have committed our time, energy, and life savings to renovate it to a high standard, restoring its original features of symmetry and high ceilings. Our Monument House Concert Series, held here twice a year, are always packed with enthusiastic audiences.

Utrecht is two stops from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (less than 30 minutes by train) and only 20 minutes by fast train to central Amsterdam. Utrecht is the 4th largest city in the country, and widely considered to be the centre for transport.

This row of houses (a 5 minute cycle ride to the central Utrecht train station) was granted National Monument status a few years ago to preserve and conserve architecture of historical significance. These houses were built in early 1900's by the Dutch National Water Board for their employees who operated the lock on the canal. In the 1980's, the option to purchase the houses was given to the residents. They are the largest houses in this area of Lombok, famous in the Netherlands for successful multi-cultural integration in the 1990's. Nowadays, the lock is not used very often, at most once a week. There are no houseboats in front of these monument houses for this reason.

Nonsmokers who don't mind taking their shoes off to protect the oak parquet floors downstairs and pine floors upstairs are welcome to enquire about staying here.

Last update: 1 November 2007

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