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A Dutch way of celebrating Xmas

Xmas Family House

The former fishing village of Spaarndam lies in a ‘forgotten’ corner between Amsterdam, IJmuiden and Haarlem. Since the 12th century tolls have been collected here for travelers crossing by water or land to Amsterdam. Spaarndam was also the source of inspiration for the story of Hans Brinker.

The Conference Room Kitchen looks out over the old locks and the harbour. Near the ‘Kolksluis’ lock, in a restored Historical Monument house you can find the Conference Room Kitchen belonging to Veronica and Otto van Veen. The property was once a taanderij and work place. The space which once served as a studio for the painter Kees Verweij is now a conference and meeting room for up to 16 people. Ten years ago Otto and Veronica van Veen relocated from Bussum to Spaarndam. Their children were grown up and had all left the parental home. By coincidence they ended up in Spaarndam and were surprised by the charm of this ‘hidden’ village. Ready for a new challenge, they found a wonderful Historical Monument property in the corner of a building next to the canal close to the old lock. The idea for the Conference Room Kitchen was inspired by the building and its possibilities in combination with their passion and talents. The couple restored the entire property, which is actually made up of two buildings. It was divided into three separate living areas; the top floor, the Conference Kitchen in Christmas atmosphere and downstairs an apartment called the Hansje Brinker suite which is available for rent as a B&B/apartment.

The combination of the plain poured floors, stainless steel stove and the woodwork create a warm and contemporary feel During holidays and special events traditional items are used; antique dishes, dinner service, table linen and chandeliers contribute to creating a beautifully decorated Christmas table
left The combination of the plain poured floors, stainless steel stove and the woodwork create a warm and contemporary feel
right During holidays and special events traditional items are used; antique dishes, dinner service, table linen and chandeliers contribute to creating a beautifully decorated Christmas table
Many hand-made decoration in the house The pittoresque harbour
left Many hand-made decoration in the house
right The pittoresque harbour
Self-made Christmas tree full of memories
Self-made Christmas tree full of memories

Images: Anouk de Kleermaeker via Taverne Agency. Production and words: Froukje and Veronica van Veen

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