The stage is set. Pass through the door to Breitner House and be transported to another epoch, to a rich life of visual splendor and elegance. A woman enters from above. A lovely star of stage and screen descends the historic stairs as an angel to bestow the guest with hospitality and to become your guide to the wonders at the top of the stair. Guido completes the experience, as grand raconteur and documentarian, who now directs storied, gastronomical feasts of whatever you fancy. Their golden retriever charms you with tail-wagging greetings and smiling eyes. You are truly at home, as welcome as a lost child, as respectfully treated as a beloved king and queen. "Leave the bags, let's have a drink first, what can we offer you, anything to snack with that? Here, something small [and divine] to nibble on." What a way to unwind from your travels! Camilla and Guido have a listening ear for crafting your unique Amsterdam experience as they share a drink with you.
Of course it all began with one of the most beautiful websites ever seen for any lodging, a testament to Guido's film career and Camilla's artistry. The website had been updated the day we arrived [when visiting it, be sure to scroll down to watch the movie of the Breitner House muse].This home of 19th century painters, artisans, and writers has known wildly grand dinners, avant-garde music, and dancing. It was built to capture good light. This historic home was lost to the ages until these artists brought it back to life, to re-experience the richness of Amsterdam life, the splendor of sharing fine food and drink, and the ambience of a lush life Breitner House is not a B&B, a small luxury hotel, or a private home rental: it is an experience, a destination. Whatever your image of modern luxury, chic decor, lush textiles and grand antique furnishings is, think Belle Époque. Suspend belief. It is yours to indulge. It is time well spent with dear friends, as you are transported into a space of opulence --- a visual cornucopia of that era.
From the moment you arrive (with the cab/airport pick-up service arranged by Camilla if you want to avoid public transportation) it is different from anything you have ever experienced in any B&B (or hotel) you ever booked. Once finally relaxed yet still in awe of the gorgeous and sumptuous decorations in the greeting room, you are brought to your part of the mansion. You have a choice of two beautifully decorated guest quarters: 1) A modern, ground-level master suite adjoining a dining area, which is extraordinarily romantic (think honeymoon) and has a private garden pond/patio, or 2) another incredibly romantic, first floor traditional en-suite with fireplace, beautiful antiques and paintings of Breitner and contemporaries. It's hard to choose, but neither option will disappoint. We chose the Breitner Room (upstairs). Upon entering, one is awed by the grand mural of impressionist irises, painted by Camilla. The room decor is stunning: antique armoires, fine furnishings, silk brocade curtains, a very comfortable canopied bed, beautiful marbled bathroom with heated floors, and plentiful drinks and snacks waiting for you, at your pleasure. After a great night's sleep in this dark and quiet room, you arise to a breakfast that is simply a feast for the eye and palate. It can be prepared by Guido at any time, even if you have to depart very early, and is, truly, unmatched by any (upscale) breakfast you have ever experienced. Guido, a self-taught chef, will make your breakfast experience unforgettable: we are inspired and spoiled for life. Guido is also an excellent guide and your private concierge, with no detail too small for either Camilla or Guido: They are the consummate hosts. Their home is yours to savor.
Situated across from a large park, Breitner House is actually very close to central Amsterdam, in a beautiful neighborhood of its own. Proximate tram, bike, cab, or your own two feet will bring you where you want to be in no time. Wonderful small restaurants are nearby if you have the urge for late night dining in the area. Departure from Breitner House is, again, like leaving dear friends, but with the certainty that one day soon, you will meet again. There is no question that during our next visit to Amsterdam we will call upon Camilla and Guido again.
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