Stayed at this historic Dutch village the last few days of our recent Low Countries trip and we were THRILLED! Only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam if you wanted to use it as a place to enjoy instead of dealing with the hustle and bustle of the big city. We wanted to see this highly rated national monument and use it as a base to visit a few more Dutch villages, Edam and Volendam. Sharon, the new owner, is incredibly professional, amiable and a terrific hostess for her B & B. Skaanse Schans is so beautiful with its location directly on the Skaans River, the little village of authentic Dutch homes and shops....and seeing those WINDMILLS along the river, still working....along with the smell of chocolate at the factory is something that is totally idyllic. Yes, tours and tour buses drop off groups but there were no crowds spoiling the beauty of the town...so there is no worry about hordes of tourists, it was like taking a breather from the hustle and bustle of so many cities to be out in the countryside...seeing the river traffic and looking at the beautiful fields with all of the animals......Sharon helped us offload our car, directed our parking of our car in a secure space...no problem. Then she offered us a different room from the one I booked and of course, we took the bigger suite...WOW! Once inside the dark green, charming inn....she showed us the delightful breakfast room, again beautifully decorated in authentic colors of greens.....the Room we chose was huge....a big room with separate toilet and separate shower...then the kitchen, fully equipped for cooking which we did not do....the beautiful Friesland tiles on one wall around the stove....the wonderful nespresso machine which we did use for coffee...a large table and chairs for snacking or eating if you use for cooking....we did have some internet problems and realized that we only picked up service in the kitchen which was no problem at all...the door off the kitchen also lead to a fantastic, private terrace with place to relax outside and watch the neverending beautiful views...feeling the breeze off the river...and those WINDMILLS.....finally the last room was the huge, very clean bedroom with a very comfortable bed with wonderfully smelling sheets....and those gigunda windows on that scene outside....everything is beautiful.....we enjoyed walking over the little bridge to the restaurant on the water on Sharon’s recommendation for lunch....and we enjoyed the gourmet restaurant right next door for my husband’s birthday dinner....wow....it was so delightful to take the car and drive off to see Volendam and Edam and the countryside in peace....and then to return to this delightful B & B. Every morning Sharon gave us an incredible breakfast....we were overwhelmed with delicious, strong coffee, selection of meats, local cheeses, fruit, yoghurt, muesli, all sorts of breakfast and snack bars....she even came in very early to make us breakfast since we were leaving early for the airport the next day. She did warn us that leaving on an early flight meant that the little 20 mile or so drive would be in traffic jams and she was right. Thankfully, we listened to her advice and gave ourselves extra time....so be aware of that if you want to use this B & B before you leave at Schipol Airport.....Sharon should be absolutely commended for being a WONDERFUL OWNER who is not only smiling all the time, but also so helpful and professional in her advice...making our last two days absolutely WONDERFUL....THANK YOU SHARON and the best of LUCK to you....
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