We stayed at Estate Allingastate in September 2012; just a weekend away with the two of us, for a change of scenery and some piece and quiet. We couldn't have picked a better place to do so!
Estate Allingastate looks like an old farm estate, but is relatively new. Although it could have turned out kitsch, it is done very tasteful and chic. We stayed in the little (wedding) bungalow/suite at the back of the garden opposite the main building. This suite had its own jacuzzi on the veranda, overlooking the fields behind the bungalow.
When we arrive we were greeted by Maarten - who turned out to be our 'private butler' - and Miranda, the owner/managing director of the Estate. We immediately felt welcome and at ease.
The room is big and nicely decorated. The bathroom still needs to be renovated, but is very clean, it is just very basic and doesn't have the atmosphere you expect when you see the rest of the room. There was a tray of chocolates waiting for us and they asked whether we wanted something to drink. After we finished the coffees, we went to explore the surroundings a bit. When we came back we asked for some wine, for us to enjoy while in the jacuzzi. The wine was brought to us in the jacuzzi, with some snacks to go with it and turned out to be complimentary (not sure whether this is normal service, or just a one off - but we were touched).
I am not going to sum up all that Miranda and Maarten did to make us feel like Kings, but they succeeded very well. At first we were a bit uncomfortable with a 'private butler', but we got used to it very soon, as it was done so warm heartedly.
We also arranged for a private cook to prepare us a birthday diner. This was exquisite!
The last day we choose to have the breakfast basket and eat breakfast in our room. This was not a silly little basket with a couple of bread rolls and ham, cheese and jam, but a full blown breakfast!
All this sounds so luxurious that it might scare people of, because they think it might be too expensive, but it is not! Prices are absolutely affordable, especially if you experience what you get in return.
I can just say: if you would like to see some of the countryside of The Netherlands and are looking for a get away with the two of you...consider Landgoed Allingastate!
Thank you Miranda and Maarten for your hospitality, your warming personalities and your excellent service!
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