My grandfather proposed to my grandmother at this hotel in 1926, and so it was with some excitement that I booked a room for two nights to see how well it has kept up. Its new owners, Wilco and Caroline Berends are doing a great job of keeping the spirit of this 17th century coach house alive. The food is beyond scrumptious, served by a knowledgeable, service minded and extremely friendly staff.
The location is superb; in the heart of the picturesque village of Vreeland, with the dreamy river Vecht floating by right outside. In the summer the river is populated by all manner of pleasure craft, still paying their bridge dues by putting a coin in the wooden clog that is dangled out on a fishing rod by the Bridge Guard.
I stayed in the junior suite, with a view of the Vecht and the cobbled village street. While the decor is slightly dated, it is clean and tidy, with an enormous bubble bath fit for a whole family.
My only tiny grumble is that the noise of moving tables in the restaurant and guests walking in the corridor carries well into the room, but then the building is very old and it is to be expected.
I was delighted by my stay, by the warm welcome, and the best soufflé I've tasted in years.
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