You have those accommodations where you immediately feel at home as soon as you step over the threshold. Such as Sea and the City. When you open the high-gloss green lacquered wooden door, you feel like kicking off your shoes and plopping on the fabric sofa, so as not to get rid of it for the next few days. Not surprising: the family of owners Roos and Rick lived here for a number of months before moving into their own house right next door.
Sea and the City is actually the converted garage of the stately building, although that description does not do justice to the house. Because you can no longer notice that garage. Everything is nice and light: the white floor, the cream-colored round dining table and curtains, the sofa, the light wooden white chair with also white (fake) fur and the low, comfortable bed in the ridge of the house, accessible via the (steep) wooden high-gloss white painted staircase.
Right down to the snow in the small garden closed off from the outside world; we visited Overveen just after the snow storm. The temperature in turn invites less to do what is written on the large outdoor poster: This garden is for dancing. We would like to do that next summer!
If many hotels or accommodations often lack accessories – after all, it has to be practical and functional – you will notice here that it is more than just a place to spend the night. You can really live, also thanks to the kitchen with all the necessities, including an induction plate and good olive oil.
The Rituals scented candle in the toilet, with a wonderfully spacious (rain) shower next to it, the plants and throws, black and white baskets next to the television on the wall, the matching cushions and the also black and white rug provide a homely feeling. The old beams give the bedroom some extra atmosphere.
If you still want to leave the house, you can cycle straight to the beach of Bloemendaal, the bicycles to be rented are ready. Both enthusiastic owners are willing to provide you with the best tips for eating and drinking or whatever, although this is of course less the case in times of lockdown. Otherwise there will be an overflowing folder with advice in the kitchen drawer.
Staying here is certainly not a punishment: we stay on the comfortable hanging bench as long as possible to go upstairs in the rain shower after a stopover.
To come to the conclusion that we definitely want to come back in the middle of summer. Then we grab the already ready hanging beach bag with bath towels, we jump on the bike and hop, to the beach. To then still go dancing in that garden.
Light, Scandinavian, homely and warm. Everything is there.
A stone’s throw from the beach, with plenty of free parking close by.
The owners can be reached quickly by email for questions beforehand and during the stay via the app. If at home, they will welcome you personally. If not, the key can be found in the special safe.
From 130 euros per night (low season, weekdays). A weekend in high season (3 nights) is 465 euros (children up to 1 year free) seaandthecity.nl
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