Happy Tuesday, Escapists! An airy and bright countryside cottage in the Netherlands!
The living room flooded in morning light, with the robin egg blue sofa, the graceful curves of a chimney and arched doorway, the wide old floorboards – absolutely ideal. Located only 20 minutes from the bustling city of Groningen, this is just a perfect, sweet little cottage!
From the listing on Funda:
Hellum, a village situated between the cores of Siddeburen and Slochteren, is situated on the attractive ribbon development within the leafy Wold region. The village is located on a ‘sand ridge’ – which would already have arisen during the last ice age – where it has been concluded from prehistoric finds that Hellum must have been inhabited well before our era. The oldest building in the village is the largely Romanesque church, originally built around the year 1100. The Wold region is therefore characterized by its ribbon development, usually with adjacent lanes ‘into the country’. This also applies to the lane near the church where Brandsma De Jong is allowed to offer for sale a very special house at Hoofdweg 74. In the first place, it is an attractive detached house – type of former workers’ housing – which has recently been expanded with a lovely living room and utility room. Both have a handmade design, with the kitchen design in an appropriate country style and equipped with various built-in appliances. The life-resistant layout of the whole – bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor – also contributes to the special character, with the option of creating a second bedroom on the ground floor. Add to this the size of the plot and the unobstructed view over the farmlands and the presence of a barn annex workshop and the dream picture for many is complete… In the original front house, next to the central hall, the attractive living room is located in the first place, complete with a wooden floor, beamed ceiling and lovely garden doors. In a corner of the living room is the closed staircase to the first floor. The bedroom in the making is situated on the other side of the central hall, with its generous dimensions immediately striking. The second bedroom – also equipped with a wooden floor – is also present in the original front house. The central hall then leads to the former kitchen, which still has a permanent fixture and – after the construction of the attached kitchen diner – has many alternative consumption options. The rear hall connects the original house with the attached kitchen diner, but also offers space for the white goods connections. In addition, the modern toilet and bathroom have been realized here. The latter has a bath/shower combination, washbasin and design radiator. Then we come to the jewel of the house, the kitchen! Tasteful, handmade and functional, just three characteristics that apply to this space! Where the doors to the rear hall have yet to be fitted, the lovely garden doors have already been placed. The adjacent utility room is also functional, with a second sink. Finally, the whole is completed by means of a cozy sleeping loft on the first floor.