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A stay in Zuidlaren can offer you the best of two worlds. Nature, space, stillness next to one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands: vibrant Groningen.
Zuidlaren lies in the heart of a national parc and in 2014 it has been chosen as greenest village of Europe. It has a lively village center with some nice terraces.
We live in a beautiful part of Zuidlaren: a green lane with lots of old beech and oak trees. Many houses in the street were build around 1930.
It’s a detached, modernised characteristic house that was build in 1936 (architectural style “Amsterdamse school”) with a big garden around it. They told us it was the first house that was build in the street and it had to impress.
Across the street there is a special wooded big parc /terrain called 'Dennenoord/Pineplace' with culturalhistorical value. In 1895 Dennenoord, a mental institution were psychiatric patients lived, was set up. In the parc you find beautiful trees, historic buildings, an animal pasture, a watertower, church, secondhand shop etc. Our kids like to walk there with us, feed the animals vegetable peelings, and the roads are perfect for skating. The terrain/forrest connects our neighbourhood to the center of Zuidlaren.
We renovated and modernised the house through the years. Since we have small children and the most important thing to us, is spending time with them, it has been (and is in some small ways) a work in progress. The house is around 180 m2. We want to give the garden in a next fase more love and attention, but it’s green and private on one side. There is a double swing, a small playhouse, sandbox and an trampoline in summer. As well as a large picnic table.
On the ground floor there is a big space with living area in warm colours, play area for kids, kitchen and a round dinner table. The middle part that connects kitchen and living area is not on a picture. On the ground floor there is also a studyroom (this can be used as a fifth sleepingroom), hallway and laundry room and toilet.
Because of the steep roof, lots of nooks and corners on the first and second floor, the rooms are hard to capture on a picture. But cosy they are for sure.
First floor: bedroom with a double bed (160x200) and a treetop view, two children's bedrooms (one room has a small bed 150 cm long, but we have an extra matras 200x80 (and can set up a bed), one bathroom with toilet, shower and bath.
Second floor: 1 children bedroom.
Our property has the shape of a long triangle, on one long side there is a 50 km road. We don’t consider it as busy and quietness is important to us. In the later evening/at night there is no traffic. During the day there is normal traffic (going and coming from work, less traffic in holidays).
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