WeidumerHout, a farm dating back to 1867, is located in the unique countryside of the northern province of Friesland, just south of the historic city of Leeuwarden. The comfortable guestrooms are in the main building, the Orchard Rooms in the annexe, but it’s the ten futuristic ‘Outside-Inn’ rooms that make WeidumerHout so unique – rooms with a view, surrounded by meadowland, where the scenery constantly changes. Each room has an excellent double bed, a well-appointed bathroom, and a small desk.
The historic farm has a cosy bar and adjacent lounge, with a large reading table and chairs by Le Corbusier. The lounge leads into the restaurant, where the chef serves French cuisine with hints of traditional Frisian fare.
WeidumerHout has its own shuttle service and a modest mooring place for boats, and in periods of frost you can even reach the hotel along the frozen waterways on ice-skates. WiedumerHout is on the Zwette canal, along the route of the world’s most famous ice-skating tour, the Elfstedentocht.
Chef Machiel de Boer serves a changing chef’s menu, preferring to use regional produce, where possible from his own vegetable garden. Smoked meats, fish and vegetables from the restaurant’s own smoker are a regular feature. ‘French meets Frisian’ is the proud philosophy behind the menu: you experience the best of both worlds, with classic French dishes prepared using local ingredients. The wine menu is oriented towards Europe.
The restaurant is open daily, 12.00-2.00pm and 6.00-8.30pm. In winter the restaurant is closed on Sunday.
Guests at WeidumerHout experience pure Frisian outdoor life. On the terrace of the restaurant, you feel surrounded by the characteristic landscape, with a view of the garden and orchard.
Friesland is a province of lush, green meadows, and characteristic waterways and lakes that are blissful for boating. WeidumerHout even has its own mooring place with a trailer ramp. And when the temperature drops, this is idyllic skating country. In fact, WeidumerHout is right on the route of the famous Elfstedentocht skating tour – in the rare years that the ice allows for it, thousands of skaters take part, and the whole of the Netherlands stops to watch. The capital of Friesland, Leeuwarden, is 15 minutes away by car. The picturesque town of Sneek with its characteristic water tower is half an hour away. And if you carry on a little further, you come to Workum, where you can visit the Jopie Huisman Museum, devoted to the intriguing work of a self-taught artist who once worked as a rag-and-bone man.