The Swarte Ruijter (black horseman), is a mystical name that conjures up images of bygone times, when the noble horse was still the primary mode of transportation and swift messengers carried important news. However, the history of De Swarte Ruijter is rather more recent.
This thatched country house dates back to the 1930s, when architect Loggers had a number of English style villas built on the Holterberg. One of these grand country homes is De Swarte Ruijter. It is entirely in keeping with the natural surroundings of the Holterberg, which is part of the National Park De Sallandse Heuvelrug.
Chef Erik de Mönnink was awarded a Michelin Star for his French oriented cuisine, presented with home grown herbs and fine complementary wines. The restaurant has a rustic ambiance with timber floors and beamed ceilings. There is a beautiful terrace. You stay in one of the suites in the cottage-like annexes.
The restaurant has acquired a good reputation. Guests will certainly enjoy Chef Erik de Mönnink´s French cuisine and preference for local produce. Erik serves French cuisine using herbs from the garden. The menu changes regularly according to the seasons. Three course meals with a good selection of starters, main courses and desserts. Lunch consists of a variety of sandwiches and salads. Private lunches or dining in the Opkamer or the Heerenkamer on request.
The spacious bar is in the cosy Grand Café. Coffee and cake, or drinks available in the Grand Café, which also contains a well equipped reading table and a spacious terrace for the use of patrons.
Winner of the QL Robbe & Berking Silver Butter Knife 2015
The restaurant is opened daily.
Each rooms has its own private terrace. The hotel has a spacious terrace and a large garden. Weather permitting lunch and dinner are served on the terrace.
The hotel is situated in the lovely countryside surrounding the Holterberg, which is part of the Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park. A real treat for hikers and cyclists. Very close to the hotel is the Diorama, where you can obtain a lot of information about the National Park. The town of Holten is not difficult to find. The bigger cities of Deventer and Zwolle are nearby.