It Buterhus

This brick house dating to 1633 is one of the oldest buildings in the Frisian town of Balk. The village was once a major center of the Dutch butter trade. Ever since the canal house was inhabited by a butter dealer, it has been known as the “Butter House”. Completely gutted and painstakingly restored, it now boasts a café and three small holiday apartments. The historical elements of each space have been authentically restored as far as possible. Their simple, modern interior design and muted colors highlight the old details. The apartment Zon, in the former “parlor”, has a historical ceiling with woodcarvings, and a mahogany bed from 1900. The quaint bars in the attic apartments exude historical flair. What’s more, the Apartment Bos features two old closet-beds: one can be used as a child´s sleeping space, the other has been remodeled into a bathroom.

What to do

The apartments are located in the center of Balk. There are lakes and forests nearby - perfect for hiking, biking and boating. IIn the cafe, workshops and readings are held.

Why we like this house

A tasteful combination of old and new.

Details of the property

Region/Town: NL – Netherlands, Friesland, Balk

Name: It Buterhus

Scenery: historical center of a small town

Accommodation: Apartment

Number of guests: 3 apartments for 2 people each

Architecture: Old & new

Completed: 2016

Design: J.O.N.G. architecten, Lemmer


Sébastien, Albert &cie said:

A lovely elegant and functional place. Both apartments are comfortable, well-equipped and cosy.
The host is very kind and helpful.
I openly and warmly recommend It Bûterhûs.
It’s a lovely place, in a lovely little city, in a beautiful region.
It’s all full of character.
Very nice!!

Elisabeth & Anton said:

Welch ein Glück, dass dieses schöne Backsteingebäude durch das große Engagement der Besitzer und deren Liebe zum Detail vor dem Verfall bewahrt und in ein gemütliches Feriendomizil samt Café verwandelt wurde. Durch die behutsame Renovierung ist es wunderbar gelungen, viele historische Elemente zu bewahren. Diese kommen durch die zurückhaltende Einrichtung und Farbgestaltung auf besondere Weise zur Geltung. Wir haben einige Tage in der hübschen Ferienwohnung „Water“ verbracht und uns dort im gemütlichen Dachspitz sehr wohl gefühlt. Die Ferienwohnung war zudem bestens ausgestattet, das Frühstück sehr lecker und reichhaltig und auch das idyllische Café lädt zum Verweilen ein. Rundum ist das It Bûterhûs – und nicht zuletzt auch dessen herzliche Besitzerin – für das charmante friesische Örtchen Balk eine Bereicherung. …und für uns ein Grund, wieder zu kommen :)

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