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.