Photos courtesy of Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg
75 rooms and suites; 44 of the rooms are in an a wing adjoining to the main building.
Double rooms: 115–235 euros
Suites: from 265 euros
Open: all year
Santpoort is just to the north of Haarlem. You can take a train from there to Santpoort-Nord. The castle is a ten-minute walk from the station. Parking at the hotel is free.
On site: gym; small sauna; game room
Nearby: golf; hiking; cycling; Zuid Kennemerland National Park
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In the woodland preserve of the Duin en Kruidberg national forest and not far from the beaches of the North Sea, this lovely estate is a step back to an era of aristocratic and gracious living. Although only half an hour by car to Amsterdam, its location is best suited for slow explorations of the surrounding area.
For the last fifty years or so, the estate has been a corporate retreat—as you can tell by its beautiful meeting rooms—with a hotel opening in 2002 .
Guest rooms are divided into two areas: the main house and the new wing. Rooms in the latter are decorated with rich fabrics (think Ralph Lauren) and are quite comfortable. They are a distance away from the reception and accessible through a labyrinth-like corridor with steps up and steps down. A sliding door opens up onto a common patio, but there are no views.
In the old house, the guest rooms have much more character, with views of the garden and lake. Each is unique; some are tucked under the eaves, while other might have a four-poster bed.
There is free Wi-Fi in the public areas.
You can dine in either the Brasserie, which serves locally grown food prepared in the open, or the De Vrienden van Jacob restaurant, situated in the closed verandah of the original house. The excellent reputation of its cuisine has made it a popular destination. Advance reservations are required.
The De Vrienden van Jacob restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star since 2005.