Our remarkable but cozy family house near the city center of The Hague (Benoordenhout), is for rent. The two of us live here but it can easily lodge 4 guests. Which is also the maximum the city council allows.
This detached house has a remarkable history. It was built around 1920 not as a house but as a place where the street sweepers could store their gear and have their lunch and coffee breaks. After a while the city did not use the building anymore.
A painter and photographer, Gerard Fieret, illegally moved in the house and later got the permission of the city council to use it as a studio for his work. However, he loved pigeons and the story is that the pigeons lived in the house while he lived in a caravan in the garden. Gerard Fieret is also known as the pigeon man of Den Hague (het “Duivenmannetje van Den Haag”) because he roamed the city to feed pigeon in the whole city. The Fotomuseum in Den Hague has a huge collection of his photograph, which were taken in the ’60 and ’70, and has regular exhibitions of his work.
After a while Gerard Fieret moved out of the house and he lived on an estate in Wassenaar until his death in 2011. The house was sold and it was transformed into the family home it now is. We bought it from the first private owner in 2005 and have been living here since.
The house is approximately 120 m2. On the ground floor you will find 2 very large bedrooms both with queen size beds. The guest bedroom gives entrance to the secluded garden. Downstairs you will also find the bathroom and a separate toilet. The washing machine, dryer and wardrobe are located in the washroom. In the garden we have placed a wood burner, tables and chairs. And is very romantic!
Stairs bring you to the first floor where the living room and kitchen are located. We have put a lot of effort in decorating the house, which is why we don’t allow pets! However, children are most welcome! The kitchen is equipped with all necessary equipment (stove, combo-oven / microwave, diskwasher, fridge, Nespresso coffee machine, water cooker etc.)
The house is fully equipped, also with bed linen, towels, and even beach towels are available. The kitchen has all the basic necessities you need such as coffee, tea, sugar, spices, etc. The use of our 2 bicycles is included. And we also treat you on free admission cards to Gemeentemuseum, Fotomuseum and “Escher in het Paleis”.
Furthermore, you have access to our guest Wifi and you can use the television and sound system.
As we believe in a shared economy, you can take on of our books or cd’s, as long as you replace them with another one. Also, we really appreciate art and craftsmanship from around the globe. There for, all the art (paintings etc) is for sale at reasonable price. You can find the prices at the back of each piece. Please contact us during your stay if you would like to purchase something!
You only have to bring your suitcase with your clothes, a toothbrush and your personal electronic devices.
Things to do in The Hague
Harbour and beach
Scheveningen (North Sea), still an active fishing harbor, is nearby. If you enjoy maritime environments or good fish, you will have to go there. This is also where the nice, clean beaches are. You get there in 20 minutes by Public Transport (Tram or Bus), but you can also take the bike, it will take you 20 minutes.
‘Den Haag Gemeentemuseum and the ‘Fotomuseum’ are next to each other, and also next to the ‘Omniversum’. Both museums have change exhibitions, but if you like architecture you should definitely visit these museum designed by Dudok, a famous Dutch architect and designer.
‘Escher in Het Paleis’ is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the world-famous artist M.C. Escher. The collection is housed in the former Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands. It is the only public building in The Hague where the original royal ambience of a palace has been maintained.
For Gemeentemuseum, Fotomuseum and Escher in het Paleis, there are passes for free access for 2 (please make sure to leave the passes behind for next visitors).
Other famous museum are the ‘Mauritshuis’ and the ‘Panorama Mesdag’ and the ‘Gevangenen Poort’.
Omniversum, with changing documentaries ((URL HIDDEN)
Madurodam (URL HIDDEN)
Duinrell Adventure Park ((URL HIDDEN)
Racetrack Duindigt, one of the few intact horse race tracks are really close. (URL HIDDEN)
You will have the whole house available.
Interaction with guests
During your stay you can contact us for questions, tips and recommendations.
- No walking on the flat roof
Frans and me live in Den Hague, the Netherlands and on his sailboat in IJmuiden (the Netherlands). We both love to sail and travel. We are happy to be able to share our lovely home with you.