This was an absolutely fantastic experience from the start. Judy was away on holiday with her family but made sure we had access to her for anything we needed. Brilliantly for all of us, she had left it so we needed nothing.
Check in was handled by her neighbour, who had answers for all of our questions and gave us additional tips on where to go, what to see, and how to best experience them with the least amount of hassle. All of this was augmented by Judy's exhaustive list of tips and instructions for operating the WiFi, Entertainment system, laundry set, and so much more. It had detailed help for getting around the area (and country), and she even helped us with transit cards we could recharge for trips into Amsterdam. The instructions were really thorough, and we were able to be much more self-sufficient because of it.
The house was fantastic. The pictures are great, but they don't do justice to how enjoyable this space is. There were four of us, and we were never in each others way. My wife and I found the master bedroom extremely comfortable. The house was brilliantly renovated from a very nice original design, and the quality is evident. The outdoor living spaces were perfect for enjoying the great weather we were lucky to have, and the arrangement of the windows allowed enough cross-flow to keep the house cool during a heat wave.
The area is idyllic. Bloemendaal was more peaceful than I could have imagined possible for a town with people of all ages. It is definitely a family town, and that was evident when we attended its annual Bubbles and Bites festival. Great food, drink, and music. The high street has most everything one could need, and there is easy access to the big stores on bicycle from the house.
Judy left us access to an assortment of bicycles we used most days. We were able to adjust them as necessary for our mix of sizes and really enjoyed riding the loop out to Bloemendaal aan Zee, Zandpoort, and back through Overveen. We rode into Haarlem at times and enjoyed the freedom the bikes gave us from having to deal with vehicle parking concerns. That said, when we left the rental car at the house we had free on-street parking at the door.
The best part of this fantastic experience was our trip out to Oosterplas lake in the dunes. Judy had described it as a favourite, and it exceeded what we were able to imagine before we saw it. If you are anywhere near here with decent weather it has to be seen to be appreciated.
We really appreciate how wonderful this experience was, and appreciate the thought that went into taking care of us. Thanks Judy!