Inn on the Lake

Inn on the Lake

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Inn on the Lake is an all-season sensation: in winter, the 17th-century vicar’s home and neighbouring lake glitter with ice; in summer, the gardens are lush and luxuriant – the perfect retreat from Amsterdam, 10 minutes away.

Highlights:

  • 10 minutes’ drive from Amsterdam

  • The beautiful lakeside location

  • Excellent cooking from the owner, Pamela

Smith extra

Free Nespresso coffee throughout your stay, and 50 per cent off bus and tram fares in the city

In the know

Also need to know:

Smokers can light up in the conservatory, as long as food isn’t being served. Ask nicely, and the owners will give you a tour of the wine cellar tucked away behind a quaint hatch door. There’s a stash of coffee-table tomes (including, if you’ll ’scuse the plug, some Smith hotel guides), for guests to browse and/or buy.

Packing tips:

Match the season – bring goggles and spandex for ice-skating in winter, and a picnic hamper for alfresco lakeside meals in summer. You’ll also want to jot down Pamela’s mouthwatering recipes, so bring a notebook.

Dress code:

There’s something of Vermeer in the decor, so dress to match (and no, we’re not talking pearl earrings); try one of the painter’s signature hues: peacock blue, chartreuse or amber – maybe with a touch of velvet.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Mrs Smith and I have established a mid-winter tradition: the local getaway. When we lived in New Amsterdam, we’d hop on trains from New York to the Hudson Valley for a bracing shot of quaint. Here in Europe, hoping to repeat the pattern in our newly adopted Amsterdam, we set out for the four-room Inn on the Lake in Broek in Waterland. Translation? ‘Trousers in Water Country.’ Pants packed, we jump in a cab in central Amsterdam, and as much as the cliché will allow, in 20 minutes we’re a world away.

Inn visitors have a choice to make: to Dam or not to Dam? (As in Amsterdam.) While this Broek

Accommodation details

Address:

Kerkplein 11, Broek In Waterland, Broek in Waterland Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 1151AH
Waterland
Netherlands

Location:

6.1 mi / 9.8 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • On-Site parking
  • Internet services
  • Restaurant
  • Lounges/bars

Dining information

Restaurant:

The Inn’s technically a guesthouse, and Pamela rustles up an impressive morning spread (try her wholesome home-made muesli). Dinner is available on request, for €39.50 a head; there’s a set menu of polished home cooking every week, but you'll need to arrange meals when booking your room, or at least a few days in advance. Pamela has culinary pedigree: her father was a restaurateur and her brother is on the Dutch Masterchef jury.

Top Table:

Stake out one of the conservatory tables, facing the lake. If there’s a load of you, sit on the raised dining area near reception.

Last Orders:

Breakfast is served from 8am until 10am; lunch is between noon and 4pm; dinner (booked in advance) usually between 7pm and 10pm. You can get a drink until midnight.

Room Service:

None.

Hotel Bar:

Guests can help themselves fron the honesty bar, where cool drinks and ice are always available. There are two Nespresso machines – on one each floor – should a caffeine craving hit you.

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