Wat a fantastic property!
This original 16th century property, located along the canal on the corner of Pieterkerkgracht and Langebrug (formerly Voldersgracht) has a long history, which is visible from its exterior and interior. The typical neck gable with sand stone shutters and the open staircase, the Leiden spiral staircase, the beamed ceilings and beamed apex, the woodcut decorative frames, the vaulted cellar with hatch at the street side: all details that have been retained or added over the centuries and that add to the atmosphere and look of the property.
However, the time has not stood still. All sorts of modern techniques have been used, whilst retaining the period features of the property, to enhance the comfort: water decalcification, insulating glass for listed buildings and exterior roof insulation. And the property has no rising damp due to the modern DELTA technology. This listed building is special in that it has eight solar panels on the roof, which means that the electricity bill is practically nil. The building has central heating and radiators, but you can also enjoy the old-fashioned wood-burning stoves and heat the rooms in style.
From the street, you enter the property via the open staircase and the front door, and access the marble floor hall with a border. When you open the walnut door, you enter the generously proportioned living room with heigh ceilings and large windows. Thanks to the raised floor, you are not visible from the street and you can enjoy the unobstructed view of the historic surroundings. The cast-iron wood-burning stove with richly ornamented hearth and mirror complete the picture.
When you return to the hall and go down the stairs, you enter the tailor-made kitchen-diner with beamed ceiling and old tiled floor. The spacious kitchen includes every modern kitchen appliance, so that any amateur chef will certainly feel at home here. The kitchen is a great entertainment area for guests or a family breakfast area. Next to the kitchen is the former courtyard area, which has now been incorporated in the property; this is where a toilet, central heating boiler, washing machine and drier and additional storage space can be found. The double hatch in the kitchen provides access the Medieval barrel vault cellar: The perfect place for a wine cellar and additional storage space or bike parking space. The cellar also has direct access to the street.
Back in the marble hall, you will go up the first part of the spiral stairs to the mid floor and the master bedroom with beamed ceiling. The master bedroom comes complete with an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet, washbasin, separate bathtub and wardrobes with mirror doors.
On the next floor up, you will find two good-sized bedrooms which are separated by a wardrobe cupboard. At the front a large room with high windows and a hearth with mirror and cast-iron wood-burner stove and a fantastic view of Leiden. The second room also has a hearth, a flue pipe suitable for a wood-burning stove.
The property was renovated in 2014, during which it became clear that an additional floor was added to the house in the 17th century, involving the temporary lifting and returning of the precious wooden apex. This is evidenced by the carpenter's signs in the roof beams. These are significantly older than the gable stone from 1671.
This floor has a completely different atmosphere and a gorgeously restored roof construction. This currently is divided into two rooms with mezzanine and attic; the rear room has access to the south-facing roof terrace. In the middle is a landing with pantry and bathroom with toilet and shower, as well as many original features, such as the monumental window sills.
The property has lots of original features, too many to mention. You are therefore very welcome to plan your visit to view this property for yourself. If you are curious (which we understand all too well), just take a digital tour through the property by way of the 3D tour:
- listed building
- roof terrace not subject to planning permission
- old age clause
- solar panels (2016)
- DELTA wall drier 2020
- Ruysdael glass (insulating glass specially for listed buildings)
- exterior was painted in 2019
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