Description houseThis former Dike-reeve office was built in 1799 when the Waterboard had to clear the building on the other side of the harbor because of the construction of a Marine Institute. This beautiful building is still on the other side of the harbor today. The Western Harbor is the most beautiful of the three ports in Medemblik. The Water House is an object that is ideally suited for representative purposes. From gallery to official residence, from bed and breakfast to a family home. In 1990 the current owner bought the Dike-reeve office and this unique property was restored over the past two decades in to its former glory when wooden doors, marble walls, concealed cabinets and even a complete maid's room were discovered.
Classification Ground floor: At the side of ‘Westerhaven' the facade of the Dike-reeve office is prominently present. Through a beautiful stone staircase you reach the front door which is flanked on either side by a large lantern. Upon entry you enter a vestibule surrounded by high panels with squares of cut glass. From the hall you then enter into the large entrance hall with a floor of antique marble tiles and a ceiling of nut- and small beams. The Water House consists of a front- and a rear house.
From the entrance hall you can enter both the front home and the rear house.
If you turn left from the entrance hall you enter the blue room. The floor of the former chamber of the dike warden has a pattern in marble tiles (white and brown). This room contains an original bed-box wall in boxes of faux marble with finely detailed pilasters and a painted weapon sign of the dike-reeve The Four Noorderkoggen. The outer wall is covered with oak called Wagenschot. In the middle an 18th century fireplace with an iron slab, marble pilasters and a rear wall of antique tiles (including turtle tiles) and an antique iron fireback with a presentation of Woman Justitia.
To the right of the hall is the large lounge, modernized in 1900 with stretched fabric on the ceiling and ornaments of papier-mâché and finely crafted vent grills. The wall opposite to the windows consists of two cabinets with doors with diamond pattern. Behind one set of doors is the large Phillips safe from 1930. Through another door you have access to the kitchen, then used by the wait staff. In the living room there is a beautiful 19th century marble chimney. The walls are partly decorated with richly ornamented 18th century oak panels from floor to ceiling.
If you pass along the Blue Room and are coming from the entrance hall you enter a long corridor to the back of the house. If you are halfway left along the corridor, you enter the garden room. The garden room has a window to the garden and a window to the side of the Koggen Lane. On one side there is an authentic wooden wardrobe. The chimney has a 19th century bar and an iron slab. The consoles under the beams are decorated with carved cherubs' heads. In the garden room there is a wooden wall containing a wooden door giving access to the tiled room. This room has a floor of small antique tiles and an antique wooden paneling adjacent to the bed-box in the Blue Room.
From the Garden Room you can go to the breakfast room. This cozy room overlooking the garden boasts a beautiful china cabinet. Integrated in the walls are large cupboards with concealed - in part - still authentic drawers and windows with panes to both sides. The large kitchen has a huge fireplace with ventilation hatches and an iron floor plate. The sink consists of a stone bowl dating from the time when the house was built. When Napoleon visited the Dike-reeve office he took his own cook who prepared a meal for him and his guests in this kitchen.First FloorVia the original wide wooden spindle staircase leading from the basement to the attic one passes, on the way to the….
First floor: halfway up the stairs, the former maid's room with an authentic bed box. On the first floor is the Glass Room which is used as a library and a guest bedroom with bathroom and dressing room. If you walk back through the corridor of the back house then you arrive back to the stairs. From this point, you take a few steps up to get to the landing of the front house provided with cabinets with original wooden doors and into the bedroom. This bedroom - a large light room - has windows on two sides offering views on the harbor. Again wooden cabinets with doors. Both the bedroom and from the hallway you enter a small room with two windows overlooking the harbor. This room is now decorated with objects that recall the journeys of the current residents, but could serve as a boudoir, dressing room or nursery. In the front house is also a library with a beautiful fireplace.
Second floor: The second floor attic of the rear house is accessible via the hallway of the rear house through a separate staircase. The attic space of the front house is accessible via the spiral staircase leading from the ground floor to the attic. These two attics are located along the full length of the house with an isolated floor of insulating material and an intermediate roof gutter which is accessible through a large pivotal window. BasementVia the spiral staircase you can go to the basement.
The basement contains seven high dry cellars, most of them are heated, and also a former service kitchen with an antique wall that hides the spaces with connections for washing and drying equipment.
Outside a former carriage hall is located, which in 2009 was put into operation as an Orangery. The 18th century monumental entrance gate gives access to the garden and the former stables. (The original mangers recall the time that the Landholders docked their horses here). The barn can accommodate four to five cars. Next to the barn is a large shed in use for garden tools which includes a sink with a water heater. Between the barn and the shed is a small cozy room that opens onto the garden. The space could serve as outdoor kitchen. A ladder in the garden shed leads to the large and high hay-lofts with front doors that offer views on the harbor. These attics are currently not in use but offer plenty of options.
The garden consists of a large rectangular part and at the side of the Orangery a small boxwood garden. It's a really lovely garden with many trees, a chestnut tree in a raised lawn, boxwood hedges, bushes and on the side of the house a little square in the form of a star in yellow stones within a circle of ancient Waal stones. The garden is very sheltered, quiet and sunny. At the rear there is a gazebo that is used as a teahouse.
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