Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability and a €50 charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $171.41 (€159), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
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.
At the hotel
Garden with three terraces, library, free WiFi, and a stash of CDs and DVDs. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, minibar and Pascal Morabito bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Given the hotel’s rural setting, the Black Room’s city-savvy styling is unexpected eye candy: bold monochrome decor, smart black armchairs, flamboyant floral and striped wallpaper, a big freestanding bath tub opposite the bed, and a striking chandelier. The spacious Red Room is equally seductive, with warm ruby hues, a slanted, high ceiling, elegant chaise longue, oodles of lounging space, and a raised balcony area, once used for smoking fish in the chimney.
No pool as such, but intrepid guests can take a dip in the lake (beware the – ahem – muddy bottom). There’s also a more swimmer-suited lake with fewer boats nearby; ask the owners for directions.
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.
Smokers can light up in the conservatory, as long as food isn’t being served.
Pets can stay in the Taupe room for €20 a night. The room has convenient access to the garden, and your favourite pooch will be treated to a welcome dinner, a chewy bone, a feeding bowl and a dog towel. See more pet-friendly hotels in Amsterdam.
Welcome, except in the Black and White Room. Under-2s stay in free cots; extra beds for under-12s are available for €30 a night. Babysitting is available for €10 an hour.