Het Klooster is a grand manor house in the ancient village of Zoelmond in the heart of rural Betuwe, but just 20 minutes from Utrecht. Built circa 1870, Het Klooster is listed on the Dutch National Register of Monuments and Historic Buildings. Its formal façade conceals large, light-filled rooms appointed for comfortable contemporary living.
The ground floor offers a living room, dining room, a library/study, the country-styled kitchen, a magnificent conservatory, and stairs to the basement. The ornamental staircase rises to the second floor accommodations, comprising five bedrooms and a large family bathroom. The third floor is a huge attic space with exposed roof beams.
Pride of place, however, goes to the rear gardens. This 2.5-acre sanctuary is divided by high beech hedges into separate garden “rooms,” including extensive lawns, mysterious hideaways, a vegetable patch, and an orchard—with cherry, apple, pear, and plum, almond, and walnut trees, and berry bushes in all shapes and sizes.
A giant weeping beech hides a swing and a children’s treehouse. The current owners note that the garden has been growing organic produce for 40 years—pesticide free.
The former coach house was converted into a guest house with a private terrace, a kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, an en suite bedroom, and a sauna and gym on the upper floor.
Out of sight from the house, at the edge of the grounds, are a traditionally built wooden barn, ancillary buildings and wood stores, and a second entrance to the estate.