Another day, another rich man’s house. There are so many secret gardens in this city, it’s nice that some of them are open to proletariat like me. This time it was at the Geelvinck-Hinlopen House.
The entrance to the two-lot city mansion was through the coach-house at the back facing the Keizersgracht. Yes, the entrance for the horse carriages.
Just after the coach-house, which was large enough to be a mansion on its own, a door led to a Renaissance garden, with a narrow pathway going left and right. This led to a French garden with a large pond and fountain before reaching the back entrance of the main house itself.
That’s two gardens. Who has two gardens?!
I liked the French garden better.
Once inside the two-storey house-museum, the only floor accessible was the ground floor with four public rooms (and the basement but there wasn’t anything interesting there). There was a Chinese Room (so called because of the ‘Chinese-inspired’ wallpaper) that was the dining area.
There was a library that felt old-school cozy. It had a nice view of the Herengracht.
There was the Blue Room that appeared to be the music room, and the Red Room that was the living area.
Here was another of those ugly portraits that made me wonder if they really looked like that way back then. Ot it could have been the local version of anime.
I’m really impressed there are so many of these rich people houses from the 1600s that are open to the public. The U.S., as young as it is, has nothing like these, and the Philippines had most of its old buildings destroyed by the war or left to ruin through poverty and neglect. Hat’s off to the Dutch for keeping heritage alive.