Steel House

  • Location: Countryside
    Sallandse Heuvelrug (walking area): 15 km (20 mins by car)
    Hanseatic city of Deventer: 30km (30 mins by car)
  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS): 145 km (1h 30mins by car)
    Munster Osnabruck Airport: 110 km (1h 20 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Steel House

What is the story behind Steel House what was your inspiration to create it?

We love to go on holidays but we are always too late. All of a sudden, we decide to go on holiday and it’s too late to rent a really nice home. Sometimes, we’d find something in a nice location and it would look great from the outside, but when we stayed, the bed wasn’t good, it wasn’t that clean or we didn’t feel inspired. 

One holiday, we stayed in a really nice place and it had such a great bed. So when we got home, we went out to buy a good quality mattress. The house inspired us! Eventually, we found that coming home felt like being on holiday because our home was so comfortable. 

Based on our experience, we decided to design a house that incorporated all of the things we felt were important. This was what we called Cabin 01. It was our first design — a small, wooden house that we built as though it was a piece of furniture. Initially, it wasn’t necessarily to be rented out but more so that people could buy it and put it in their backyard. 

It was a prefab design that was constructed inside and eventually moved to a wooded plot in the Netherlands’ east. Here, people could see it and experience it before purchase by renting it out. From day one, it was full. A year later, we found another piece of land beside a dyke and designed another house. Both have since been sold. 

We currently have four houses to rent and another three being built in the Netherlands, plus a fourth on an island in Sweden. Our process is to find really beautiful locations and design a house that meets the regulations and the surroundings. After renting them out for between one and three years, we sell them so we can build another house. 

Our team of three includes myself, my husband and a friend of ours. My husband and I met while studying economics in Rotterdam and both have quite strong ideas about how you can live. While we’re not architects, we started designing houses together, then went to an expert to do the architectural drawings. Our friend is a contractor and, together with my husband, is in charge of the builds while I take care of the rentals. 

Our main business concept is that we don’t want to make compromises. We design and build houses that we really like, then sell them. Previously we have worked on commission but don’t really like it because you always have to compromise.

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Steel House?

We always wanted to build a round house and the Steel House is a half-round house! We like designing properties that are open towards the outdoors but enclosed at the back. It’s like they are embracing you. You feel safe but can also see the world. This was our inspiration. 

The Steel House is located in the middle of the forest. We wanted to build a house for six people (as our partner has four kids) but we could only build 100 square metres and three metres high. Since we have built so many houses together, we followed our usual process of sitting down and thinking about what we would love to have ourselves, then coming up with ideas. 

We really like weathered steel and the surrounding forest has a lot of leafy trees that turn orange in the autumn. So we felt like that material would really suit this location. Throughout the interior, we have used fraké wood, which is really durable and helps to connect everything together. 

To you personally, what is so special about Steel House?

I like that you are in the middle of the forest and there is nobody in the immediate vicinity. Because it is our biggest house, it feels very luxurious and comfortable. You have a lot of space and a lot of privacy, despite how open the house is.

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Pool area
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Pool bar
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Dining room and kitchen
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Kitchen to living room
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Steel House rooms & rates

The house is only three metres wide and consists of 5 spaces that each have their own function. In the middle is the kitchen, which overlooks the garden and is elevated a little higher than the rest of the house. We love having different heights creating privacy in our open-plan houses. There is also a bar here with windows where food and drinks can be passed out, as well as a dining space and a living room. 

Elevated at one end of the house is the master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom while at the other end is a room with double bunk beds that can accommodate two adults or a maximum of four children. It also has its own bathroom.

The house is clad with Corten steel and has turned into a beautiful red colour. The window sills are made of untreated Fraké Noir wood, a thermally modified type of wood that has a beautiful and warm look and feel. Fraké wood has also been used for the interior finishing of the house.

Outside is a natural swimming pool with a swimming lane of 12 meters and a helophyte filter with lava stones and yellow irises for the purification of the water. The pool that encloses the inner garden and beyond that are lots of trees.


  • one master bedroom double bed of 1.80 x 2.10m and bathroom with double rain shower
  • one bedroom with double freestanding bunk bed of 1.60 x 2.10m (2 adults or max 4 children) and bathroom with single shower
  • Emma mattresses, anti-allergic quilts and pillows
  • complete kitchen with dishwasher, oven, refrigerator, Nespresso coffee machine
  • a sitting area with a speaker for music, a beamer and a wood stove
  • dining area


  • check in & check out days are fixed. In low season you can check in or check out on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
  • minimum stay during weekdays is 2 nights
  • minimum stay on the weekend is 3 nights
  • in high season the minimum stay is a week (Friday-Friday)
  • Steel House for 2-6 people / 100 m²
    185 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bunk room
    • 2 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include bath linen, bed linen and kitchen linen, unlimited use of firewood, Smit & Dorlas coffee cups, Clipper tea, delicious soap by the Dutch brand Marie Stella Maris (Objet d’Amsterdam) and basic household supplies (olive oil, salt, pepper etc).
Extra charges
A tourist tax of €0,85 per person per night has to be paid when booking Pet per stay €50
Children & Extra beds
Because of the pool, this house is not suitable for children who can't swim yet. Babies up to 1 year old stay for free. Please bring your own baby cot and bedding for the baby.
Minimum stay
2 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Courtyard
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Pets welcome
  • Not suitable for young children

All of our houses are self-catering and we don’t provide any meals. But there is plenty of complimentary coffee/tea, firewood, linen/towels and toiletries. We also provide guests with a list of walks, cycleroutes and things to do in the area, as well as recommended restaurants. A final cleaning is included with all stays.


  • natural swimming pool (12 meters long)
  • fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, refrigerator and Nespresso coffee machine
  • floor heating and a built-in Jotul wood stove
  • beamer for your movie nights
  • 1 bathroom with double rain shower, 1 bathroom with single rainshower
  • the house has a washing machine/dryer
  • Wifi via ADSL (since we are in the middle of the forest)
  • air conditioning in the sleeping rooms (during summertime)


  • because of the pool, this house is less suitable for small children who can't swim yet
  • the pool is natural, so not heated

Things to do in Overijssel & Rijssen

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

Swimming, relaxing and being surrounded by nature is the purpose of being at the Steel House. It’s a place to enjoy the forest, listen to the birds and venture out on long walks. 

We find that with our properties, people tend to stay at the house and just enjoy being there. We have fireplaces where you can cosy up in the wintertime, projectors for watching movies and the kitchens are well-equipped for cooking.

If you do want to go out, I would recommend going walking and cycling through the nearby forests, heaths and meadows, as well as visiting some of the towns and villages. Definitely spend a day in the Hanseatic town of Deventer. If you are there for a week or more, you could go further afield. 

The location of Steel House

The house is surrounded by a private forest of 5,500 sqm near the Dutch city of Rijssen, which is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Amsterdam. The centre of Rijssen is around five minutes by car and here you’ll find three supermarkets, a few stores and local restaurants. For high-end restaurants, you need to drive around 30 minutes. 

At the start of the long driveway leading to the house are trailheads for hiking and cycling paths, so you really are in the middle of the forest. There are a lot of outdoor activities available nearby. 

When is the best time to visit Overijssel?

Each season has its charm. In summer and spring, you can open up the house and swim all day. At the moment, it is raining a lot and guests tend to stay inside beside the fireplace. That being said, even in the wintertime, most guests still take a dip in the pool. In the autumn, it’s all about the changing leaves. Even in the cooler months, you can go on nice walks and the houses are well-designed for use throughout the year.