Zeeland House

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Closest beach: 2km (5 mins by car)
    Closest restaurant (fine dining): In walking distance
    Groede for shops and restaurants: 6km (8 mins by car)
  • Antwerp International Airport (ANR): 91km (1h 20 mins by car)
    Oostende-Brugge Airport (OST): 76km (1h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Zeeland House

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

When I was a child, we always used to go on holiday to Zealand and my parents bought a little house there. I visited every year in July and August until I met my husband. After my parents sold their house, my husband and I kept on going in our caravan or tent. Eventually, we decided to look for a small holiday home that slept two or four people. After searching for three years, we couldn’t find the right one. 

Then we got married at a beach house in Breskens (the village where Zeeland House is located) and the owner said they had a property we might be interested in. So the day after our wedding, we went to see it. It was much bigger than we intended and more expensive than we wanted. But we fell in love with the house and thought perhaps we could make it into a business project. 

The day after our honeymoon, we put in an offer and it was accepted. This was seven years ago. Three or four years ago we started the renovations, taking everything out and creating new spaces. We welcomed our first guests in May 2021. 

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

For me, the house has always had a good vibe. Even when the previous couple lived there and it was very full, there was a positive feeling. Everything is so light, open and clear — that's what made us fall in love with the house. Everyone who visits has the same feeling, that it is a good house. 

My husband and I did all of the renovations and interior design. We have an interior painting business that my husband manages and I am a florist, although I studied interior design for two years. Now, I work mostly at events and weddings. 

After renovating two houses previously, friends have said I should become an interior designer. But I can’t decorate to a plan. I need to live in a house and feel it. We lived at Zeeland House every summer for three years, so we had the time to figure it out, find the right pieces and let our ideas grow.

It’s not a cluttered house — there are just enough things to make the rooms feel cosy. It’s old stuff, new stuff, cheap stuff and expensive stuff. I think it’s a good combination.

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

It’s a good mix of the things we love. Sometimes it’s hard to just go to Zeeland House and enjoy it as a holiday as there is always something to do. But even when I’m visiting alone to do the cleaning, it’s never a punishment. It’s always nice to be there. 

I particularly love the garden in summer and the fireplace in winter. When the weather is good, we sit in the garden and don’t think about the list of things we have to do. In winter, once we put on the fireplace, it means that our jobs for the day are done. So these are my two favourite experiences at Zeeland House. 

Do you have any restrictions regarding children or pets?

Children of all ages are welcome and we do make some exceptions for dogs, as it is a very popular area for dog owners. During certain hours, they have to be on a leash but they are allowed to run free outside of those times. If people want to bring their dogs, it’s on a case-by-case basis and we do have some house rules. 

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Living room
Living room
Living room
Living room
Dining room
Dining room
Dining room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Living area
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Bedroom views
Staircase
Attic bedroom
Bathroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Alcove bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Terrace
Garden
Garden
Garden
Garden

Zeeland House rooms & rates

There are two entrances, with the main door leading to a big hall with a bench and a closet for storing jackets. In the living room is a big sofa and this connects to the open-plan kitchen. Around the corner is an atrium-style dining room with a long table that can seat 16 people. From here, you can watch the neighbour’s horses. Also on the ground floor is a little room with a sink, a mirror and a closet, plus there’s an extra toilet. 

We have one double bedroom with an ensuite on the ground floor and two more on the first floor. Also on this level is a room with a double bed and a single bed that has access to a separate bathroom. On the second floor is a double bedroom with an ensuite, as well as a mezzanine room with a double bed. In total, the house can accommodate up to 15 people. 

On our little road are four houses, so we have three neighbours. One is a farmhouse that is not being used, although they have working stables for their horses. On the other side is a farmer who cultivates potatoes and onions and only makes noise a few times a year during the harvest. Opposite us and around 100 metres away is a family home. On the right-hand side of the property are big bushes that are like green walls, so while we have neighbours, it feels very private. 

GROUND FLOOR

1 bedroom with a double bed and sink.

1st FLOOR

2 bedrooms with a double bed & private bathroom 1 bedroom with a double bed and a single bed 1 separate bathroom 1 extra fold-out double bed on the landing

2nd FLOOR

1 bedroom with a double bed & private bathroom 1 mezzanine with a double bed

  • Zeeland House for 13-15 people / 265 m²
    600 / night
    • 6 Double bedrooms
    • 2 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 2 Extra beds (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
Included in the rates
Rates include bed and bath linen.
Extra charges
A tourist tax of €1,50 per person per night is payable at the property. Heating and electricity costs are charged based on consumption (costs will be deducted from the security deposit).
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. There is a trampoline, petanque and darts in the garden. 2 baby beds are available on request.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 17:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Discounts/Special offers
5% off for bookings of more than 7 nights

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Iron & Board
  • BBQ area
  • Hair dryer

Bath towels and bed linen are included and we are always available for recommendations and reservations. On our website is some information but we provide a more comprehensive welcome document for guests with a list of restaurants, shops and things to do in the area.

In the beginning, we had the idea to make it a B&B. However, I am a little afraid of the hospitality business as I am not so experienced in the kitchen. That’s why we decided to create a self-catering holiday home. But there is a lady in Breskens who has a cheese house and can arrange breakfast on request and we’ve had several groups organise a private chef to prepare or deliver meals. There are a lot of options in the area. 

INTERIOR

  • washing machine & dryer
  • ironing board & iron
  • Wifi
  • TV
  • first aid kit
  • board games
  • large kitchen with all amenities
  • 2 highchairs
  • baby bed on request

OUTSIDE

  • BBQ
  • fire pit (bring your own wood)
  • trampoline
  • petanque
  • darts
  • seats
  • hammock

Things to do in Zeeland & Breskens

  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

If you are coming from far away, I would recommend visiting Ghent and Bruges. But if you are visiting from nearby, then I would suggest simply enjoying the coastline and nature.

For me personally, I like to be at the beach, even in winter. You can rug up in a jacket and go for a walk, then put on the fireplace and enjoy being indoors with nature all around you. If you like to eat well, there are also some very good restaurants in the area, including Michelin-star eateries.

The location of Zeeland House

Zeeland House is a five-minute drive from the villages of Breskens, which is located in the southwest of the Netherlands. The closest airport is just over an hour away at Oostende-Brugge. In Breskens are grocery stores and a bakery, plus fishmongers where you can buy fresh seafood. 

The sea is 500 metres away — you can see the dunes from the house. But it’s not ideal for swimming here. The main North Sea beaches are five minutes’ drive from the house or 10-15 minutes by bike. Surrounding the property are several natural parks, some within walking distance.

Around 10 minutes’ drive from the house is the village of Groede where you’ll find a market and three restaurants. One is quite expensive, another is a brasserie, and the third does ice creams and pancakes. So there is something for everyone. Within walking distance of Zeeland House is De Kromme Watergang, a fine-dining restaurant that requires a reservation. 

When is the best time to visit Zeeland?

I love being at Zeeland House any time of the year. In the summertime, you can walk or take your bike to the beach and stay there all day. But the cosiness of the house is really nice in winter, even when it’s pouring rain outside. When it snows, the colour of the sea is beautiful. 

We have an area outside where guests can make a fire and there are chairs that you can move around the garden to find a calm spot out of the wind. We have tried to adapt the house for every season.