Location: Sassenheim, South Holland
You blink. Then blink again. It’s as if you’ve found yourself in a dream as you travel down the long, red-brick drive. The chevron-patterned path welcomes you to the immaculate manor, framed with impeccable landscaping and timeless iron gate. It’s as if someone has taken a magnifying glass to ensure all details of the impressive, historic structure are nothing shy of perfect.
Also known as Wilhelminalaan 13, The Old Royal House in Sassenheim, South Holland, has as luxurious a reputation as its interior. The home’s rich history dates back to 1543, and lists King William III as a resident, before his reign over England, Ireland, France, and Scotland from 1689 to 1702. The Old Royal House has been called “one of the finest officially listed buildings in the Netherlands” by Christie’s International Real Estate, which listed the property for $7,578,536.
Touches of gold leaf, decorative molding, crystal chandeliers, and original Louis XVI details meet up-to-date amenities in this restored, historic home.
A tall, slender door mirrors the classic elegance of the black shutters at the front entrance, disguising the lavish interior of this fairytale-like place. Marbled flooring and a spacious foyer greet visitors before expanding into the elegance that radiates throughout the main house.
Handcrafted bookshelves of dark wood line the library walls, encompassing a quiet environment equipped with a cozy fireplace.
The home includes staircases as well as an elevator to accommodate its guests. Large windows face a pond and an intricately landscaped setting. The décor presents a comfortable and bright atmosphere with cream-colored tile flooring and white walls.
The first floor features a master bedroom, two full bathrooms, and three sizable dressing rooms furnished with floor-to-ceiling wardrobes. The second floor accommodates guests with two bedrooms, accompanied by full bathrooms equipped with luxurious bathtubs and walk-in showers.
Other guest accommodations include a guest home in the right wing of the property, and a summer home with staff facilities and storage space. The property also boasts three garages, and — in case there’s any doubt that this historic home is truly fit for royalty — a moat.