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“It's the garden, silly”

Wester-Amstel: Country House and Park since 1662
Ranked #5 of 27 things to do in Amstelveen
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Wester-Amstel: Country House and Park Since 1662 is a piece of serenity located just a bike ride away from Amsterdam. It's located on the banks of the Amstel River and at the last riverbend before Ouderkerk. Wester-Amstel is the perfect destination to escape the city and venture into the surrounding countryside. Our house, park and gardens are enriched by four centuries of history. We highly recommend our audio tour (available in English and Dutch). It will take you on a wonderful stroll through our estate and entertain you with stories of times long past. The benches and picnic spots will give you the perfect excuse to just sit back and relax.The back of the house hosts art exhibitions, and is open most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, please visit our website.
Reviewed 7 September 2017

For some the house may be the key attraction, but for me it is the garden, or should I say gardens. Look at the beautiful lanes and borders, the great variety of trees with their unique personal history. A group of enthousiasts work here every Saturday with the owners to keep it this way. Absolutely worth the visit!

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Management response:Responded 22 September 2017

Many thanks for your fine comments on our beautiful gardens and splendid volunteers!

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

When you need to escape from the busy, crowded streets of Amsterdam… Wester-Amstel is the place to go! All you have to do is hop on a bike and within 20 minutes you are there (the route to Wester-Amstel is gorgeous, by the way!).

I’m a repeat visitor and I’ll be honest with you - Wester-Amstel never loses its charm! I love walking around the grounds, saying hi to the chickens, checking out the latest art exhibit… And just relaxing and recharging.

It’s the perfect place to go to experience the Amsterdam countryside. You get history, beauty, and nature all wrapped up into one.

I would really recommend this place!

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tbladez, Public Relations Manager at Wester-Amstel: Country House and Park since 1662, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

We're so glad you keep visiting Wester-Amstel!

The next time you visit, make sure you see what we're harvesting! You can pick up some fresh vegetables & fruit (chemical free and very delicious) for a donation.

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Reviewed 28 June 2017

On the banks of the Amstel. Perfect for an afternoon stroll, picnic, or just a relaxing visit. Large property with multiple gardens, an orchard, a pond, and many walking paths. Restored 17th century mansion with an available audio tour. Near (1km) to the village of Ouderkerk where you can find shopping and refreshment. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Thank Timothy H
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Management response:Responded 29 June 2017

Thank you, Timothy. Great review.

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Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Very Nice place to visit during stay in Amsterdam Great outdoor and indoor experience easy acces Nice tour and guide

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Management response:Responded 25 June 2017

Thanks, Marc. It was a pleasure to guide you around.

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

A very quiet and serene garden, on the banks on the Amstel. With many interesting things to see. A lovely old house, once owned by the Mayor of Amsterdam as a summer retreat. The gardens still show how it once was, with a herb and vegetable gardens, and a small ornamental garden with nice borders, box hedges and roses. A lovely newer addition is the butterfly garden. The park is very shady and a delight in springtime. The moated orchard is home to the chickens, and in springtime it is awash with very many different daffodils, once counted by enthusiast children as 21 different blooms. There is a spring garden, with many different early spring flowers. In Summertime and Autumn the gardens are well worth a visit as well. its a must see.

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Management response:Responded 23 June 2017

Thank you for your lovely review. You clearly have been around! The one additional seasonal experience we can offer you is Wester-Amstel on a crisp, frosty day in january when the very first winter aconites start blooming...

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