It Buterhus

It Buterhus

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It Buterhus


This brick house dating to 1633 is one of the oldest buildings in the Frisian town of Balk. The village was once a major center of the Dutch butter trade. Ever since the canal house was inhabited by a butter dealer, it has been known as the “Butter House”. Completely gutted and painstakingly restored, it now boasts a café and three small holiday apartments. The historical elements of each space have been authentically restored as far as possible. Their simple, modern interior design and muted colors highlight the old details. The apartment Zon, in the former “parlor”, has a historical ceiling with woodcarvings, and a mahogany bed from 1900. The quaint bars in the attic apartments exude historical flair. What’s more, the Apartment Bos features two old closet-beds: one can be used as a child´s sleeping space, the other has been remodeled into a bathroom.

Three unique apartments have been created inside the building. It’s a combination of old and new. The apartment’s authentic parts have been preserved. The rooms have been decorated in a simple way, using natural materials only. This ensures a nice atmosphere and a good balance between material, color and design.

The name ’t Bûterhûs (literally: the butter house) was chosen because of the historical use of this building. The village of Balk became what it is today because of the trade of butter. Balk is a Frisian village located along a channel called the ‘Luts’ and is known for being part of the famous ‘elfstedentocht’ (11 cities ice skating route). Its a lively village offering many activities and recreational possibilities. Balk has everything to ensure you a nice stay: water, forests and a beautiful landscape.

This summer, you can enjoy having a delicious cup of coffee, thee or something else with us. ’t Bûterhûs will cooperate with contributors of the JP van den Bent foundation.

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