Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Mensinghe House in Roden

This is the manor house we visited last weekend in the village of Roden. It was lived in as a private home until 1985 after which the city hall took over the house to be restored and turned into a museum. The entrance is through these beautiful iron gates. You are able to take an online virtual tour here.

The former porter's house is now a restaurant. They have done a wonderful job of making it a really welcoming place to come for a meal.

Can you imagine having these original tiles at the entrance to your front door. They are just beautiful and I am always glad to see things like this have been well preserved.

A little side window of the former porter's house which is so ornate.

The manor house itself seen from across the water surrounding it.

There is a bridge which you cross to get to the house. Isn't the white gate on the bridge so adorable?

The house has been completely restored and the furniture was for the most part left in the house giving the illusion that the family still resides there.

I had to think of an online friend, Margaret, when I saw this door knocker in the form of a mermaid.

I am unable to share photos of inside the house as we were not allowed to take any. Here are two from in the scullery.

Notice the old pump and the water filter. It is a cream colored ceramic water filter that came from England.

This was the cutest idea! Wood was cut in triangles and covered with moss and branches for daffodil bulbs to be stuck into. They are mounted on a tree branch giving the look of small trees. Don't forget to enlarge any photos you would like to see in more detail.

The former coach house is now an exhibition center. Can you imagine drawing your carriage up to it and driving in through the large center stable doors?

I just love old trees. This one was so majestic with all its knots and gnarls.


Anonymous said...

when I can download my pictures, you will be able to see Heidi hugging one of these old trees.
This was a very beautiful old house, and we have been blessed with beautiful weather.
Love Mom

Nancy said...

What a spectacular place! I love touring places like this. The entry tiles are amazing and the size of the windows! I want them!

Pondside said...

What a beautiful day you must have had! The tiles really are beautiful - and the 'daff' trees very clever. I like being able to enlarge your photos, and will have to figure out how to do that on my site - so much to learn!
I love 'living' museums, and those places in which the original furnishings have been left. It's a wonderful way to learn domestic history and and really put yourself in the era!

Elizabethd said...

Heidi, that is so English! The tiles are just like some that we had in one of our houses, all down the hallway. It was an Edwardian house, and I think they were very fashionable then.
What a lovely place for a visit.

Anonymous said...

Hoi Heidie,
Wat een prachtig landhuis om te bezoeken. Zelf woon ik ook in Drenthe en hier ben ik nog niet eens geweest! Staat nu op het lijstje: Ideeen voor uitstapjes.
Ben je ook al op bezoek geweest bij die prachtige borgen in Noord-Groningen ?? Ook zeer de moeite waard.
Wat betreft de vogeltjes: ze bouwen maar door, er zit wel al een laag van 10 centimeter mos in de brievenbus.
Groetjes, Janneke

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Heidi, Just wanted to write to let you know how much I love both your blogs!....I am a decorator, and any chance I have to go through homes, especially historical ones, I jump! Just gorgeous photos of a amazing home!...also wanted to comment about the charming Beatrix Potter sampler on your needlework blog...Is that something new or has it been a project you've been working on for a bit?...I love it!! Would love to do something similar!...Please let me know if you have a moment. Thanks for sharing!...another heidi :) P.S. I have a Swiss mother...

Carolien said...

What a lovely place to be! Thanks for sharing these attractive pictures with us.

Have a nice evening & hugs, Carolien

Mary said...

I did enjoy seeing this historical home Heidi - really lovely. Those 'triangle trees' are just amazing - do you think we could make some like that? Do the bulbs just grown and bloom without soil?

Glad you and mom are enjoying great weather for all this sightseeing together.
Hugs - Mary.

P.S. How wonderful that Mandie is able to go back to college - I'm wishing her luck along the way.

Jocerane said...

It's such a beautiful place!

Andylynne said...

I just love old houses, big and small. Looks like you had a good time. I have always wanted to live in a carriage house, or a gate house that has been converted. Your pictures are wonderful, I like the vitural tour.

Rhondi said...

Hi Heidi
I thought you would be too busy with your mom being there to do any posts or read any blogs, so I was surprised and excited when I saw your comment. Don't feel you have to respond, just enjoy the visit and you can catch up later. That looks like a wonderful grand home to visit.
Those entry tiles would make a great quilt!

Ragged Roses said...

What a beautiful house Heidi. I would be happy to live in any part of it.

Lizzie said...

I love the picture of the manor from across the small lake... it reminded me of in Pride and Prejudice when Elizabeth first glimpses Pemperley!

And those tiles are wonderful.

the homely year said...

Hello Heidi, what an interesting place. I'm a big fan of Minton tiles and the whole house and grounds look beautifully maintained.
Margret and Noreen

BittersweetPunkin said...

Very nice pictures! I love that mermaid door handle as well!
I hope you gals are enjoying yourselves!

Wildflower Cabin said...

What beautiful buildings and grounds! It all has so much charm and character. I really enjoyed your photos, thank you for sharing!

angelasweby said...

What lovley photos Heidi. it sounds as if you are having a wonderful time with Nancy. The daffodils look so pretty growing out of those 'trees'
Can't wait to join in all the fun :>)
Hugs, Angela

Susan in SC said...

Beautiful pics Heidi@ Thank you for sharing! Susan in SC

Espresso Girlie said...

Absolutely fabulous! I adore those tiles in the entry - the colors and design are gorgeous and I can almost feel them. Everything is simply beautiful and I am most thankful to have viewed these photos. Beautiful!