Unique Properties | A Time Machine To 17th-Century Utrecht

I will admit, I have no idea how this property will be received by you, readers. Usually I only post homes that I know the readers of The Nordroom will like but in this case I’m not sure. The home today doesn’t have beautifully styled rooms and design furnishings that you will instantly recognize from other homes. Instead stepping into this home is like stepping back in time.. a long time.

‘Het Roode Huys’ is a historical home built between 1618-1620 in the Dutch city Utrecht and in the 18th-century it was extended with a drawing room in the back overlooking the French-style garden. At the moment Dutch renaissance trombonist Paul Smit is living in the property and he carefully renovated the historic property using original materials.

He also discovered Rococo wallpaper dating back to 1730 and marble Louis XV fireplaces in the drawing room which he restored to its former glory. This property is a dream for architecture and history lovers and it’s currently for sale. I can only hope that the new owner will respect the historic elements just as much as the current owner.

Ps: If you would like to see more ‘unique properties’ just let me know in the comments. I can make it an official categorie here on the blog.

Dutch children’s poet Hieronymus van Alphen lived in this house between 1772 tot 1776. His most famous poem (about plums) was probably inspired by the nature wallpaper that includes plums that you can still see in the drawing room (pictured above).

Above you can see a traditional 17th-century front room. The dark room has gold leather wallpaper and glasswork from Venice. In the back of the room you can still see the original ‘bedstee’ (a box bed).

photography by Redres

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  1. The arm lamps over the tub are creepy but cool. Can you explain the bed box in what seems to be the dining room? While the house is in no way my style, it’s still interesting to see. I say add the category!

    1. thank you! The box bed is very common in old Dutch houses. The small space is built in the wall paneling and can be closed off so it’s not in view during the day. It was nicer to sleep in here because since it is so small it would warm up in the nigth thanks to the person’s body heat and therefor it was not needed to heat up an entire room. And in small houses it would mean that they didn’t need a seperate bedroom.

  2. Wow I love this category! The use of colours and fabrics in this interior – it’s gorgeous. It feels really authentic and brazen in this minimalist era.

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