When I was looking for a suitable contribution to this week’s Thursday Doors, I could not decide between this garden house or the entrance of the corresponding residence (below) called Villa Beukenhof. The name refers to the beeches in the garden behind the house.
The summer house is the oldest building, although I have not been able to find out when it was erected. It forms part of the original garden designed by the garden architect Johan David Zocher Sr., who died in 1817. So it must be from an earlier date.
The mansion, built in 1895 in a neo-Renaissance style with some eclectic elements, has replaced an older villa. The interior has retained almost all of its 19th century details.
Both buildings have their own charm. I like the garden house because of the elegant design and the warm colour of the wood. It is not difficult to imagine myself sitting there with a cup of tea and a book. The entrance of the house is stylish, but looks a bit more severe, although there is some elegance too in the decoration of the door.
So, which door do you prefer?