The next morning I woke after a reasonable night’s sleep: you know what it is like, the first night in a strange place. Although I slept really well I woke frequently. But I had had the most comfortable night ever: I did not think such a mattress existed in the world – pure bliss.
And the heating was so good; everything was as warm as toast. What comfort, what luxury:) (At home our central heating boiler had broken down and until we knew whether or not our dog needed an operation we could not afford to replace it, so home was just a little cool!)
I got up to make a cup of tea to take back to bed, and on the way opened the curtains to see what kind of day it was. As light flooded the suite I was amazed.
My bedroom had double floor-length windows, doors really, giving onto a balcony at the front of the Villa.
The view looked over at other houses and trees, some of which still had a few leaves.
As I went through the flat opening curtains I realized just how light an apartment this was despite being a rainy day.
And, joy of joys, my dining room was in a tower!!!!!!! A tower room all to myself. Like something out of a little girl’s dream. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair”. Only I am not blond, neither is my hair long enough, nor am I young enough. Still, one can fantasize.
During the days to come, I would sit in the tower room having several of my ‘moments’, surrounded by cosy radiators, reading, doing the crossword, looking at maps, planning excursions, writing my diary and smiling at the occasional pedestrian who happened to look up.
The front of the Villa showing my set of rooms on the first floor: bedroom over the hotel entrance, sitting room in the middle and my tower room on the left hand side!
From one side I could look up and down the road, from another I could look over the lovely garden, into which the conservatory projected.
I was so happy. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined having such a place to stay, and especially at this price. As I had my tea and then got ready for the day ahead, I felt the luckiest person in the world:)
Time to head downstairs to the basement for breakfast in the conservatory
I have copied this photo from the Villa Imhof website at http://www.hotelimhof.nl/index.php?lang=en. It is their photograph, their copyright and not mine.
(View from the side. The Villa is built into a hill so access to the main entrance is from the road on the right, whereas the conservatory where breakfast was taken is at the basement level: mine is the top room in the tower.)
And if I thought what I had experienced so far was wonderful, I had no idea what lay ahead. You ain’t seen nothing yet!
To be continued.