Graaf Bernstorff - Schiermonnikoog - Friesland
A Mediterranean atmosphere fills this hotel on Schiermonnikoog. Don’t miss the restaurant which looks like a 1930s French brasserie.
Graaf Bernstorff is not the sort of hotel you would expect to find on Schiermonnikoog and that’s a good thing. It is fresh, modern and Mediterranean, with an outdoor terrace filled with lively guests basking in the sun.
The most striking aspect of the hotel is its dining room which takes up nearly the entire ground floor and spills onto the terrace. It is a grand space surrounded by large windows and crowned with a high ceiling. The windows look onto a village green bordered by characteristic island houses. The stone floors, the elegant glass and luxurious wooden paneling give you the feeling of being in a sumptuous brasserie in the south of France.
Although a tremendous amount of effort went into designing and building out the interiors, it is never intimidating. Indeed, the hotel’s atmosphere is relaxed and informal like the island itself.
Dinners at the restaurant are wonderful affairs. Apart from the airy interiors, guests are treated to a wonderful culinary experience. The restaurant serves fresh, contemporary dishes that one might expect in a fine city restaurant. The generous size of the polished wooden tables guarantee a certain amount of privacy, but ensure that the restaurant remains warm and inviting.
All this attention to detail is not surprising given the determination of the owners, André Zandt and Etty Zandt-van der Veer, to create a luxurious look and feel. The furniture and woodwork are made to measure, as is the inlaid glass on the windows and doors. What the owners have achieved is a timeless, yet contemporary space that draws in light and conveys a feeling of spaciousness.
That anyone had plans to turn this location into a youth hotel and disco seems inconceivable today. Yet, only a few years ago, Andre and Etty had to marshal all their resources and resolve to demolish the old dilapidated building that stood in its place, and create what Graaf Bernstorff is today.
- Graaf Bernstorff
- Rooms start at Euro 110,-
- Reeweg 1
- 9166 PW Schiermonnikoog
- 0519 532000