After living in the US for a few years, the van der Berg family moved back to their house in the Netherlands, which had been rented out during their absence. ‘With four children, it felt like we’d completely outgrown the space,’ says Antoinette. ‘But I had my eye on this house, which was just across the road and much bigger. It had extensive grounds, including a swimming pool, hockey pitch and an orchard. I loved the idea of cooking with home-grown fruit and nuts!’ When the property came up for sale, Antoinette put in a call to the estate agent. ‘The airiness of the house is what attracted us – high ceilings, tall windows, lots of light!’ Another plus was that the grounds are adjacent to a forest and a national park, yet the house is close to a town, so it offered the perfect mix of country life with the hustle and bustle of community life.
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