Impress your guests by choosing a monumental house for your event! The historic houses association Hendrick de Keyser (a not-for-profit fund that buys and restores monumental houses – pdf) owns several ancient buildings on some of the most picturesque locations in The Netherlands. A selection of their own and other monuments is available for business events or private occasions.
In the Randstad we recommend Buitenplaats Beeckestijn, near IJmuiden. This former country house can host parties up to 150 in its formal rooms, coachhouse and gardens. Another monument is Nijenburg near Heiloo: four rooms for max 100 guests. In the old town of Haarlem there is Huis Barnaart with space for 80 in its ballroom or four other monumental rooms. Nearby at the river Spaarne we find Hodshon House with an impressive function hall for 150 guests. If your group consists of up to 40 people, Huis Timmerman in Monnickendam could be an option. Be warned: the style is very rococo.
In Southern-Holland there is the Gemeenlandshuis at the harbour in Maassluis, with space for a party of 60 max. Bring a boat! Delft has two monuments available: the Fundatie Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude with four rooms for 40 max and Huis Lambert van Meerten that has space for groups up to 100 guests. For a modern monument we have to go to Scheveningen, where the Derde Ambachtsschool reminds us of a cruise ship in the twenties. About 100 guests will fit in this former school building.
Jumping to the northern provinces we end up in Leeuwarden, in the Huis Van Eysinga, a stately town house that has function rooms for up to 60 people. On our way back west, we stop at the Villa Rams Woerthe in Steenwijk. This Jugendstil monument with space for 100 guests max has a wonderful garden. In ‘s-Gravenland Trompenburg is a unique place. Imagine being host to 49 guests, in a hall surrounded by a lake. Near Driebergen is the Buitenplaats Sparrendaal with a capacity of 120 max. Notice the hand-painted wall-paper!
In Amsterdam there are four locations available: Huis Bartolotti (100) at the Herengracht, Gemeenlandshuis (100) at the Diemerzeedijk, Huis van Brienen (45) at the Herengracht and the Makelaers Comptoir (20) at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. That is where coffee and spice traders would discuss business in the 17th century, still a great place for a meetup!