When you drive from Den Ham over the Wittenbrink towards Peter’s Paradise, you see in the distance a row of buildings surrounded by trees in the middle of a large green sea of pastures. On the meadows right by the houses, horses and sheep are quietly doing their thing.
You know that you have arrived in rural Overijssel and have left the urban atmosphere behind you. Your destination is approaching.
As you approach Peter’s Paradise, you can already recognize the contours of a number of Peter’s statues in the vicinity of the three buildings: a girl with arms wide on her knees floating behind his straw house, a person with one arm stuck in the air near the entrance, a woman carrying two old-fashioned (probably) leather bags along her body at what later turns out to be the horse stable. A place with personality.
Once you have arrived at the entrance, you will see a long drive with a path that makes it seem like you are driving through a sculpture forest or an orchard. Everywhere scenes have been made with bronze or mud images of Peter’s hand. You could justifiably call it a sculpture garden.
Then you arrive at the first building that is reminiscent of the building style of medieval buildings, with wooden beams and loam in between them. It is not completely finished yet, but it looks beautiful and the stable is already in use.
Next to the house there is a parking space and while you exit the car, Peter’s horses, Bess (white) and Gwen (dark) come to greet you curiously. A bit timid maybe, but also interested.
In front of your car in the parking lot you can see a statue reminiscent of a housewife (wearing a historically used rain cap) waring a long raincoat and carrying two large suitcases or bags in her hands. Peter says that it was inspired by his mother, but later it got a broader meaning.
It is no coincidence that it is placed where guests come and go. It now symbolizes all women. Peter realizes the burden women carry in times of adversity. So it is also a picture with some depth and one with a special memory for Peter.
A first impression
Once out of the car you walk down the path and arrive at a beautiful, almost Austrian, building that will become your holiday home. In front of it is a small garden with a pond and also some sculptures in it so it looks cozy. You look curiously inside and past the house, to the horse pasture and the terrace, knowing that you will stay here for a while.
A warm welcome!
As you walk a little further down the path, in search of Peter, you pass a shed (where the carriage of Peter is parked) and then you stand for another “separate” house in the form of a large arch, that recognizable is made of straw bales. It is the home of Peter Weenink, the artist and builder who made all this beauty.
Peter turns out to be a friendly, warm man, who (although not so young in years) is still in the center of his creative life. A man with many adventures behind him and as many stories as you want to hear. He is immediately ready to welcome you and give you the tour of your new place.
The enjoyment has begun!
A home for Peter’s guests
The holiday home is spacious and equipped with all comforts. It is nicely furnished, with all kinds of nice details, and is completely separated next to the horse pasture.
At the back you will find a covered terrace with lots of sun, where you can sit outside and (for example) barbecue. The house also has many windows, so there is enough light inside.
Downstairs you will find:
- a spacious hall (entrance)
- a large kitchen with dining table
- a spacious living room with a sofa and comfortable rotating armchairs
- a toilet
Upstairs you will find:
- three bedrooms for a total of 6 people
- a spacious bathroom with toilet, shower and bath