B&B Wittevrouwenpoort is located in a quiet residential area in the heart of the Wittevrouwen district (in the east of Utrecht). The Wittevrouwen district has a long and rich history. It is located along one of the best-known streets in Utrecht, Biltstraat. This street was one of the first in the country to be paved, which is why it was called Biltse Steenstraat [steen = paver]. The area around Biltse Steenstraat became home to a settlement that grew into a small suburb of Utrecht. Officially, its residents were not citizens of the city of Utrecht and they had to pay a fee at the gate in order to be admitted into the city. Gradually, side streets appeared, including Poortstraat, a street with dwellings that varied from mansions to labourers’ houses. All in all, it was a highly diverse and attractive street.
An impression of B&B Wittevrouwenpoort. Click on Photos to view more photos.
From the Middle Ages, the Wittevrouwenpoort, which was built around 1230, was one of four gates that offered access to the city of Utrecht. The gate was located on the north-east side of the current city centre, near Wittevrouwensingel, where you can now find the Wittevrouwenbrug. The gate was named after Wittevrouwenklooster, a nearby convent in the Middle Ages that gave its name to the current district of Wittevrouwen. In contrast with today's district, the convent was located inside the old city walls.
In 1649, the decision was made to revamp the city gate; Hendrik Aertsz. Struys prepared the design for the building.
Wittevrouwenpoort was demolished around 1858 and a new building was built in its place. The clock of the former Wittevrouwenpoort was installed on the rooftop tower of the new building. The new building served as a toll house and later it was a police station for a very long time. It is now home to a firm of lawyers.
From this historic spot, you enter Biltstraat, turn left after 300 metres, where you will see our Bed & Breakfast on the right-hand side, at Poortstraat 3.
Who are we
Lilian Figee and Ben de Lange have been living in Utrecht for years now and the house that now accommodates Wittevrouwenpoort has been their home since 1986. For a long time, we toyed with the idea of starting our own Bed & Breakfast. When the ground floor space became vacant, we grabbed the opportunity. Being so close to the city centre and the Uithof university centre is ideal and we felt we were perfectly able to combine it with our (part-time) jobs.
We’d love to see you at our Bed & Breakfast one day.
Wittevrouwenpoort is a brand new, warm and stylish 2-bedroom apartment (60 m2) on the ground floor. It has a shared front door, its own living room, bedroom and bathroom, a fully fitted kitchen, an urban garden full of plants and comes with all mod-cons. Thanks to its central position, all places of interest, exciting shops and restaurants are within walking distance. The apartment sleeps a maximum of four.
You can book the B&B for a single night, for the weekend but this city apartment is also highly suitable as a pied-à-terre for a business and/or longer stay..
The accommodation comes with a fully fitted kitchen with a gas cooker, a fridge, a combined oven & microwave, a coffee machine, a water kettle and more than enough kitchen utensils to prepare your own delicious meals (there are two supermarkets, among other things, at only 100 metres).
In the bedroom, you’ll find a new double box spring bed (can be made up as twin beds, if you wish) of 160x200 cm and a silent ceiling fan. Two doors give access to the garden. It is possible to place one or two comfortable single foldaway beds in the living room. A cot and a high chair are also available.
The bathroom has a rainfall shower, a toilet and two wash basins. Naturally, we’ll arrange plenty of bed and bath linen.
The living room (35 m2) has a large dining room with four chairs, a three-seater sofa, a TV with a Blu-ray player (various DVDs are available) and a Bluetooth speaker. You have free access to the Internet (both via Wi-Fi and a fixed connection) and (Dutch) Netflix. Clothes and bags can be stored neatly in a large wardrobe.
A delicious breakfast is served between 08:00 and 10:00. It is served on a trolley next to the door of the apartment (champaign is possible!). This way, you can have breakfast in your own room or outside on the terrace, whenever it suits you best.
If you have any other wishes, please let us know.
Terms and conditions
We assume you take out your own travel, cancellation and third-party liability insurance.
Nuisance, damage and liability
Only those quoted on the booking form can use the B&B. Without prior consultation, you are not permitted to receive visitors and/or to allow additional people to stay overnight.
You have to leave the apartment in the same condition you found it in upon arrival. As a guest, you are liable for any damage to the apartment or the furniture and equipment caused by you during your stay, including damage caused by third parties who are staying at the apartment with the owner’s permission. Damage and/or loss, as well as the costs for repairs or replacements, will be recovered from the guest. Guests will be liable for damage also when the damage is not discovered until the guest has left.
As a guest, you are expected to take local residents into account and you must keep any noise to a minimum, both indoors and outdoors.
We cannot be held liable for personal injury, loss or damage ensuing from your stay at the B&B.
When you lose the keys, we will charge a fee of € 35.00.
Smoking indoors is not permitted, only outside in the garden.