J. Suyderhoud

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (321 of 340)
Location: ouderkerk aan den ijssel, Netherlands
Birthday: 1 April

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,601 - Total Helpful Votes: 321 of 340
The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto by Jenny Condie
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Jennie Condie has made a selection of 21 great gardens to visit in the Veneto, of which 4 are located in Venice. As stated in the introduction: "Others have explored the fascinating subject of hidden or private gardens; our leading criterion has been present accessibility - born from the conviction that no picture or story could possibly equate with experiencing these gardens for oneself" and furthermore: "It is hoped that, beguiled by these pages, the reader will undertake the rest of the journey in person". I can not agree more. The descriptions of the gardens are exhaustive and to the point with many beautiful photographs by Alex Ramsay, this time enhancing the strong architectural… Read more
An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams: The Americans wh&hellip by Clive Aslet
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Aurum Press has published many books on country houses and gardens based on a certain perspective, such as region, period, architect or having been demolished. This time the selection has been based on country houses which were revived by Americans with their money and taste. As stated in the introduction: "If an Englishman's home is his castle, it might be because he married an American". Clive Aslet has selected 18 Americans and their influence on 24 country houses. Famous examples are the Astors at Clivenden and Hever Castle, Consuelo Vanderbilt at Blenheim Palace and Crowhurst Place, Lawrence Johnston at Hidcote Manor, Nancy Lancaster at Kelmarsh Hall, Ditchley Park and Haseley Court, J… Read more
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2014 by Hugh Johnson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The 2014 edition of the Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is again excellent, each year it brings the latest information on the state of art with respect of all better wines made worldwide. If you are a wine lover and want to be kept up to date on the latest developments and vintages, this handy pocket book is certainly a must. The strongest feature is the information on the French and especially the Bordeaux wines, the latter having a special section. As I have mentioned earlier for the 2013 edition, there is no mentioning of the wines of the Netherlands. Since their quality has improved considerably in recent years, they could also be given a page like presently Luxembourg, or perhaps… Read more