De Lindenhof in Leiderdorp:

Located at Achthovenerweg 7 stands former farmhouse De Lindenhof. Until the year 2008 the property of Jan Dirk van Leeuwen and Elly Pieternella Jansen. His parents, Pieter van Leeuwen and Cornelia Roest (she was from Achthoven) had bought De Lindenhof from Jan Dirk van ´t Riet, who´s family had lived in Leiderdorp since the eighteenth century. Van ´t Riet´s great grandfather was the first of the family Van ´t Riet to lease the property. At that time consisting of a mansion, animal house, summer house, a churn mill, haystack, shed and a carpented building named ´Lindenhof´.
The associated 22 acres of graslands lay in three polders, the Achthovenerpolder, the Bospolder and ´Het Poldertje´ in Zoeterwoude. Dirk van ´t Riet had to pay a yearly lease of fl. 900,00 (or 1890,00 Francs as the deal was made in a time when France ruled the region) and an additional payment of butter and cumin cheese. The lease was set for a period of five years and would be extended for the same period. Son Jan also leased land in the Munnikkenpolder, wich stayed in the family until it was sold to the city council by the owner a century later. De Lindenhof has comparisons to Achthoven. The brick front house with cornice and shielded or hipped roof is in fact a mansion type building with underneath a plastered cellar that spans the entire width of the property. The cellar must have been built earlier then the rest of the property. Maybe even as early as the fifteenth or sixteenth century. It has two crossed arches and in the wall you find two gothic pointed niches for placing a candle to light the space. Along the walls brick vats were built for curing cheese.
Extraordinary is the attic above the upstairs room. The canopy is carried by wooden roof trusses with curved balusters that form a series of pointed arches. The front house proceeds into a summer house at the back. This in turn is connected to the white plastered farmhouse area with feeding stables dating back to the eighteenth century. A corridor between the farm and the summerhouse gives access to the cellar below the mansion. Between the stable and living room we find the back home with live in kitchen with pumps and two heat sinks (cooling vats). The live in kitchen has been transformed to a library. The latter one has a small window which gave the farmer a view on his cows in the stables. (At that time there was no partition wall blocking the view.)