When the monumental house on Steenschuur 11 came up for sale, Sharleen de Boer immediately saw its potential. Born and raised in Leid-en, the owner of Steenhof Suites had found for some time that the historic city centre offered little in the way of small-scale luxury accom-modation. And the 15th century house had not only been beautifully restored, it was also ideally located. Tucked between lively Breestraat and elegant Rapenburg, the house overlooks Steenschuur Canal and the peaceful Van derWerfpark. “The whole of central Leiden is within walking distance, this really was a find,” she says.