Great Houseboat, 1 Bedroom + Queen Size Sofa Bed, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-4
- english, french, german, portuguese, dutch
About Martyn Leenen
My wife Catelijne and I have two children, one daughter Julia (8) and one son Hidde (6). We live in Haarlem, just 15 minutes away from our houseboat. Before I used to work for a broadcasting and publishing company but now I have my own business. Good food and nice drinks are important to me. I like to cook for friends/family and love nice wines, German wines in particular. I used to travel, read and play golf but since we have children, I have have other priorities... Oh, and I love playing chess on my iPhone. (This photo was inspired by Derek Zoolander)
Martyn Leenen purchased this House Boat in 2008
Why Martyn Leenen chose Amsterdam-Centrum
By coincidence I saw this houseboat was for sale. I knew the unique location, on one side the old warehouses and on the other side the Zoo. Eery time we went boating with friends and we came by Artis (the Zoo) we loved the sight of zebras and giraffes in the middle of the city. The previous owners are a nice Australian couple with a baby. They lived there for four years but were about to return to Australia. Eventually Damien (the Australian owner) choose me to buy the boat and I feel very fortunate! My wife and I lived for two years on this houseboat. Because my wife was expecting we decided to move to an apartment. Living on the boat with a baby is not convenient. In the beginning it was difficult not to live on the boat but now, - when when the boat is not rented out, - we try to stay there. Our children love it and a stay on the boat always indicates we'll go to the zoo... For us staying on the boat is also holiday...!
What makes this House Boat unique
My wife and I lived in Amsterdam for over 15 years. As students we both moves several times all over the city. The vibe, the atmosphere and the people of this little neighborhood beats everything! - just around the corner from all the best places - museums, the Nieuwmarkt, the red lights and fine restaurants - but without the city sounds from Dam Square and Leidse Square. My mother Caty and neighbor Karin will do the check in/out and cleaning. They are very helpful in providing additional information about Amsterdam, what to do outside the city (Keukenhof for example) and are more then happy to assist you for museums and or tickets, reservations in nice restaurants, etc. They also can arrange a pick up from the airport or a private boat tour. So, if you have questions or would like assistance please do not hesitate to contact them. You will receive their contact information when the booking is confirmed.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Waking to Elephants and Giraffes
We spent a wonderful four nights on this charming and very comfortable houseboat that was located directly across the canal from the zoo. This relaxed and non-touristy local was perfect. Three great neighborhood restaurants were a five minute walk. In the other direction, one finds one of the two city breweries housed in the tallest windmill in Amsterdam. The owner was great and very personable. We are telling everyone that they should seek out this place to stay on their trip.
Fantastic experience! Martyn was top notch with greeting us to making us feel welcome and making sure he was providing everything we needed. The houseboat was beautiful, clean, most comfortable, and a wonderful way to spend a few nights in Amsterdam. We really loved sitting on the top deck watching the zoo animals! Highly recommend and cant wait t o visit again.
Dear Linda, Thanks for your great feedback, much appreciated! See you next April in the US.
My daughter, 5-year old granddaughter and I stayed for 3 days and each day fell more in love with the houseboat and location. Martyn was a delight. The houseboat is charming and ever-so comfortable and well-stocked. The location is exceptional, from the quiet peaceful neighborhood, to being right across from the zebras and elephants, to the ease of walking wherever we wanted to go. What a treat! Thank you!!
Medicijnman: Medicine for the spirit!
Fabulous houseboat & neighborhood! What a gem this old & lovingly-kept boat is. This was our 2nd stay & hope to be lucky enough to visit again. Caty & Martyn were so helpful, answering questions & explaining how everything worked. Additionally, Caty helped us set up transportation to the airport w/ awesome driver Ed. The Plantage neighborhood is lovely--quieter than some areas of the city but wonderful dining options nearby & good public transportation. Easy walking to so many attractions. Loved being across from the zoo & sitting out on deck, watching boats pass by in good weather. Kitchen has everything you need. Bed & bedding are comfortable. Our daughter slept well on the sofa bed--and we hear a new one is coming soon. Was sad to leave--the Medicijnman is medicine for your spirit!
Dear Kathryn, Thanks for your review. It was great seeing you again. Next time at your place!
A buautiful houseboat in a unique location near the centre of Amsterdam
It was excellent to re-visit Amsterdam and to see our friends De Medicijnman and Martyn Leenan (our host). The houseboat is beautifully presented, and a very relaxing place to live, near the centre of the bustling city. The location, just opposite the zebra, giraffes and elephants of Art is zoo, makes it all the more appealing. We have visited this special houseboat 4 times over nearly 20 years, and we are keen to start planning our 5th visit! Highly recommended!
Dear Jane & Kelvin,
Thanks for your review, good you were back.
Hope to see you later this year.
Peaceful, beautiful, great location
Excellent in every way! Great location, and very comfortable and quiet. Gracious and helpful host. Caty helped us with lots of information and tips. This boat has all the conveniences of a hotel or condo, plus a kitchen and laundry, with so much charm. Easy to get around and use the tram, and very nice grocery store nearby. Can’t wait to return!
Thanks for your feedback and compliments, much appreciated!
You are always welcome to return.
The Zoo (Artis) is right across the boat and on the other side are the beautiful canal houses (old warehouses).
We could arrange anything if it is possible or impossible, just the pink elephant on the deck will be difficult...