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Beautiful Houseboat in Amsterdam City Centre

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Houseboat, 1 Bedroom+convertible bed, 1 Bathrm, Sleeps 2-4, families up to 5

We guarantee that this houseboat will give you the special and authentic Amsterdam experience, regardless of the purpose of your visit.

The location beats everything - just around the corner from all the best places- museums and fine restaurants - but without the city sounds from The Dam and Leidse Square.

The sundeck affords spectacular views of the old warehouses on the Entrepotdok (for which Amsterdam is famous) on one side, and boats passing on the other. The passersby envy those sitting on the sundeck of houseboat 'The Medicijnman'!

Over a hundred years old and once a sailing boat (a Tjalk) The Medicijnman (Medicine Man) was transformed in the late 1950’s into a characterful houseboat. With many old features left in place, it gives you an enchanting feel of life on the water back then.

It is located in the old centre of Amsterdam, in an oasis of tranquility,with Central Station, Dam Square, well known theatres (Theater Carré), famous museums (e.g. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum), restaurants, and other cultural attractions within walking distance.

Less than 2 minutes’ walk from Kadijk square, where there are many great restaurants, such as ‘A Tavola’, one of the best Italian restaurants in Amsterdam.

The highest wooden windmill in The Netherlands, named ‘De Gooyer’, is next to the famous brewery, Het IJ, just around the corner and a must-see for real beer lovers.

The interior of the houseboat is light and spacious and is well equipped with all modern facilities. The bedroom has a queen size bed and four authentic portholes. The living room has panoramic windows, which let in a lot of light and give beautiful views just above water level. There is a very comfortable sofa bed which enables sleeping room for two extra guests, a big dining table and a charming open kitchen. The bathroom has a washbasin and a bathtub with shower attachment plus a washer and dryer.

The position of the boat ensures that you will be able to enjoy both sunny breakfasts on the deck in the early morning, and spectacular sunsets in the evening.

Keywords:

Perfect location, Ideal for museums, good restaurants, shopping and night life but also an oasis of peace. The roof terrace is very sunny and if you like water birds, you can feed them from outside the windows.

A short walk to the Red Light district, Waterloo square and flea market and the Portuguese Synagogue.

A few highlight of the reviews:

- "Living the Dream in Amsterdam"

"Spent a weekend at this cozy, comfortable houseboat. It could not have been more perfect for two people. Location was sublime; would love to visit again in summertime and spend evenings relaxing on the deck and watching the zoo animals across the canal."

- “uniquely beautiful and peaceful place to stay"

"This by far was the most unique and our favorite… We felt very safe on the houseboat and the street is quiet. It's a great location and we walked the whole city from there. The boat itself has everything and a very nice bathroom. Good water pressure and we were able to wash and dry our clothes… I would love to go back again and spend more time on the boat."

- "Nice, quiet neighborhood & well-appointed houseboat"

"My husband, two boys (13 & 10), and I recently spent four nights on the houseboat. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The neighborhood is nice and quiet, but we were still able to walk to anywhere we wanted to see in the main part of Amsterdam. The houseboat has everything you could need, and there is a grocery store about a 10-minute walk away."

- What a jewel!

"Last stop on a month long holiday and we saved one of the best for last. Peace lives here. Sitting on the deck with your favorite drink, a good book and a gorgeous sunset. Watching the canal cruisers go by. The boat is beautifully appointed, very comfortable and perfectly located both for walking and public transport."

More Details

Owner
Martyn Leenen
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, dutch
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

About Martyn Leenen

My wife Catelijne and I have two children, one daughter Julia (6) and a son Hidde (4). 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 App/iPhone.

(This photo was inspired by Derek Zoolander)

Martyn Leenen purchased this house boat in 2008

Why Martyn Leenen chose Grachtengordel

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.

Amenities

Grachtengordel House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown
  • Lake View
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • With a nice bath!
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The couch in the living room is a very comfortable two person bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Bike- and boat rental (with discount). A parking spot in a non-public garage is available upon request for €15,- per day. The sleeping bed/sofa enables two extra (paying) guests. Adjusted prices for children.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful Houseboat in Amsterdam City Centre
average rating of 4.942623 based on 122 reviews
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Comfortable for 2 people. Sofa bed for additional guest oils use an upgrade

  • 4 of 5

Great location, wonderful hosts

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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5

A uniquely beautiful and peaceful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at three VRBO's on our European vacation. This by far was the most unique and our favorite. A beautiful houseboat with all the creature comforts of home. We slept so great and woke to the sounds of the zoo animals across the canal waking up in the morning. The sounds in the early morning were beautiful. One night we were up late having some wine on the deck and the lions were roaring. Crazy cool.

We felt very safe on the houseboat and the street is quiet. It's a great location and we walked the whole city from there. The boat itself has everything and a very nice bathroom. Good water pressure and we were able to wash and dry our clothes.

I had fun swimming in the canal and enjoyed The Medicijnman so much it was hard to drag ourselves out and explore the city. I would love to go back again and spend more time on the boat.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing Houseboat in Amsterdam

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 3 days and had an amazing time. The boat is perfectly located that it's close enough to the center of everything, but provides a quiet escape when you need it. The morning coffee while watching the elephants and giraffes in the morning was the ultimate perk. Would absolutely stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

delightful place to stay in Amsterdam...

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in Amsterdam, staying in Martin's houseboat. It is perfect in every way, spacious like a house, moored across from the zoo so you can see the giraffes and elephants getting up each morning and going to bed each night. Excellent location to get anywhere in Amsterdam by public transport. Everything clean, very nice.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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5

Amazing and quaint rental

  • 5 of 5

Great location, really well equipped, stayed in November and really warm and cosy. Really lovely host who met us at the property and gave us some really useful information 😀😀

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
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A wonderful way to experience Amsterdam!

  • 5 of 5

We definitely loved our stay on 'The Medicijnman' several weeks ago. We visited Amsterdam two years ago and decided to go at it again, but from a different perspective by staying on a traditional houseboat and we are so glad we did. We were greeted onboard by Caty, who spent just the right amount of time getting ourselves oriented. The location was spectacular and gave us new and fresh viewpoint and launching point for our Dutch adventures. The sounds of the animals from ARTIS (the amazing zoo) would awaken us each morning and we loved feeding this small family of ducks each day. Great nearby sights and restaurants, with easy access to both Centraal and a local train station, and we took well-worth day trips to Den Haag, Gouda and Delft. Of course, we visited Amsterdam's traditional highlights (Anne Frank, Rijks, De Wallen and more) all accessible by walking (or trams, if so inclined). Our seven night stay was spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed ending our daytime excursions shipboard in this truly unique treasure. We'll be back someday soon! Met oprechte dank, Caty and Martyn!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Map

Amsterdam Canals
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
around the corner, 2 minutes by foot
Nearest Train
4 Miles
10 minutes bij tram, 20 by foot, 5 by bike
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
A10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
many,around the corner, A Tavola is 1 of the best
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Zandvoort aan Zee
Car: not necessary

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...

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee, per stay $112.57 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

- We do not work with deposits. If something breaks happens please let me know so I can fix it.
- My mother Caty & neighbor Karin will do the check in/out and cleaning. They are also your liaison for Amsterdam, or if you have any questions. For example, they can arrange a pick up from the airport.
- Additional guests (above 2) pay €29.00 to €39.00 per person per night (depending on season).
- Prices for Kingsday are on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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