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Beautiful Houseboat in Amsterdam City Centre

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House Boat
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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- red lights and fine restaurants - but without the city sounds from Dam Square and Leidse Square.
The sundeck affords spectacular views of the 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 double 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 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 washing machine 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 fleamarket and the Portuguese Synagogue.
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Owner

Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, french, german, dutch
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/24/2017

Property Type

  • House Boat

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Many English books. When you leave a book on one of the shelves you can pick one and take it with you......moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Stereo:

    There is a stereo where you can put in your iPhone...moreless

  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Lake View
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    On the deck there is also dining table, just like in the living room ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    Inside, non public...moreless

  • Garage:

    Optional a parking spot in a secure garage (non public) Additional € 15,- per day...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central Heating, just like an appartment....moreless

  • Internet:

    fast internet!...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Nice bed linens and real duvets...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    There is a parking place in a non-public parking garage available for additional €15,- per day....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a Dutch mobile phone on board you can use....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Nice towels!...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A real Miele!...moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Very nice stove, microwave, dishwasher and all kinds of tools to bake and make nice diners. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, peper, olive oil, many herbs and all basics and beyond to prepare nice food!...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    With a little freezer...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Bicycles:

    Available on request for additional €8,- per bike per day....moreless

  • Boat:

    Private boat tour possible, the price depends on availability....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    A big sun deck. All day sun, all day chilling in the sun. A nice big parasol is there to catch some shade....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A small green little garden......moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    If you like a BBQ could be arranged....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    If you would ike to take a swim in the canal, you can......moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Pre season
Jan 5 - Mar 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$147 $179
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,111 $3,703

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $31 per night, per additional guest

Tulip season
Mar 31 - Apr 24, 2017
3 night min stay
$200 $211
Thu, Fri, Sat
$1,376 $4,074

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$232 $253
Thu, Fri, Sat
$1,534 $4,761

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee, per stay $100.52 + tax
  • Tax Rate 5%

Notes:

- 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.

- I do not work with deposits. If something breaks happens please let me know so I can fix it.

- Additional guests (above 2) pay €29.00 to €39.00 per person per night (depending on season).

- Prices for Christmas, New Years and Kingsday are on request.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Schiphol Airport (AMS)
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
around the corner, 2 minutes by foot
4 Miles
Nearest Train
10 minutes bij tram, 20 by foot, 5 by bike
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A10
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
many,around the corner, A Tavola is 1 of the best
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
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...

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: My wife Catelijne and I have two children, one daughter Julia (5 years old) and a son Hidde (almost 3 years old). We live in Haarlem, just 15 minutes away from Amsterdam. Before I used to work for a broadcasting and publishing company but now I have my own business, the online sales of batteries and chargers for mobile phones (directly to consumers). Good food and drinks are important to me, I like to cook for friends/family. I used to travel, read and play golf but since we have kids I have other priorities... Oh, and I love playing chess on my App/iPhone. (This photo was inspired by Derek Zoolander)

Why the Owner Chose Grachtengordel, Amsterdam, Netherlands:
By coincidence I saw this houseboat was for sale. I knew the unique location from boating with friends. Every time we came by Artis (the zoo) we loved the sight of zebras and giraffes in the middle of the city and next to the canal. When I saw the houseboat for sale I immediately went over for a visit. The owners were a very 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 a baby 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 daughter loves it and a stay on the boat always indicates we'll go to the zoo... For us staying on the boat is also holiday...!

The Unique Benefits at this House Boat:
My wife and I lived in Amsterdam for over 15 years, we both studied there and we lived 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 Caroline 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) museums/tickets, 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.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, german, dutch
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/24/2017

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Photos

  • The Bedroom

    The Bedroom

  • The entrance, in the back you can see the bedroom

    The entrance, in the back you can see the bedroom

  • Let there be light! The flatscreen TV, DVD-player and many DVD's

    Let there be light! The flatscreen TV, DVD-player and many DVD's

  • Old details like authentic port holes

    Old details like authentic port holes

  • To take a bath on a houseboat is a very nice experience!

    To take a bath on a houseboat is a very nice experience!

  • Wild life...! This picture was taken from the upper deck

    Wild life...! This picture was taken from the upper deck

  • Windmill 'De Gooyer', just around the corner at Brewery 't IJ

    Windmill 'De Gooyer', just around the corner at Brewery 't IJ

  • Ice skating on the canal, beginning of February 2012

    Ice skating on the canal, beginning of February 2012

  • Our swan family, last year 5 young ones

    Our swan family, last year 5 young ones

  • Little bridge at Kadijks square

    Little bridge at Kadijks square

  • 'The Waag' at the Nieuwmarkt. Just 15 minutes walking away.

    'The Waag' at the Nieuwmarkt. Just 15 minutes walking away.

  • One of our guests took this photo of the street using Instagram

    One of our guests took this photo of the street using Instagram

  • The Living (the couch is a very comfortable two person bed)

    The Living (the couch is a very comfortable two person bed)

  • The fully equipped kitchen, including a dishwasher, microwave and seperate oven

    The fully equipped kitchen, including a dishwasher, microwave and seperate oven

  • Nice living space, there is also an docking station for an iPod

    Nice living space, there is also an docking station for an iPod

  • The bathroom

    The bathroom

  • Seperate toilet

    Seperate toilet

  • You can feed the swans, they're coming back for more...

    You can feed the swans, they're coming back for more...

  • Around the other corner, photo taken late February 2012

    Around the other corner, photo taken late February 2012

  • The entrance of the canal

    The entrance of the canal

  • Ice skating part II

    Ice skating part II

  • 'The Batavia', just 5 minutes away at Scheepvaarts museum

    'The Batavia', just 5 minutes away at Scheepvaarts museum

  • Windmill De Gooyer, one of the biggest ones in The Netherlands

    Windmill De Gooyer, one of the biggest ones in The Netherlands

  • Hystorical details of ware houses

    Hystorical details of ware houses

VRBO #344981

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, February 24, 2017

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