Perfect apt for easy access to central Amsterdam, but quieter restful nights..
Nicolaas C.J. van Beek
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About Nicolaas C.J. van Beek
Hello, I'm Anne! I was born in the USA, but have enjoyed living in Amsterdam for the past 39 years. My husband and I have traveled extensively in the past - US, north Africa, the Himalaya area, and much of Europe, and now enjoy our many interests here at home - art, music, languages, other cultures & philosophies, the art of horsemanship, and meaningful studies ----and I especially enjoy making our guests feel at home! Our guest apartment is the ground floor of our house, and has a private separate entrance onto the street, and everything to make your feel at home, in the 'Best of Both Worlds' - Nature at your doorstep, and Culture within easy access. I believe that both are needed, for an optimal quality of life. I will be happy to provide you with any help, tips, etc. that you may need, for a wonderful stay. Enjoy!
Nicolaas C.J. van Beek purchased this Apartment in 1984
Why Nicolaas C.J. van Beek chose Amsterdam-Zuid
When my husband and I got married, we were living in the center of Amsterdam in a narrow street, and we were looking for a place in a greener neighborhood, where we could raise a child in a safe environment and still be in Amsterdam with all its interesting facilities and cultural offerings. Being so close to the Amsterdam Forest proved to be a wonderful choice. My family has enjoyed walking, cycling, horseback riding and picnics and so much more here, for many years. In the fall, the colors are beautiful, and you can enjoy a brisk walk in clean air; in winter, an unspoiled wonderland if it snows, and we have skated on the rowing course when it froze. And all this just right around the corner from our house, and from the ground floor which we now rent out as 'Best of Both Worlds' - come visit, and you'll see why!
What makes this Apartment unique
All the above reasons made us choose this property for our home, and now the ground floor is for the enjoyment of our guests. We have loved living here for more than 30 years, and appreciate the broad views over the Forest from our spacious balconies op the top floor; you can hear the songs of many kinds of birds, because of the nearness of the Forest, and the sunsets from our upstairs views are fantastic. So many amenities are within reach - supermarket (Aldi) within walking distance (5 min), a fantastic pub/cafe just down the street (Anno 1890), and great takeaways (Chinese, Indonesian) and restaurants right in the neighborhood, just a few minutes walk from the apartment. By bike you can reach a larger supermarkt (Jumbo) and all sorts of shops, in 5 minutes. Or take a leisurely walk to these shops (12 minutes). We have 2 bicycles in the back terrace/garden, free for the use of our guests. You can ride the frequent busses (every 8 to 10 min.) into the center of Amsterdam - the museum quarter is just 15 min. away. So enjoy all the benefits of 'the Best of Both Worlds' and see why we love living here!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A peaceful and comfortable accommodation.
Stephen had directed us from the Airport to his flat via the bus system which worked very well. He greeted us at the door with a welcoming smile. This set the tone for our stay which was too short! We enjoyed being out of the city in a suburban area where we could observe the world as it is here but we had easy access to the city. As we only had 2 full days here for this trip we concentrated the first day in the city/canal area and the second day in the Old Holland rural/fishing village area. Both we accessed easily by different modes of public transport.
I would highly recommend this apartment if you are not a big city person. Next time we would like to use Stephen’s bikes to ride through the area, especially the Amsterdam Forest which is just over the road!
Bicycles a bonus.
Really liked the location and having two bicycles to use was a real bonus as we went for rides on four of our seven days. Easy access to Amstel river and forest at rear of accommodation. Stephen was an excellent host and met us on arrival and again when we left. Easy access by bus or tram into city centre with bus stop 70 metres away. Would definitely recommend if staying in Amsterdam.
Accessible spot for 3 day, 2 people exploring stay
More space than anticipated and with good access to central areas, local forest/park, shops and facilities. We found this a really good apartment to stay in, plenty of room, lots of items to welcome us on arrival (bread, jams, juice etc). Most items needed for cooking were available and the cooker was easy to use and worked well. We didn't try the washing machine. Bathroom has lovely warm heated floor . Clear instructions and maps to help us find our way around. A 30 minute cycle to the central area, supported with good cycle paths. The Bos (park/forest) behind is beautiful and worth a cycle or walk. We used our own bikes but there are bikes available.
Points to note: We stayed 3 nights/4 days. On one night and one day we heard planes flying low overhead (Mon pm and Tue daytime). this didn't bother us and was not every day/eve. We also noted the bedroom was cooler than the rest of the apartment. Nice in the summer but could be cold in winter (there are radiators). Lots of lighting in the property but a lot of light bulbs not working, although we didn't find it to dark. These are just points to note, but not a concern for us.
Steven was so nice, we came in late and he stayed up to greet us. Providing us with information about the apartment and even having some food for us for breakfast. Loved how spacious the place is and how easy it is to get to metro and grocery store from the apartment. Will stay there for sure next time I am in town! Maria
Fantastic location and home
Have only good remarks from our stay. Stephen the host was great, property very spacious and homely and location great away from hustle and bustle but easy bus route downtown. Stumbled across a market at the entrance to the forest, such a beautiful City. Would definitely be back.
Great place to stay.
Had a great stay at this apartment. Close to the bus line, clean and quit.
If you love nature: a must-see, as a break from the busy tourist attractions of central Amsterdam, is the beautiful Amsterdam Forest park, just steps away from the apartment. By foot or by bike, a green paradise (or in the autumn, enjoy the fall colours!). Loads of active and less-active possibilities and special attractions. Stables and riding schools in the area, kayaking or canoeing on the waterways, or visit the Goat Farm for home-made goat's cheese and ice cream! Information on the Amsterdam Forest is available in the apartment.
For lovers of modern art: not just the museums of Amsterdam are easily reached, but also the art offerings of Amstelveen: a quick bike ride or bus ride (10-12 minutes) in the opposite direction will bring you to the famous Cobra Museum (modern art: permanent collection of the famous Cobra movement, and various changing exhibitions of prominent modern artists), and several minutes walk further to the Van der Togt Museum, a hidden jewel of modern art (various guest exhibitions of renowned national and international artists, and fabulous permanent collection of modern glass, sculpture, bronze and paintings).