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Sunset-Countryside-Escape ✮ cottage near the lake

Entire cottage hosted by Marielle & Tobias
6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds1.5 baths
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Our compact 3-bedroom countryside cottage is a 45 min drive from Amsterdam, in the middle of nowhere. Located on a diverse Recreational Park with neighbors on both side, a path and a magnificent view on the other sides, as you overlook the fields: Holland in its purest form!

Our cottage is older but lovely, we have fixed it up and we keep on (endlessly) fixing it up as old houses simply require. Don't expect high end.

=== 1 Family + 2 kids + 1 baby max OR 2 couples. Sorry, no exceptions! ===

The space
Our older cottage is located on a Recreational Park with a private parking area, 1 car can park here per house - additional cars have to be parked on the dyke.

There is a car-free path leading to all the cottages on the park. There are new cottages, old cottages, some deserted, some work-in-progress...

You can take a cart (entrance of the path) that you can use to bring your luggage to and from the house.

Our cottage is nr20: on the left side, a light blue house with a red roof, more or less in the middle. Do not expect a clean-cut sterile design-y resort villa, but a cottage that has a personal touch and feel to it, it has "stuff" (books, toys, vases, plants....), and yes, it has flaws and failures: its old! It's used! We like this "at home"-like atmosphere!

There's a creek between our cottage and the fields (guarded by a fence). There are trees and bushes and a fence around the lawn which surrounds the house and give privacy. There is about 550m2 private ground, and there is an outdoor playhouse, sandbox, swing, big trampoline and an outdoor fire place/pizza oven. The garden is not groomed but raw. Kids can play with loose bricks, hide between bushes, discover paths between the trees etc...

You enter the house in a hallway, where you find the 1st toilet (2nd one upstairs). Here you can take of your jackets and shoes (no shoes allowed in the house please).

The kitchen has been designed and renovated by us in Sept 2018, it has a dishwasher, refrigerator with small freezer, and a (small) oven, no microwave.

The living room has big self-made wooden lounge couches and loads of pillows with toy drawers underneath them.

Upstairs you'll find a bathroom with a bathtub only (no shower), toilet and sink/vanity. There are 3 small bedrooms;
1. Master bedroom with 1 Queen size bed (1.60x2.00). No baby bed.
2. Bedroom with 2 single beds (0.90x2.00) and 1 baby bed (0.60x1.20), and
3. Small bedroom with 1 Queen size bed (1.60x2.00) . No baby bed.

All bedrooms have windows with mosquito mesh to let fresh air inside in summer, except for the bathroom. There is also a small PRIVATE storage room in which we have extra light bulbs, tools and cleaning supplies. Please do not take additional towels and sheets without informing us. Thank you.


Free parking on premises
Free washer – In building
Children’s books and toys
High chair
Hair dryer

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Venhuizen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

It's only a minute walk to the big Markermeer Lake.
Simply cross the street from the parking, walk up the dyke, and the big Markermeer lake opens up to you.

When you walk some minutes to the right, you'll find a waterfront park, down at the lake, which is a great place for a picnic, to play with a kite, sunbath, and for a swim in the lake.

A walk on the dyke is highly recommended in the evening, during sunset, as it gets a magical touch (or early morning...).

The drive from the house/holiday park to the city of Hoorn, while staying on the dyke next to the lake, is breathtaking. We love this small detour when we drive back to Amsterdam.

There is a tiny picturesque village/community named Oosterleek (less then 100 inhabitants, there are no shops. You can walk to / through this village, also with kids (about a 20 min walk). Oosterleek is the resting place of the Wesfriese Omringdijk between the VOC towns of Hoorn and Enkhuizen.

The dyke is the starting point for cycling or hiking through a varied landscape of orchards, colorful tulip fields, pastures with cattle and picturesque villages famous for the West Frisian bell farms.

Hosted by Marielle & Tobias

Joined in March 2013
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We're a Dutch/German couple, we've lived in NYC and Berlin, traveled around, and now live in Amsterdam with our 2 boys. We are the proud owners (and designers) of 4 holiday houses: - 3 in Venhuizen, on the Markermeer Lake, North Holland. - 1 in Schaijk, near the forest, Brabant - ...more coming in Ooltgensplaat, next to a fort, South Holland... exciting! We're designers / architects / creative thinkers and we like biking, hiking, cities, people, mountains, food, airplanes and exploring. German, English, Dutch and Spanish speaking.
We're a Dutch/German couple, we've lived in NYC and Berlin, traveled around, and now live in Amsterdam with our 2 boys. We are the proud owners (and designers) of 4 holiday houses:…
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House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Climbing or play structure
Carbon monoxide alarm
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