About this listing
Our cozy villa, suitable for family vacation, just a footstep from Amsterdam, is located in one of the nicest surroundings of Amsterdam, in the green hearth of Amstelveen. The house is in a quiet residential area, where traffic is minimal
The house is only 15 minutes drive from Schiphol airport ( bus 199 stop Brink ,or train to Amsterdam South station and then metro 51, same stop as above ), or 25/30 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station ( metro 51 stop as above ), or 20/25 minutes from the very hearth of Amsterdam, i.e. Leidseplein/Vondelpark ( tram 5 and then metro 51, stop as above ).
Metro station and bus stop are at a walking distance, a shopping mall ( with a supermarket, butcher, grocer, baker, delicatessen, stationary, etc.) just opposite to the metro station.
Amsterdamsebos, where you can walk, ride horse, canoe is nearby. You can also walk along a canal nearby
The house is situated in a compound where traffic is minimal or non existent. Two or three playing grounds for children are in the compound. You can also enjoy a beautiful promenade along a small canal in a grove behind the house, and from there enjoy also a picturesque view of the Dutch countryside.
The Amstel river, and the Amsterdamsebos ( Woods ) wher you can walk, run, canoe or ride horse, are not far.
Not far also the South Station of Amsterdam, from where you can travel by train to Den Haag, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Alkmaar, Delft, Horn or any other place you like.
The details of the house are the following:
- Ground floor: Entrance hall, small toilet with basin, living room with stereo and big flat TV, fully equipped kitchen
- Private garden ( 50 sq. meters ) with garden set, where you can have a pleasant sunbathing, or you can relax in the shadow of an electrical awning
- Private open parking space
- First floor: Master bedroom ( 16 sq. meters ) with king size double bed, built-in mirror wardrobe, cabinet; two small bedrooms( one 10 sq. meters and another one 8 sq. meters ) both with single bed ; bathroom with bathtube, shower, basin and toilet
- Attic: open space with wash-machine and dryer: studio with single bed, chair-bed and cabinet.
The house is fully equipped with bed linen, quilts, blankets and bath-towels. The kitchen is also fully equipped, with dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, built-in appliances ( oven, gas stove, dish-washer ) and microwave, refrigerator, freezer, and coffe machines as well.
The house is completely at the disposal of the guests, since we do not live in it.
In the living room you will find maps both of Amsterdam and Amstelveen, and also museum maps.
I can suggest you to pay a visit at least to one of main attraction in Amsterdam:
• Anne Frank house
• Van Gogh museum
• Stedelijk museum ( modern art, recently completely renovated )
• Rijksmuseum ( Rembrandt, Vermeer, Potter – also completely renovated )
• The lively pleinen ( squares ) of Amsterdam: Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein, Damplein
• Waterloo flea market
• De Loieer antique market
• The Binnenhof
• The Schouwburg theater
• The Concertgebouw
• The Melkweg disco
• The Vondelpark, with picnic, skating, sporting places, restaurants, terraces
• A cruise through the “ grachten “ ( Herengracht, Prinsengracht, Keizergracht, Singel, etc. )
• The floating flower market
• The Royal Palace
• The picturesque Jordaan district
• The red light district ( not for the girls in the windows, however, but because in my opinion it is the oldest and most beautiful district in Amsterdam, from an architectural point of view ).
Cozyness and no traffic
Playgrounds for children
The house is in a very quiet residential area, where traffic is minimal or not existent. Two or three playground for children are in the compound. You can also enjoy a beautiful promenade along a canal in a grove behind the house, and from there enjoy also a picturesque view of the Dutch countryside.
The Amstel river, and the Amsterdamsebos ( Woods ), where you can walk, run, canoe or ride horse, are not very far.
•Restaurants tips: In Amstelveen, we are sorry but we do not know if there are acceptable restaurants. In Amsterdam, a lot. If you like Italian cuisine, try “ I Girasoli “ c/o NH Carlton Amsterdam in Vijzelstraat, 4 (tel. (phone number hidden) ) or “ d’Antica “ in Reguliersdwarsstraat, 8 ( tel. (phone number hidden)).If you are “ gek op pizza “ ( mad for pizza ) you can enjoy a real italian pizza at “ Casa di Davide “ in Singel, 426 ( tel. (phone number hidden) ).
If you are fond of Japanese, the best in Amsterdam ( and a bit expensive ) is in our opinion “ Teppanyaki Nippon “ in Reguliersdwarsstraat, 18 ( tel. (phone number hidden) ).
Good restaurants for argentinian grilled steaks are the ones from the chain “ Gauchos “. You can find one almost everywhere in Amsterdam. One known to us is in Spuistraat, 3e ( tel. (phone number hidden) ). A good restaurant for grilled steaks, with a cozy atmosphere, is also “ Castell “ in Lijnbaansgracht, 253 ( tel. (phone number hidden) those who like dutch and international cuisine with dutch atmosphere, please go to “ d’Vijff Vlieghen “ in Spuistraat, 294 ( tel. (phone number hidden) ) or to “ New Dorrius “, c/o Crowne Plaza hotel in Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, 5 ( tel. (phone number hidden) ). Our experience with fish restaurants in Amsterdam is almost negligible. A very good one however is “ Lucius “ in Spuistraat, 247 ( tel. (phone number hidden) ).
•Shopping tips: Opposite to the metro station you find the shopping mall Middenhoven with supermarket, butcher, grocery, delicatessen, stationary, etc.
In the alleys of old Amsterdam you can enjoy a lot of small shops to satisfy almost all your wishes.
If you like antiquities, you should not miss the “ Antiekcentrum Amsterdam “ ( previously De Looier ) in Elandsgracht, 109. For bric-a-brac, it is worth visiting the flea market in Waterlooplein.
Metro 51 to Amsterdam
Bus 199 to Schiphol
Not very far also the Amsterdam South Station, from where you can ride to Den Haag, Delft, Horn, Haarlem, Alkmaar or any other place in the Netherlands
A tourist tax amounting to € 1.63 per person, per night, shall be added to the rate per day. Such tax is not applicable to children under 10 years
No pets allowed
Smoking ( only cigarettes and cigars, i.e. tobacco and nothing else ) in the garden, please
About the Host, Paolo
I live in Roma, the Eternal City. I like music and books and travelling. For the last 20 years I have been travelling all over the world, to Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas, unfortunately missing Australia and Oceania as well.
I love meeting new people and new countries , and to understand their culture and their spirit, and their cuisine.
I am now on pension, but I was a vice president in Eni, the italian state oil company