My 25-meter long ship used to be a freight-carrier but is now converted into a nice modern house. The 'house' of the old skipper is still there, with the antique paneling and the cupboard bed; very cosy! In the stern of the ship is another bedroom with a double bed. In the former freight-room a spacious living-room is now built, a bathroom with bath, a kitchen. In the living is another possibility for two people to sleep; the couch folds out to a double bed. The house is heated by means of a central heating system (hot air) and a gas stove; it's always comfortable. My ship is situated in the middle of Groningen, two minutes on foot from the lively city center, the main station and the famous Groninger Museum. But the road at which my ship is moored is a very quiet street with beautiful chestnut trees and stately houses.
The boat is completely yours during your stay! It has 1 (double) super cosy cupboard bed in the back of the ship, one double bed in a cosy bedroom in the stern of the ship and if you are with a company of more than 4; there is one extra double bed in the living room because you can unfold the couch into a very nice bed!
We'll meet when you arrive, and maybe later on if you would like to have some advice, or a small city tour! But as I live elsewhere, I will not be around every day, but can easily be reached by mobile phone or email!
My neighborhood is quiet but the city-center is within a 3 minutes walk! I love to quietly sit on the deck of my ship and look at the ships passing at one side, the people walking their dogs in the small park next to my boat. The houses on the other side of the street are occupied by the privileged; the mayor of the city of Groningen lives here for instance...:)
Train and bus station is within a 3 minutes walk!
You can park your car in the parking garage 100 metres from my ship, or I'll guide you to a nearby place in the city where parking is free. Parking near the boat is possible but expensive; 2 euro's per hour. So maybe you can use it to unload your luggage and then move to cheaper alternative...
Just treat my house as you would treat yours...! If you are a nice relaxed guy/girl looking for a special and romantic place to stay; this is the place for you. You're more than welcome to enjoy the charms and the warmth of my sweet cosy ship.
BUT! If you are going to be fussy about small things, like the boat is making noises (yes ... it is! it's a floating thing on water! It sometimes bumps against the shore!) Or, like some people who visited my house; you want to spend your time crawling under the cupboards and the couch to check whether it is really really clean there; DON'T BOTHER! PLEASE BOOK A HOTEL FOR TWICE THE MONEY! It is a HOME, my home, your home if you like; not a HOTEL.
I really can't be bothered with complaints concerning one not completely spotless wineglass or a pillow that was a bit too soft... I do my best to give you a great place to stay, MY private home, and I really give an effort to deliver it as clean and comfy as possible! Clean sheets, towels, pots and pans, cutlery, the works! So if you are going to look for small things, maybe just to get a discount afterwards... please feel welcome to find another place..!
Be nice to my neighbor Han, who lives at the other boat at this side of the canal, and give some strokes to Eddy the red cat who belongs to people on the other side of the street, but who likes to lie in the sun on the roof of my ship...:))
The houseboat was spacious, very comfortable and had everything that we needed for our stay. It's just a short walk to the centre of town and to the rail station. We felt right at home in this lovely houseboat.
Das Boot liegt sehr zentral und viele Orte (Kneipen, Restaurants, Bahnhof, Supermärkte, Museum etc.) sind zu Fuß erreichbar.
Wir wurden nett begrüßt und mit allen wichtigen Informationen versorgt (Telefonnummer für den Notfall etc.).
Natürlich muss jeder Urlauber wissen, dass er seinen Aufenthalt auf einem Schiff verbringt und nicht im Hotel! Die Toilette und das Badezimmer waren sauber! Der Router für das WLAN funktioniert nicht, aber das ist okay! Schließlich geht es um Erholung!
Wer es aber gar nicht aushält, kann in der ganzen Stadt kostenloses WLAN nutzen.
Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und hatten ein lustiges Wochenende in Groningen. Wer individuellen Urlaub mag, ist hier genau richtig!
Wir würden wieder buchen...
Great place! Very unique place to stay in Groningen. I didn't actually meet Rob but he and his wife where very helpfull from the phone. The down side was only that it was a little cold which is normal because it's a boat and it was really cold at the time we stayed. Also, there were actually only two double beds and a sofa; in the description I thought there were 6 beds.
Danke für die gute stürmische Zeit! Es war Sturmflut, aber auf dem Schiff war davon nichts zu merken. Toll war es, unkompliziert, charmant und top Dusche. Immer wieder und alle zu empfehlen.
Schipper Rob was accommodating and helpful in arranging for us to access the boat. We arrived in the very early early morning and he made sure that we were met, had instructions about the important stuff, and were able to be comfortable.
The boat is delightful, quirky, and fun. We found the bedrooms slightly chilly, but the bedding was more than sufficient to keep us warm, and the rest of the boat was just fine. We almost changed our plans and skipped Groningen, but we're glad we didn't. The boat is walking distance from the Groningen Centraal, Groninger Museum, the Grote Markt, and several other points worth visiting. A great visit, and fun AirBnB accommodation.
The boat has a great location and we really enjoyed the athmosphere. It's really close to the railway station and groninger museum, and downtown is few minutes away. The boat is cozy and great spot for a weekend trip. More or less everything was as described - except for the wifi. Also the beds were quite uncomfortable.
Communication from the host was quite minimal, and what was lacking was a working wifi. I asked about this during our stay with couple of messages, there was no reply during or after our stay.
Wir haben eine tolle Zeit in diesem wirklich gemütlich eingerichteten Boot gehabt. Wir wurden freundlich empfangen und haben eine umfassende Beschreibung des Bootes und der Stadt bekommen. Ich werde gerne wieder kommen sollte ich diese wunderbare Stadt mal wieder besuchen.
Easy going, friendly 59-year old. Seen a lot, done even more! Like to meet new people, make them feel at home in my beautiful ship, it's another way to enjoy life, I am convinced that being nice reflects positivity into the world! :)
I like to travel myself, via airbnb because you get to know the real life of people; how they live, where they do their shopping, who their neighbors are...