If you are a creative-traveller, entrepreneur, international teacher/student, visiting NGOer in peace making or security, a travelling intellectual - look no further.
We offer an urban paradise with space, light and creativity in the city center.
A mix of design vs. art, history vs. now - the apartment displays our appreciation for both. We hope you do too.
We offer space, light, serene privacy, in a creative environment with history. Once upon a time, our home was an urban dairy with a barn for the horse and cart and a few cows located in the rear of the house, where you don't hear the city bustle. After an extensive renovation, the barn's hayloft is now a living room, and an elevated loft is the bedroom with a Dutch "trijfelaar" sized bed (that it is a huge single or an intimate double-140cm wide). The slanted roof gives you an outdoor feeling of sleeping under a tent. The extra single bed is in the living room area - perfect for a child or extra adult. There is separate kitchen/dining area, with everything you need to cook at home. The bathroom is small and simple - shower stall, sink & toliet.
The windows open up to our courtyard garden. It is a quiet oasis next to the towering skyrises of Ministeries around us. In good weather we dine outside, enjoy a bottle of wine, you are welcome to join us.
We know that travelling is more than a destination and a bed. It's the smells, tastes, sounds, people you encounter abroad. So we provide our guests with recommendations of our local favorites. We also tease your tastebuds with some of our Dutch breakfast specialities. You might like them so much that you'll want to buy to bring home.
HOW CAN WE SATISFY YOUR DESIRES?
Jazz lover? Foodie? Fashionista? Design afficiendo? Artist? Dancer? Writer? Musician? If we don't have the answers to satisfy your cravings, we have a fantastic circle of creative friends who most certainly will.
CREATIVE EVENTS in/near The Hague 2015:
1) Gemeentemuseum: Anton Corbijn photo exhibit. (21/03-20/06) Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere (31/05)
2) Mauritshuis: Dutch Masters & Frick Collection (NYC) special - till 10/05
3) KEUKENHOF Tulip Gardens in Lisse -20/3- 17/05
4) Open Greenhouse veggie & fruit visit - 11&12/04
5) Japanese Garden Clingendael - 25/04- 7/06
6) Tong Tong Fair (Indonesian festival & bazaar) 27/05 - 7/06
Guests have use to an entire apartment with private entry, also use of the larger fridge, bike room & toliet in the entrée.
Interaction with Guests
We enjoy interacting with our guests when they have time and I if they feel comfortable with us. Care to join us for a glass of something? a snack? Our guests are typically creative thinkers and do-ers. They select The Canal House cause they have a creative side too and they want to interact and learn more about The Hague as we want to learn about them and their part of the world. I would like to thank each guest for enriching our lives in so many ways. Their presence here also gives our city a new dimension.
NEW SERVICES! Need a bit of relaxation? or get those Meridian channels flowing? Guests can reserve an in-house one-hour+ shiatsu massage for 20,00 Euro. ** Need souveniers for folks back home? Cheese or stroopwafels? Let us know in advance and we can arrange the quantities you need to bring them home. Our culinary friends are award winning artisanal craftsmen that deliver to the likes of the royal family.
Our neighborhood is charming yet cosmopolitan. van Gogh once lived across the canal, contemporary artists live now all around us, and for good reason: We are located on a beautiful tree lined canal, in the center of The Hague, 5 minute walk from Centraal Station - all types of transportation are available: trains (local & international) trams, busses, taxis, bikes, paddle boats, canoes. SixT Rental Car just opened in the adjoining Babylon complex.
From our location, you are a 10 min. walk from Mauritshuis Museum, Houses of Parlement, shopping areas (ie.Spui, Grote Markt, Denneweg, Noordeinde). Den Haag boosts better and a wider range of Chinese and Indonesian cuisines than Amsterdam. Our Chinatown also has Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese,& Thai. Go in any direction we have restaurants of every imaginable cuisine (Lebanese, Italian, Spanish Tapas, Vegetarian, French, Indian, Turkish, Irish pubs, Nieuwe Dutch cuisine is equally awesome!) AND every amenity possible: Albert Heijn grocery store, several bakers, a drycleaner, drugstore, barber, liquor/wine store, Starbucks, Burger King, newspaper & magazine stands, ATM, everything! For visiting academics & students, The Canal House is located minutes from The Hague University, The Hague campus of Leiden University, The Open University & University for Peace, The Hague Academy of International Law.
Every single known kind of transportation is at your disposal: DEN HAAG CENTRAAL 5 min. walk for all connecting trains to all cities, local busses, trams; DEN HAAG HOLLAND SPOOR - 5 min. by tram/2 min. by train/15 min. walk.
BIKE RENTAL - I have a Man's + a Woman's bike each to rent for Euro 5,00/day. Otherwise there are 3 bike rental shops within walking distance. Euro 10,00/day.
CAR RENTAL - SixT at Babylon Shopping Mall.
CANOE/PADDLE BOATS/CANAL BOAT- ask us.
SKATE or LONG BOARDING? KITE or WIND SURFING -ask us.
Other Things to Note
AUTOMOBILES: We can provide free parking in the alley for those who arrive with normal & compact size cars. SUV's are too large so we can provide a neighborhood street parking permit for Euro 1,00/hour (Euro 15,00 max on weekdays; Euro 12,00 on weekends)- Pay cash at the end of your stay.
NEIGHBOORHOOD SHOP: Mr. Fuad (pronounced Foo-ad)is our local friendly green grocer on the other side of the canal. He has fresh meats, fruits & veggies, everything! He's open most days from morning till soon after work hours. Couscous? Tagines? Shorwma? He's your man with the ingredients (+chicken, lamb, beef)!!!
** STRICTLY NO SMOKING in the apartment. Please use the courtyard & ashtrays!**
** WARNING: Double Bedroom is an elevated loft and reachable by narrow stairs - we advise against those with toddlers or who are physically challenged or afraid of heights to book with us. Single bed is in the sitting room, perfect for a child or extra adult.
** The Hague's drinking water is among the purest and tastiest in the world. Our city uses the sand dunes as a natural purifying system. Please refrain from using bottled water.
** Washer and Dryer are in the main house and available in the evening from 18:00(6pm) - 22:00 (10pm).
** We are an ENERGY CONSCIOUS dwelling: - In the autumn & winter months, we request that when you leave for the day, you set the thermostat to 14-15¤ C. and turn off all the lights. When you return set the thermostat to 18-19¤C.
** Please use the recycling bins for glass & paper & plastic in the main entry. Other garbage can be tossed in the community bins outside the Canal House on the bridge.
** In addition to the duvets, we provide 100% wool blankets to keep you warm at night.
** Entry way accommodates bikes, baby buggies, boards (ie. skate-,long-,surf-)
**The artwork may be slightly different when you arrive. Both my father & mother-in-law were productive artists in the 50's,60's,&70's and we love changing the scenery occasionally.**
We had a very good time in your house and it is also super quiet-even you are in the Middle of the City. Du bist eine hervorragende Gastgeberin.
Sonia is a very friendly and passionate host, she shared deli food with us, recommended us a good restaurant. We love her artistic home, it's in a perfect location. We did enjoy our trip in Den Haag. Thank you Sonia.
Sonia was a great host. My wife and I stayed for two nights and would definitly go back. It was our first time to The Hague and Sonia kept in contact and made sure she was there to help when we arrived. She gave us so many suggestions on what to see, do and where to eat. It was all great advice. We wished we stayed longer.
Additionally she went the extra mile and help with suggestions for the next leg of our trip along with taking some much needed washing off our hands. It was like a home away from home.
Sonia is a pro as host. She is there when you need her but also give you enough "space" to go on your own. The Appartment is splendid. Exactly like seen on the pictures and in walking distance to almost everything of interest in The Hague. Never had such a great stay. Thank you Sonia und Fran and hopefully meet you soon again.
As always had a wonderful stay. Sonia really went out of her way to make my stay fantastic - my favourite granola for breakfast . She is great host, and I hope to return again.
Sonia was a wonderful hostess and made me feel welcome during my stay in Den Haag. The flat is clean and cosy and very quiet. It is close to transport...trains, trams and within walking distance of the centre of the city and its environs. A great place to stay and a fantastic host.
Our experience here was really great, the apartment was absolutely beautiful with great artwork and everything was very clean and organised. When we met up with Sonia she was very accommodating and we had a great talk about everything and anything! She then asked us what we wanted to have for breakfast and went to get it all fresh which was great! I would definitely recommend for people to stay here if they are in Den Haag, such a great location, beautiful art work, an incredibly comfortable bed and Sonia is great to chat with!
WHO ARE WE?
Our family prefers airbnb over hotels almost everywhere we travel. We enjoy meeting locals on their own turf and understanding the cultures from the inside out. I'm an American Born Chinese (ABC) who fell in love with Holland over 27 years ago. So much so, that I married a Dutchman and have 2 daughters (22 & 15) that embrace all 3 cultures. The Hague is a gem of a city known for it's beautiful surroundings and importance on the world stage for peace & human rights. The city of The Hague honored us with the title "Creative Ambassador" in 2010 for our design work contributions. As a host it is a grea priviledge to meet people from all over the world who create world peace and security, sustainable energy, and improve our environment. Looking forward to being inspired by you and we hope to do the same during your stay with us.