About this listing
At only 10KM from Amsterdam, this completely renovated old school in the middle of the country side surrounded by water and fields, including a small boat, is a well designed haven of piece and tranquility, and yet very close to the city center. We have a beautiful garden with lots of flowers in the summer and you can use our whisperboat to discover the area by water, and take a swim. Use our bikes to cycle around to the villages close by. Amsterdam city center is only 15 minutes by bus/car.
In 2010, this old school house was bought and refurbished into a modern and spacious home; perfect for families of any size. Equipped with a large open-concept kitchen, laundry facilities, 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, a play room, craft room, large living room, the interior of this house is accommodating for both children and adults. Ideally two parents in the master bedroom and up till four kids in the two children bedrooms, but all kids beds are adult size so we have had four adults with their three kids as well.
When entering the home, you are immediately immersed into an area of natural light; the right-hand wall full of windows, back and side large glass double doors entering the garden and patios, and a large sky light beaming through the centre of the home onto the large family dining table.
The main kitchen area resides at the entrance of the house as well, allowing you to gaze upon the entire main floor and back garden while cooking a delicious meal. A separate side kitchen can be found through a door on the opposite side as the entrance, where laundry facilities, a freezer, oven, and additional refrigerator can be found.
The living room area is truly a place of tranquility and relaxation. This large open space contains a large sectional sofa, wicker chair, television and old-fashioned wood-burning fireplace. This area is ideal for accommodation of any kind; playing games, watching movies, enjoying a night by fire, or relaxing with a book - to name a few.
The rear doors off of the living area lead you to the back garden. Here you can find a large patio table and chairs on the deck, overlooking the beautiful gardens, boathouse, and country fields. In the back left corner, there is an additional table with benches along with a small fire pit for campfires.
Running along the back of the property is a beautiful stream. In summer you can watch as various boats such as kayaks, canoes, and small motor boats drift through. In winter, ice takes occupancy, allowing for large numbers of local residents to take a leisurely skate through the tranquil and stunning countryside.
Through the double doors located off of the playroom is a side patio that also leads onto the back garden. Here you can find both a large table and chairs in addition to a large patio sofa and portable barbecue. The trees and shrubbery outlining this outdoor living room provides privacy to this comfortable nook.
At only 15 minutes from Amsterdam, your family can enjoy all the pleasures of the city while simultaneously taking full advantage of the beautiful Dutch country side. Follow the cobblestone roads of Zuiderwoude through the large green fields of horses, sheep and cows and enter the quiet and friendly village. Here you will experience a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
There is a bus stop (Gouw) which is a 10 min walk from the house. It runs approximately 3 times per hour and will take you straight to Amsterdam Centraal; the heart of the city center in Amsterdam. The bus ride takes approximately 15 minutes and a ticket to central station costs 5 euro per person unless you purchase a blue visitors bus pass upon arriving at the main station. The website (website hidden) will assist you in finding bus times as well as any other travel methods necessary for navigating around The Netherlands. To take a taxi from the house, it will cost you around 20 euro and take 15-20 minutes.
For activities and attractions in Amsterdam, (website hidden) is a useful sight to make use of. If you choose to stay more local and possibly make use of the bikes, Monnickendam is a 15 minute bike ride away. In this town you can find grocery stores, a pharmacy, cute restaurants, etc. Marken is also a lovely little fisherman town which is a beautiful 20 minutes bike ride. This town is more built for tourists, demonstration traditional dutch culture. Volendam is the furthest bike ride away, (approx. 25-30 minutes) but can also be reached by bus or car. This is also an old fisherman/trading town on the water with many tourist type attractions as well as cozy restaurants and a bit of shopping.
The residents on the street are friendly families and elderly individuals. While passing, you will most likely be greeted with smiles and waves as they tend to their gardens or enjoy a family bicycle ride. They entire village is friendly, quaint and quiet and serve as the ideal place to relax and enjoy nature.
Our guests will have access to our electric boat, with which you can discover the area by boat and see the lake side, surrounding vilages and canals. We also have four bikes which you can use to cycle around.
Interaction with guests
We are more than willing to answer all your questions about Amsterdam, where to cycle or visit. We loooove good dining and will tell you about the hidden best places to eat in the area!
Our lovely small town is very quiet, has plenty of places to walk, hike, cycle and swim.
Our town is 2 km from the bus stop to Amsterdam (15 minute drive to Central Station) and other towns. It is recommendable to have a car when staying here or alternatively use our two bikes to go the bus stop. Also there is a bus stop in front of the house which will take you to Amsterdam.
Other things to note
You need to know that in our village there are no shops. Closest shops are 2 km in Broek in Waterland or Monnickendam. You can park you car in front of the house, or alternatively cycle to the bus stop at 2 km which will take you in 15 minutes to the city center.
- Please take shoes off inside the house. Our floors are new and we would like to keep them in good shape as long as possible. With this being said, if you spill something on them by accident, please clean up right away!
- no smoking inside
- If you are leaving the house for an extended amount of time, please close the upstairs windows for the weather in Holland is unpredictable !
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
The things we love are: cooking, having friends over for BBQ and sitting by the fireplace in the garden, going with a boat on our lake, reading and yoga.
My wife and I love to travel and are away a lot. We love to explore the world and have lived in USA, various parts of Africa and Europe. You are very welcome to stay here, and we will make sure there is some wine for you in the fridge and flowers on the table.