|Property type||house boat|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Your houseboat is moored with its South view on one of the most romantic and peaceful canals, surrounded by a 17th Century architecture and the Carillon of Zuiderkerk painted by Claude Monet.
One bedroom with king size bed 2m/1m80 and overhead window for watching stars.
Flat screen cable TV, WiFi, cable Internet and Windows PC.
You will appreciate being located in the historical area of Nieuwmarkt, 5 minutes walking distance from Central Station or 50 meters from the metro station 'Nieuwmarkt'.
LGBT AND ALL ORIGIN WELCOME ;-)
As both owner of the houseboat and your host, my dearest wish is for you to enjoy your stay and feel at home in your houseboat. I love travelling, but know how difficult is it to find an ideal holiday home. I shall do everything I can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. You can count on your host.
To live in a houseboat in the 'Old Center' of Amsterdam but in the residential part : 'East side'.
To live on a canal which was peaceful and green unlike the more touristy waterways, which are too noisy and prone to all sorts of traffic (cars, buses/boats traffic).
It is the Raamgracht canal : No traffic with narrow/oneway street and canal, with lush greenery shading over all the boats.
The hull (Praam type) and boat were built during 'La Belle Epoque' in 1898 which makes one of oldest boats of Amsterdam. The last complete renovation was in 2010 to the best standards but respecting its historic charm.
A praam is a type of shallow-draught flat-bottomed ship, was particularly developed in the Netherlands in the 17th Century, reaching about 20 m in length. These large praams could be operated with oars but also to sail, with a pair of lateral fins. Their shallow draft (no more than two feet) allowed them to move goods (unshipped from the Harbour) in all canals of Amsterdam.
Why Live In A houseboat ? : I understood that a flat is too noisy, as the walls are too thin with buildings on pilotis in Amsterdam. A barge is too steep-sided.
You are tucked away on your own island in the middle of town.
There is a certain spirit of the people who live there. The cozy 'style boudoir à la française' and 'décor bohème' reflect the love of travel and freedom - and the passion for discovery and fun, which is the houseboat lifestyle. Your houseboat is rich colors and eclectic decor reflect this love of life, which makes one feel free and ready to explore the world.
Only renting the houseboat when I’m in the countryside, a 'polder', which is very closeby. You can count on me if you need my support before, during, or after your stay.
Your houseboat is not merely an impersonal and soulless rental property, as I prefer to welcome my friends and guests in a friendly spirit rather than dealing with business customers.
Quiet but central location in the city; easily accessible by Metro one block away; friendly and accommodating host who made sure everything was the way it should be - and it was. The description online is accurate. Made for a comfortable stay for four days and nights around New Years'. No issues with heat, plumbing or appliances at all during our stay. Would strongly recommend to someone who is looking for an alternative to your typical bricks and mortar hotel room in the city! Give it a shot.
Excellent communication from boat owner. An experience that you couldn't get from hotel stay. Best to get transportation right to the boat house if you have many large luggages, the road on the way have lots of gaps and holes making it very difficult to wheel!! Bicycle riders and cars along the way so double the efforts.
We absolutely loved our short stay at the houseboat. Beautifully decorated and accommodated with everything you could possibly need. Great location, very quiet and peaceful but too far away from the livelyness of Amsterdam!
Lionel's quaint and quirky houseboat ideally positioned to enjoy the full experience of Amsterdam was where we spent a comfortable and relaxing 3 nights. The boat was the perfect way to enjoy our weekend visit. The booking process was straight forward and Lionel provided all the information needed to ensure our journey went with ease. We were met at the boat and instantly made to feel at home and welcomed. A lovely time had by us both. Big thanks and see you soon.
Lionel's houseboat combines both the charming, laid-back setting reminiscent of the late sixties "flower power, free love" days coupled with an ideal central location to all important things to enjoy in Amsterdam. We spent a memorable & relaxing time on his lovely boat watching swans & ducks swimming by. Great fun.
We absolutely loved our three nights on Lionel's houseboat. Our stay there was definitely the best part of our European vacation, and we truly hated to leave. The houseboat is on a beautiful canal in a peaceful neighborhood, yet it's just a very short walk to museums, shops, open air market, and restaurants. We went on one of those guided canal tours, and our captain highlighted this canal as "one of the most beautiful in all of Amsterdam". We pointed out the houseboat and told him we were staying there, and the captain said, "You are very lucky to be staying on this canal!".
Lionel was the perfect host. He welcomed us warmly, even though we were late. He told us everything we needed to know about the boat and the neighborhood. I accidentally left something behind when we left, and Lionel was so gracious about sending it to me, even though I know it meant a lot of extra work on his part. He is a wonderful host -- a true gentleman.
We hope to visit Amsterdam again in a year or two, and we will definitely stay on Lionel's houseboat again. It made our entire stay in Amsterdam very special.
You will appreciate being located in the historical area of Nieuwmarkt with its great sightseeing spots. The houseboat is just 5 minutes walking distance from Central Station or 50 meters from the metro station 'Nieuwmarkt,' the first station after Central Station with all lines: 51, 54 and 53.
1 minute walking distance from 5 Supermarkets (open 7 days - from 8 to 22), bicycle rental (open 7 days - from 9 to 17:45), the Flea Market, Museums (Rembrandt House, Hermitage, Joods Historisch, Willet-Holthuysen and Allard Pierson) and the Dutch Royal Opera.
Many great sightseeing spots and 12 restaurants are within 200 meters.
For your reservations to be considered reserved, 50% must be paid upfront (Via Vrbo with a vrbo service fee of 9% based on total rental price or by Paypal (*) or banking transfer (*), with the balance, paid upon your arrival.
(*) The price quoted is the price charged : No deposit, service fee, hidden charges or bad surprises.
Beyond 3 nights, decreasing rate :
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