Beautiful Family Canal Home, In Sought After Jordaan Neighbourhood Of Amsterdam
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About Camilla Scholten-Dorrell
We are a family of 6 and we live in the heart of the most beautiful area in Amsterdam. We love traveling and we like sharing our home with other families.
Camilla Scholten-Dorrell purchased this House in 2007
Why Camilla Scholten-Dorrell chose Amsterdam-Centrum
There is nothing else out there like our home! It is a complete canal-side house which is rare in Amsterdam, we bought this home becuase we felt it had everything we wanted for our family. It boasts a comfortable outside for dining and lounging, the home is nicely laid-out with two sleeping floors in the top of the house with bathrooms on each floor. There are two living spaces so the kids can watch TV or play and 'hang' in a separate part of the house. The home is big enough to play, work, relax and entertain friends in. The area the home is situated in is right in the middle of everything yet the canal is quiet and intimate. Shops, museums, the Anne Frank House are all just around the corner. We feel very lucky to live here and we want to share it with nice families out there who are looking for special homes to spend their holidays in. Our home is not designed for renting, it is designed to live in with children and adults and each and everyone should be comfortable. We have over time done several restorations to the house as it is a protected property from the 17th century. Our home has a very nice and warm vibe, people love to visit and we have hosted many friends here over the years...
What makes this House unique
Classy, family home, 17th century with all the modern amenities. Best location!
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Beautiful home, excellent location, and wonderful host
Our stay at Camilla’s home was wonderful and absolutely perfect. The home is beautiful and comfortable and in an amazing location. We loved waking up to views of the canal, watching the ducks float by, and enjoying the swaying leaves over the canal. It was perfect for our baby girl and accommodated our family and our friends’ family very well. Absolutely recommend this as a wonderful place to stay either with or without kids.
Lovely, Charming Home. Attentive Hosts
Wonderful, charming home in the middle of a hip, cozy neighborhood. Great for families with kids (tons of space, toys, backyard, bikes) with very attentive hosts. We’re planning to come back again next year.
My friends and I were so happy with everything about our stay. The location is unbeatable, the house is gorgeous and well equipped, and the host and property manager were a lovely mix of professional and also like communicating with friends. We highly recommend this property. Thank you, Camilla (and Lisa!).
Thank you so much for being such a wonderful group of people. You were Dream-guests. Tanya and her friends left the House in the best condition. What a special friendship you all share.
Living as a local
We couldn't have been more comfortable. In the most desirable Amsterdam area, it was a quiet retreat canal-side at the beginning and end of our day.
It was fun to live like a local while being centrally located - so leave your car parked because you won’t need it.
Surrounded by quaint pubs, unique artisan shops, and a short walk to the Royal Palace, and Amsterdam Museum - it truly is a perfect place to stay.
Stairs can be a real issue in Amsterdam homes, so we were grateful that this residence offered an easy to ascend, curved stair case to the second floor bedroom with en-suite for my mother, plus a beautiful retreat (bedroom and bath) on the top floor for us! The modern kitchen was a pleasure to prep meals and made clean up fast and easy. Many pleasant evenings were spent on the comfortable, private patio nestled at the back of the home.
I’m thrilled that we stumbled upon this very clean, very convenient, beautiful home in the very best location for us.
Thank you so much for being such kind and considerate guests. Donna and Mark are easy to communicate with, very tidy and they were so respectful of our home. The three of you are the reason we offer our home for visits to Amsterdam, you were a pleasure to have as guests.
Home in Amsterdam
My wife, brother-in-law, nephew, two nieces and I spent a week at Camilla and Adam's lovely home on the Lauriergracht canal in Amsterdam. The house is well equipped and close to restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions such as the Anne Frank house, canal boat tours, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, etc. The house manager, Lisa, was very helpful upon our arrival and was always available if we had any problems (although there were none). Being on the canal, we felt as if we were actual residents of this beautiful city. I would also recommend La Festa (Italian), Het Stuivertje (French), and Rakang (Thai) for dinner, all within easy walking ditance from the house. Thank you Lisa, Camilla and Adam.
Langston, you were wonderful guests, thanks for everything
The Jordaan is a district in the citycenter of Amsterdam, known for its beautiful houses, nice restaurants and original shops. When in Amsterdam, it is a must to stroll through the little streets and canals. On the many bridges over the canals, you can take beautiful pictures and see why Amsterdam is called the Venice of the North. Popular streets in the Jordaan are the Prinsengracht, the Westerstraat, and the '9 straatjes' (nine little streets).
The Jordaan was built in the early 17th century to house working class and immigrants. A large stream of refugees from France, England, Spain, Portugal and other countries came to Amsterdam in the 17th and 18th century, seeking freedom. Amsterdam was known for its tolerance towards other political and religious beliefs.
The Jordaan was originally a poor district, with small houses and many inhabitants. Around 1900 the population was estimated around 80.000. Imagine all those large families stuffed in the small houses the Jordaan is known for. Combine that with the lack of sewerage and no running water and the chaos is complete. Nowadays about 20.000 people live in the Jordaan.
The name of the district, Jordaan, is supposed to come from the French word for garden: Jardin. Many streets in this area are named after plants and flowers. However, others say it is named after the Jordan-river, because of the many Jews that fled to Amsterdam and lived in the area.
In the 19th century the Jordaan started to decay because of the growth of the population and the lack of maintenance. This decay continued until the beginning of the 20th century.
In the 20th century the Jordaan was still an area for immigrants and poor people. Around 1920's the living conditions in the Jordaan improved because of better hygiene and healthcare, however the conditions were still not good. In the thirties the sewerage was installed, this was a big improvement for the neighborhood.
During the 1970's the city council had serious plans to demolish big parts of the Jordaan and replace them with modern blocks of flats. The entire area was decayed and rebuilding it was a cheaper option than renovating. However, there were many protests against these plans. Because of the large resistance the plans changed. Monuments Care would lead small projects that would fix up the neighborhood, while protecting its historical character.
At the end of the 20th century the Jordaan was discovered by large groups of artists, students and young professionals. The old inhabitants moved to other districts in Amsterdam, or to other cities like Almere.
Nowadays the population of the Jordaan is a mix between original inhabitants and young professionals. However the area becomes more and more expensive to live in, forcing the working class to move to other areas or cities.
In the Jordaan you can visit different types of markets. Every Monday till 13:00 there is a flea market at the Noordermarkt. It is the perfect place to buy old-fashioned Dutch plates, pots and linen. There are also many stalls selling clothes and leather accessories. To find the best treasures, make sure you are early!
For food you can go to the Lindenmarkt at the Lindengracht on Saturdays, or to the market on the Westerstraat on Mondays. Every Saturday there is a biological food market at the Noordermarkt.
The landmark of the Jordaan is the Westertoren. Everywhere in the neighborhood you can see and hear the beautiful tower and its bells. It is very nice to climb the Westertoren and look over the Jordaan and the rest of Amsterdam.
Many people think that the accompanying church, Westerkerk, is the main church of the Jordaan, however the main church of the Jordaan is the Noorderkerk. The Noorderkerk was built in 1623 and is still used as a Protestant Church. Both churches can be visited and sometimes there are concerts.
In the Jordaan you can find many 'hofjes', best translated as inner courtyards. These were built centuries ago, to house single women or house staff whom were to old to work. Because of Monuments Care, these beautiful houses and courtyards can still be visited.
Nowadays there are still 19 'hofjes'. The oldest one is the Sint Andrieshofje at the Elegantiersgracht. Other well-known courtyards are the Huiszittenweduwenhof and Hofje de Zeven Keurvorsten. Not all 'hofjes' are open to visitors. However, in summer you can visit many during free concerts, known as the 'Hofjesconcerts'.
Another historical leftover to look out for are the stone tablets on the houses in the Jordaan. These signs show the profession or family sign of the original inhabitants. For instance a butcher had a pig on his tablet and a baker a loaf of bread.
There are not many famous museums in the Jordaan. However there are some small museums if you prefer that instead of the large museums at the Museumplein. However on the border of the Jordaan you can find the Anne Frank House. A very popular tourist destination so go early!