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Beautiful Houseboat in Amsterdam City Centre

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Houseboat, 1 Bedroom+convertible bed, 1 Bathrm, Sleeps 2-4, families up to 5

We guarantee that this houseboat will give you the special and authentic Amsterdam experience, regardless of the purpose of your visit.

The location beats everything - just around the corner from all the best places- museums and fine restaurants - but without the city sounds from The Dam and Leidse Square.

The sundeck affords spectacular views of the old warehouses on the Entrepotdok (for which Amsterdam is famous) on one side, and boats passing on the other. The passersby envy those sitting on the sundeck of houseboat 'The Medicijnman'!

Over a hundred years old and once a sailing boat (a Tjalk) The Medicijnman (Medicine Man) was transformed in the late 1950’s into a characterful houseboat. With many old features left in place, it gives you an enchanting feel of life on the water back then.

It is located in the old centre of Amsterdam, in an oasis of tranquility,with Central Station, Dam Square, well known theatres (Theater Carré), famous museums (e.g. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum), restaurants, and other cultural attractions within walking distance.

Less than 2 minutes’ walk from Kadijk square, where there are many great restaurants, such as ‘A Tavola’, one of the best Italian restaurants in Amsterdam.

The highest wooden windmill in The Netherlands, named ‘De Gooyer’, is next to the famous brewery, Het IJ, just around the corner and a must-see for real beer lovers.

The interior of the houseboat is light and spacious and is well equipped with all modern facilities. The bedroom has a queen size bed and four authentic portholes. The living room has panoramic windows, which let in a lot of light and give beautiful views just above water level. There is a very comfortable sofa bed which enables sleeping room for two extra guests, a big dining table and a charming open kitchen. The bathroom has a washbasin and a bathtub with shower attachment plus a washer and dryer.

The position of the boat ensures that you will be able to enjoy both sunny breakfasts on the deck in the early morning, and spectacular sunsets in the evening.

Keywords:

Perfect location, Ideal for museums, good restaurants, shopping and night life but also an oasis of peace. The roof terrace is very sunny and if you like water birds, you can feed them from outside the windows.

A short walk to the Red Light district, Waterloo square and flea market and the Portuguese Synagogue.

A few highlight of the reviews:

- "Living the Dream in Amsterdam"

"Spent a weekend at this cozy, comfortable houseboat. It could not have been more perfect for two people. Location was sublime; would love to visit again in summertime and spend evenings relaxing on the deck and watching the zoo animals across the canal."

- “uniquely beautiful and peaceful place to stay"

"This by far was the most unique and our favorite… We felt very safe on the houseboat and the street is quiet. It's a great location and we walked the whole city from there. The boat itself has everything and a very nice bathroom. Good water pressure and we were able to wash and dry our clothes… I would love to go back again and spend more time on the boat."

- "Nice, quiet neighborhood & well-appointed houseboat"

"My husband, two boys (13 & 10), and I recently spent four nights on the houseboat. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The neighborhood is nice and quiet, but we were still able to walk to anywhere we wanted to see in the main part of Amsterdam. The houseboat has everything you could need, and there is a grocery store about a 10-minute walk away."

- What a jewel!

"Last stop on a month long holiday and we saved one of the best for last. Peace lives here. Sitting on the deck with your favorite drink, a good book and a gorgeous sunset. Watching the canal cruisers go by. The boat is beautifully appointed, very comfortable and perfectly located both for walking and public transport."

More Details

Owner
Martyn Leenen
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, french, german, dutch
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
90%
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About Martyn Leenen

My wife Catelijne and I have two children, one daughter Julia (6) and a son Hidde (4). We live in Haarlem, just 15 minutes away from our houseboat.

Before I used to work for a broadcasting and publishing company but now I have my own business.

Good food and nice drinks are important to me. I like to cook for friends/family and love nice wines, German wines in particular.

I used to travel, read and play golf but since we have children, I have have other priorities... Oh, and I love playing chess on my App/iPhone.

(This photo was inspired by Derek Zoolander)

Martyn Leenen purchased this house boat in 2008

Why Martyn Leenen chose Grachtengordel

By coincidence I saw this houseboat was for sale.

I knew the unique location, on one side the old warehouses and on the other side the Zoo. Eery time we went boating with friends and we came by Artis (the Zoo) we loved the sight of zebras and giraffes in the middle of the city.

The previous owners are a nice Australian couple with a baby. They lived there for four years but were about to return to Australia.

Eventually Damien (the Australian owner) choose me to buy the boat and I feel very fortunate!

My wife and I lived for two years on this houseboat. Because my wife was expecting we decided to move to an apartment. Living on the boat with a baby is not convenient. In the beginning it was difficult not to live on the boat but now, - when when the boat is not rented out, - we try to stay there. Our children love it and a stay on the boat always indicates we'll go to the zoo...

For us staying on the boat is also holiday...!

What makes this house boat unique

My wife and I lived in Amsterdam for over 15 years,. As students we both moves several times all over the city.

The vibe, the atmosphere and the people of this little neighborhood beats everything!

- just around the corner from all the best places - museums, the Nieuwmarkt, the red lights and fine restaurants - but without the city sounds from Dam Square and Leidse Square.

My mother Caty and neighbor Karin will do the check in/out and cleaning. They are very helpful in providing additional information about Amsterdam, what to do outside the city (Keukenhof for example) and are more then happy to assist you for museums and or tickets, reservations in nice restaurants, etc.

They also can arrange a pick up from the airport or a private boat tour.

So, if you have questions or would like assistance please do not hesitate to contact them.

You will receive their contact information when the booking is confirmed.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat rental in Grachtengordel

Property Type:
  • house boat
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • City Centre
  • Lake View
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • With a nice bath!
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The couch in the living room is a very comfortable two person bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Bike- and boat rental (with discount). A parking spot in a non-public garage is available upon request for €15,- per day. The sleeping bed/sofa enables two extra (paying) guests. Adjusted prices for children.

Reviews

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Beautiful Houseboat in Amsterdam City Centre
average rating of 4.9305553 based on 144 reviews
5

A uniquely beautiful and peaceful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at three VRBO's on our European vacation. This by far was the most unique and our favorite. A beautiful houseboat with all the creature comforts of home. We slept so great and woke to the sounds of the zoo animals across the canal waking up in the morning. The sounds in the early morning were beautiful. One night we were up late having some wine on the deck and the lions were roaring. Crazy cool.

We felt very safe on the houseboat and the street is quiet. It's a great location and we walked the whole city from there. The boat itself has everything and a very nice bathroom. Good water pressure and we were able to wash and dry our clothes.

I had fun swimming in the canal and enjoyed The Medicijnman so much it was hard to drag ourselves out and explore the city. I would love to go back again and spend more time on the boat.

  • Review Submitted: 08/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naples Florida
5

Beautiful and unique accommodation in old Amsterdam.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying in “The Medicine Man”. What a beautiful boat! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our mornings looking across the canal to the zoo. Onr morning we were treated to a mother swan and her babies to our kitchen window to be fed with bread treats! It was delightful to see the elephants and giraffes in the morning. In the evening, it was a welcome respite for two tired tourists! Caty checked us in when we arrived, and graciously showed us the boat amenities. It was located on a beautiful street, close to the tram stops and a nice grocery store. It was in a great location, accessible to the inner-city, but quiet. Kitchen was stocked with everything you need, and the bathroom was comfortable, and the bathtub is a luxury on a boat! The bed was soft and we slept well. Highly recommend for those looking for something different and adventurous! Many thanks to out hosts for sharing this with us! Many memories!

  • Review Submitted: 31/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amsterdam by the zoo!

  • 5 of 5

We can not imagine a better spot for a houseboat !! Views of Giraffes, zebras and the new baby elephant and family . And fascinating watching the tour boats and tourists coming around to look at the zoo... GREAT spot and very handy for Supermarket and trams. Boat is very cosy and well equipped. Enjoyed our stay very much

  • Review Submitted: 29/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake Harmony, PA USA
5

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, well-equipped houseboat. Best part is the location. Directly across from zoo and can see and hear the animals. Quiet and safe neighborhood with plenty of stores and restaurants. Short and easy walk to NEMO, waterfront and Central Amsterdam. Owner is very nice, helpful and accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: 29/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas
5

Very cozy and charming!

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained old boat in a nice residential area next to the Amsterdam zoo so we had a great view! Loved the top deck with a table, chairs and a bench. The owner was very accommodating and gave us all kinds of great info. She even offered to arrange transportation for us! She has gorgeous flowers and plants all over which adds a nice touch. Loved the experience of staying on a houseboat!

  • Review Submitted: 26/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Unique location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the novelty of looking across the canal to see elephants, zebras & giraffes, hearing them and assorted other animals everyday and some nights. It was lovely to sit on the roof of Martyn’s Houseboat on the long summer nights watching and waving at others boating by. Many slowed to glimpse the animals. The street, lined with converted warehouses, was lively but not crowded as many more well known neighborhoods in Amsterdam have become.Tables at the canal side cafe nearby were always full, so we had to walk a bit farther (in either direction)to find restaurants and trams. The houseboat was very comfortable for two & would be ok with a child or two, but we think more adults, sleeping in the one main room on a pullout would be too cozy for more than a night or two. We appreciated the basic cooking ingredients left, flowers and generous supplies.

We enjoyed being there so much that we extended our stay as long as we could! Thanks Martin & Caty.

  • Review Submitted: 16/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
around the corner, 2 minutes by foot
Nearest Train
4 Miles
10 minutes bij tram, 20 by foot, 5 by bike
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
A10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
many,around the corner, A Tavola is 1 of the best
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Zandvoort aan Zee
Car: not necessary

The Zoo (Artis) is right across the boat and on the other side are the beautiful canal houses (old warehouses).

We could arrange anything if it is possible or impossible, just the pink elephant on the deck will be difficult...

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house boat around the Grachtengordel

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High season
4 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$354
From
AU$386
Thu,Fri,Sat
AU$2,343
AU$7,999
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$63 per night, per additional guest
 
October
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$322
AU$2,101
AU$6,867
 
 
After season
1 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$257
From
AU$273
Thu,Fri,Sat
AU$1,858
AU$5,898
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$47 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas / New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
AU$483
AU$2,747
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$79 per night, per additional guest
 
Pre season
7 Jan 2019 - 28 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$241
From
AU$257
Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$1,697
AU$5,656
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$31 per night, per additional guest
 
Tulip season
29 Mar 2019 - 21 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$289
From
AU$305
Thu,Fri,Sat
AU$2,101
AU$6,221
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$47 per night, per additional guest
 
Kings Day
22 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
5 night minimum stay
AU$483
From
AU$532
Fri,Sat
AU$3,230
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$79 per night, per additional guest
 
Standard pricing
3 night minimum stay
AU$354
From
AU$386
Thu,Fri,Sat
AU$2,343
AU$7,271
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$63 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee, per stay AU$153.51 + Tax

- We do not work with deposits. If something breaks happens please let me know so I can fix it.
- My mother Caty & neighbour Karin will do the check in/out and cleaning. They are also your liaison for Amsterdam and/or can help you if you need any assistance.
- We can also arrange a pick up from the airport or make reservations in restaurants, please let us know.
- Additional guests (above 2) pay €29.00 to €39.00 per person per night (depending on season).
- Questions and/or Prices for Kings Day are on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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