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Quiet Gem in Heart of Amsterdam
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Puur Vreeland - 25min from Amsterdam
Rental from $179 Per night

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Stijlvolle tweemastklipper Avanti
Rental from $1531 Per night
Fast sailing ship 'Trade Wind' - Harlingen
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Samara I
Rental from $3990 Per night

Samara I

Indonesia, Labuan Bajo 12 Sleeps, (New houseboat)

Dutch Tjalk 1896 - sleeps 20
Rental from $1348 Per night

Recent reviews

Beautiful houseboat, 160 sqm - 25 min from Amsterdam

The houseboat is just wonderful! We have already got to know many special locations on vacation, but this one is very special! In addition, there is the great garden including lodge and garden house!

Joachim, Germany

Modern design houseboat on superb location

We were very pleased with our stay on the Lucy Lou. It is in a wonderful quiet location and sitting on the deck surveying the canal with a cold beverage was very relaxing after a busy day. It's about a 10 minute walk up to a busy street with lots of shops and restaurants. You can also get the bus (#48) about a 5 minute walk away to take you to Central Station from which you can access transit to all parts of the...

Alan, Canada

Romantic boat

The best part of Amsterdam was sitting on the deck of the romantic houseboat, and watching the world go by. The adorable cabin was well appointed and charming. Lydia and her friends were all marvelous, but it was her two sweet kitties that stole my heart. The location of the boat was truly the most picturesque and quiet part of the core of historic Amsterdam, absolutely magical. Can’t wait to visit again with friends! Thank you, Lydia!!

Dena, the United States

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We believe that where you stay is a big part of your holiday experience. We are proud to share the largest selection of boats, (sailing) ships, barges and yachts from around the world. Each and every one of these floating homes is unique and will surely contribute to an unforgettable vacation.


Your options are endless. Ever thought of a houseboat holiday in Amsterdam, Paris or London? Each of these cities offers a wide variety of floating homes. Or why not rent an authentic spice boat in India, a luxury cruiser on one of the great lakes in America or a narrow boat in England? Experiencing your holiday from a houseboat is nothing like anything you've ever done before. Pick your holiday destination, hire a houseboat and be welcome aboard!


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We are specialized in houseboats and offer the widest selection of amazing houseboat rentals from around the world. Lots of them are exclusively available through us. At Bookahouseboat.com you're not only booking a place to stay, but also an experience. From wonderfully renovated traditional ships, barges or rafts to the most exclusive floating villa’s with hotel like experiences. Booking and paying for your holiday is safe and simple through our website. And remember, customer care is of paramount importance to us. Always glad to help!


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Choosing the right houseboat can be a challenge. Therefore we have a Sailor Taylor Service: tell us your needs and we will send you a handpicked selection. Just send us a message and share your requirements: which dates, how many guests, the city or country you would like to go to and any other wishes you may have. We look forward to finding the best possible houseboat for your trip!


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5 Reasons why you should rent a houseboat in Amsterdam

5 Reasons why you should rent a houseboat in Amsterdam

Why you should rent a houseboat in Amsterdam Let’s be honest; we all try to do something different when we travel but mostly, we wind up doing the same thing. It’s true, walking tours and hotel chains always seem to feature on a city break but when do we really venture out to try something new?   Now: that’s not to say there is anything wrong with either of the above but there’s only so many times you can do the same thing and expect a different outcome. In other words, travel is supposed to be about new experiences and booking a houseboat in Amsterdam is surely a lot more exciting than another night at the Best Western or any other hotel in the city. In this interview we ask Robert, award winning host of a floating B&B in Amsterdam, why houseboat holidays are so appealing. And we take a quick look at what makes Amsterdam so special.   Amsterdam houseboat rentals   Reason #1: Get a new perspective on Amsterdam “Amsterdam is quite a contrast to most cities in Europe. As you know, bicycl

A typical Paris houseboat holiday? Book a péniche!

A typical Paris houseboat holiday? Book a péniche!

The city of love, good food, and... houseboats!   Paris is without doubt one of the most amazing cities in the world. The city of love, the city of good food, the city of… houseboats! The river Seine is home to dozens of floating homes, or ‘péniches’ as the French call them, and quite a lot of these boats are actually for rent!   From the outside you would say it’s a dark and small place, but as soon as you enter these old steel boats, you’ll be surprised. Almost all the boats on the Seine, one of the most scenic things in Paris, are former freighters. And that explains the shape of these steel cargo ships: they are designed to fit in the French locks and canals exactly, without wasting precious space. This is why a typical ‘péniche’ is precisely 5,05 meters wide and 38,5 meters long. A lot of space, isn't it? Especially when you think of the size of an average hotel room in the city of love: not quite a ball room…   Rent a péniche in Paris       All that space, that must be a costly

Narrow boat rentals in the UK

Narrow boat rentals in the UK

Narrowboats offer a broad variety of options   The narrowboat – or narrow boat as these vessels are originally called – are the  most typical boats in the UK. Once, they were built to transport goods through the narrow canals of the British inland waterways. The boats could not be wider then 7 foot, otherwise they would get stuck in some of the locks. By now, most of these boats are used as (semi) permanent homes or as narrowboat rentals.   A lovely example of a traditional narrowboat is the ‘Stepping Stone’ in Surrey, hosted by Julie White. It’s hard to imagine that in the early days, we’re talking about the18th century, these boats were drawn by horses, guided by a crew member – often a child. At first the families who were in the narrowboat business would live on shore. But as soon as competition from the railway rose, those families could often no longer pay the rent and were forced to go live on board of these canal boats. A tough life, with long working days and poor living condi

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