Garden of Eden
A truly unique outdoor family houseboat outside Amsterdam in the middle of nature.
- Huge garden with sun loungers, bbq and fire place
- Just 10 minutes distance from Amsterdam
- Water front view from bedroom, kitchen and living room
- Perfect for families with kids
- Great swimming in the summer
It's hard to believe you can find a houseboat that offers so much space, both inside and out, just 10 minutes from the center of Amsterdam. Enter 'The Amsterdam Garden of Eden' and you know what we mean. The top floor of this houseboat offers great views over the water and welcomes you to sit on the balcony which you can enter from the spacious open plan kitchen and living room. We receive families for a maximum of 5 people. Families with children are preferred! There is room for max. 5 adults.
We are proud to present this amazing houseboat, with a garden large enough to get lost in a very pleasant way. As soon as you enter the building, you get that good old 'outside feeling'. The houseboat, as well as the garden, are completely private and it is safe to say this is the perfect place to get away from it all. A unique place for those who want to relax, but still want to visit the great city of Amsterdam without having to travel too much. Just walk to the train station (1 km) and take the direct train that will take you to Amsterdam Central Station in exactly 10 minutes. So from the Garden of Eden within 20 minutes to the vibrant city of Amsterdam!
The houseboat has two floors. On the lower floor we have a large bedroom with both a double and a single bed separated by a wall. A second bedroom offers a further double bed. From both bedrooms you have a great view over both the garden and the lake.
On the top floor you will find the large open kitchen with all modern amenities, such as a dishwasher, stove with oven, refrigerator and freezer, luxury coffee maker and microwave. The large kitchen table is the ideal place to sit back and relax, looking back on a wonderful day in Amsterdam - or in your own garden of course. The wooden elements give a cozy and warm atmosphere, let's call it a bohemian style.
Between the kitchen and the living room there are two large glass doors that give access to the balcony. A wonderful place to enjoy the view over the lake that is home to the Amsterdam Garden of Eden. Right next to the balcony you will find the wood stove, your best friend during the colder days.
And of course there is the living room, with a large sofa to snuggle up with your loved ones or just relax in front of the large flat screen TV. All over the houseboat, there are many artworks and many plants, making you feel at home from the moment you step on board.
As you can see the garden is right huge, with lounge chairs, a parasom, a gas BBQ and a fireplace. In summer you can dive into the lake from your private garden or even from the balcony.
It is safe to say that you will not find a second houseboat that offers so many opportunities to relax and enjoy all that nature has to offer, yet is close to Amsterdam.
Heating / cooling
Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking
Cycling / mountain biking
Skiing / snowboarding
NS walking route "De Bretten" to Sloterdijk through nature.
How to get there
FROM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT
Take the train to station Amsterdam Sloterdijk and from here you take the train to station Halfweg/Zwanenburg. This is a 20 minute trip. From the station it's a 1 km walk to the boat.
FROM AMSTERDAM CENTRAL STATION
Take the direct train from Amsterdam Central Station to Station Halfweg/Zwanenburg. This is a 10 minute ride. From Station Halfweg/Zwanenburg it is a 1 km walk to our boat.
About the area
The surroundings of the Garden of Eden are just spectacular. The boat is located right next to a natural park with wild horses that sometimes can even be spotted right from the living room. And of course there is the famous recreational area 'Spaarnwoude'.
Do you see this sunny smiling face?
That's because I'm enjoying living and working near the water and at the countryside of Amsterdam! I live next door of the houseboat that is offered for rent here. There is a possibility to pick you up from the Airport, if necessary (not included). But the train is very easy going too.
I'm sure that you will enjoy a super place like my houseboat as I do and I will do everything that is needed to make your stay comfortable.
40 Reviews - Garden of Eden
Michal C - England
A very nice houseboat and a friendly owner. We had a relaxing stay. The houseboat itself is quite big and situated far enough from trains and main roads to be tranquil.
Cassandra P - the United States
I stayed at the Garden of Eden with another couple and a friend (five of us total). The house boat was perfect size for five adults, and we enjoyed our stay. Hans was wonderful- he answered all of my questions we had before booking and was a great resource during our stay. We wanted to stay a little further out of the city for comfort reasons and we definitely found that at Hans’s place. The house boat was about 15-20 minutes from Amsterdam’s main train station, so it wasn’t very far and that time includes walking/biking and the train ride to the city itself. Hans let us use his five bikes so we were able to cut the time to the train station by a few minutes.
The house boat is on a little lake and the view is very picturesque. The house boat was lovely and we enjoyed it. The only small issue we had was that there were a lot of bugs, but the house boat is on water and there are trees everywhere so the bugs were expected. That being said, if you do not like spiders and small flying insects a house boat may not be for you. We were fine after the first night and made sure to check around before sleeping. Totally not a big deal if nature doesn’t bother you. We just didn’t expect so many bugs so we were a little caught off guard (being from Florida you get over bugs pretty fast!).
Bugs aside we really enjoyed the Garden of Eden and it made our trip enjoyable. There’s nothing like leaving a busy city every night to go relax in the country on a house boat.
Mark S - England
What a place, what a houseboat - almost heaven
When you're looking for a combination of city and outdoor activities, this is your place to stay. It's even better than the pcis show - and what a garden - love it! Not to mention the swimming options right from your houseboat, truly a special place. Thanks Hans!
James C - Scotland
Garden of Eden review
I would have preferred white bedsheets apart from that the stay was very nice.
Joseph M - the United States
Had a great time at this houseboat! Quiet and really nice area. Had plenty of room. About a 10 min walk to the train and 2 stops later right near the center of Amsterdam! Definitely recommend this place.