Garden of Eden

A truly unique outdoor family houseboat outside Amsterdam in the middle of nature.

Excellent! 4.8/5 (40 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Huge garden with sun loungers, bbq and fire place
  2. Just 10 minutes distance from Amsterdam
  3. Water front view from bedroom, kitchen and living room
  1. Perfect for families with kids
  2. Great swimming in the summer

Houseboat summary

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.

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Houseboat description

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.

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 15:00 and 00:00.

Check out before 11:00.


2 Bedrooms, 5 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2
Number of single beds: 1


De woonboot biedt twee slaapkamers met twee dubbele bedden (200 x 160 cm) en een eenpersoonsbed (200 x 90 cm). De badkamer heeft een douche en een groot bad, evenals alle andere voorzieningen die u van een comfortabel appartement mag verwachten.


Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Rural / countryside
Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Lake / riverside
Sporting activities


Fully equipped kitchen
Microwave / oven
Washing machine

Linen provided
Towels provided
Beach towels provided
Dining table & chairs


Music system / CD player
WiFi / internet

DVD player
Internet access

Outdoor facilities

Barbeque / braai

Terrace / balcony
Sun loungers

Great swimming in the lake

Heating / cooling

Central heating

Open fireplace

We have a great wood stove burner


Panoramic views
City views

Close to the beach
Close to the ariport

General information

Pets allowed
Child friendly

Highchair availabele

Do not smoke inside!

Activities nearby

Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking
Horse riding

Cycling / mountain biking
Skiing / snowboarding

NS walking route "De Bretten" to Sloterdijk through nature.




18 km


1.5 km


25 km

Motor way

2 km

Night club

12 km


2 km

Super market

4 km

Train station

1 km

How to get there


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.


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'.

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Houseboat owner


Dear guest,

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.

Hans Bode

Response time
Normally within 2 hours
Language spoken
English, Dutch

40 Reviews - Garden of Eden

Excellent! 4.8/5

  1. Michal C - England

    17 Apr

    Lovely houseboat

    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. 

  2. Cassandra P - the United States

    23 Aug

    Perfect Getaway

    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. 

  3. Mark S - England

    11 May

    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!

  4. James C - Scotland

    20 Nov

    Garden of Eden review

    I would have preferred white bedsheets apart from that the stay was very nice.

  5. Joseph M - the United States

    26 Feb

    Awesome time!

    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. 

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