Entire Houseboat 'Seed of Life'
From the side
The homestay from outside
Main area
Main area different angle
Cupboard-bed 1
Cupboard-bed 2
cupboard bed & bathroom
Folders, maps & discount vouchers
Outside area
Outside deck
At night

Seed of Life - With 4 bikes

Cozy Modern Designed Houseboat in quiet area in Amsterdam North, 15 min away from the center

Excellent! 4.9/5 (36 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. Beautiful view on the water
  2. Possibility to swim around the houseboat
  3. Quiet area with lots of nature
  1. Possibility to come with your own little boat
  2. Free parking - 4 bikes available
  3. Positive vibes!

Houseboat summary

The houseboat is situated in a quiet area in Amsterdam North only 15 minutes away from the city center and at the same time close to the national park "Twiske". Amsterdam is bicycle city number 1 in the world and to experience Amsterdam to the fullest a bicycle is a must. We provide four bikes that are included in the price (mind you to rent a bike at a rental shop will cost you about €20 per bike per 24 hours). You can reach the city center by ferry, which is for free and bikes can be taken along. Since our houseboat is just a 5 minute bike ride away from the ferry you can enjoy the busy city during the day and chill out at night chill in a peaceful environment.

Our place is ideal for those who want to come by car since parking is still for free here, which is very unusual for Amsterdam!

There is a supermarket only 5 minutes away and there are plenty of nice restaurants in the area.

We designed and built the entire houseboat ourselves. We live on the top floor and the area that you can book is on the bottom floor. Our intention is to bring people closer together and to offer a unique experience on the water. We have put a lot of love into details. We have a cozy sitting area in the garden and you can make use of the BBQ. It is possible to swim next to the houseboat, feed the swans and ducks and you are also welcome to use our SUP board. Finally there is a wifi and plenty of games available. 



Houseboat description

Our houseboat has a modern design with many round shapes. It has a touch of Eastern influences and also has details of a traditional houseboat. There are two sleeping quarters which are cozy cupboard beds that can be closed off with little doors, but there is still the possibility to look into the main living space. We've built domes inside the cupboard beds, which give a very spacious feeling and it becomes extra special when you turn on the lights.

The sitting area in the main area is elevated as to feel connected with the water around. You can open one of the windows if you like to be closer to the ducks and swans and like to feed them some oats, corn or salad, but no bread since this is not healthy for them.

There is a kitchenette where you can make coffee or tea.

The bathroom is designed in such a way that one can take a shower in privacy while another can still use the sink. In the closet you can find extra blankets and pillows for sitting outside and there are plenty of games you can play with your family and friends. Also, there is WiFi available.

Outside in the garden there is a pick-nick table and a barbecue. When its sunny it is really nice to sit here to have breakfast or enjoy a glass of wine when the sun is going down and possibly watch the geese fly over.

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Registration number


Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 14:00 and 23:00.

Check out before 11:00.


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

Queen size beds: 2


In order to give our guests an authentic houseboat experience we made top of the line cupboard beds which was common in traditional houseboats.

The bathroom is built in such a way that one can take a shower in privacy while others can still make use of the bathroom.

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Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Rural / countryside
Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Lake / riverside
Fully equipped kitchen


Linen provided
Towels provided
Hair dryer

Dining table & chairs
WiFi / internet

Water boiler Coffee machine Fridge



(Board) Games

Indoor facilities

Barbeque / braai

Outdoor facilities


Underfloor heating

Heating / cooling

Panoramic views

Standing ventilator


Close to the ariport

Free parking

Water view. A lot of green and birds.

General information

No pets allowed
Smoking not allowed
Child friendly

Gated property
Smoke alarm
Swimminig / watersports

Activities nearby

Walking / hiking

Cycling / mountain biking




33 km


1.5 km


33 km

Ferry port

1.5 km


1.5 km

Night club

2.5 km


1.5 km

Super market

0.5 km

Train station

7 km

How to get there

Public transport:

From Amsterdam Central Station take metro 52 towards Noord, get off at the stop: Noorderpark. Then take bus 35 towards Molenwijk, get off at the stop: Nageljongenstraat and walk for 5 minutes to our houseboat. To get around easily with public transport, download the free app: 9292. 

Or from Central Station take the (free) ferry boat towards NDSM. Then walk for 10 to 15 min to get to the houseboat. Tip: download the free app: Pontveer or Ferry Nice. It will tell you exactly in how many minutes the next ferry will depart. 

I amsterdam City Card 

If you plan to use public transport and visit several museums while you're in Amsterdam then the City Card will make your life easier. You'll save time, trouble and money. Get free access to 70+ museums, city-wide public transport and enjoy exclusive discounts. For more information visit: www.Iamsterdam.com 

By car 

Use a maps app :) 

About the area


Close to the houseboat is NDSM. This is an old shipyard of Amsterdam taken over by artists and ever since a creative hot spot where every weekend events are organised. 

Next to NDSM is the ferry platform. The ferry on the left will bring you to central station. The ferry on the right will take you to Pontsteiger, close to the most authentic part of Amsterdam: the Jordaan. 


A very special place next to the IJ with a fantastic view over Amsterdam. The food is excellent and it's good value for money. They have a big outside terrace next to the water and there is always something going on. 


Another great spot for a drink and some finger food next to the IJ with view over Amsterdam. They have an outside terrace with a lovely podium. During the weekends there is a big chance that there is live music. 


Next to the ferry with a lovely terrace, this is a nice place for an amazing breakfast where they have fresh baked bread and coffee while you wait for the ferry to arrive.


A stylish restaurant with a bar inside the marina of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Lookout 

From central station there is a ferry going 24/7 to Buiksloterweg which is next to the 'Amsterdam Lookout Tower'. There is a 360 degrees turning restaurant inside and from the roof you have an amazing view over the whole of Amsterdam. Plus you can take a ride in a mechanic swing, that swings over the edge. 


It used to deliver gas to the citizens of Amsterdam, but since 2008 it has been renovated and given a new function. Nowadays it is a place where you can always see or do something. Watch a movie, visit markets of listen to music. Next to the Westergasfabriek is the Westerpark, a nice place to escape the busy city. 


After a visit to the 'Rijksmuseum' and the 'van Gogh museum' there is no better place to relax then the Vondelpark. Especially in the weekend the atmosphere in the park is great and there is a lot going on. There are a number of nice places where you can eat and drink and in the weekends during the summer there are free concerts in the open air theater in the center of the park. 

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Houseboat owner


The houseboat you're about to book is a labor of love and took us three years to build. We were lucky, because nowadays the chance to get a spot for a houseboat in Amsterdam is practically zero. We joined our neighbours in their search for a casco houseboat, which everybody had to then finish themselves.

Ed, being an architect, designed the interior of the houseboat himself. His signature as an architect is round shapes and practicality. The process of building was not entirely set beforehand, but it was also a creative process that changed and got shaped along the way. We came up with many new ideas which we then manifested into reality.

We both have an affinity for symbols, especially sacred geometry. On the front side of the houseboat hangs a construction of the Seed of Life symbol, which is also the name of our houseboat. The inside of the houseboat is filled with different kinds of symbols, from the Ohm sign, yin yang to Buddha's eyes. We both love to travel, often to countries like India and Thailand and when you come to the boat, you'll definitely see it has Eastern influences.

We enjoy welcoming people from all over the world to stay with us and offer them an unique experience. It's all in the details ;)

With love,

Ed & Karuna

Response time
Normally within less than one hour
Language spoken
Dutch, English, German

36 Reviews - Seed of Life - With 4 bikes

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. Tiffany P - the United States

    01 Aug

    A true vacation

    We were so extraordinarily lucky to come upon Karuna and Ed's place - it was perfect and what a wonderful experience! First of all, they were so communicative - answered all our questions and their guidebook was incredibly helpful. It had all the details we needed and some great recommendations. When we arrived, Ed was there to greet us and show us around the houseboat. We happily took the ferry into Amsterdam each day (so easy and just a 15 minute walk) and then retired to the houseboat to relax in the evenings. I took nice morning and evening walks along the water. My boys loved sleeping in the cabinets and feeding the swans and ducks who are frequent and amusing visitors. The houseboat is so thoughtfully laid out and it has everything you need. Our family of four was content and cozy for our stay. We got groceries at the local grocery store and made our meals there. Next time we are back there is no question we will be staying here!

  2. Lukas Mugel G - Germany

    05 Sep

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    There were four of us in Amsterdam for a long weekend. The houseboat offers enough space to sit inside or outside. If you want to sit outside for longer, you may need to bring extra lighting. The existing candle donates not very much light. The owners, who live completely separately in the same houseboat, are friendly and helpful. There are shops in the immediate vicinity and the bicycles and the free ferry to the main train station are worth their weight in gold. Clear recommendation (y)

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  3. Bernard B - France

    03 Apr

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    Pleasant, even if far from the city center very well served by public transport bus stop 5 minutes walk. Atypical accommodation with swans passing at eye level. Only downside bikes in poor condition Good stay.

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  4. Melissa B - the United States

    18 Aug

    Wonderful experience

    Karuna and Ed have done a beautiful, and loving job with their floating house. No detail missed. They are great communicators, and provide everything for a personal and uncomplicated experience. You can get to the redeveloped wharf area (Noord), with trendy restaurants, NDSM cultural center, etc in a 5-10 minute bike ride (they had bikes for us!), which also is where the 2 ferries come to bring you to Central Station or Pontsteiger. Sleeping and hanging outside at the house boat/dock is peaceful, and enjoyable. They even put up some birthday flags for our daughter's celebration. We highly recommend, and would certainly return.

  5. Michael S - Ireland

    15 Jul

    Short stay in Amsterdam

    Cosy room with bathroom in a houseboat in a quiet residential area. Beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. Also has an outdoor area to eat and barbecue. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

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