Seed of Life - With 4 bikes
Cozy Modern Designed Houseboat in quiet area in Amsterdam North, 15 min away from the center
- Beautiful view on the water
- Possibility to swim around the houseboat
- Quiet area with lots of nature
- Possibility to come with your own little boat
- Free parking - 4 bikes available
- Positive vibes!
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 't Twiske. You can reach the centerby ferry boat, which is free. We have four bikes available which can be taken along on the ferry boat. For those who want to come by car, it is ideal since parking is for free too! 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 it is possible to swim next to the houseboat.
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.
Heating / cooling
Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking
Cycling / mountain biking
How to get there
From Amsterdam Central Station take metro 52 towards Noord, at the stop: Noorderpark. Then take bus 35 towards Molenwijk, at the stop: Nageljongenstraat. 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. It will tell you exactly in how many minutes the next ferry will depart.
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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.
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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.
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 ;)
Ed & Karuna
11 Reviews - Seed of Life - With 4 bikes
Sandra H - Germany
Wonderful time and rest
We had a wonderful time in the beautifully decorated houseboat. With the bicycles provided we were at the ferry and in Amsterdam quickly. The houseboat is super clean, you sleep fantastic and the berths and everything are very lovingly decorated. Karuna and Ede are super nice and excellent hosts. Thank you for the wonderful days and we will definitely be back. ♥ ️
Ida H - Germany
Very friendly and helpful, just perfect☺️
Michelle T - Germany
Excellent houseboat - great people!
The houseboat is very individually decorated, clean and well equipped. It is a quiet area but not too far (5 min on a bike) to get to restaurants/bars and the ferry towards the city. And especially great to have 4 bikes to use! Ed & Karuna are so kind & helpful and always there if you need anything or to give recommendations. We enjoyed jumping into the canal every morning for a refreshing swim. Coffee or a BBQ on the terrace are also great. Thanks for everything!
Shelley - Canada
We had a great experience staying on the houseboat!
Edwin and Karuna greeted us when we arrived and went over everything we needed to make our stay perfect. It was a very nice relaxing spot even though we got shushed by the neighbors as our voices were a little too loud in the quiet canal. All was ok though, I’m sure it happens to more people then us!
The location was great and not far from Amsterdam central. $15 Uber ride.
Oussama - Hungary
Very friendly owner and super helpful. The houseboat is gorgeous in a quite neighborhood. Close to downtown, the bikes offer a unique experience in Amsterdam.