The Forecastle is locatedin the lower front of the ship.

50's Style 2 BR Family Houseboat Apt with terrace

Welcome aboard this 50's style 2 bedroom apartment in a WWII Ammunition ship in Amsterdam!

Excellent! 4.8/5 (47 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Great swimming right from the dock next to your boat
  2. Comfortable bed and sleeping couch
  3. Quit hideout for those who prefer tranquility
  1. Cosy atmosphere in a truly unique WWII ship
  2. Private terrace
  3. Coffee maker, tea kettle and egg cooker available

Houseboat summary

This is a ship with an amazing history. She was built in 1943 with only one purpose: transport ammunition and fuel from England to France to keep the allied war machine going and win the war. Just after the war, in 1951, she ended up in Amsterdam where she could take it easy. We are proud and happy to live aboard this concrete ship and share the front part with you. As a tribute to her hard labour during WW2, we decided to renovate this place and give it a jolly 50's theme. War is over, time to celebrate life!

Houseboat description

We warmly welcome families up to four (sorry, but no more!) and couples traveling together. The whole boat is very well insulated and offers good heating so you will be comfortably warm even on the coldest winter nights.

You descend to the living room from the deck by a stairway that is slightly more steep than the average stairs, please take this into mind before booking. For most guests this is no problem at all, but I thought it would be good to mention it and be as clear as possible to avoid disappointments.

There is floor heating all through the apartment, and central heating in the bedrooms. We offer a tastefully decorated master bedroom with a comfortable double bed (160x200 cm) and a second cool bedroom with a bunkbed (1 bed is 80x200 cm and 1 bed is 80x190 cm). 

The good old days

In the living room you will feel like you're back in the good old days, thanks to the retro wall paper, vintage furniture and even a real record player. Don't worry: if you're tired of the golden oldies vinyl records, you can simply connect your own device and choose your own music. Thanks to the many portholes there will be a pleasant breeze if you want, making it literally a cool place - even during hot summer days.  

In the kitchen there is a fridge with freezer and a sink - also with a retro look to it. Due to local regulations we are not allowed to offer cooking facilities unfortunately. However, with so much wonderful restaurants at walking distance, in general this is not considered to be a problem by our guests. From the kitchen you have access to the bathroom, tastefully decorated with two portholes and a comfortable rain shower, sink and toilet. 

Outside space

In front of the deck you have your own little terrace where you can enjoy a drink or a smoke (note: smoking inside is strictly forbidden, as well as the use of any drugs. If you violate this rule, we will have to ask you to leave). 

 

Location of the Houseboat   

The location in the east side of the city is very convenient for those travellers who like a quit night sleep and have a lot of space around them. By bike you will get anywhere in town in less then 30 minutes. You will find a bike rental pretty much around the corner. 

Just wander around and you will see the great history of this old harbor area. At the same time you will enjoy the many places to buy local grown food, great coffee and wines and of course the organic market around the corner, every Wednesday.   If you're traveling by car, we're glad to say that there is a cheap parking area at just 15 minutes distance (5 minutes tram and 10 minutes walking) where you can park for only 8 euro/day instead of the normal 3 - 4 euro/hour in the city.

Some important house rules

Please note that we do live on the same boat, but we respect your privacy. We will do the check in and show you around, and we're there if you have any questions. But for the rest, you probably won't even notice that we're there. 

And one last important remark: we live in a residential area and we respect each others night rest. So know that our boat is not a party boat! Therefore we kindly ask not to make any noise after 22.00. You can smoke on the front deck terrace, but inside smoking and the use of drugs of any kind is strictly forbidden. If we notice that you do not respect these house rules, we are forced to ask you to leave without compensation of any kind. Thanks for understanding ;-) 

About the history of our concrete war ship  

After the war this boat has found it's way to Amsterdam where it's been used as a houseboat ever since 1953. She's docked in the eastern part of Amsterdam called Zeeburg. The name Forecastle is chosen because this part is actually the real forecastle of the original ship where the crew used to be situated during the crossing of The Channel. Now the space has been completely renovated, but we have managed to maintain lots of original details. Take the ceiling for example: the heavy concrete beams, and even the original fuel hoses are still visible. In the kitchen we have exposed the heavy steel reinforcement of the hull so show the 'core' of the ship. It is a unique insight in one of the most amazing vessels you will find in Amsterdam. 

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Details

Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 15:00 and 23:00.

Check out before 11:00.

Bedrooms

2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

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

 

We offer two bedrooms: the master bedroom with a comfortable double bed (160x200 cm) and a second bedroom with a bunk bed (one bed is 80x200 cm and one is 80x190 cm). Especially kids really love this cool 'pirates room'.

The bathroom offers a nice rain shower, sink and toilet. Thanks to the floor heating you will never have cold feet.

Bathrooms

Number of en-suite: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Nightlife
Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City
Family

Lake / Riverside
Romantic
Sporting Activities

Amenities

Toaster
Linen Provided
Towels Provided

Iron
Hair Dryer
Dining Table & Chairs

Due to local legislation we are not allowed to offer cooking facilities. However, we do offer a coffee maker, tea kettle and egg cooker.

Entertainment

Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

DVD Player
Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Barbeque / Braai

For those who enjoy swimming, please note that the water is very clear and we have a private stairs next to hour houseboat! Of course swimming in the open water is at your own risk.

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

Room Fans

We have floor heating in the living room, bathroom and kitchen, s o

Location

Panoramic Views

City Views

The boat is moored at the historic old harbor of Amsterdam where a lot of traditional ships are situated. This part of Amsterdam is actually one of the few with these wide views.

General

Child Friendly

The Forecastle is open for kids and a fence around the ship provides safety aboard. However, the parents should always be aware of the fact that a lot of water is around - a piece of advice that any houseboat rental business will give you.

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking
Fishing

Climbing
Cycling / Mountain Biking

Houseboat Forecastle is a great place to start (and end!) your walking or cycling trip trough town.

Location

Distances

Airport

15 km

Bar

0 km

Beach

25 km

Golf course

10 km

Motor way

3 km

Night club

1 km

Restaurant

0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

3 km

How to get there

From Schiphol Airport:

Take the train to Station Amsterdam Amstel (10 min.)

Take Bus 65 to stop Borneolaan (12 min.)

Walk to Borneokade 24 (4 minutes)

About the area

Amsterdam Zeeburt, and the old harbor especially, is one of the best kept secrets. Enjoy the wide, open area after a great day in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. No drunk tourists at night, just the calm waves kissing the boat, laying peaceful in this haven of tranquility.

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Houseboat owner

Juul

Juul and Iris are houseboaters and simply love living on the water. With their experience in mind they have built 'the perfect houseboat', to share the experience of being in touch with nature and yet enjoy the comfort of a modern life style.

Response time
Normally within 12 hours
Language spoken
Dutch, English, French, German

47 Reviews - 50's Style 2 BR Family Houseboat Apt with terrace

Excellent! 4.8/5

  1. Sonja H - the Netherlands

    03 Aug 2020

    Enjoyed!!

    How we enjoyed this beautiful 'houseboat', we immediately felt at home! We would love to come back again. Thank you for enabling us to enjoy this lovely spot last weekend!

  2. Leonie L - Germany

    01 Aug 2020

    Very nice stay!

    The apartment was really nice, cozy and comfortable. Especially the music player was very cool. A supermarket, a bus stop and a train station were all within walking distance of the apartment. Our host Juul was very friendly and open for questions. Great stay!

  3. Tara O - Germany

    15 Jun 2020

    Great for our family of 4

    This was a great houseboat apartment located in a quiet neighborhood and with a swimming dock and cute bars / cafes / restaurants just down the street. We spent a weekend here and were able to really relax and easily see the sights

  4. Gemma C - England

    10 Mar 2020

    Would recommend!

    Great novelty accommodation for a short break in Amsterdam. Juul was very welcoming and told us everything we needed to know on arrival. The boat was clean and well finished with plenty space to lounge around being just the two of us! Tram stops are close and the trams are super easy to get around town on. Thanks for having us!

  5. Severine B - France

    02 Mar 2020

    Very nice experience in Amsterdam

    We loved the boat, there is enough space for 4 people, amenities (bus and tram) and supermarkets / restaurants nearby. Only a few minutes from the heart of Amsterdam and very quiet. Excellent welcome from Juul. We recommend this boat.

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