Floating Castle with Garden and Sauna

High-end houseboat with lots of space, garden, and sauna!

Excellent! 4.8/5 (19 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Spacious houseboat with high ceilings
  2. Large garden with picknick table and sauna
  3. Away from tourist masses, yet close to the city
  1. Luxurious design, high-end amenities
  2. Very comfortable and large double beds

Houseboat summary

This is the place for people who like to travel in style. Your host renovated this spacious, fully private floating apartment on his houseboat in style. High ceilings, a warm and characteristic living room with open kitchen on the second floor, two large bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom with rain shower. Not to mention the great garden with sauna, BBQ and of course the option to swim in the canal. Perfect for two couples and families with kids.

Houseboat description

Your host Rob is a true 'waterman'. He has worked as a ship constructor for decades and put all his love into the dream that he just realized: building the perfect houseboat and welcome guests from all over the world. Rob lives on a separate part of the very well insulated houseboat, so you have all the privacy you can possibly ask for. The boat has central heating in every room so you are sure to be comfortably warm all year round, even on the coldest winter days.

You can feel the love for detail when you walk through the Floating Castle. It has a all the amenities and convenience of a high-end apartment, with the big difference that you will experience the excitement of staying on the water. Especially because all the rooms on both floors have water view, creating a very light and bright atmosphere. The Queen size beds are really comfortable, ensuring a great night rest.

A truly unique feature is the huge amount of outdoor space that this floating castle has to offer. In the garden you will find a cozy table to have a nice drink or smoke, or enjoy breakfast or diner (why not organize a nice BBQ?!) during the summer time. The sauna is available all year round - especially during the winter it is really awesome to dive into the cold water after a sauna session. Highly recommended! 

The location is perfect for guests who want to be away from the tourist masses, yet be close to the city centre. It takes you just a few minutes to get to the Amsterdam Tower (a must-visit), Film Museum Eye (amazing lunch served here, and what a view over the water!) and the free ferry that takes you to Amsterdam Central Station 24/7 for free. On request your host can take you on a guided tour by boat - yes, he is a true captain!

There are 2 free bikes available, on request the host can arrange more bikes for you so you can get around easily from the moment you arrive. And another good thing to know is that you are very close to the wide open fields North of Amsterdam, absolutely great to make a nice bike tour to natural park 'Het Twiske' or Zaanstad with the famous windmills.

About Amsterdam North, where the boat is located. This is may be less known then the inner city, but it is without a doubt the most buzzing part of Amsterdam. It offers a great variety of artistic places such as the NDSM Wharf, Pllek and Tolhuistuin with its countless festivals, markets, concerts and other great activities all year round. Furthermore  you have to visit the Amsterdam Tower (with the exciting swing on the roof - amazing views over the whole city) and lunch at the water side terrace of the Eye Film Museum. Take the free ferry and you are in the city centre within minutes. So we dare to say that we offer the best of both worlds: Amsterdam at its best!

Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions - always glad to help. Look forward to welcome you aboard!

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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 22:00.

Check out before 11:00.


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2


The bathroom is located on the isle and has a luxury styling and offers a sink, rain shower and toilet. 


Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities


Microwave / Oven
Linen Provided
Towels Provided

Beach Towels Provided
Dining Table & Chairs


Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

DVD Player
Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Barbeque / Braai

Terrace / Balcony
Outside Shower

We offer everything you need for a great outdoor experience: a garden with sauna, bbq, picknick table and swimming right from the houseboat!

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating


Steam Room / Sauna
Child Friendly

Highchair Availabele
Gated Property
Long Term Rent Available

We welcome families with kids, yet we like to mention that there is a stair and of course water around the boat. So staying here with kids is at own risk.

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking
Horse Riding

Cycling / Mountain Biking


Tour Guide

On request the host can take you on a guided tour with his open boat.




25 km


0 km


25 km

Ferry port

0 km

Golf course

7 km

Motor way

1 km

Night club

0 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

1 km

How to get there

You can reach us easily by car and use the paid parking €13/day next to the boat. From Schiphol Airport it is a 15 min by train to Amsterdam Central Station or a 25 minute ride by taxi, which can be arranged when booking this houseboat on Bookahouseboat for a very reasonable price. From Central station you just take the free 24/7 ferry to 'Buiksloterweg' and within minutes you are on the other side. From here it is just a 10 min walk to our houseboat.

About the area

This is may be less known then the inner city, but it is without a doubt the most buzzing part of Amsterdam. It offers a great variety of artistic places such as the NDSM Wharf, Pllek and Tolhuistuin with its countless festivals, markets, concerts and other great activities all year round. Furthermore  you have to visit the Amsterdam Tower (with the exciting swing on the roof - amazing views over the whole city) and lunch at the water side terrace of the Eye Film Museum. Take the free ferry and you are in the city centre within minutes.

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Houseboat owner


Your host Rob is a true 'waterman'. He has worked as a ship constructor for decades and put all his love into the dream that he just realized: building the perfect houseboat and welcome guests from all over the world.
We look forward to meet you and welcome you on board our houseboat.

Response time
Normally within 6 hours
Language spoken
Dutch, English, German, French

19 Reviews - Floating Castle with Garden and Sauna

Excellent! 4.8/5

  1. David G - England

    07 Aug

    Lovely stay in Amsterdam

    We loved rob and agnes’ houseboat and had a wonderful stay in Amsterdam. The houseboat is charming and well equipped and the fact that we could jump out of the window and swim in the canal was amazing. Agnes was so helpful during our stay and we borrowed bikes from the family which was amazing for getting to the centre and exploring the countryside. The location is excellent, really easy to get to the centre via the free ferry and also close to the beautiful countryside north of the city. The only issues we had were that building work opposite the house boat started very early and was really loud which woke us up in the morning. We also suffered from mosquito bites at nighttime. These aren’t things that Rob and Agnes could control but did affect our stay slightly. Overall we would absolutely recomend this beautiful place to anyone and thanks to the family for being so welcoming and kind. 

  2. Francois - France

    08 Dec

    Great experience on a Amsterdam houseboat

    We have been so fortunate to be one of the first guests of Robs houseboat. It is truly a floating castle, with lots of space and light thanks to the high ceilings. We stayed here with two couples and loved the huge amount of privacy and outdoor space. Using the sauna on a cold December day was really special. The boat is located on a quiet canal in Amsterdam Noord, a fast changing area with interesting restaurants (cafe Modern! The best Dutch restaurant I ever visited!) and bars. The free ferry is about 4 minutes by bike away and takes you straight into town right away. It is not a downtown houseboat, but that is exactly what we liked: lots of privacy, great beds, lots of space and yet the city centre is within 10 minutes distance. Highly recommended for those who want to have a special experience. And before I forget: Rob is a great host with a good taste when it comes to interior design!

  3. Donna K - the United States

    06 Oct

    Cute place

    Great location,  away from the chaos of the city but a close walk to get right to the center of it all -  quick ferry ride to the terminal very walkable and easy.  The host Rob and Agnes are super friendly and helpful. They will even let you borrow bikes if you dare lol. The houseboat is cute and charming  comfortable bed. Cute space   It does have tight stairs so if you have any mobility issues just be advised. 

  4. Kellie P - Denmark

    01 Oct

    The Friendly Floating Castle

    This was our first trip to Amsterdam and we spent four nights in the Floating Castle.  The houseboat is on a quiet, peaceful street nestled among gardens in a unique neighborhood.  We enjoyed the spacious hideaway and the bedroom windows open to a nice view of the water. Our host Rob was extremely helpful and charming.  He greeted us with a smile and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our stay - including cold Heineken in the refrigerator! I highly recommend choosing the Floating Castle for you Amsterdam adventures. 

  5. James - England

    25 Jun

    Nice location - away from the chaos ;-)

    We had a lovely time aboard with Rob and enjoyed especially the location of this lovely and clean houseboat, away from the chaos in the inner city. Yet it is just a 10 minute walk and 5 minute ferry away from the centre. This ferry is driving 24/7 so you can always reach the boat/city centre. The beds are very comfortable and the layout is really nice. 

  6. Jordan P - Canada

    27 Jan

    Quiet and comfortable

    Rob was just next door ready to answer any questions. The 2 bedrooms are downstairs with views of the canal. The dinng room/kitchen is complete with everything you need to prepare meals. The view from there is the canal. We would stay with Rob again. 

  7. Philipp M - Germany

    26 Sep


    The Floating Castle is an amazing place to stay if you want to get out of the busy city but still want to be near the center. It takes just 2min. with a Ferry from Centraal to the other side of the canal and from there it´s a 10min walk.

    The boat itself is really cozy and beautiful built. It has 2 Bedrooms, a really nice bath and a kitchen / living area in the upper part. We were unlucky with the weather so we didn't´t go for a swim but if the sun´s out you definitely can ;) 

    There´s also some space in front of the boat where you can just chill at the water.

    Rob and his wife are really amazing hosts who live in a separate part of the boat. They offered us bikes to cruise around the neighborhood and had very good tips where to go to find some nice places around Amsterdam. 

    Overall, I highly recommend this place!!

    Thanks for everything, we´ll be back!

  8. Trond W - Norway

    12 Oct

    A wonderful way to experience Amsterdam

    We really enjoyed or stay at Rob and Agnes's houseboat. It is quiet, peaceful and spacious. Rob supplied us with bikes, and we spent the days exploring the the streets and canals of Amsterdam on bicycles, highly recommended.   

    The houseboat has a homely feel to it, and we enjoyed preparing food and relaxing on the houseboat as well as dining out.

    Food markets, restaurants and takeaway are just a 5 minute bike ride away, and so is the ferry that will take you straight to Amsterdam central station.  

    We will absolutely recommend staying at Rob's houseboat, and will probably do so the next time we are in Amsterdam.

    Thanks T&M

  9. Leeroy M - Ireland

    18 Nov

    Beautiful houseboat

    Absolutely beautiful place, and the sauna is just excellent! I would highly recommend staying here to anyone.

  10. Amer D - Jordan

    09 Mar

    Very convenient

    I stayed here with a friend of mine and we enjoyed our time very much. The place is very convenient, clean and easy to find. The sauna was incredible! The property is definitely one of my favorites.

  11. Carl S - England

    04 Oct

    Peace in the city

    Just wanted to say thank you to rob and his friends for a wonderful stay on his house boat. Just a 10min walk from the ferry it offered the perfect base from which to explore the city but a peaceful haven in which to escape. Facilities are good and the beds comfortable. It may not suit people with poor mobility as the stairs are quite steep but for everyone else it’s a great option. Thank you 

  12. Dagmar and Hannes - Germany

    18 Sep

    Simply amazing houseboat experience

    It was amazing.

    The Houseboat at Rob was very fine for us.

    Calm,delicious,very clean and comfortable….it was perfect.

    Also the hospitality of cellistine (collegue of rob) and his wife (we got to know her at the end of our stay)


    Thanks for all 

  13. Marcella - the United States

    06 Dec

    Compliments to Rob

    We were lucky enough to stay with Rob who just renovated this amazing houseboat. We stayed on a houseboat before, but this one was exceptional when it comes to the amount of space it has to offer. Loved the sauna, loved the great beds, loved the bohemian style of this charming boat. Nice and quiet location, close enough to the centre. We'll be back next time we visit Amsterdam.

  14. Manfred M - Germany

    05 Mar

    I should keep this a secret

    Staying where all the action is AND sleeping well at a calm place untouched by tourist rumble – if you think, that this isn’t possible you should give Rob’s place a try. It has everything you need and you’re just some minutes away from the centre of Amsterdam. Perfect!

  15. Michael - Germany

    30 May

    Nice houseboat apartment in Amsterdam

    We stayed on the private studio on Robs boat and truly enjoyed it. Rob was always there if you had any questions. 

  16. Danika M - the United States

    25 Oct

    Great Hosts

    We highly recommend this boathouse.  If we in a quiet location just a few minutes walk from city center.  The hosts were the best we have had.  The were very accommodating and went above and beyond!

  17. Ben H - England

    10 Jun


    Very nice place. A bit pricey but very nice

  18. Lukas P - Austria

    05 Apr


    Quit and centrally located nice houseboat. 10-15 minutes walk to Central Station (free ferry to Central Station). Rob is very helpful in every way.

    Rob lives next to the door, but the privacy is full guaranteed. 

    We would like to book again.

    Thank you Rob 



  19. Kym - Australia

    23 May

    Great location, great houseboat studio

    Great location, quiet but very convenient to central Amsterdam and close to good restaurants. Served us perfectly for a two day stay, with young kids, to explore the city.

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