The 'Jolie'
Also with their own bathroom
The children's room
Double bed
Enter the sauna!
Ensuite bathroom
Reading chair
Spacious living room with open fire
Loft-style design
The kitchen
Welcome aboard!

Luxury family houseboat with sauna - near Amsterdam

Come aboard this great design houseboat in Zaandam, close to Amsterdam

Good 4/5 (4 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. 360 panoramic view from the wheelhouse
  2. Two bathrooms with rainshower
  3. Sauna
  1. Incredible design houseboat
  2. Spacious terrace

Houseboat summary

This totally restyled and refurbished ship, baptized as the 'Jolie', is luxurious, spacious, and extremely comfortable! This is one of the most special houseboats you will find in the Netherlands. The boat was built in 1930, but totally refurbished for the modern needs; it has two showers, a sauna, open plan kitchen, etc. The 'Jolie' is the perfect starting point for your unforgettable holiday. The water, the open surroundings, the large terrace, the lighthouse-like wheelhouse, and the fact that you are very close to Amsterdam, make the 'Jolie' the perfect vacation accommodation! 

Our houseboat can only be rented by a family! (that's an agreement with our neighbours). And we have two lovely cats (Mo and Max) that always stay at our houseboat.

Houseboat description

The 'Jolie' houseboat can sleep up to six people comfortably. There are two double beds, and three single beds (one is a highsleeper). Perfect for a family vacation. The whole boat is very spacious. The big open kitchen has a stove, a dishwasher, oven, and a microwave. This part of the boat is connected to the terrace! Stairs will take you to the loft-like living area. Going towards the front of the ship there is a small room with a baby bed, the parents room with a lits-jumeaux, a washing room and a bath room with an extra toilet, large bath, large rainshower and even a sauna.

The wheelhouse is in the back of the ship, and has two lounge couches and a panoramic view of the surroundings. Down the stairs are two bedrooms: one guest bedroom with a double bed, and one room with two beds for children or teenagers. These rooms have their own bathroom, with a toilet and rainshower. The 'Jolie' featured in many Dutch design magazines, and there was also a Danish television show that filmed the boat.

Parking is free in front of the boat, and Zaandam is close to the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Besides Amsterdam, Zaandam also has enough sights to see. Especially known for the Zaanse Schans, Zaandam has many sights that combine traditional Dutch landscapes with classic Dutch industrial areas! Amazing for walks and bicycle tours.

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Please, ask owner


3 Bedrooms, 7 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2
Number of single beds: 3


In the front is a bedroom with a double bed and a big bathroom with shower, bath and sauna. In the aft cabin are two single beds and a sperate room with a double bed. The bathroom with shower and toilet is seperated.


Number of en-suite: 2
Number of toilets: 2

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
Satellite / Cable Tv
WiFi / Internet

DVD Player
Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Jacuzzi / Hot Tub
Terrace / Balcony

Sun Loungers
Outside Shower

Large design bath tub and rain showers and you can swim in the water around the houseboat. Hottub can only be used after making an agreement with the owner.

Heating / Cooling

Air Conditioning
Central Heating

Open Fireplace


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops
Close To The Ariport


Child Friendly
Highchair Availabele

House Swap Available

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking
Amusement Park / Water Park


Houseboat owner


We developed this houseboat ourselves and after we did it, we started a company in designing and projectmanagement of houseboats.

Response time
Normally within 5 hours
Language spoken
Dutch, English

4 Reviews - Luxury family houseboat with sauna - near Amsterdam

Good 4/5

  1. Robert A - the Netherlands

    16 Dec

    Beautiful Amsterdam/Zaandam experience

    We had an amazing stay with our family. Amsterdam Central Station was very easy to access via train, so it was actually really close to Amsterdam itself. Zaandam too is a very nice place to walk around. Bas and Wendy are very nice hosts! For everyone considering a visit to this area, this boat should definitely be on your list!

  2. Jules R - England

    21 Aug

    Brilliant houseboat!

    The Jolie houseboat is absolutely brilliant! It was a real experience to stay on this beautiful boat. The cabin beds were perfect for the children, they loved it! The location is very convenient for Amsterdam, and also allows you to relax. Highly recommend!

  3. Manuel G - Spain

    10 May

    Very nice stay at Jolie!

    Bas and Wendy were making sure we were OK the whole time, that was very nice. Also available to guests lots and detailed information about the area and the center of Amsterdam, a great experience and above all highly recommended. The neighborhood was very quiet and there were very nice neighbors too!

  4. Louise D - England

    06 Aug

    Smelt of cat wee

    we we’re very excited to go to the houseboat as the photos looked amazing! However, upon arrival the owner told us the cleaner had not been but he had changed the sheets. It was very messy and all of the owner’s things are around the boat.  Unfortunately the cats had also urinated on 3 of the 5 beds so we had to strip the beds and find sheets. The mattresses were stained and smelt of cat urine so it was t the first time this had happened. My children didn’t want to stay as it smelt particularly bad in their rooms. The owner also hadn’t changed the cat litter and left it in the boat, so it stank out the boat. It was disgusting. 

    Response of the owner: 

    We regret that the shortstay in our barge was not up to expectations of the guests.  Unfortunately they didn’t communicate their inconvenience with us immediately, because in that case we would have come to solve the problems. We always want our guests to enjoy the houseboat-living and are therefor always available in case of questions or problems. 
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