Houseboat Mara

Amazingly spacious home on the water set within beautiful nature in a picturesque marina alongside historic houses and only minutes from the center of Amsterdam, the Mara has sleeps 4 people and comes with bicycles and free and secure parking.

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Houseboat summary

Only a few steps from one of Amsterdam's most authentic cafe bars, you can enjoy the real dutch lifestyle here in a truly serene environment. Jump on your classic dutch bikes provided and reach the ferry in ten minutes that takes you for free to the center. Upon arrival at this wonderfully romantic little marina, nestled between greenery and historical dutch houses, you will notice the many picnic areas and barbecue spots. Our rustic houseboat, the Mara, lies alongside sailing boats, luxurious houseboats and restored barges, and provides a very private retreat with easy access to the center of Amsterdam by either bike, bus or ferry. Jump off your boat into the water for a lovely swim or go ice skating right next to it. Bring a canoe or kayak to enjoy the serene surroundings.

Houseboat description

Enter via the lovely wheelhouse, which serves as a small office and where you can leave your shoes and jackets. A few steps down, beautiful high ceilings made from cedar wood allow lots of light to enter through roof and side windows into the tastefully decorated living area.

Play a few tunes on the mini Grand Piano, or relax on the couch or hanging chair and plug your laptop into the TV to enjoy a movie. The stainless steel kitchen provides everything you need to prepare a meal and enjoy around the stunningly rustic table. Please note that instead of the gas stove, we provide two electric hobs since we have no gas aboard at this time.

The master and second bedroom both have Kingsize mattresses with a view onto the water. The bathroom includes a bath as well as large rain shower. Sit outside on deck and enjoy the stunning view with a glass of wine.

The houseboat is renovated in a rustic style, still showing lots of original elements.Since it is a ship, you might have to duck to not bump your head when going from one space to another. This is simply part of the authentic houseboat experience - it's not a boring hotel room after all. 

Note that during some colder winter days, you might experience that the boat does not warm up as fast as a regular house or - very rare - the water is cut of to avoid frozen and damaged water pipes. In these cases we provide water tanks and you can use the bathroom cabin on the shore, just around the corner of the ship. It is not a modern, luxury apartment, and we don't want it to be like that. It is a ship and we love  it that it comes with character!

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Houseboat highlights

  • Authentic neighbourhood, cafe a few feet away

  • Fully equipped kitchen with rustic table

  • Beautiful high ceilings, grand piano, comfy lounge

  • Two double beds, bathroom with bath and shower

  • Outside deck with table and chairs

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