The Amsterdam Garden of Eden

A truly unique outdoor family Houseboat near Amsterdam

Excellent! 4.7/5 (33 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Huge garden with sun loungers, bbq and fire place
  2. Just 10 minutes distance from Amsterdam
  3. Water front view from bedroom, kitchen and living room
  1. Perfect for families with kids
  2. Great swimming in the summer

Houseboat summary

Het is moeilijk te geloven dat je een woonboot kunt vinden die zoveel ruimte biedt, zowel binnen als buiten, op slechts 10 minuten van het centrum van Amsterdam. Voer 'The Amsterdam Garden of Eden' in en je weet wat we bedoelen. De bovenste verdieping van deze woonboot biedt een geweldig uitzicht over het water en verwelkomt u om op het balkon te zitten dat u kunt betreden vanuit de ruime open keuken en woonkamer. Wij ontvangen gezinnen voor maximaal 5 personen. Gezinnen met kinderen hebben de voorkeur! Er is ruimte voor max. 5 volwassenen.

Houseboat description

Met trots presenteren wij deze geweldige woonboot, met een tuin die groot genoeg is om op een zeer aangename manier te verdwalen. Zodra u het pand betreedt, krijgt u dat goede oude 'buitengevoel'. De woonboot, evenals de tuin, zijn volledig privé en het is veilig om te zeggen dat dit de perfecte plek is om er even tussenuit te zijn. Een unieke plek voor degenen die willen ontspannen, maar toch graag de geweldige stad Amsterdam willen bezoeken zonder al te veel te reizen. Loop gewoon naar het treinstation (1 km) en neem de directe trein die u in exact 10 minuten naar Amsterdam Centraal Station brengt. Dus vanuit de Garden of Eden binnen 20 minuten naar de bruisende stad Amsterdam!

De woonboot heeft twee verdiepingen. Op de onderste verdieping hebben we een grote slaapkamer met zowel een tweepersoonsbed als een eenpersoonsbed die worden gescheiden door een muur. Een tweede slaapkamer biedt nog een tweepersoonsbed. Vanuit beide slaapkamers heeft u een geweldig uitzicht over zowel de tuin als het meer.

Op de bovenste verdieping vindt u de grote open keuken met alle moderne voorzieningen, zoals een vaatwasser, gasfornuis met oven, koelkast en vriezer, luxe koffiezetapparaat en een magnetron. De grote keukentafel is de ideale plek om achterover te leunen en te ontspannen, terugkijkend op een prachtige dag in Amsterdam - of in uw eigen tuin natuurlijk. De houten elementen geven een gezellige en warme sfeer, laten we het een bohemien-stijl noemen.

Tussen de keuken en de woonkamer zijn er twee grote glazen deuren die toegang geven tot het balkon. Een prachtige plek om te genieten van het uitzicht over het meer dat de thuisbasis is van de Amsterdamse Tuin van Eden. Direct naast het balkon vindt u de houtkachel, uw beste vriend tijdens de koudere dagen.

En natuurlijk is er de woonkamer, met een grote bank om lekker bij je geliefden te liggen of gewoon te relaxen voor de grote flatscreen-tv. Overal in de woonboot zijn er veel kunstwerken en veel planten, waardoor u zich thuis voelt vanaf het moment dat u aan boord stapt.

Zoals u kunt zien, is de tuin recht enorm, met ligstoelen, een parasom, een gasbarbecue en een open haard. In de zomer kunt u vanuit uw privétuin of zelfs vanaf het balkon het meer in duiken.

Je kunt gerust zeggen dat je geen tweede woonboot zult vinden die zoveel mogelijkheden biedt om te ontspannen en te genieten van alles wat de natuur te bieden heeft, maar toch dicht bij Amsterdam ligt.

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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 00:00.

Check out before 11:00.

Bedrooms

2 Bedrooms, 5 Sleeps

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

 

De woonboot biedt twee slaapkamers met twee dubbele bedden (200 x 160 cm) en een eenpersoonsbed (200 x 90 cm). De badkamer heeft een douche en een groot bad, evenals alle andere voorzieningen die u van een comfortabel appartement mag verwachten.

Bathrooms

Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Rural / Countryside
Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City
Family

Lake / Riverside
Romantic
Sporting Activities

Amenities

Dining Table & Chairs
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Dishwasher
Microwave / Oven
Toaster

Washing Machine
Linen Provided
Towels Provided
Beach Towels Provided
Iron

Entertainment

DVD Player
Internet Access

Music System / CD Player
WiFi / Internet

Outdoor Facilities

Barbeque / Braai
Garden

Terrace / Balcony
Sun Loungers

Great swimming in the lake

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

Open Fireplace

We have a great wood stove burner

Location

Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Beach
Close To The Ariport

General

Pets Allowed
Child Friendly

Highchair Availabele

Do not smoke inside!

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking
Skiing / Snowboarding
Horse Riding

Golf
Fishing
Cycling / Mountain Biking

NS walking route "De Bretten" to Sloterdijk through nature.

Location

Distances

Airport

18 km

Bar

1 km

Beach

25 km

Motor way

2 km

Night club

12 km

Restaurant

2 km

Super market

4 km

Train station

1 km

How to get there

FROM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT

Take the train to station Amsterdam Sloterdijk and from here you take the train to station Halfweg/Zwanenburg. This is a 20 minute trip. From the station it's a 1 km walk to the boat.

FROM AMSTERDAM CENTRAL STATION

Take the direct train from Amsterdam Central Station to Station Halfweg/Zwanenburg. This is a 10 minute ride. From Station Halfweg/Zwanenburg it is a 1 km walk to our boat.

About the area

The surroundings of the Amsterdam Garden of Eden are just spectacular. The boat is located right next to a natural park with wild horses that sometimes can even be spotted right from the living room. And of course there is the famous recreational area 'Spaarnwoude'.

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Houseboat owner

Hans

Dear custumers, Do you see this sunny smilling face? That's because I'm enjoying living and working near the water and at the countryside of Amsterdam! I live nextdoor of the houseboat that is offered for rent here. There is a possibility to pick you up from the Airport, if nessary ( not included). But the train is very easy going too. I'm sure that you will enjoy a superplace like my houseboat as I do and I will do everything that is needed to make your stay comfortable. Hans

Response time
Normally within 2 hours
Language spoken
English

33 Reviews - The Amsterdam Garden of Eden

Excellent! 4.7/5

  1. Www.bookahouseboat.com - the Netherlands

    13 Jul

    Attention: Owner recently cancelled a 3-night booking.
  2. Elin E - England

    28 Feb

    A beautiful haven in the country , near Amsterdam .

    Loved staying here ! A lovely spacious houseboat within 20 minutes easy travelling to Amsterdam . It was a great contrast to a busy day s sightseeing in Amsterdam - to return to sit in the garden with a glass of wine , listening to the birds .

    Hans was a great host and was there if we needed him . We had use of a shed  full of bikes . The houseboat is surrounded by beautiful countryside and endless cycle paths . Do visit Haarlem - it s an easy 40 minute cycle along the paths . Apparently Amsterdam is an hour s cycle . The houseboat was very homely and comfortable . I can highly  recommend it as a base to explore the area . Shops were a 10 minute cycle and there were a couple of bars and restaurants too . 

        We would love to return  for a longer stay as it was a very relaxing place to be .even my two  grumpy teenage boys enjoyed it !! 

    thank you Hans for your hospitality and for letting us use the bikes for a day after we checked out !

  3. Graeme N - England

    26 Oct

    Beautiful Houseboat very handy for Amsterdam

    A really lovely houseboat, down a little lane.  It felt like home immediately and was a wonderful base for out travels.  Very steep stairs would be the only thing to mention but that was purely due to my legs not working so well (thank you Amsterdam marathon).

    I would thoroughly recommend staying here.    

  4. Herman D - England

    29 Aug

    A true 'Garden of Eden'

    The Garden of Eden boathouse lived up to and surpassed our expectations in every sense. A very quirky, natural, tranquil and serene environment filled with bespoke character, with the added bonus of warm hospitality offered by Hans our host.

    It was definitely the change from the norm my children and I needed.

    We hope to return in the near future.

    Thank you

     

    Regards

    Herman 

  5. Anna-Lena B - Germany

    30 Jul

    A place to enjoy the nature and the city!!

    We were a group of four girls and really enjoyed Garden Eden. The place is lovely, directly at a small lake. It has a lot of space to chill out and be together in a nice atmosphere.

    It is just a few minutes walk to the train station and the train runs very often.

    We just stayed for one night and we were very sad to leave. 

    Great place, nice owner, easy communication.

  6. Tim S - Germany

    12 Jul

    Thank you !

    we had a great time. everything was as described. nice place. Hans was very hospitable. We will be back. 

  7. Isabel W - Germany

    06 Oct

    Beautiful houseboat close to Amsterdam

    We really enjoyed our three nights - we would have stayed longer if we could.

    It really is a awesome garden, a really polite and nice owner plus a super comfortable boat.

    Next time we come in summer to swim ;) you don't need to Go to Amsterdam when you are there.

     

    thanks for this lovely stay

  8. Iva S - the Czech Republic

    30 Oct

    Great stay!

    Hans is a very nice and friendly host. He can explain everything to us. We could rent bicycles and buy at a nearby supermarket. Hans’s houseboat is a cozy and nice place. We can definitely recommend this accommodation. You can get to the city center by train in 10 minutes. Thank you and we hope to see you again

  9. Kai B - Germany

    14 Aug

    Cozy and quiet

    We stayed a long weekend at the "Garden of Eden". It is a very lovely place with a nice garden. Very quiet neighborhood. Ideal hideout for a few days.

    Convenient equipment. Everything was in a good and functional condition. Perfect Internet-Connection!

    Thanks for hosting us at our Trip.

  10. Melissa R - the United States

    17 Sep

    Eden

    Truly is a garden of eden. So peaceful and made our stay feel like a home away from home. I hope I get the opportunity to stay again. One day.

  11. Loretta I - Canada

    18 Jul

    Awesome Time

    Fabulous location! We stayed for 2 weeks and it felt like home. Hans was very helpful and the kids loved playing with the paddle boards in the canal. Thank you Hans

  12. Edmond B - Germany

    27 Oct

    one week on the houseboot

    We had a very nice week on the houseboat and of course in Amsterdam.
    Hans had prepared everything perfectly so that we found ourselves without problems on the houseboat and the surrounding area. Also, the connection to Amsterdam was ideal for us and so we could extensively explore the city.
    We also thank Hans that our holiday has left so many positive impressions.

    Best regards
    Bettina, Kerstin, Klaus and Edmond

  13. Fiona S - Germany

    08 Aug

    Awesome stay!

    We had such a great time at the house boat! The location is wonderful, directly next to a little lake, where you can do paddeling with a boat or with standup surf boards! Hans offers everything for free! It was so much fun! 

    The housboat itself was very clean and so nice and sweet decorated, we felt like being at home! We almost didnt want to leave the housboat because it is such a wonderful place!

    Thank you very much, Hans!

  14. Astrid E - Germany

    12 Jun

    A wonderful place and the name fits perfectly

    We had a great time on the houseboat and Hans was a wonderful host. The communication before was fast and efficient. When we arrived we would have gotten in even if Hans hasn't been there because we had a very clear description were to find the key. The houseboat was very spacious and is surrounded by water on the one side and a beautiful garden on the other side.It is very peaceful there and one can go by bike even to Amsterdam on mostly seperate cycle paths winding through nice nature. Hans had even five bikes for us to use. We could have rowed in two rubber boats Hans gave us on the water directly from the garden but unfortunately we didn't have time to do so. Maybe next time. There was everything one needed in the kitchen, in the bathroom and in the hole house. Hans even had some wine and cookies and other food in the fridge for us when we arrived. Thank you again! We can highly recommend the houseboat except for people who can't climb steep stairs because that must be done in order to go down to the sleeping rooms. Otherwise it's a perfect place to be.

  15. Stefan B - Germany

    29 Jul

    Very nice!

    Hans is a very helpful and nice host. We had a great stay at his houseboat, which is in a good location. If you want to visit the countryside of the Netherlands and still be able to go to the center of Amsterdam within a few minutes, then this is the right place for you.
  16. Dan I - Wales

    18 Nov

    Fantastic place to stay

    Really great location to stay. The houseboat is a quick walk to the train station and is right next to a beautiful park that we went for a walk around every day. Highly recommend for a couple who want a romantic getaway or small families. Hans was a great host and I’m sure we’ll be returning in the near future

  17. Stephen H - England

    20 Aug

    Lovely houseboat.

    Excellent houseboat in a lovely location, Hans could not have been more helpful, thoroughly recommended.

  18. Eamonn M - Ireland

    14 Aug

    Canal-side Rest

    We had a lovely week stat at Hans' Garden of Eden. Lovely spot, good location for training to Amsterdam and for relax outside the city. Clean and lovely welcome for us on arrival. Use of bikes, canoe and boards were great. Kids loved it! We did too. Thanks Hans. 

    Eamonn and Geri

  19. Marios K - Greece

    04 Jan

    Houseboat review

    Beautiful location, cozy warm and very clean houseboat with every comfort. Hans is a great guy, very friendly and helpful. Don't hesitate to ask him about everything. Get the bikes, amazing routes.

  20. Michael B - Switzerland

    11 Aug

    Great location

    We enjoyed our stay at this beautiful houseboat, which was well equipped, clean and super located only 10 min walk to the train station and two stations away from Amsterdam Central. Our two kids enjoyed staying at the boat and playing with the paddle-boat and surfboard. Thank you Hans!

  21. Joseph M - the United States

    26 Feb

    Awesome time!

    Had a great time at this houseboat! Quiet and really nice area. Had plenty of room. About a 10 min walk to the train and 2 stops later right near the center of Amsterdam! Definitely recommend this place. 

  22. Simona S - Austria

    10 Nov

    Excellent Location for a timeout from the city!

    Thank You Hans for sharing this lovely place!

  23. Mark S - England

    11 May

    What a place, what a houseboat - almost heaven

    When you're looking for a combination of city and outdoor activities, this is your place to stay. It's even better than the pcis show - and what a garden - love it! Not to mention the swimming options right from your houseboat, truly a special place. Thanks Hans!

  24. Cassandra P - the United States

    23 Aug

    Perfect Getaway

    I stayed at the Garden of Eden with another couple and a friend (five of us total). The house boat was perfect size for five adults, and we enjoyed our stay. Hans was wonderful- he answered all of my questions we had before booking and was a great resource during our stay. We wanted to stay a little further out of the city for comfort reasons and we definitely found that at Hans’s place. The house boat was about 15-20 minutes from Amsterdam’s main train station, so it wasn’t very far and that time includes walking/biking and the train ride to the city itself. Hans let us use his five bikes so we were able to cut the time to the train station by a few minutes. 

    The house boat is on a little lake and the view is very picturesque. The house boat was lovely and we enjoyed it. The only small issue we had was that there were a lot of bugs, but the house boat is on water and there are trees everywhere so the bugs were expected. That being said, if you do not like spiders and small flying insects a house boat may not be for you. We were fine after the first night and made sure to check around before sleeping. Totally not a big deal if nature doesn’t bother you. We just didn’t expect so many bugs so we were a little caught off guard (being from Florida you get over bugs pretty fast!). 

    Bugs aside we really enjoyed the Garden of Eden and it made our trip enjoyable. There’s nothing like leaving a busy city every night to go relax in the country on a house boat. 

  25. Michal C - England

    17 Apr

    Lovely houseboat

    A very nice houseboat and a friendly owner. We had a relaxing stay. The houseboat itself is quite big and situated far enough from trains and main roads to be tranquil. 

  26. Leila D - Australia

    01 Aug

    Paradise

    The Amsterdam Garden of Eden is exactly that, Paradise. Its a perfect, quirky, peaceful hideaway on the water away from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. Its a 10 minute train ride from Amsterdam with trains running every 15 minutes then a 5/10 minutes walk to the boat house. The owner Hans who lives next door could not be more helpful and generous. We had a fully stocked fridge on arrival with croissants, jam, cheese, milk, juice and a coffee machine that made the best coffee. The boat has plenty of room, comfy beds, a well equipped kitchen, washing machine and the best surrounds with water ways and a lush tranquil garden. The only down side is the distance to nearby restaurants and local shops but with some planning you can buy what you need in Amsterdam and don't need to leave the boathouse after a busy day. There is parking if you have a car in which case there are good places to eat about 5/10 minutes drive. Finding the boathouse by car is fun but after you have done it once you will be fine! Would I go back? In a heartbeat!

  27. Ulrich M - Germany

    03 Oct

    A great time in Amsterdam.

    It was just a very good time in Amsterdam. The houseboat is well equipped. Hans, the owner, is a very pleasant host. I will definitely come back again with my family. Thank you, Ulrich and family!

  28. Frédéric W - France

    09 May

    Wonderful moments !

    Hans' houseboat is nested in a small pond and is really nice. The beds were good, we had great moments there. The train station is close and it's easy to park the car. A good choice for visiting around.

  29. Christoph M - Germany

    21 Sep

    Great location

    The houseboat was clean and offered a lot of space. We especially liked the beautiful living room in the evening with all its lights.

  30. Gabriele H - Austria

    14 May

    Great houseboat

    We stayed at the 'Garden of Eden' for three nights and really enjoyed our stay there. The location is easily reachable from the city center and there were constantly trains going to the close train station. And the location of the houseboat itself is very peaceful. There is also a big park next to it.

    The boat itself was big and had everything you could want. There were also some cookies and beer waiting for us. Thank you!

  31. Christopher C - England

    28 Aug

    Highly recommended houseboat near Amsterdam

    Nice place, would stay at this houseboat again. Thanks Hans!

  32. Philip R - England

    02 Aug

    Paradise houseboat near Amsterdam

    I really cant wait to go back here, it was beautiful. Hans is a very awesome guy will help you with anything just need to ask. 

  33. James C - Scotland

    20 Nov

    Garden of Eden review

    I would have preferred white bedsheets apart from that the stay was very nice.

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