Houseboat The Morning Star - with private garden - sleeps 5

Traditional ship with private garden the centre of Amsterdam. Sleeps four comfortably.

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Houseboat summary

The Morning Star is a traditional freight ship, built over a century ago. Over the past year I have completely renovated her, creating a very comfortable floating home right in the middle of the city centre. The level of luxury is just like a modern apartment, but lots of original elements are still visible. The ship is moored along a wonderful quay and has a private garden where you can enjoy the amazing views all around you. This is truly unique in a crowded city such as Amsterdam!

Houseboat description

You enter the boat via a broad stairway. Once inside you will find the large bedroom with a luxurious en-suite bathroom on your left hand side. This is a very special place with high ceilings, warm timber walls, and offers lots of privacy. This bedroom has a comfortable high quality Queen-size bed. The 2-person couch can be transformed into a sleeping couch in case the guests staying in this room want to sleep apart. Daylight can enter this room through the ceiling window.

On your right hand side of the hallway there is the large living room with an impressive original hardwood ceiling, with the original numbers written on it still clearly visible. The large couch in the lounge area is big enough for half a soccer team: a wonderful place to chill out in front of the fireplace after a long day in town. 

Behind the lounge area you will find the dining corner with a rustic oak wood 6-person table and an eclectic set of chairs. Here you can enjoy a home cooked meal that is prepared in the kitchen, equipped with a 4-burner induction stove, a cooker for instant boiling water, dishwasher and an oven. I'm a hobby cook myself so you can be assured to find all the utensils you need for some proper cooking.

The second bathroom has a large rain shower, toilet and bathroom cabinet with sink, and is located at the entrance of the living room. 

On the far end of the ship you will find the second bedroom, also with a very comfortable Queen-size bed and high ceilings. The ceiling window allows some nice daylight coming in if you wish. Above this bedroom you will find one of the coolest places of the whole ship: the wheelhouse. Here you will feel like a true captain, overlooking the harbor and one of the oldest streets of Amsterdam. No better place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning for sure!

About the location: the Morning star is located in the oldest harbor of Amsterdam. You will feel the centuries of naval history when looking at the water, as well as when you look at the old warehouses behind you. Although this is very much the city centre, you are assured to have a good night rest because our area has not been discovered by the tourist masses yet. The famous Nieuwmarkt, red-light district, Central Station, Waterloo Square and Dam Square are all within minutes walking distance. Needless to say that a good place to eat is never far away!

For those who want to discover the city and the surrounding villages by bike: there is a bike rental with guided tours around the corner.

I hope to have given you the best possible impression, but don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

PS I do welcome families with children, but note that this is always at your own risk. Of course there is water around, and I would not advise to have young children playing on and around the ship unattended. 

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Houseboat highlights

  • Warm and cozy atmosphere

  • Renovated ship with cool original elements

  • Lots of space, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

  • Private garden

  • Quiet location in the city centre

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