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The Quirky Boat House - with large terrace

If you wanted something ordinary, you would not be here...

Excellent! 4.6/5 (17 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Superb location close to Central Station
  2. Cool vintage interior design
  3. Large waterside terrace
  1. Lots of great restaurants and bars nearby
  2. Wood stove for extra coziness

Houseboat summary

Be welcome aboard our Quirky Boat House, a title that we are proud of. The owner has built this beauty from scratch with his father, resulting in a houseboat that is full of character and charm. I'm lucky to live here now, and during my holidays I love to share this unique place with you.

If you stay here, you will be sure to have a great story to tell. Not only because of the original design. The location on one of the most charming canals of is simply superb, and the waterfront terrace is truly one-of-a-kind. Plus: we have a charming dinghy with outboard engine for rent so you can be the captain of your own city cruise!

Houseboat description

After just a seven minute walk from Central Station you will reach our canal, one of the oldest and most charming in . You will notice that it is remarkable quiet, no tourist masses here. Enter the gate and step onto the boat, into a world that is unlike any other place you have ever stayed before!

Before you get into the boat, we recommend to take a look over the water and enjoy the view over the canal. The amazing neo-gothic Amrath hotel on the other side, the world famous warehouses along the water. 

And now it is time to step aboard of this floating house. You will enter the boat via the wheelhouse (yes, this boat was originally meant to use as an actual driving ship, but plans change along the way) with nice panoramic views over the water and street. This wheel-less wheelhouse gives way to both the bedroom and living room. 

On the right hand side is the entrance to the living room. The wooden interior, the wood stove and many nautical details create a unique, warm and cosy atmosphere. The couch can be transformed into a comfortable double bed. 

Next to the living room is the open kitchen with a high table made of traditional ceiling parts of an ancient freight ship. A great place to enjoy breakfast or diner, or just a cup of coffee while making plans for the day. In the fully equipped kitchen you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay. Apart from the regular utensils, we also offer a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer for your convenience. 

On the left side of the wheelhouse you will find the bedroom and bathroom. Since it is a house that is built on a barge, we have to be creative when it comes to space. This results in a quite unusual, but without a doubt cozy place of the two double beds. The beds are located in the hull of the barge, and the space above the bed is quite limited. However, the size is quite large (200 x 160 cm) and the atmosphere really cosy. There are two double beds here, and both can be made private using the curtains next to the beds. For more privacy, you can use the living room as second bedroom.

The en suite bathroom is small but convenient and offers a toilet, sink and shower. All through the boat you will find original nautical details, such as charming portholes and wooden elements from other ships. The whole boat has convenient central heating, making it a comfortable place to stay all year round - even on the coldest winter nights.

About the dinghy: you can rent this for one price for the whole stay (see 'extra's). This includes one can of petrol. No driving license required. 

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

Look forward to welcome you aboard on my Quirky Boat House in !

Important notice to avoid disappointments: we do not welcome more than 4 guests aboard, and no pets are allowed. Therefore we kindly ask not to make enquiries for over 4 guests or pets. According to the law it is not allowed to have more than 4 guests aboard and we don't want to risk a fine. Thanks for understanding!

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit


Check in/out time

Check in between 14:00 and 00:00.

Check out before 11:00.


1 Bedroom, 4 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2


The en suite bathroom is located in the master bedroom and has a toilet, sink and shower.


Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of en-suite bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city



Fully equipped kitchen
Microwave / oven
Washing machine

Linen provided
Towels provided
Dining table & chairs


Music system / CD player
WiFi / internet

DVD player
Internet access

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony

Heating / cooling

Central heating

Open fireplace



City views
Close to the shops

Close to the ariport

Activities nearby

Walking / hiking





23 km


0.2 km

Ferry port

1.3 km


0.2 km

Night club

1 km


0.2 km

Super market

0.5 km

Train station

1 km

How to get there

From Central Station you go to the left and keep following the Prins Hendrikkade when you cross the Geldersekade, you pass some restaurants one calle La Gouche. After that it's the first street on your right. After 2 minutes walking, you find the houseboat on the left side of the street. Opposite to a house with booter en kaas soorten at the wall. 


About the area

Just 200 meters walk you are at the "Nieuwmarkt" there a lot's of restaurants, cafés, a supermarket, little shops. There is an Chinese street and Chinese temple, if you walk through the narrow streets you will come at the red lights district.

We are located nearby the Dam square where you will find Madame Tussauds, the Bijenkorf, The Palace, Kalverstraat there you can shop till you drop. You can walk, rent a bike just around the corner. Go with bus, tram, metro, bike-taxi wherever you want to go. We also have Nemo and different musea in the neighbourhood. You can make a boattour through the canals or a walkingtour with a guide. We have a small boat with motor for rent if you like to adventure the canals yourself.

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Houseboat owner


The residents are renting out this lovely houseboat in the heart of Amsterdam.
Living on the water is fantastic and I like to share that with you!
There is everything on board for your comfort.
I wish you an fantastic stay here you never forget!

Response time
Normally within 48 hours
Language spoken
Dutch, English

17 Reviews - The Quirky Boat House - with large terrace

Excellent! 4.6/5

  1. Ulrich P - Germany

    05 Nov

    Super weekend on the house boat

    Spend two awesome nights with friends on the houseboat. Very nice host and super central location. Excellent location to explore Amsterdam by foot. We totally can recommend the boat.


  2. Jane B - New Zealand

    23 Apr

    We would stay again.

    We loved our stay here. Ideally located, central, with lots of passing canal traffic to keep you amused as you sit on the deck in the sun and watch, but with a little more privacy than in some canals. The houseboat is lovely, beautiful old woods and old world charm but with everything you can need, and a helpful and interesting host. We would stay again.

  3. Steffen Z - Germany

    21 May

    Pure Amsterdam

    unique place to stay - central but quite location - all amenities - sunny terrace - dinghy to explore Amsterdam.

  4. Jannis & Frank - the United States

    13 Nov

    An experience in itself

    Fantastic location, right in the middle of it all yet quiet at night. The boat itself is really characteristic. Not huge, but this is largely compensated by the atmosphere it breathes. You can see that a lot of love has been put into renovating this place. All the woodwork is done by hand. Thumbs up for creating such a unique place on such a wonderful spot. Hope to be back during the summer so we can enjoy the terrace ;-) Thanks for having us Manolita!

  5. Kim W - Germany

    02 Jun

    Very cozy houseboat!

    We really enjoyed our stay! The houseboat is very cozy and comfortable! The small boat that comes as an optional offer is totally worth it. We loved discovering Amsterdam on the water. Wieland is a very friendly host! 

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