View alongside houseboat.
Bed folded out, views from the windows
Layout of studio
Inside kitchenette (Ikea)
High ceiling gives sense of space
Ferry across the Vecht to Nigtevecht across the water.
And we have real frogs too.
My favourite local restaurant: de Eend, in Loosdrecht.
Happy neighbours showing off their babies
For the lucky few, taken from the terrace
Storks nesting on the island opposite
French, English, Swedish and Dutch spoken.
Summer view to the right of the studio
Work on a project
Sumer view from the hammock, looking left.
Winter views from the terrace

Riverside Studio - 20 min from Amsterdam

Romantic self-contained studio, 20 car-minutes from Amsterdam. Local transport and free parking.

Excellent! 4.9/5 (33 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Wonderful views and calm location
  2. Smart tiny houses design
  3. Easy access to Amsterdam/Utrecht
  1. Pittoresque and historical surroundings
  2. Local shops within walking/cycling distance

Houseboat summary

Situated in the rural outskirts of Amsterdam this unique Riverside Studio allows you to experience the best of both worlds. Spend the day in the bustling capital Amsterdam, and come home to the tranquillity of the wide open polders, with iconic farms, windmills, geese, herons and storks. 

Or add one or two nights to your city stay to come and relax and see the beautiful historical 'summer houses' (mansions!!) that were built along the river Vecht by the wealthy 17th century Amsterdam merchants who considered it their back garden!

Upon entering your Riverside Studio, you  literally leave the world behind and step into the placid rhythms of river life. Swans, geese, moorhens, jumping fish, storks, herons, ducks, of course, and many other river dwelling creatures rapidly become your new neighbours.

From May to August we share the river with small pleasure craft and day trippers, that make for a colourful summer pageant. But for the rest of the year, the river is ours. We're located on the riverbend between the picturesque historical village of Vreeland and the more practical village of Nederhorst den Berg. This offers sweeping river views south, east and west! 

Located 20 minutes by car from Amsterdam, 30 minutes from Utrecht. Free parking directly in front on the houseboat. The Riverside Studio can also be reached by public transport by taking a bus from our village to the town of Weesp, and then a train to Amsterdam (45 minutes). The bus does not run on Sundays or holidays. Use the NS journey planner to be found on the NS website, to make your own assessment of distances. (Local bus stop: Nederhorst den Berg - Overmeer)

Houseboat description

This 21sqm self contained studio apartment has its own entrance, kitchenette, bathroom, and outside terrace. There is proper sound isolation between the Riverside Studio and the Captain's Quarters to ensure total privacy. Your section of the outside terrace, includes a table, 2 chairs and a deliciously comfortable hammock. 

The high ceiling and the sliding door to your private terrace, as well as a large side window that gives you a unique 'breakfast in bed' view of the river, make the studio feel spacious and light. Imagine waking up to gentle birdsong and watching the gentle river flow by, right at your feet.

The smart studio has been cleverly designed with the popular tiny houses concept in mind. Everything folds, in, out or up, and the kitchenette is neatly tucked away in a cupboard. This allows you to make optimal use of the space. And you can leave your slippers at home, because there is floor heating throughout.

The kitchenette is equipped with a microwave and two electric cooking rings. The fridge is big enough for a three-day food shop. 

EXTRA: I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist. So feel free to enquire about booking some counselling or creative coaching sessions during your stay. Residents of the studio enjoy a 10% discount on regular counselling fees. 

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit


Check in/out time

Check in between 14:00 and 20:00.

Check out before 12:00.


1 Bedroom, 2 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 1


BED: The 140cm bed easily folds away during the day and is of the highest quality, with a luxurious bamboo mattress that will give even the most sensitive sleeper a good night’s sleep.

BATHROOM: The bathroom has a large shower area, with both an overhead and a hand shower. In addition, there is a toilet, hand basin, mirror and shelf for toiletries, as well as a small storage unit under the sink. 

Note: How can a folding bed be comfortable?

During the design phase of the studio I insisted on splashing out on a 'bed-cupboard' that would enhance the experience of staying in the studio, rather than impede it! In its first year of operation, many guests complimented me on the comfort of the bed and the excellent quality of their sleep.

For couples, the width of the bed, 140cm, should be taken into consideration. Having said that, the couples who have slept there the past year have been quite cosy and happy to snuggle up. 


Bus 106 from Weesp and/or Hilversum. For correct times, check the travel planner on Sadly the bus no longer runs on Sunday. The bus stop you want is Nederhorst den Berg, OVERMEER. When you come out of the bus, look for the pizza restaurant, and then, keeping that on your left, walk to the junction with the white restaurant (now for sale), turn left onto Vreelandseweg, and keep walking until you see the orange houseboat, the very last one of all the houseboats. It's no more than a 5 minute walk. 


From the A2: Come off at the Vinkeveen junction, then follow the signs for Hilversum, N201. After about 9km you come to a roundabout and there you go left (2nd exit). Look out for the windmill on your right. You drive another 2 mins (1.3 km) you turn right over the white bride and the IMMEDIATELY left, following the river on your left. You will already see the orange houseboat with the riverside studio on your left up ahead. You can park in from of the door. 

From the A1: At junction 10 on the A1, follow the signs for A27 Hilversum. Take exit 33 to Hilversum. Turn left into Diependaalselaan, a road with lots of roundabouts. At the final roundabout you go straight ahead (2nd exit) where it becomes the N201. After this there will be two sets of traffic lights, and finally another roundabout. There you take the 1st exit (right). Look out for the windmill on your right. You drive another 2 mins (1.3 km) you turn right over the white bride and the IMMEDIATELY left, following the river on your left. You will already see the orange houseboat with the riverside studio on your left up ahead. You can park in from of the door. 



Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Rural / Countryside
Historic / Sightseeing
Lake / Riverside

Sporting Activities

The best of both worlds, on the outskirts of Amsterdam.


Fully Equipped Kitchen
Microwave / Oven
Linen Provided

Towels Provided
Beach Towels Provided
Dining Table & Chairs

Laundry services can be arranged with the owner. The dining table folds out as part of the Tiny Houses concept.


WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

All the entertainment you will need is on the River outside your windows.

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Tennis Court

From April to October we enjoy swimming in the river. Guests are welcome to make use of the swim ladder.

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

Floor heating.


Close To The Shops

Close To The Ariport


Free Parking
Long Term Rent Available

House Swap Available

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking
Horse Riding

Cycling / Mountain Biking
Amusement Park / Water Park




35 km


2 km


18 km

Ferry port

50 km

Golf course

8 km

Motor way

7 km

Night club

9 km


2 km

Ski lift

700 km

Super market

2 km

Train station

11 km

How to get there

The houseboat is located about fifteen minutes by taxi from Weesp and/or Hilversum railway stations. Bus 106 has an hourly service from both stations to Nederhorst den Berg, with the local bus stop about 5 minutes away. 

Access by car from the A2 motorway (exit Vinkeveen), or the A1 motorway (exit Weesp), or the A27 (exit Hilversum). From each exit a final 15-20 minute drive through the beautiful watery polder landscape.

About the area

The Gooi and Vecht region truly offers the best of both worlds. You have easy access by car to Amsterdam and Utrecht as well as the airport Schiphol.

However, situated as it is on the border between the turf and clay delta, 2m under sea level, and the sandy high ground, just 7 km away, you can explore by car/bike or on foot everything from turf lakes and reclaimed land to woodlands and heathland. There is a folder in the apartment that tells you our favourite local walks and bike rides!!

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Houseboat owner


I'm a global nomad that finally found my feet right back where I started, in the watery wetlands of my birth. Coming 'home' to the water has been deeply rewarding, fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a water dweller.

Right from the start, I wanted to create a professional space on the houseboat that enables others to share this unique experience. I designed the Riverside Studio myself, optimising the space using all the clever concepts from the Tiny Houses movement. Since 2018 it has been offering people a small slice of their own paradise here on the water. I even road tested it myself for three months while the rest of the houseboat was renovated.

I speak fluent English, Swedish and Dutch, and can get by well enough in spoken French.


Response time
Normally within less than one hour
Language spoken
Swedish, English, French

33 Reviews - Riverside Studio - 20 min from Amsterdam

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. Alexander G - Germany

    29 Jul

    A wonderful relaxing stay

    The visit to Lysannes houseboat was everything we expected it to be.

    The view is beautiful, making breakfast outside a true vacation experience. The daily morning visits by ducks, goose and seagulls provided perfect entertainment. 

    The nights were quiet and gave the energy needed for trips to the very close and beautiful city of Amsterdam.

     Looking back, we wished, we had stayed longer! Someday we will surely come back!

  2. Marco S - Germany

    03 May

    Beatiful place

    We are a couple from Berlin and we had a wonderful time. It is tiny but smart und full of lovely details.

    we will return:-)

  3. Nadine F - Germany

    05 Sep

    Peaceful Show original

    My husband and I spent a few days in Lysann's wonderful houseboat. It was the most relaxed days in years. Here you can really relax, with a wonderful view and nice stretches to run.

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  4. Jana K - Slovenia

    01 Mar

    Great experience, amazing hospitality

    I booked the Riverside Studio as a valentine's day gift for my boyfriend and we both LOVED it. The place was small but cozy, very clean and everything was provided. We loved feeding the ducks and swans and I had a lot of fun browsing through the numerous interesting books that were on the bookshelves. The bed was comfortable and large enough even for my boyfriend, who is almost 2 meters tall. 

    But what we really loved the most about the stay and what will surely make us come back and also recommend it to others is Lysanne's unique and incredible hospitality. Unfortunately, I was unable to meet her in person, since she was away the weekend we booked, but she actually filmed a personalized video just for us, in which she showed us around the studio and wished us a warm welcome. She was happy to quickly provide me with any information I required when booking and was super caring; she even wrote us a message to check if everything was fine and if we moved in okay. Amazing woman. I warmly and whole-heartedly recommend staying at this place. Thank you for everything, Lysanne! :) <3 

  5. Loredana M - Italy

    30 Apr

    Absolutely lovely place

    Lysanne is an amazing person, very prone to help her guests and let them enjoy her stunning place. 

    The location is a little far from Amsterdam and it is easier to achieve by car then by public transportation, but it absolutely deserves a visit! I appeciated stay in a greeny area not in the busy city to have a big rest and see beautiful nature!

    The houseboat inside is cozy and romantic, perfect for a couple, you can have a good breakfast outside along the canal with the company of birds, ducks and the other boats passing by. If you want to cook by yourselves is also possible as the kitchen is fully furnished.

    Absolutely recommended!!

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