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 (30 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

30 Reviews - Riverside Studio - 20 min from Amsterdam

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. Robin K - Germany

    08 Apr

    Great time in Amsterdam

    Had a great time on this houseboat, Lysanne is super friendly and lovely. Location is good, just 20 minutes drive from Amsterdam. Super cozy, very clean and chill houseboat. Would come back here anytime!!

  2. Yvonne - the Netherlands

    06 May

    Geweldige en fascinerende woonboot ervaring

    Mijn verblijf in de Riverside studio was een feest. Er was rust, comfort, een prachtig uitzicht en een fascinerend waterleven: eenden, zwanen, meerkoeten, futen, ze kwamen allemaal voorbij, met of zonder jong kroost. Heerlijk om dit meestal verborgen leven van zo dichtbij gade te slaan. Ik heb er met volle teugen van genoten! Ook van het zwemmen in de rivier, van het buiten mijmeren in het avondzonnetje, van het comfortabele bed en de sfeervolle badkamer. Het was in alle opzichten fantastisch!

  3. 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:-)

  4. Jil H - Luxembourg

    10 Nov

    Very nice weekend on a houseboat

    We had 3 very nice days on the Riverside studio. The houseboat is very nice and is very well equipped. The view from the terrace is amazing. The houseboat is also very well located in a quiet neighborhood, but no to far from Amsterdam, if you like to spend a day there as well. Lysanne is very welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed!

  5. Beth

    10 Jan

    Superb experience

    Lysanne is a pleasure to interact and work with. She is deeply insightful and committed to her work of empowering others to choose and  live the life they desire.  Lysanee has educated herself with both knowledge and experiences and is deeply compassionately. You will feel her compassionate touch at first meeting.  Her gentle yet firm support offers others an amazing opportunity to meet themselves from the inside out, at the beautiful sanctuary she has created with love, alongside nature on her newly renovated house boat.  This oasis was intentionally designed to offer peace and solitude as one struggles to find ease within. I left this time with Lysanne feeling calmly connected with myself with a renewed sense of confidence and clarity.
  6. Pamela - England

    23 May

    Wonderful houseboat experience with Lysanne

    A big thank you to Lysanne for the wonderful times I have had with her on the houseboat close to Amsterdam. If, like me, you spend your life in the hectic madness of a big city and you occasionally need to get away and centre yourself, then Lysanne's houseboat is a hidden secret you need to know about. I love being so close to and at the same level as the water and the nature that floats by on it. Being on the canal brings you face to face with ducks, swans, cormorants and other water birds and there is something very special about the soft noise of the water lapping the sides of the houseboat. Part of the magic is waking up and looking right across the canal to a horizon of reeds and low fields broken up by beautiful willows. Breakfast, in fact any meal, on the deck is pretty special as well. If you want to think things through and take a step back to examine things that count then the surroundings could not be better. Basically, it is one of those places that does stay with you when you leave - the quiet and the peace stay with you - even back in the madness of London.

  7. Davide B - Italy

    23 Aug

    Our holiday in Holland

    Thanks to Lysanne everything was very nice, comfortable, warm and with the stunning view! I will recommend.

  8. Oguzhan C - Germany

    08 Mar

    It was Wunderful

    It was a wonderful experience to spend the night on your houseboat. I would only book here when I come to Amsterdam next time. Thank you for your hospitality and the nice introduction

  9. Leire S - Spain

    28 Mar

    Lovely stay

    We spent a night in Lysanne's houseboat and the staying was lovely. It's very cozy, well equiped with everything you need and the views are beautifull. Very peacfull, just what we needed.

    I would repeat without any doubts.

    Lysanne helped us with everything we needed and it couldn't be nicer with us.


  10. Raphael W - Germany

    05 Apr

    Feel Good

    The Riverside Studio is a perfect place to feel good and especially to slow down and relax after a busy work week. Beautifully located on a lake a bit outside of the city Amsterdam you can enjoy the life on the houseboat especially on sunny days like we had the last weekend. 

    Lysanne is a great host. She prepared everything nicely and was very kind. 

    We recommend the place and would come back at any time to enjoy the lake, the city and the possibility to relax and have time for ourselves and each other!

    Thank you Lysanne for the nice stay!

  11. Moritz K - Germany

    29 Jul

    Amazing experience

    It was a amazing experience to stay and sleep at the houseboat. We like it a lot.

  12. Reimund B - Germany

    14 Jul

    Outstanding and Unique

    This houseboat is the optimal place for couples or two friends to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Netherlands' river landscape. The ingenious furniture ensures that the small room never feels cramping. The close proximity to Amsterdam enables day-trips to the fantastic capitol. This is definitely a "would-do-again"-houseboat!

  13. Lotte M - Belgium

    14 Apr

    cute, cosy and still modern

    I absolutely LOVED staying in this cute little houseboat. It was clean, cosy and quiet. Lysanne amazing! We didn't have to worry about anything. It's a nice stay for both couples as just friends or family. You should really go there!

  14. Dinesh D - Ireland

    07 Oct

    Amazing place

    Stayed in the boathouse for three days and it's a gorgeous little place. Very quiet and beautiful area around the boathouse. The place is small but has everything you would need. A bit far from the city so a car is a must

    Lysanne was very helpful and mindful.

    I recommended to anyone looking for a quiet and relaxing weekend.



  15. Guy L - Belgium

    22 Aug

    week end

    très bien reçu, une très belle vue et agréable dommage que ce soit si petit , merci pour la dame est tres gentille et merci encore pour le petit  mot sur la porte de cuisine

    vi guy 

  16. Daniel L - Germany

    20 Oct

    Great stay

    We enjoyed our stay a whole lot. The little room is newly renovated, nicely decorated and the view is awesome. Lysanne was a great host as well. 

  17. 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 

  18. Michael L - Switzerland

    08 Sep

    Very nice House boat

    We had a very good time there. It's a beautiful quiet Areal around. The owner is very friendly. 

    It's better to go there by car because it is a small village. The bus is driving every hour but not on Sunday.

    Greetings to Lysanne and thank you for driving us.

  19. Georgie - England

    27 Jun

    Magical days on the houseboat near Amsterdam

    Thank you for a magical few days on the Houseboat. The studio provided the perfect refuge for me to stop, rest and restore my batteries. Lying in bed and staring at the ducks playing in the water practically at the foot of my bed was the best "TV" I've watched in a long time! You have created the perfect sanctuary which I am incredibly grateful to have found.
  20. Ilona K - the Netherlands

    20 Jul


    Thank you for having us. We really enjoyed our staying in this wonderful houseboat. The houseboat is very clean, tidy, with nice terrace and amazing view to the river. Very pleasant and helpful owner, it's a calm and quiet place, and we definitely will come back.

  21. Bea K - Germany

    22 Sep


    Dear Lysanne,

    your Houseboat is a dream!!! We were totally relaxed! You thought of everything, to feel good. It is small but very nice! We like it here and we are sad that we have to go home, but we will come back. Beata + Willy

  22. Richard A - France

    02 Jun

    Great stay

    Lysanne was a great host and the Riverside Studio was the perfect place to escape the city, enjoy some sun and have a swim.

  23. Katharina B - Germany

    28 May

    Beautiful stay at a perfect Houseboat

    Dear Lysanne,

    we had a great stay at your beautiful Boat. Everything was there for a perfect short trip to the netherlands. We wish you all the best!


  24. Barbara G - Germany

    21 Oct

    A very pleasant stay!!

    The view was fantastic and the furnitures were modern, it was in good distance to the station and to Amsterdam!

    We liked it very much and we will come again. Thank you! We could even stay till the afternoon! 


  25. Pierre C - France

    15 Apr

    Next time we come in Amsterdam, we'll stay at this place again.

    Very nice little place for discovering Amsterdam's area.

    You don't only see a beautiful landscape from the studio.... you are in the landscape, on the shore of the river, with birds, ducks and fishes as companions.

    Special thanks to Lysanne for her kindness.

    Next time we come in Amsterdam, we'll try to stay at this place.

  26. Alberta A - Italy

    08 May

    riverside studio

    we spent two nights in the beautiful Lysenne houseboute. She is simply fantastic, very helpful, kind and discreet ... she even offer us two beers produced locally, that we enjoyed on the small terrace in absolute peace ... very romantic! The small room on the water is simply fantastic for the canal location, with wonderful nature. It is equipped with everything .. nothing is missing, just like in the description. All very clean. The foldaway bed is very comfortable. It was a shame to stay there so little time ... I'd like to come back.!!

  27. 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!

  28. 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!!

  29. Claudia K - Germany

    09 Feb

    Wunderschöne Auszeit

    Wir waren für drei Nächte in dem wunderschönen Hausboot, dass genauso wie es die Bilder und die liebenswerte Besitzerin beschreibt, ist. Wir haben uns vom ersten Moment an wohlgefühlt! Alles ist sehr sauber, modern und praktisch eingerichtet und arrangiert. Das Bad ist klasse, die kleine Küche gut eingerichtet, der super Blick aus dem ausgeklappten Schrankbett traumhaft. Wir würden jederzeit wiederkommen. Auch um die vielen Enten, Schwäne und Möven zu beobachten, die direkt vor der Balkontür schwimmen.

  30. Stephan S - Germany

    02 Jun

    Visiting Amsterdam while escape the hustle and bustle of the big city

    Fantatic opportunity to visit Amsterdam while escape the hustle and bustle of the big city.

    Great accommodation with everything you need for a perfect stay. Very nice hostess.
    Great location and beautiful view of the water.
    We will come back

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