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'The Great Outdoors' Houseboat

A romantic stay in the open countryside

Excellent! 5/5 (5 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. Very authentic and sustainable
  2. Amazing scenery
  3. Total quietness
  1. Close to the beach
  2. Close to small historic cities, Amsterdam, and Alkmaar

Houseboat summary

This cosy houseboat is in the centre of North-Holland close to Amsterdam and the beach. The surroundings are very peaceful. There are only boats, fish, frogs, ducks and sheep here. Total quietness in nature. Ichoose to build from mainly sustainable materials, so it is really back to basic: Campinggaz, solar energy and very fresh water from the jerrycans, and a camping fridge. To break the silence there is a record player and records of course. A solid camping toilet which I refresh frequently. Kind of a bucket shower. Lots of hiking and biking km. available. Bikes can be rented in the near neighbourhood.

Houseboat description

The boat can accommodate four persons. There are four matrasses available. The kitchenette is simple but efficient, with two pits, a sink, and cutleries. Towels and linen are also provided aboard. In the closet you'll find some boardgames, books and a record player. When the weather is fine it is thee best place on earth to be. Enjoy the nothing in your chair on the waterside terrace.

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Please, ask owner


1 Bedroom, 4 Sleeps

Twin beds (2 linked single beds): 1
Single bed: 2


There is an outside chemical toiltet as is a primitive outside shower. As the water in the canal is very clean, you might consider a jump in the canal. This can be cold however.

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Holiday type

Rural / countryside
Historic / sightseeing
Town / city

Lake / riverside

Several small historic cities in the neighboorhood


Fully equipped kitchen
Linen provided

Dining table & chairs

Outdoor facilities

Barbeque / braai
Terrace / balcony

Sun loungers
Beach / sport equipment
Outside shower

Heating / cooling

Gas heaters


Panoramic views

General information

Car is recommended
Free parking

Child friendly
Gated property

outside shower

Activities nearby

Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking

Cycling / mountain biking

3 different saunas in the neighbourhood with dining facility


Transportation to and from airport




55 km


1 km


30 km

Ferry port

45 km

Golf course

5 km


5 km


1 km

Super market

2 km

Train station

10 km

How to get there

Follow A7 or N247(more scenery), then N243 direction Avenhorn and near Avenhorn follow direction Oudendijk.

About the area

It is countryside in the middle of North Holland. All attractive places can be reached by car in an hour. I personally like wandering around in Hoorn or Edam. Both have a harbour and canals and lots of historic buildings and a museum. Compared to Amsterdam it is rather quiet there.

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Houseboat owner


Hello, when i was a kid I already wanted to spend the night on the water in a little boat. I had to grow up to realise this dream. Though the boat is a little bigger than in my kids time I still enjoy being on the water. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!

Response time
Normally within 24 hours
Language spoken
German, Dutch, English, French

5 Reviews - 'The Great Outdoors' Houseboat

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Jan - the Netherlands

    11 Jan

    Unique houseboat experience

    The houseboat combined with the environment create a unique experience on the water. It provides a great atmosphere, both inside and outside. Every detail has been thought through; inside it is very cozy warm, outside you can sit on the water as well as on the dike side. The communication with Geraldo went quickly and clearly. Highly recommended houseboat for those who want something special.

  2. Georgina W - England

    13 Apr

    Geraldos boathouse

    On my goodness this boathouse is out of this world. The area is breathtaking.  The boat itself is very cosy. The host was very friendly and helpful.  It’s a lovely place for outdoor living.

  3. Vanessa - England

    31 Aug

    Absolute must for who loves unique places to stay

    Such a special place to stay for a couple of days. The boat, the area around, the silence..... (not on the moments we caught fish :)) We slept wonderful with open windows covered by mosquito nets on good beds with clean sheets. It is like very luxury camping. An absolute must for people who like to get out the rush and like it a different way.

  4. Stephanie - Germany

    29 Nov

    Great boat, great host, magical experience

    Geraldo was an amazing host! He was very helpful and full of knowledge. Geraldo was kind enough to show us around the town. The boat is a magical place and I would recommend it to everyone I know to stay there!

  5. John C - Scotland

    26 Sep

    Our holiday on Geraldo's houseboat.

    Our host, Geraldo could not have been more friendly, informative and genuine. His directions to the houseboat from the ferry terminal was perfect, Geraldo also gave us valuable local information, what a nice guy.

    My wife initially found that getting on the houseboat from the access 'planks' was difficult, she is not Dutch with long legs but learned how pretty quickly. She does suggest taller steps to step onto houseboat and onto floating balcony. The access hatch to inside is rather low with a probable 'headbanger', Geraldo informed us of this but I still managed to wallop my head a few times, slow learner. The steps from the entrance hatch into the houseboat are quite steep and if wet outside can be slippy.

    The kitchen area is small and compact, fitted with 2 burner gas camping stove a portable fridge and sink with foot pump water feed from portable supply. It all worked perfectly.

    The 'lounge' area between beds and kitchen consisted of two benches with cushions, although adequate they were not very comfortable with no backrest. If it pouring down with rain or dark and you are stuck inside it could be made more comfortable 

    The sleeping area was huge with the 3 mattress down and very comfortable. Loads of storage space under bed if required.

    In all we really enjoyed Geraldo's houseboat and I would recommend anybody who can live without creature comforts and off the grid for a while got for it.

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