Houseboat Authentic Ship 'The Southern Lake'

Enjoy a genuine Rotterdam houseboat experience aboard this authentic ship, built in 1904!

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Houseboat summary

This winter we warmly welcome you aboard our B&B on a traditional ship docked one of the coolest city harbors in Rotterdam. We offer 7 cabins, two of which have four beds and five have two beds. In total we can host up to 18 guests. The cozy living room with open kitchen is the beating heart where you can get together, prepare a meal, eat and drink.

Houseboat description

Stay on a ship in Rotterdam!

Our authentic sailing ship is an old Frisian Tjalk from 1904 and offers a great and very affordable overnight stay in the center of Rotterdam in the winter. From the ship you walk straight into the center of this metropolis. Whether you stay here to sniff up culture, go shopping, or visit a meeting; this unique houseboat offers excellent accommodation on the water. In the summer months we sail with groups on the IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea. In the winter time it is time to take a break and enjoy a few months docked in the buzzing city of Rotterdam. That is when we warmly welcome you and your friends or family aboard to enjoy a unique and very ‘Rotterdam-like’ experience on the water.

The space

We are proud to say that our ship has retained its authentic appearance while below deck the ship is attractively furnished with plenty of space and comfort for the guests. The ship has a total of 7 basic but convenient rooms including two rooms with 4 bunk beds and five rooms with 2 bunk beds.

The whole ship is equipped with comfortable central heating so be assured that you are nice and warm even on the coldest winter nights. 

In the lounge you can relax with a cup of coffee or a drink. The kitchen is equipped with a 6 burner gas stove with oven with which you can prepare the most delicious dishes yourself. Furthermore you will find a 225L fridge, 40L freezer, coffee maker and cooker. On request my wife Monique is there to assist you in the kitchen.

Access for guests

The ship is docked in the Wijnhaven, a tidal port which makes the ship somewhat more difficult to access in certain cases (low/high water). A gangway is present to let you get aboard safely. Please note that this might be not very suitable for elderly people and young kids.

Be welcome aboard!

Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed by host Sipke and/or hostess Monique. They will show you around on the ship and are happy to serve their guests.

After a good night's sleep on the ship, a nice breakfast is available for you in the morning. For this we ask a small fee of 7.50 euros per person.

We wish you a pleasant and comfortable stay on board!

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Houseboat highlights

  • Lots of restaurants, bars, markets and museums nearby

  • 7 cabins with a total of 16 sleeps

  • Good public transport connection - easy to get around

  • Wonderful location in a charming city harbor

  • Charming and affordable Rotterdam houseboat

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