Authentic Ship 'The Southern Lake'

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

Excellent! 5/5 (1 review)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Charming and affordable Rotterdam houseboat
  2. 7 cabins with a total of 16 sleeps
  3. Wonderful location in a charming city harbor
  1. Lots of restaurants, bars, markets and museums nearby
  2. Good public transport connection - easy to get around

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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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 15:00 and 20:00.

Check out before 11:00.


7 Bedrooms, 16 Sleeps

Number of single beds: 16


There are two larger bedrooms (5x2m) with 4 bunk beds and five regular bedrooms (4x2m) with 2 bunk beds. Each bedroom is equipped with a sink for your convenience.  On the isle there are two compact bathrooms with a shower and sink. Furthermore there are two separate toilets. 


Number of toilets: 2

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities


Fully Equipped Kitchen
Microwave / Oven
Linen Provided

Towels Provided
Dining Table & Chairs


WiFi / Internet

Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Barbeque / Braai

Terrace / Balcony

You can sit on the deck serving as a wonderful terrace. Inside smoking is prohibited but you can smoke on the deck.

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops
Close To The Ariport

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking
Amusement Park / Water Park




7 km


0.1 km

Ferry port

1 km

Motor way

2 km

Night club

1 km


0.1 km

How to get there

From central station it takes just 15 minutes to get to the boat. You can also come by car and use the parking garage nearby. I will send you exact details about the directions and parking options after the booking is confirmed. 

About the area

Our city harbor has a very cozy atmosphere. Not only during the day when you can stroll around and enjoy the great architecture but also at night with the many lovely lights shining on all the ships that are docked here. 

Within just a few minutes you can find may places of interest. If you love culture and architecture, we are glad to say that there are several museums nearby. Think of the Maritime Museum, several art museums and the cubical houses. 

Furthermore there are countless restaurants, bars and boutique shops, as well as the world famous Markthallen. This is a daily fresh market, a real melting pot of food cultures from all over the globe. 

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Houseboat owner


We make it as pleasant as possible for our guests so that our guests have a comfortable stay aboard the ship

Response time
Normally within 4 hours
Language spoken
Dutch, English, German

1 Review - Authentic Ship 'The Southern Lake'

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Marc - England

    05 Dec

    The perfect group accommodation in Rotterdam

    We rented this ship along with the ship laying next to it for a business event in Rotterdam. Staying on a houseboat rental in Rotterdam was a truly energizing and unique experience for all members of this group. It is cozy, special and truly unique. Not to mention the location in the middle of such an amazing city. The large living room (although I'm sure you do not call it that on a ship) was great for late night conversations and a good hangover haha. Thanks for having us aboard your wonderful ship!

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