Charming refurbished cottage with large garden near Amsterdam
Cottage, rural with 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6, 2 bathroom(s), floor area of 250 m2 (2690 sq.ft), WCs 3, car optional, children OK, NO smoking, including internet (highspeed), number of travellers: 2
We are open for all dates, mail us.
We would like to exchange for a long weekend in spring 2014 with a Europeian city (or nearby).
Where we want to go
Description of our house
Amsterdam centre is 20 minutes by train or by car from our little village. So near the city, it's hard to believe how rural it is here! We have a lovely house with a large garden overlooking a meadow with a windmill. It's over a 100 years old and we've recently refurbished it thoroughly. Like all Zaanse houses, ours is almost completely wooden inside and outside and painted in traditional colors. We have a large kitchen with dining area, which is almost the most important area to us. There is a spacious living room with a fire place and a wooden terrace overlooking the garden. Another nice room is the library with tv and dvd where you can have a good read in the afternoon. Upstairs there are three bedrooms (one master bedroom with a double bed (litsjumeaux) with bathroom ensuite, one standard double and one twin. The bigger bath room has a bath and seperate shower. The study is overlooking the meadows.
Accommodation and facilities
Telephone, stereo / hifi, central heating, tv / cable, sofa, fireplace
Kitchen and washing:
Grill, freezer, fridge, microwave, dish washer, oven, washing machine, dryer
Balcony, garage, child's swing, terrace, parking, sand pit, garden, barbecue, bicycles
Horse riding, tennis, swimming, golfing, fishing
Local places to go:
Galleries/museums, health club, fine restaurants, good shopping, nightlife, clubbing
English, francais, deutsch, italiano, dutch
Nearest major airport:
Children ok, no smoking, including internet (highspeed), car optional
= marks the location of this home
We live in a village which lies like a ribbon between meadows. On both sides lies an natural area officially EU protected, where a lot of special birds live. You can take the car if you like to go to the beach and the dunes (ca. 19 km, we often walk there in winter, or dine on the beach in summer) or to the 'cheese capital' of Alkmaar. Still better, you can take the bicycles; there are a lot of special cycle paths around here and the surroundings are often astonishing.
Something about ourselves
We are a very busy couple of 53 and 58. Gerbrand is a theatre consultant in Amsterdam and Marianne teaches Dutch language and philosophising on a high school in Krommenie, a village nearby. We have three grandsons, so there are a lot of things for children, f.e. a pram and a baby camping bed.