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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

Exchange dates

1) September 12 2014 - September 14 2014

We're looking for an exchange with London for the weekend of 12-14 September

Where we want to go
1) London (England)

Description of our house
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  • Arabic
  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Serbian
  • Croatian
  • Finnish
  • Hungarian
  • Spanish
  • Czech
  • French
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Danish
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Polish
  • Turkish
  • Dutch
  • Greek
  • Irish
  • Portuguese
  • Yiddish

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
Inside:
Telephone, stereo / hifi, central heating, tv / cable, sofa, fireplace 
Kitchen and washing:
Grill, freezer, fridge, microwave, dish washer, oven, washing machine, dryer 
Outside:
Balcony, garage, child's swing, terrace, parking, sand pit, garden, barbecue, bicycles 
Local activities:
Horse riding, tennis, swimming, golfing, fishing 
Local places to go:
Galleries/museums, health club, fine restaurants, good shopping, nightlife, clubbing 
Languages spoken:
English, francais, deutsch, italiano, dutch 
Nearest major airport:
Schiphol (amsterdam), 13 km / 8 mile
Other information:
Children ok, no smoking, including internet (highspeed), car optional 

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Our neighborhood
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  • arabic
  • english
  • hebrew
  • italian
  • chinese
  • serbian
  • croatian
  • finnish
  • hungarian
  • spanish
  • czech
  • french
  • norwegian
  • swedish
  • danish
  • german
  • indonesian
  • polish
  • turkish
  • dutch
  • greek
  • irish
  • portuguese
  • yiddish

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.
Haarlem is a lovely city nearby, where you can go shopping, see the picturesque old city and its great museums. If you want to go to Amsterdam you better go to the train station by car (5 min) or bicycle and take the train to the city centre (15 min). There is a supermarket in the village and a few small other shops. Wormerveer, Krommenie and Zaandam are near where you can get everything you need. And of course there's Amsterdam!

Something about ourselves
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  • Arabic
  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Serbian
  • Croatian
  • Finnish
  • Hungarian
  • Spanish
  • Czech
  • French
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Danish
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Polish
  • Turkish
  • Dutch
  • Greek
  • Irish
  • Portuguese
  • Yiddish

We are a very busy couple of 54 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.
We love (mountain)walking, theatre, literature, art and cooking. We visited England, Italy and France a lot for walking. We have two adult daughters who live in the neighbourhood. When there's a problem they can always help. Up till now we did seven exchanges in France, Italy, Spain, England, Switserland and Norway;they were all great!

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