In Venhuizen, at the border of the IJsselmeer, 55 km from Amsterdam and near the old Dutch towns of Hoorn and Enkhuizen.
A renovated cottage (1920) with a large garden, situated at the base of the IJsselmeerdijk, with nice views over the meadows. In the thirties there used to live a family with six children and a cow; times indeed have changed since.
The kitchen has been provided with every usual comfort (fridge, microwave, dishwashing and washing machine). Behind it there’s a toilet annex shower.
The cosy livingroom (4 x 6 metres) opens unto the garden, and is provided with two oldfashioned cupboardbeds (1.20x2.00, so not for tall persons, people who are accustomed to sleeping in a kingseze bed or people who don't know each other well). Together with the sofabed they make six sleeping-places, but as the living room is quite small I would say that for 6 adults the cottage is not big enough.
In summertime however you can pitch a tent in the garden, and thus create more space.
The house has central heating, and tv.
The garden is quite big (20x40 metres), where you even can make a fire. The shed is provided with two bikes, lounge chairs, barbecue etc.
The IJsselmeer is quite shallow here; even after swimming about 20 mtrs you still are not out of your depth. There’s a small beach 200 mtrs to the left. Ideal for children!
The cottage is 14 km away from Hoorn and 6 km away from Enkhuizen. There is a castle in Medemblik (18 km). From Enkhuizen you can take the ferry across the IJsselmeer (beautiful) to the old Dutch town of Staveren. You can also take a ferry from Enkhuizen to the nearby Openair museum where you can see what life was like in this region a hundred years ago. (see the website: (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) zuiderzeemuseum)
We would like to advise you to bring your own bedlinen and towels, but it’s also possible to rent them for a small fee. Tea towels are provided for.
The cottage has a straw roof inside; this means that at certain periods there will be spiders in the house. Of course we clean the cottage every time, but they will return within a few days. People with arachnophobia better look for an alternative!
Smoking only outside
Pets - that depends...
Please leave the cottage clean when departing
My name is Diet Scholten and until a few years ago I worked as editor in chief for a magazine about classical music. I love to sing, read, cook and travel.
I live with my husband and our abessynian cats in an old house at one of the canals in lovely Amsterdam. We have two grown-up children.