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Boathouse "Het Waternest", 20 km from Am


Very Good 4/5 Score from 4 reviews

Boathouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

A 2 floor Houseboat with garden, within a short distance of Amsterdam (20 km), in the lake district of “The Kagerplassen”, in midst of " the Green Heart" of the Netherlands, up to 8 people(6 adults plus 2 kids). Close to Schiphol(Amsterdam) airport (15 min drive).

Charming two level houseboat, in an oasis of tranquillity, the Kagerplassen, a beautiful lake distrct, for swimming, relaxation, fishing, cycling, sailing and boating, Large garden, sleeps up to 8 people, private parking. Note: Not accessible during the winter months (mid November till mid March).

The plot includes a 2 floor houseboat with terrace on the waterfront, a spacious well maintained enclosed garden with lots of privacy, 2 terraces, a cottage called the “Cage” with beds for 4 people and a separate “Gazebo”, surrounded by 3 walls of glass, with a large dining table for up to 10 people. At the back of the property, in the inner harbour, is a boathouse for the wooden clinker sloop. WIFI available.

Do not expect 5 stars luxury, but enjoy the charms and the relaxing outdoors life on the waterfront, with all amenities and comforts of home.

The view from the houseboat or from the waterfront terrace is breathtaking. Experience an oasis of tranquillity in the middle of the exciting Randstad lake area, located in the midst of the “Green Heart” of Holland on the edge of the beautiful “Kagerplassen”.

Imagine yourself taken back centuries with the picturesque old Dutch landscape. Enjoy the silence, the beautiful Dutch skies, the mills and the dikes, the meadows, the church towers, cows, sheep, water birds and the murmur of the rippling water. On a beautiful day it attracts an armada of boats of all sorts. The water terrace is facing west; take in the magnificent sunset on a balmy summer evening.

The large walled garden offers full privacy. The garden is very green, with beautiful flowering shrubs, roses, fruit trees and a lawn. A gardener takes care of its maintenance. The entire garden is drained. Enjoy a good book while you are lying quietly in the sun. Let the children play a game of badminton or jump on the trampoline. Swim in the water, float on the surfboard or take a relaxing (sailing) ride through the beautiful surroundings.

The nearby the small lake, called the Koppoel, is ideal for beginning (young) sailors. Nearby there are great sailing schools and sailing camps for childeren.

On shore is a large terrace, sheltered under a nice big tree and with a beautiful view over the water. Enjoy your evening meal, either BBQed or not. Preheat the evening around the campfire in the outdoor fireplace. In cooler weather you can enjoy your meal at the large table in the glass-enclosed Gazebo.

From the private parking area, which is closed by a barrier (key card), you walk the dike and eventually reach, through the scaffolding of the small cosy inner port, the "WaterNest". This walk is not suitable for high heels or disabled people and lasts 5 min. Note scaffold wood can be slippery! With the wheelbarrows (3) you can carry your stuff from the car park.

Roelofarendsveen, a small village, is at 7 km away, with a well-stocked supermarket, a lovely butcher, an old farmer's cheese store and a liquor store. Another alternative would be to take a trip with your own boat to Warmond or Sassenheim for your grocery shopping. 15 minutes by boat, you will reach Kaageiland with a variety of restaurants with waterfront terraces and pubs, up to a Michelin starred restaurant called “Tante Kee”.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Noordwijk 15 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Schiphol 15 km, Nearest railway: Leiden 10 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Boat available
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline
Access Secure parking

Southern Holland region

The location and the surroundings within 40 km of the “WaterNest”

The Dutch lake district, located in the Green Heart of Holland, has a special landscape with many lakes, ponds, streams and ditches. In this area there are also many opportunities for water sports, such as a trip by boat or canoe.

The WaterNest is within a 30 minute drive from several unique cities, such as Amsterdam, Leiden, The Hague and the beaches of Scheveningen and Noordwijk.

Schiphol Airport is only 15 minutes away.

Do not forget to take a trip to the colourful and famous bulb flower fields in spring….and the Keukenhof, the famous Dutch bulb flower park near the village of Lisse.

Holidays camps for kids to learn to sail and get an official licence.

Enjoy, laugh, relax and explore…….

“Sailing, biking, boating, canoeing, water skiing, skating, swimming, hiking, fishing, dining, culture”

What to do?

Kaag and Braassem, enjoy the history; boating, cycling, hiking, skating tours, fishing, water skiing.

Kaag and Braassem: a typically Dutch polder and lake in the “Green Heart” of Holland. The people here have special stories about their beautiful trails, cultural events and the history of the eleven villages. Venture out on the basis of special hiking, sailing and cycling. Take the opportunity to taste a piece of cheese and explore the beautiful windmills, churches and monuments. Enjoy a snack and a drink at one of the many terraces: Kaag and Braassem, uncover their stories.

The Kaag / Kaag Island / Warmond

Portal to the Kagerplassen, boat rental, restaurants, sailing schools/camps.

Centrally located in the Randstad, between Amsterdam and Leiden, is the water sports area of the Kaag Lakes. The centre consists of the village Kaag and the Buitenkaag. Enclosed by the Ringvaart is the picturesque island of Kaag. The many old buildings give the impression that time has stood still in this unique water sport village. In various hospitality venues and near the ferry the so-called “Silver Bikes” are available on the island; use these bikes for free during the spring and summer, to cycle around the small island.

The Kagerplassen is a true paradise for lovers of sailing, canoeing, rowing, water skiing, skating and fishing. Despite all the available water sports, the Kaag exudes tranquillity and offers stunning views over the water. Its meadows invite you for a walk where you can sit on the terraces at the water. There are several restaurants in the double village and water-related businesses, including sailing schools and a playground for the little ones.

Leiden, and CORPUS museum; a journey through the human body.

Leiden is known for its almshouses, university, museums and glorious history. With its canals, historic buildings, the streets, the treasures of knowledge, culture and science, Leiden is worth visiting.

In CORPUS you can experience, in 55 minutes, a spectacular journey through the human body '. This is unique in the Netherlands, even in the world. Nowhere else you will get a special glimpse into the mechanisms of the human being. You will learn how the body works and what you need to do to keep it healthy; exercise frequently, healthy eating and healthy living, that's the motto of CORPUS!

Noordwijk aan Zee, a place to fall in love

Noordwijk is a modern seaside resort with a rich history. It is the heart of the famous bulb flower fields and known for its eye-catching 13 km long sandy beach. The lively boulevards, the atmospheric old town centre, rugged dunes and vast forests are top attractions.

Noordwijk is also the location of the headquarters for the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), part of the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA's visitors' centre Space Expo is a permanent space exhibition.

Noordwijk is also the setting for a relaxed break. Thanks to excellent restaurants, numerous events and activities and a vibrant nightlife, in Noordwijk, you will never get bored. It is a place to fall in love with ... again and again!

The world famous bulb flower fields / Keukenhof, March to May

During the flowering of bulbs Noordwijkerhout and the bulb flower fields are one of the most colorful and fragrant places in the world. After the bloom of the crocuses, from late March till early May the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths come into bloom. Have you ever seen more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, all in bloom? Keukenhof, the most beautiful spring garden in the world!

Beside the more than 32 acres of flowers, the park offers 30 inspirational flower shows, 7 surprising inspirational gardens and 100 beautiful artworks. Keukenhof is world famous, unique and has already served as a backdrop for more than 60 years for beautiful photos.


Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sites, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.

Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transportation - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In Amsterdam your destination is never far away.

What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the combination of the 17th-century historical atmosphere and mentality of a modern metropolis. The small buildings and the intimacy of streets, canals and squares create a unique atmosphere for visitors.

The city has the highest density of museums in the world and recognizes cultural highlights like the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum, where Rembrandt's famous work “The Night Watch” can be seen. View Amsterdam's attractions: go an afternoon at the Artis Zoo or book a cruise through its canals. The best way to discover Amsterdam is by bike. Cycle through the city as if you were a resident of the city.

The Hague

The Hague is one of the most beautiful cities of the Netherlands. Not only because our government is established here, but also due to the many monuments, historic neighbourhoods and proximity to the coast. The Hague is also known as "the city of peace and justice” and is called the royal city, since many members of the royal family, live in the upscale neighbourhoods of The Hague.

On the Square and in the Market are plenty of cosy restaurants, where it is buzzing every day of the week. The shops are just as varied as the city itself, you will find everything from luxury department stores and world famous brands to lively streets full of boutiques and trinket shops. In addition, The Hague offers art and culture of world level.

Finally, The Hague proves that a modern skyline and a historic downtown can go well together. Inspired by the famous Flat Iron Building in New York, The Hague Tower hosts many one-of-a-kind and diverse attractions. From the upper floors you can enjoy breathtaking views: the skyline of The Hague, the coastline to the “Hook of Holland” and the centres of Rotterdam and Leiden.

An indulgence is the beach of Scheveningen, the most famous seaside resort on the Dutch coast, where you can sunbathe in the summer and in the winter you will be surrounded by a breath of fresh air. With attractions like Madurodam and Omniversum, The Hague is also a joy for young audiences.


Boat trips

The Dutch lake district, located in" the Green Heart" of Holland, has a special landscape with many lakes, ponds, streams and ditches. In this area there are also many opportunities for water sports, such as a trip by boat or canoe.

Beautiful day trips by boat can also be made through the canals of Leiden (1hr on boating) and you can even cruise through the world famous canals of Amsterdam (in 3 hours boat ride away)

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27 Aug 2014


"Woonboot in oude maar vooral vieze staat"

Het was een grote teleurstelling! Toen ik dit boekte heb ik naar reviews gezocht op tripadvisor waar louter positieve reacties op stonden, vandaar dat ik dacht dat het wel ok moest zijn. We hadden 6 d… More

12 Aug 2014


"real taste of nederland - comfortable and very beautifull"

how to feel the real and daily Dutch way of life?spend you vacation at Boathouse 'Het Waternest' and you will discover it !!So kindly place with all confort and real Dutch view on channel, m… More

31 Jul 2014


"Tropical holiday in the "waternest""

Excellent location for anybody who enjoys watersport. We had ample sunshine so we lived for most our stay outside. We brought our own yacht which was moored next to the waternest. Also the fact that &… More

7 May 2014


"Come for the View, Stay for the Tranquility"

We enjoyed a long weekend at the WaterNest in late April and wished we could have stayed longer. With a beautiful view of the Dutch countryside (Windmills included) we found it a tranquil refuge great for relaxation.

The main house has a great glass front with a comfortable living area and full kitchen. As people who like to cook, we found the kitchen easy to use with the things necessary to cook a full meal. The master bedroom is spacious with a nice bathroom – just be prepared for a soft mattress.

The “Cage”, the smaller house off to the side, would have been ideal for either another couple and/or children who can sleep on their own. With one large bed (big enough for two adults) and a bunk bed (for children) it would sleep 3 to 4 comfortably. Note that the toilet and the bunk beds are in the same room, so when planning for larger groups keep this in mind.

The outside gazebo was also nice and in good condition. As it was rather cool in the evenings while we were there, we didn't have the opportunity to use the gazebo or the yard as we would have liked.

The owners were also easy to reach, helpful and very pleasant. Their English is great and they were full of tips on how to enjoy our weekend there.

In short, if you are looking for a quite place that is close to Amsterdam and the Hague where you can feel at home in stead of going to a hotel, then this would be the place. You just need a car! Thanks R&M for a great stay!

Thank you guys for your lovely review, you have been the perfect guests and we hope to see you back in the near future! Lovely you enjoyed the old Dutch countryside and the tranquility.

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