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Utrecht, Netherlands

our 1930's house with front garden and characteristic rounded door front.

our 1930's house with front garden and characteristic rounded door front.

1930's street, our home with the apple green tree

1930's street, our home with the apple green tree

Julianaweg, quiet, leafy street, with large greens with rose beds, trees and room for children's play.

Julianaweg, quiet, leafy street, with large greens with rose beds, trees and room for children's play.

Living room

Living room

Tv Corner

Tv Corner

Grand piano

Grand piano

piano from another angle

piano from another angle

look at the dining table

look at the dining table

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Dining table with french doors to garden

Dining table with french doors to garden

Garden - with sandpit and (not on this older photo) trampoline

Garden - with sandpit and (not on this older photo) trampoline

back of the house

back of the house

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Master bedroom 2

Master bedroom 2

children's bedroom 2nd floor

children's bedroom 2nd floor

children's bedroom 2nd floor 2

children's bedroom 2nd floor 2

Study

Study

Bathroom with full bath, separate shower and 2nd toilet on first floor

Bathroom with full bath, separate shower and 2nd toilet on first floor

Bath room - separate shower behind smoke glass screen

Bath room - separate shower behind smoke glass screen

children's bedroom 3rd floor

children's bedroom 3rd floor

children's bedroom 3rd floor 2

children's bedroom 3rd floor 2

an extra bed, children's bedroom 3d floor

an extra bed, children's bedroom 3d floor

guest room 3rd floor

guest room 3rd floor

guest room 3rd floor 2

guest room 3rd floor 2

The wharfs at Oude Gracht Utrecht

The wharfs at Oude Gracht Utrecht

University town - Utrecht

University town - Utrecht

Rietveld Schröder house - Unesco heritage, De Stijl, by Gerrit Rietveld

Rietveld Schröder house - Unesco heritage, De Stijl, by Gerrit Rietveld

The new music centre TivoliVredenburg: classical, pop/rock, jazz in 5 halls under one roof. Main location for many summer fes...

The new music centre TivoliVredenburg: classical, pop/rock, jazz in 5 halls under one roof. Main location for many summer fes...

Dom tower in Utrecht (15 min bike)

Dom tower in Utrecht (15 min bike)

Castle de Haar in the countryside- meadows, forests

Castle de Haar in the countryside- meadows, forests

Ledig Erf / Twijnstraat - terraces and shops in southern city  centre (10 -15 min bike)

Ledig Erf / Twijnstraat - terraces and shops in southern city centre (10 -15 min bike)

Lake 'Plas Hoograven' - swimming in summer (10 min bike)

Lake 'Plas Hoograven' - swimming in summer (10 min bike)

Playground tea house and city garden 'Nieuw Rotsoord' (5 min) - fun for small and bigger kids and parents!

Playground tea house and city garden 'Nieuw Rotsoord' (5 min) - fun for small and bigger kids and parents!

Nature play ground 'Kameleon (3 min walk) - fun with water, sand, wood, for kids 2 - 12 years! (separate safe sand box + wate...

Nature play ground 'Kameleon (3 min walk) - fun with water, sand, wood, for kids 2 - 12 years! (separate safe sand box + wate...

Radboud, Bregt, Anne-Rigt and Renger

Radboud, Bregt, Anne-Rigt and Renger

the kids in the tree in our backyard

the kids in the tree in our backyard

our 1930's house with front garden and characteristic rounded door front. 1930's street, our home with the apple green tree Julianaweg, quiet, leafy street, with large greens with rose beds, trees and room for children's play. Living room Tv Corner
Grand piano piano from another angle look at the dining table Kitchen Kitchen Dining table with french doors to garden
Garden - with sandpit and (not on this older photo) trampoline back of the house Master bedroom Master bedroom 2 children's bedroom 2nd floor children's bedroom 2nd floor 2 Study Bathroom with full bath, separate shower and 2nd toilet on first floor Bath room - separate shower behind smoke glass screen children's bedroom 3rd floor children's bedroom 3rd floor 2 an extra bed, children's bedroom 3d floor guest room 3rd floor guest room 3rd floor 2 The wharfs at Oude Gracht Utrecht University town - Utrecht Rietveld Schröder house - Unesco heritage, De Stijl, by Gerrit Rietveld The new music centre TivoliVredenburg: classical, pop/rock, jazz in 5 halls under one roof. Main location for many summer fes... Dom tower in Utrecht (15 min bike)
Castle de Haar in the countryside- meadows, forests Ledig Erf / Twijnstraat - terraces and shops in southern city  centre (10 -15 min bike)  Lake 'Plas Hoograven' - swimming in summer (10 min bike) Playground tea house and city garden 'Nieuw Rotsoord' (5 min) - fun for small and bigger kids and parents! Nature play ground 'Kameleon (3 min walk) - fun with water, sand, wood, for kids 2 - 12 years! (separate safe sand box + wate... Radboud, Bregt, Anne-Rigt and Renger the kids in the tree in our backyard
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Charming family house in Utrecht, heart of the Netherlands

@ We are looking for an exchange for summer 2017, preferably in the last week of July and/or first weeks of August - 10 to 14 days would work for us. This year we would like to go to nearby countries or our own country: e.g. Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany or France - as long as the car drive is doable within one day @

Our home is a charming 1930's family house, located in a quiet, child friendly neighbourhood. With a big, open plan main living room with large kitchen, french doors opening to a charming city garden, two large (master and room with a junior bed) and two compact bed rooms (baby/toddler and a guestroom) it suits easily a family of four, up to a maximum of six. The street is famous for its green and leafy outlook, hardly any car traffic and outdoor play for small and bigger children, as well as easy going, friendly inhabitants. The medieval city centre of Utrecht is ten minutes away.

The house is about 125 sq. meter. It features a bathroom with full bath, separate shower, a big modern kitchen with espresso machine, dish washer, and big furnace. The garden faces south west, so receives afternoon and evening sun. It has a tree for some shade, a trampoline and a sandbox for young children. BBQ is available, and the shed houses our two bikes (kids seats also available) - we also have two children's bikes (18 and 22 inch). Bike rentals for more bikes are close by.

We have a grand piano as well as guitars and other musical instruments. Our home is meant to live in:: most of our stuff is kidsproof and all our stuff is meant to be used, so feel free to live here like you would do at home!

Layout of the house (see pictures (not yet from third floor):
1st floor: entrance, restroom, living room with kitchen opening to city garden
2nd floor: bathroom with bath & separate shower, master bedroom with balcony, children's bed room, and a study
3rd floor: children's bedroom and a separate guest room/washing room.

Utrecht is one of the most charming and graceful cities of the country, with a beautiful medieval city centre, canals, great museums, concert halls, and amazing shopping and leisure facilities. All this sits in a compact, bike friendly town, where beautiful parks, countryside, forests, and lakes always close by. Its old town is encircled by a medieval canal, and you can hop on a boat tour to visit the city’s bustling, vibrant wharves. Built to connect the canalside with Utrecht’s impressive townhouses, today these unique spaces are filled with bohemian cafes, shops, restaurants and bars.

The biggest train station of the Netherlands is Utrecht Central and is approx. ten minutes by bike from our house. Amsterdam city centre takes only 25 minutes by train or car. Cities like Rotterdam, Leiden, Delft, The Hague are all easy to reach. Within 20-40 minutes you will find multiple adventure and leisure parks (climbing, wild water rafting, etc), numerous animal zoos, so also bigger kids can have a fabulous holiday.

Utrecht was named in the top 10-list of most unsung/underestimated cities world wide by Lonely Planet.

In our neighbourhood (Hoograven, Utrecht South Side) you will find most shops very close by: numerous supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, shops, playgrounds, swimming lake, and the countryside is within 10 minutes biking.
More about Utrecht: www.visit-utrecht.com .

We are a family of four, with mom Anne-Rigt (associate professior of sociology @ Utrecht University), dad Radboud (council advisor @ municipality of Zoetermeer), and daughter Bregt (almost 8), and son Renger (almost 6).

Let us know if you like our home - you're invited for a beatiful holiday in Utrecht!

Cheers,

Anne-Rigt and Radboud

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 2 Children
  • 4 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Associate professor in Sociology at Utrecht University
  • Civil servant (council advisor) at municipality of Zoetermeer

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Environment: In the city
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 5

References

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Baby equipment

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Balcony

Facilities

  • No smoking

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Croatia
  • Germany
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Austria
  • Slovenia
  • Italy
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Scotland, UK
  • Norway
  • Norway
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Europe

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Dutch

Our Neighbourhood

  • shopping Shopping centre 't Goylaan (0.7 km)
  • lake Plas Laagraven (3.1 km)
  • beach Beach plas Laagraven (3.1 km)
  • forest Amelisweerd (5.8 km)

Quiet, leafy 1930's street, no through car traffic. Large greens with trees and roses between the houses. Many playgrounds in the neighborhood. Super market, bakery, farmacy and other shops in 4 minutes walking distance ('t Goylaan). Within 5 minutes biking the countryside starts, with meadows, horse farms, abandoned WW1 fortresses, water ways and forests. Also a swimming lake, with bar and restaurant, and water ski trail is ten minutes by bike (www.downunder.nl) The neighborhood is upcoming and within 10 minutes there are nice restaurants and terraces (for example http://wturbankitchen.nl/ or http://www.leen-restaurant.nl/)

Occupation

  • Associate professor in Sociology at Utrecht University
  • Civil servant (council advisor) at municipality of Zoetermeer

Children

  • Boy - Age: 8
  • Girl - Age: 10

Pets

  • Pets are NOT welcome in our home

About Our Family

We are with the four of us: Anne-Rigt (44), Radboud (42), Bregt (almost 8) and Renger (almost 6). Anne-Rigt works at the University of Utrecht, likes doing research, reading and watching detectives. Radboud loves music (piano, guitar), and works as civil servant at a municipality. Bregt is a sociable girl who loves to play with the children in the neigborhood, skating, cycling and drawing, painting etc. Renger is our special little guy. He has developmental delays, so is in many ways still a toddler. He has a fascination for duplo/lego and "Pat a Mat" (buurman & buurman). As a family we like to take it slow & go to the playgrounds and animal farms in the neighborhood (and around), go biking or swimming.

Lifestyle

Our three months visit to Brisbane in 2013 inspired us to try exchanging houses. We stayed there in somebody's house in a neighborhood you would not visit as a tourist - and it was a great experience. We started exchanging in 2014 and loved it so far! We've been to Denmark (twice), Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

References

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