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Gouda, Netherlands

Cheesemarket in Gouda

Cheesemarket in Gouda

The Northsea coast: 37 km from our House

The Northsea coast: 37 km from our House

Frontgarden

Frontgarden

Townhall of Gouda

Townhall of Gouda

Historic town with a bustling center

Historic town with a bustling center

Museum harbour of Gouda

Museum harbour of Gouda

Cycling on the Aran Islands

Cycling on the Aran Islands

Windmills of Kinderdike, on the list of Unesco

Windmills of Kinderdike, on the list of Unesco

Our grandchildren in the Zuiderzee museum  dressed in the national costume

Our grandchildren in the Zuiderzee museum dressed in the national costume

Zuiderzee museum at Enkhuizen

Zuiderzee museum at Enkhuizen

Livingroom

Livingroom

Livingroom

Livingroom

Reeuwijke Plassen; only 5 minutes from our house

Reeuwijke Plassen; only 5 minutes from our house

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Cheesemarket: every Thursday morning from April - September

Cheesemarket: every Thursday morning from April - September

 Our flowery back garden

Our flowery back garden

Flowery garden

Flowery garden

New kitchen in 2015

New kitchen in 2015

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kees(m) and Joke(f)

Kees(m) and Joke(f)

Our bedroom. 2 comfortable  beds 90/ 200 cm

Our bedroom. 2 comfortable beds 90/ 200 cm

Our bedroom.

Our bedroom.

Study Joke with spare bed.

Study Joke with spare bed.

Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Skating opposite our house

Skating opposite our house

historic city with canals and old buildings

historic city with canals and old buildings

museum harbour Gouda

museum harbour Gouda

with grandchildren at the cheesemarket

with grandchildren at the cheesemarket

Reeuwijkse plassen 3km from our house

Reeuwijkse plassen 3km from our house

We like to visit musea, churches and old towns

We like to visit musea, churches and old towns

We have E-bikes and love to make trips and enjoy the lovely countryside

We have E-bikes and love to make trips and enjoy the lovely countryside

We love to visit gardens in our country or in other countries.

We love to visit gardens in our country or in other countries.

Cheesemarket in Gouda The Northsea coast: 37 km from our House Frontgarden Townhall of Gouda Historic town with a bustling center Museum harbour of Gouda Cycling on the Aran Islands Windmills of Kinderdike, on the list of Unesco Our grandchildren in the Zuiderzee museum  dressed in the national costume Zuiderzee museum at Enkhuizen Livingroom Livingroom Reeuwijke Plassen; only 5 minutes from our house Amsterdam Cheesemarket: every Thursday morning from April - September  Our flowery back garden Flowery garden New kitchen in 2015 Kitchen Kitchen Kees(m) and Joke(f) Our bedroom. 2 comfortable  beds 90/ 200 cm Our bedroom. Study Joke with spare bed. Bathroom Bathroom Skating opposite our house historic city with canals and old buildings museum harbour Gouda with grandchildren at the cheesemarket Reeuwijkse plassen 3km from our house We like to visit musea, churches and old towns We have E-bikes and love to make trips and enjoy the lovely countryside We love to visit gardens in our country or in other countries.
Platinum

Calendar

Member since

1995

Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
March 15, 2019 - April 20, 2019 1 weeks
June 03, 2019 - June 26, 2019 2 weeks

June: Italy, Spain, Greece or south of France

July 01, 2019 - July 13, 2019 1 weeks

July: England or Wales

September 30, 2019 - October 12, 2019 10 days

September-October: the Netherlands or Germany

Comfortable house in Gouda, ideal to explore all the highlights of Holland: the beaches, Amsterdam, windmills of Kinderdike , go cycling. Gouda is a well known bustling historic place with every Thursdaymorning the famous cheese market.

Dear Intervac friends,
 
Some information about us, our house, our town and our surroundings.
 
Since 1992 we do home exchange and we have had perfect holidays all over Europe and once in Canada.
Kees  is teaching theology and philosophy  at a grammar school.
Joke, works as  a city guide in Gouda.
Our house is at the outside of Gouda
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Downstairs we have the living room(40 square meter.) ,the toilet and the kitchen with all conveniences . On the first floor we have the parents' bedroom, with a king-size, very comfortable, bed, a bedroom with a single bed, the study of  Kees and the bathroom.
On the second floor we have 2 small bedrooms  with  single beds.
 Around our house we have a very flowery garden, with enough room for children to play. When the weather is nice we always use our dinner outside.
We have 7 grandchildren and have everything needed for baby-care
 
Gouda is an old historic town, best known for its cheese market and the idyllic marketplace with the famous town hall. There is a lot to do and the center is full of restaurants etc. .The favorite attraction for most of our guests is the cheese market in the center of Gouda on Thursdays with the cheese making, national costumes, clogs, street organ etc.
 
Gouda is quite central situated to the most important tourist attractions like: windmills of Kinderdijk (40 min),harbors of Rotterdam(30min), Amsterdam (60 min.),Utrecht(35min).etc.
Holland is a country where cycling is the main way of transport and everywhere are special cycle routes, so it is very safe.
 
A few minutes from our house is a lovely area with lakes and our guests always mention cycling in our countryside as very nice and typically Dutch.
We have several bikes, incl. seats for little children, but we have no bikes for children so you have to rent them or take them with you.
Gouda is 37 km from the seaside so you can go to many of our beaches.
 
For children there are more possibilities than you can possibly visit during  a holiday: from smaller playgrounds, children’s farms, swimming pools till real big things like Duinrel, Efteling or Six Flags.
Two minutes from our house is a playground with swings etc.
We have plenty of Lego, Play Mobil and all sort of family games.

 
revieuw 2011 : 
Our stay in Joke and Kees's home was amongst one of our best swaps. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children under 5. Their home is very comfortable and they arranged everything we needed (car seats, bikes, etc). The local community is beautiful, with lots of ponds, playgrounds and cycle/walkways. If you like to walk and cycle this would be a great swap for you. Gouda has lots to offer and you are a very short trip by train or car to both Rotterdam and Utrecht. As for communication and negotiation with Joke and Kees it was always great and they could not have been more helpful. The weather in Holland can be changeable, but we found it a great climate for a swap with young children. They have done more house swaps than we have had vacations, so you can rest assured your home will be well respected and they have some great knowledge to share. 5* Swap with some great memories for us of Holland. 
 
 
Kenneth and Denise

IE4017
 
 
 

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 34 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • city guide and guide in the st. John's church, retired nurse
  • retired teacher theology and filosophy

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In the suburbs
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed
  • No smoking
  • Use/Exchange of car

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Baby equipment
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Park / playground
  • Bicycles: 3

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Germany
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Italy

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Dutch

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol or Rotterdam/the Hague - 54 km. - 25 km

We live at the outside of Gouda in a quiet neighbourhood, 7 minutes walking from an extended shoppingcentre with 3 bakeries, 2 butchers, 3 supermarkets and many other shops.There is also a busstop to the station and the citycentre.
We always go by bike to the citycentre which takes 12-15 minutes.
About 10 minutes by car, you'll get to the parkingplace for the Lakes area of Reeuwijk.
We have 2 bikes available for our guests and everywhere you find special routes for Cyclists as that is, for most of us, the main way of transport.

Occupation

  • city guide and guide in the st. John's church, retired nurse
  • retired teacher theology and filosophy

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • We do not have pets.

About Our Family

After a long and satisfying career in teaching and nursing we are now retired. Kees is still doing a lot of administration. Joke(pronounced as Yoka) is a city guide and gives presentations about several historical subjects. We have 4 married children living in Gouda and 13 grandchildren. Our house have everything for childcare and plenty of toys etc.
We like to have active holidays, with a mix of culture and nature.
We love to visit old historic towns and villages but we like walking or spending time at the beach as well.
In our own country we enjoy cycling. It is nicely flat here and there are cycling paths everywhere.
We did over 40 exchanges and enjoyed them all.

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