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House in Hoorn, Netherlands
The house is about 1.850 square feet (170m2) and contains 8 rooms: 3 on the ground floor, with 3 sleeping rooms on the first floor and 2 on the top floor. The full bathroom is on the first floor, and has a bath tub and a separate shower. Toilets can be found on the first two floors. The library and the living room are downstairs, as is the kitchen, which has views on the small and private garden (40m2 / 430 ft).
There is a bike shed with 6 bikes (one of them is a carrier bike - for children or for shopping purposes). The right part of the shed is a small playing area for the children (since the roof is glass, it can be hot when sunny). In the shed we keep a hammock, that can be placed in the courtyard.
- 1 Adults
- 3 Children
- 27 Exchanges made
- Information Manager; Librarian
- House Type: House
- Floor: 0
- Environment: In the city
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 1
- Sleeping Capacity: 6
- Living Area: 35 m2
- Total Area: 170 m2
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- Home exchange
- Free internet access
- Computer available
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Park / playground
- Bicycles: 6
- No smoking
Our Destination Wish List
- Open for all offers
- Great Britain
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
The house we live in lies in a quiet part of the old city of Hoorn, less than 30 miles by car north of Amsterdam. The name of the street (Gedempte Appelhaven) refers to the so called apple harbour, that was dug there in 1420, and was filled in again in 1759. The house is located along a smaller secondary harbor in the town center, which is in direct connection with the IJsselmeer lake, popular among sailers and (kite) surfers. Our neighbours across the street live in lovely floating barge houses. Our house was built in 1979, when two old fisherman's houses were torn down. It is relatively young compared with the old houses (a lot of them date back to the 17th century) that form the majority in the neighbourhood. Hoorn was part of the 17th century VOC (Dutch East India Company), the world's first multinational, and came to prosperity through its trading activities. Many of the 369 monuments in Hoorn were built in that period.
For small children, on our street is a playground. Also nearby - with the entrance less than 100 meters from our house - is the Julianapark, where you can walk, run a mile or 2, have a picnic, play soccer, practice your skateboard-skills or swim in the IJsselmeer lake.
The neighbourhood has a fine athmosphere, where tourists also like to walk. Most of them pass our house as their guides and guidebooks lead them to the 17th century 'Bossu houses', nearby to our house, which are named after the Spanish admiral Bossu - who was taken into captivity in 1573 during the "eighty-years war". The shopping area is close by (not more than 5 minutes walking), as are most restaurants and pubs. Hoorn also accommodates a few museums and a theater.
For those who prefer forests, dunes and the sea above the IJsselmeer lake: the North Sea, with the beach resorts of Bergen aan Zee and Egmond, is about 25 miles from Hoorn. The nearest 18 holes golf course is less than 5 miles from our house, in Westwoud. Long-distance walks that pass Hoorn are LAW 8 (Zuiderzeeroute) and the Omringdijk Wandelroute.
Although in the province of North-Holland, where Hoorn is situated, Amsterdam stands out for its cultural attractions, other locations have a lot to offer. The Zaanse Schans and Marken are popular with tourists with their characteristic wooden houses, while nearby Volendam is well known for its charming old fishing boats and traditional clothing still worn by some residents. Another very interesting option is a trip to the island of Texel, where the port of Den Helder is the starting point, 33 miles from Hoorn, either by car or by public transport (train). The province of Friesland includes several more islands, connected with the mainland by ferries, while a few of them –with guidance – can be reached by foot, during periods of low water, which allow you to walk and wade along the watershed! The Frisian harbour of Harlingen is not more than one hour by car from our house.
Famous people who were born or lived in Hoorn were Jan Pieterszoon Coen (Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies), Miep Gies (helped to hide Anne Frank) and Frank de Boer (footballer and since 2011 head coach at Ajax).
Twin cities of Hoorn: Beersel, Belgium (since 1979); Malacca Town, Malaysia (since 1989); Příbram, Czech Rep. (since 1992).
- Information Manager; Librarian
- Girl - Age: 17
- Girl - Age: 20
- Girl - Age: 22
- Pets are NOT welcome in our home
About Our Family
There are four members in our family. Wout and three daughters: Lotte (20), Hannah (19), and Merel (16). We like to read, to participate in sports activities, to play games, and enjoy city life. Some of us like shopping. In our house a piano and a clarinet can be heard. In the study / library our collection contains Dutch (children) literature, history of books, the subject of Amsterdam, Jewish history, and cooking. A lot of books are in English.
Wout is working in the banking sector and university library. Lotte and Hannah are studing at the University of Amsterdam, while Merel is attending highschool. A lot of our holidays so far we spend visiting friends and family elsewhere in the Netherlands and/or hosting them in our home. In 2011 we did our first exchanges through Homeexchange.com - in Brugges (Belgium) and Barcelona. We all know the value of other people's belongings, and see it as natural to respect the rules of the house.
After wonderful exchanges in Spain, Belgium, France and Israel, for 2017 we are again looking again for an exchange in Europe. Preferred destinations: Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the UK (London), Scandinavia, etc. In general we love citycenters more than suburbs, though we also like houses in the countryside. It all depends on the house however, so feel free to to contact us if we are 'wrongly prejudiced'.
For exchanges within the Netherlands, and nearby Belgium, Germany or the UK (London), a weekend arrangement could be made. And we love Amsterdam!