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Beautiful Houseboat in Amsterdam City Centre

Bedrooms 1
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Houseboat, 1 Bedroom+convertible bed, 1 Bathrm, Sleeps 2-4, families up to 5

We guarantee that this houseboat will give you the special and authentic Amsterdam experience, regardless of the purpose of your visit.

The location beats everything - just around the corner from all the best places- red lights and fine restaurants - but without the city sounds from Dam Square and Leidse Square.

The sundeck affords spectacular views of the warehouses on the Entrepotdok (for which Amsterdam is famous) on one side, and boats passing on the other. The passersby envy those sitting on the sundeck of houseboat 'The Medicijnman'!

Over a hundred years old and once a sailing boat (a Tjalk) The Medicijnman (Medicine Man) was transformed in the late 1950’s into a characterful houseboat. With many old features left in place, it gives you an enchanting feel of life on the water back then.

It is located in the old centre of Amsterdam, in an oasis of tranquility,with Central Station, Dam Square, well known theatres (Theater Carré), famous museums (e.g. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum), restaurants, and other cultural attractions within walking distance.

Less than 2 minutes’ walk from Kadijk square, where there are many great restaurants, such as ‘A Tavola’, one of the best Italian restaurants in Amsterdam.

The highest wooden windmill in The Netherlands, named ‘De Gooyer’, is next to the famous brewery, Het IJ, just around the corner and a must-see for real beer lovers.

The interior of the houseboat is light and spacious and is well equipped with all modern facilities. The bedroom has a double bed and four authentic portholes. The living room has panoramic windows, which let in a lot of light and give beautiful views just above water level. There is a sofa bed which enables sleeping room for two extra guests, a big dining table and a charming open kitchen. The bathroom has a washbasin and a bathtub with shower attachment plus a washing machine and dryer.

The position of the boat ensures that you will be able to enjoy both sunny breakfasts on the deck in the early morning, and spectacular sunsets in the evening.


Perfect location, Ideal for museums, good restaurants, shopping and night life but also an oasis of peace. The roof terrace is very sunny and if you like water birds, you can feed them from outside the windows.

A short walk to the Red Light district,Waterloo square and fleamarket and the Portuguese Synagogue.

Please check out the reviews.

New: I will also accept partly payment in airmiles of OneWorld-partner: American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Qantas, etc.

More Details

Martyn Leenen
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Martyn Leenen

My wife Catelijne and I have two children, one daughter Julia (5 years old) and a son Hidde (almost 3 years old). We live in Haarlem, just 15 minutes away from Amsterdam.

Before I used to work for a broadcasting and publishing company but now I have my own business, the online sales of batteries and chargers for mobile phones (directly to consumers).

Good food and drinks are important to me, I like to cook for friends/family. I used to travel, read and play golf but since we have kids I have other priorities... Oh, and I love playing chess on my App/iPhone.

(This photo was inspired by Derek Zoolander)

Martyn Leenen purchased this house boat in 2008

Why Martyn Leenen chose Amsterdam City

By coincidence I saw this houseboat was for sale. I knew the unique location from boating with friends. Every time we came by Artis (the zoo) we loved the sight of zebras and giraffes in the middle of the city and next to the canal.

When I saw the houseboat for sale I immediately went over for a visit. The owners were a very nice Australian couple with a baby. They lived there for four years but were about to return to Australia.

Eventually Damien (the Australian owner) choose me to buy the boat, and I feel very fortunate!

My wife and I lived for two years on this houseboat. Because my wife was expecting a baby we decided to move to an apartment. Living on the boat with a baby is not convenient. In the beginning it was difficult not to live on the boat but now, when when the boat is not rented out, we try to stay there. Our daughter loves it and a stay on the boat always indicates we'll go to the zoo...

For us staying on the boat is also holiday...!

What makes this house boat unique

My wife and I lived in Amsterdam for over 15 years, we both studied there and we lived all over the city.

The vibe, the atmosphere and the people of this little neighborhood beats everything!

- just around the corner from all the best places - museums, the Nieuwmarkt, the red lights and fine restaurants - but without the city sounds from Dam Square and Leidse Square.

My mother Caty and neighbor Caroline will do the check in/out and cleaning. They are very helpful in providing additional information about Amsterdam, what to do outside the city (Keukenhof for example) museums/tickets, restaurants, etc. They also can arrange a pick up from the airport or a private boat tour.

So, if you have questions or would like assistance please do not hesitate to contact them.

You will receive their contact information when the booking is confirmed.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat in Grachtengordel in Old Center

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Lake View
  • village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • With a nice bath!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The couch in the living room is a very comfortable two person bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Bike- and boat rental (with discount). A parking spot in a non-public garage is available upon request for €15,- per day. The sleeping bed/sofa enables two extra (paying) guests. Adjusted prices for children.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(106 traveller reviews)

Beautiful Houseboat in Amsterdam City Centre
average rating of 4.9528303 based on 106 reviews
Fort Collins, Colorado

The perfect basecamp in Amsterdam!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I were traveling from the US to Africa for a Mount Kilimanjaro expedition, and we had planned three days in Amsterdam on the way to Africa. Martyn's boat proved to be the perfect place to base our adventures out of. The check-in process was easy and I was shown how everything in the boat works -- very simple. The boat itself is beautiful and it felt more like a little private paradise than anything. I stay in hotels for work more than I sleep in my own bed each year -- so this was a wonderful departure from that to get the true Amsterdam experience. The kitchen was well equipped for when we wanted to make a meal and stay in, but there were also tons of great eating spots within walking distance including the Burrito Maker -- our favorite. We had so much fun we decided to stay three additional nights on our return trip from Africa. I am a singer/songwriter and I found the boat to provide plenty of inspiration, and it was also close to the two performances I gave at the library and the Fool Bar. We took a 10 minute walk one day to rent bikes and then biked around the entire town. The nearby tour of the brewery by the windmill was top notch also. The communication from Martyn and his helpers was great and they were patient with me when our internet was limited in Africa. It was nice to get back to the boat and have great wifi. I would love to come back with my two young boys in the summer in the future. Although the Artis Zoo (perfectly located across the water) was under construction and we didn't see many animals, it will be great once they are done. This zoo construction didn't bother us since we were getting to do a full-on wildlife safari in Africa. Again, I highly recommend staying here (I have stayed in several others), and thanks Martyn!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, D.C.

Living the Dream in Amsterdam

  • 5 of 5

Spent a weekend at this cozy, comfortable houseboat. It could not have been more perfect for two people. Location was sublime; would love to visit again in summertime and spend evenings relaxing on the deck and watching the zoo animals across the canal.

Staying here felt like bring a part of a neighborhood. We walked everywhere and never felt like we were far from any of Amsterdams sights. Lots of places nearby to eat, and theres an Albert Heijn grocery store just a few minutes walk from the boat.

We were warmly welcomed and shown how to use everything aboard ship. Cant thank the owners enough! Great suggestions on what to do, where to go and we loved going through all the brochures and information previous renters had left on what to do in Amsterdam. Next time I'd be perfectly content to not the leave boat!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect way to experience Amsterdam

  • 5 of 5

We cannot thank Martyn and Caty enough for letting us stay on the Medicijn Man! This was the perfect way to experience Amsterdam!

Martyn was very quick to accept our request to visit and his mother, Caty, provided us with a very informative letter about the houseboat as well as things to do in Amsterdam.

Caty went out of her way to make us feel at home! After a long day of exploring, it was our perfect quiet escape of the city. It is centrally located and made it easy to walk everywhere.

Just the fact that we were on a houseboat was an amazing experience. But, we also were able to eat breakfast on the deck while watching the giraffes and zebras play!

I could say this was a once in a lifetime experience, but both my coworker and I have stated over and over that we will be bringing our families back to enjoy the Medicijn Man!

Hopefully, we will see you soon!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, neat, cozy

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay, we know Amsterdam well and this was a new area for us, it was a nice surprise . The houseboat was clean and cozy, a 15 minute walk to central station

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice location to stay

  • 5 of 5

This houseboat was a great place to stay, once you figure out all the ways in and out it is so easy to get to so many things it was just a great place. In the morning you get to see birds from the zoo, zebras, giraffes soon you will be able to see elephants too. Martyn is great he will take you around and show you some great restaurants to go to. Caty his mother was great she will welcome you and take you through the check in process. Overall a great place to vacation.


  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A perfect base for the unlikely combination of a 70yr old and a 13yr old! We were able to walk everywhere and come and go as we pleased.From the boat we enjoyed watching giraffes and zebras ,passing boats and even an elderly swimmer at 8 o'clock each morning! We were short of nothing in the kitchen and the wifi was appreciated by the younger member in particular .Information beforehand and help before and during our stay was excellent.

We ate on board but there was a good selection of restaurants close by .

I would not hesitate to book the houseboat again.

Hilda Bryson Yorkshire England

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amsterdam Canals
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
around the corner, 2 minutes by foot
Nearest Train
4 Miles
10 minutes bij tram, 20 by foot, 5 by bike
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
many,around the corner, A Tavola is 1 of the best
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Zandvoort aan Zee
Car: not necessary

The zoo (Artis) is right across the boat and on the other side are the beautiful canal houses (old warehouses).

We could arrange anything if it is possible or impossible, just the pink elephant on the deck will be difficult...


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house boat in Grachtengordel, Amsterdam area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Tulip season
31 Mar 2017 - 24 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee, per stay £80.62 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

- My mother Caty & neighbor Karin will do the check in/out and cleaning. They are also your liaison for Amsterdam, or if you have any questions. For example, they can arrange a pick up from the airport.
- I do not work with deposits. If something breaks happens please let me know so I can fix it.
- Additional guests (above 2) pay €29.00 to €39.00 per person per night (depending on season).
- Prices for Christmas, New Years and Kingsday are on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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