“Wat hebben wij een heerlijke vakantie gehad in het huis van Marije en Huib. Het huis is gebouwd in een stijl waarbij je meteen het goede vakantie gevoel hebt. Het is een licht huis die direct aan het water zit. Je hebt haast het idee dat je op een boot bent! Hoe bijzonder is dit? Trouwens de stad Alkmaar is adembenemend mooi en heerlijk om er een dagje te gaan shoppen en lekker koffie te drinken. Alkmaar heeft authentieke winkelstraatjes met een unieke assortiment. Het strand en de zee kun je kiezen en zijn op een steenworp afstand aanwezig! Kortom alle ingrediënten aanwezig voor een zalige vakantie! ”
Marije's reviewsAs a host (9)
“Wat een heerlijke plek, licht huis , gezellig en vol stijl! Het was voor ons een mini feestje om na de corona periode op pad te mogen en dan daar uit te komen! Super omgeving, de heerlijke Nederlandse stranden om de hoek. De fijne stad Alkmaar maar vooral het huis, met een mooi terras aan het water en de boot waar wij & onze kinderen dol op zijn . De communicatie met Marije was makkelijk, fijn en heel adequaat en super welwillend. De tip van Marije om te gaan eten bij nautilusaanzee in Egmond aan zee, was zo'n goed begin van ons heerlijke weekend. Als je dan terug komt en jouw huis is zo achtergelaten zoals jij wegging is zeker ook fijn thuiskomen! Lieve Huib, Marije, Tuur en Sien, we hopen snel weer een keer te ruilen, zo goed is het ons bevallen. ”
“We really enjoyed to stay in the lovely home of Marije and Huib. It has everything you want, sunny terrace, nice kitchen, good bed, and nice bathroom, even a boat!. Alkmaar is is lovely city, close to beaches, Amsterdam and lot of other nice places. Thank for the hospitality, good communication. Leaving good memories!”
“Beautiful house, very clean and tastefully decorated, in very pleasant surroundings. The commercial centre for shopping just 5 minutes away was very handy and interesting. We loved using your bicycles to explore the lovely villages and countryside. And all our email messages were very friendly and helpful.....”
“We had a great time in Marije’s & Huib’s waterside home, situated only 10 minutes from the historical center of Alkmaar. The house made us feel really at home. It is spacious with many cool details, like high ceilings in the living room, a modern kitchen with water view, three good size bedrooms and a clean, modern bathroom. It was very clean and our kids loved all the toys in and around the house. There were also several decks on the waterside where we had lunch outside while looking at the Swans, Ducks and other water birds swimming around. We have used their motorboat several times to make some trips around the canals in their neighbourhood. Some of the bridges were really low and our three kids found it really exciting! From the house to the nearest beach is just over a 10 minute car ride. We have climbed the highest Dune of the Netherlands in Schoorl. We took our bikes for some trips on the nice bicycle lanes in the Dunes, and went to Laguna beach at Camperduin to swim. It was also very nice to see Alkmaar by boat. There are plenty companies where you can rent a boat and sail it yourself. Before and during our stay we had contact with Marije for several times. The communication was very pleasant via WhatsApp. They have left us a lot of information about the things to do in and around Alkmaar. All in all we had a great time and were pleasantly surprised how clean and tidy our house and terrace was when we returned to our home. Dear Marije, Huib, Tuur and Sien, many thanks for the lovely home swap! ”
“This is the dream house you would like to experience once in your life time! We had such a great time, chilling on the terrace watching over the water, contemplate on ducks, take the boat to explore the neighbourhood. Not to mention the house itself: so clean, stylish decoration, good vibes, very comfortable everything. The surroundings are wonderful. So much to do with kids, we were lucky to be there in the tulip blossom period, amazing, you have nature, activity, the sea, endless sky. Marije and Huib were great hosts. To ressume: I think everybody who has a chance to stay in their house is very lucky :-) Thanks for everything ”
“Our exchange became a delightfull discovery journey from the moment we entered the residential area where this fine piece of original architecture is located. The house is very clean and airy. Every room is thoughtfully used and furnished.The he cosy corners add a warm touch where you want to be cuddled in. The outside light is able to penetrate in every room trough the windows that give you a wonderfull vieuw over the water. When you step outsite an exquisit lounge corner lets you take advantage of the sun troughout two thirds of the day. The terras is just the best place to stay when the weather is ok. Taking the boat to discover Alkmaar via the canals is the adventure you do not want to miss. The surrounding parks are full of accomodations to play, exercise or just to rest and enjoy nature. We can recommend het Land van Fluwel, a trip to Bergen aan Zee and of course Alkmaar itself. Our four day exchange was to short to cover all that needs to be discovered. We would like to return for sure and will remenber to take our bikes. Ben Els Renee Norah.”
“We spend 2 weeks in Marije and Huib's comfortable house in Alkmaar in august 2018. We loved the place. The terrasse overlooking a small canal is just beautifull, and we spend a lot of time just relaxing there. The interior design of the house is great; lots of room, good quality materials and furniture and great style. We felt at home right away. Alkmaar center is within walking- and cycling-distance (3 km?) and there are separate trails for that, which is very convenient. The town center is cosy and with lots of cafees and speciality stores. We had great day trips to the west coast and the surrounding areas. Communication with Marije was painless and easy, and they took very good care of our property too. We can highly recommend exchanging with Marije and Huib!”
“We had a fantastic holiday to the beautiful home of Marije and Huib in Alkmaar in North Holland in late July 2019. Marije and Huib are generous and friendly people who embody the spirit of home exchange - embracing new places/cultures and meeting like-minded people. There was great communication before, during and after the trip which ensured that everything went very smoothly. We used Skype in advance of the holiday and WhatsApp throughout the holiday. However, the WhatApp messages were more about sharing family pictures rather than of a practical nature! The house and activity guide that they left in the house was very detailed and we used it all the time to discover the house and plan our day trips. Although this was a simultaneous exchange we did get to meet Marije and Huib (and Tuur and Sien) in Ireland as we returned a little earlier. Marije and Huib's home is very modern and stylish. In fact, it is probably too nice as there is a tendency to relax at home rather than to go outside and explore. There is a great decking area with space to relax/eat while you overlook a typical Dutch canal. They also have a boat with outboard motor which they generously allowed us use (despite our lack of experience!). Our kids (6yrs and 8yrs) couldn't get enough of the boat and were constantly asking to take them out. By the end of the holiday, they had learnt how to drive the boat themselves. As you can imagine, the cycling in North Holland is fantastic as the terrain is flat, the scenery beautiful and cycling paths are everywhere. We used Marije and Huib's bikes to explore the local area such as trips into the cheese market in Alkmaar town (10 minutes) and down to the local swimming pool (10 minutes). The kids loved the swimming pool as there are slides, a warm kids pool with toys, outdoor pool, diving board etc. Another favourite activity was cycling to the beach from their home which takes about 30-40 minutes. There are many beaches to discover such as Egmond am Zee, Bergan am Zee Camerduin (really good for kids) and Schoorl am Zee. What surprised me about the beaches was how warm the water was (19/20 degrees) which made swimming very easy. The fun part of cycling to the beach is that you discover lots of other stuff along the way. For example, we found a lovely market in Bergan that sells really interesting art (every Sunday during the summer). Another good idea is to take a trip north to Den Helder (40 minutes in the car) and get the car ferry over to Texel (pronounced Tessel) - there is a popular beer from here. This small island can be explored in a day and there are lots of interesting things to do (Ecomare, the ice-cream factory etc). Overall, the whole family had a great two weeks in Alkmaar and we would certainly recommend swapping homes with Marije and Huib. You couldn't find nicer people who go out of their way to ensure that you have a great holiday.”
Where is it?
Our house is one of 75 timber frame houses, built by the Dutch architect Abe Bonnema, which form a little village in the north of Alkmaar. The neighbourhood is quiet, child friendly with little traffic.
- The beautiful old city of Alkmaar has impressive monuments and looks like 'Little Amsterdam' with its canals. For years the city has been entitled to call itself one of the best shopping cities in the Netherlands. A cheese market is organised here every Friday in summer. In and around Alkmaar you can see a lot of old windmills.
- A shopping centre with a lot of grocery stores, bakery, butcher, fishshop, restaurant and coffee/ lunchbars are a five minutes walk away.
- The railway station Alkmaar Noord is nearby (12 minutes walk, 3 minutes by car).
Here you can take the train, which will take you to Amsterdam in 40 minutes.
- Alkmaar is 15 min from the beach of the North Sea
- The nearby villages Bergen and Schoorl offer tranquility, natural beauty, beaches and the highest and widest stretch of dunes in the country ideal for cycling and walking.
Holland above Amsterdam, the best Holland has to offer. Windmills, dykes, polders, historical and modern villages and cities. The rich nature gives the area colour. We are happy to share our part of the world with you. Get to know the endless possibilities and it's friendly, welcoming and straightforward inhabitants.
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